The Dalston hotspot has announced that it’ll be closing its doors after eight years of service.
The announcement came via an online statement today (21 August), which reads: “It’s been one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make. The bar honestly means more to us than we can really put into words.”
“We swore to ourselves that we’d never, ever close by choice. Ever. The ethos of The Alibi was always to be a free entry bar that forever reflected the neighbourhood we were in,” it continues. “We’ve lived through the hipsters of 2010, the 18 year olds in 2012, the deep v shirts of 2014, the griminess of 2016. It was always important to us that the doors stayed open. But it feels like the right time to let go of The Alibi.” Read the full post below.
Located on Dalston’s Kingsland Road, The Alibi first opened its doors in 2009 and was known for its free entry. A series of events will be held to commemorate the venue in the run up to its closure, such as a Closing Karaoke session on 27 August and a Final Friday on 31 August.
News of its closure comes amidst a trying month for music venues and stores. Vinyl shop Kristina Records will also be closing on Kingsland Road, and Camden’s The Lock Tavern is set to shut it doors this month.