Andy Emerson and Ed Loveday have spent five and a half years making The Passage what it is today. And, after spending those years supplying thirsty sorts with good options, they’ve decided it’s time to call it a night.

“It’s been a good innings, and we’ve loved every second of it,” says Loveday.

The doors will stay open until the closing party on December 23. The last week of trade will involve a program packed with revivals of the bar’s night-specific concepts. Expect to see an all-you-can-eat night among others; more information will come through the social-media grapevine in the days to come.

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“The end of the year just felt right to us. We’ve always held a Christmas party for family, friends and regulars, so what better opportunity for us all to bid it farewell,” Loveday says.

While it’s the definitive end for The Passage, and the boys have “no immediate plans for openings at the moment”, Loveday and Emerson aren’t closing the tabs on what the future might look like for other venues. In the new year, they’ll focus their energies on ACME, which they co-own with Cam Fairbairn and Mitch Orr.

Last drinks, Sydney.

The Passage’s last service will be December 23, 2015.