The legendary Kings Cross venue The World Bar will shut for the last time on Wednesday night, bringing an end to an era of live music and teapot cocktails.
The bar, which has been a fixture of the Cross’s once lively nightlife for 18 years, has hosted big-name electronic acts such as Flume, Alice in Wonderland and Nina Las Vegas; as well as live music performances by DZ Deathrays, Gang of Youths, and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.
Owner Steve Ward pointed to the deleterious impact of the state’s lockout laws as a cause of the bar’s demise, but offered hope for the city’s nightlife.
“The obvious connection that people will make on our closure is the effect of the lockout laws. It’s undeniable that they have had a huge impact on us, as well as Sydney’s live-music scene,” he said in a statement.
“However, we believe there is a solution here; we have hope. … Public opinion and pressure are mounting and now we need our elected officials to be brave and make positive changes to the legislation. Safety and entertainment are achievable, we have seen this put into practice in global cities around the world,” he said.
In July this year two new weekly parties were added to its weekly roster, including LGBTQI-friendly Ricardo’s, which started life at the Portugal Madeira Club in Marrickville. At the time, director Steve Ward, who has been with The World Bar since day dot back in 2000, told Broadsheet: “Safe, welcoming and respectful nights out with great line-ups and a solid vibe is exactly what Sydney needs right now.”
He continued: “It’s something we’ve always been passionate about. There’s been some amazing acts [which got] a start here and we’re looking to keep that rolling.”
Keep Sydney Open, the activist group that has long campaigned against the lockout laws, lamented the bar's closure on social media.
"Now's a good time to remember: Sydney will only be as vibrant as we make it. ...We are yet to hear about the future of the current site but if the venue reopens, make sure you support whatever takes World Bar's place. Go out. This city needs you more than ever and you can start by heading to World Bar tomorrow night to give them the send-off they deserve," the group's Facebook post read.
To farewell the city, The World Bar is hosting a final night of music, dancing and teapots tomorrow night. More details here.