Solid $10 lunch destination and club venue, Sydney’s The Abercrombie Hotel has now become an unfortunate victim in beloved pub/live music venue closures.
A drinking hole stalwart on Abercrombie street in Chippendale, The Abercrombie Hotel was the longtime home to messy nights courtesy of Purple Sneakers, and has since been a staunch member of Sydney’s pub scene, proudly dotting the map on the city’s edge. According to inthemix, The Abercrombie’s closure comes toppling as one of the casualties of the area’s surrounding gentrification; where huge commercial and residential developments have engulfed the locale – leaving corners like The Abercrombie an unfortunate rarity.
A member of The Abercrombie’s management reportedly explained the closure, “We’re shutting down due to the development going ahead around Central Park. They’re going to be building a big commercial shopping mall around and above us.”
Closure of The Abercrombie will come in January 2014, with a final toast and boozy farewell staged on January 9. The news comes almost a year after the shock death of Sydney publican James Miller, business partner of Jaime Wirth – who together found Sydney-side notoriety for revamping the local pub scene with The Abercombie, The Carrington and The Norfolk Hotel.
R.I.P Abercrombie, we salute you and your deep fried golden gaytimes. Entrepreneurs with dreams of opening up a bar one day, perhaps now is your chance. Take heed of Jaime Wirth’s insights below.