World Bar Closure – Iconic Sydney Music and Nightlife Closes

Iconic Sydney Music venue and nightclub The World Bar in Kings Cross is suddenly shutting down.

The owners and management are blaming Sydney’s much disliked lockout laws and declining patronage for the decision.

The World Bar is famous the world over, a haunt for Sydney locals and visiting backpackers and youth travellers alike over the years. Open for 18-years, the venue has hosted some of Australia’s best music acts.

Heres’ what the World Bar shared on Facebook today:

Hi Friends,

We are sad to tell you that we will be closing the doors of the The World Bar Sydney this Thursday 29 November 2018. Our final show on Wednesday is set to be a cracker, so come and join us for one last night to say goodbye at The Wall.

Over the last 18 years, this Kings Cross stalwart has thrown some of Sydney’s most renowned club nights and live music events. The venue’s rich history includes infamous sets featuring Australia’s highly-regarded electronic artists from Ajax to Flume, Alison Wonderland and Nina Las Vegas, plus unforgettable live performances including DZ Deathrays, Gang of Youths and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, who helped pave the way for a seminal period in Sydney’s live music and nightlife timeline.

Here’s the statement from owner Steve Ward:

“This is obviously heartbreaking stuff, after being part of the Sydney music scene for more than 18 years it’s tough to close the doors on a venue that really is like a big family. We’re very proud of the role we’ve played in fostering young music talent and creating a safe space for all.

“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.

“However, we believe there is a solution here, we have hope. We need the authorities to show true leadership and to make positive decisions for the music and creative communities and for everyone who likes to be social at night!

“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.

“Our parting words to anyone who loves Sydney’s nightlife are these – the best way to rebel is to go out.

There are great venues and incredible music alive in the Cross and surrounding areas, so please get out there and support all our incredible friends – promoters, venue owners, artists – still battling away for their love of live music.