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London gay club Kazbar announces closure due to rent increase, Twitter users (including Amy Lamé) respond

London gay club Kazbar announces closure due to rent increase, Twitter users (including Amy Lamé) respond

The cute bar guys of Kazbar dressed up as zombies for Halloween this year

Kazbar, a beloved gay venue in Clapham, London, has announced it is closing in a post on their official Facebook page.

The anonymous post reads: ‘After 20 years of being the iconic gay bar of South London, we regret to inform you that we will be closing down this year.’

The post adds that the bar’s last day of trading will be 1 January 2017.

Kazbar’s New Year’s Eve party will feature retro disco from the 70s, 80s and 90s, with DJ Miguel Horta taking to the decks.

London night czar Amy Lame was among those to tweet about the news, revealing that the closure is due to rent increase.

Earlier this year, London Mayor Sadiq Khan appointed Duckie organizer Amy as his Night Czar. She works part-time to protect and boost London’s nighttime economy, in particular bars and clubs.

Other users were quick to express their shock and sympathy for those who were to lose their jobs.

Regular Matthew Hodson, Executive Director of Aidsmap, tells Gay Star News: ‘The Kazbar has been my default Friday evening for the last five years or longer. It’s one of those local pubs where you find that you make friends just from sharing the same space on a regular basis.

‘It’s closure continues the all too rapid erosion of our LGBTI spaces, squeezed out not only by new ways of meeting others but by steep rent increases, making it hard for small venues to remain financially viable. I’m really sad about it. Our LGBTI spaces are too valuable to be lost.’

A representative for Kazbar was unavailable to speak to Gay Star News at the time of writing.