Shoreditch's legendary gay bar The Joiner's Arms is closing down

The Hackney Road hotspot is being demolished to make way for flats.

The Joiner’s Arms in east London, always a wild night out, is being forced to shut down in January 2015. A statement from the pub’s management said that the current lease will not be renewed and a development company is currently planning to tear down the Shoreditch venue to build new flats.

Landlord David Pollard, who re-launched the scruffy pub as a gay bar in 1997, has been looking for new premises in Shoreditch or Hackney for some months already, “so far without success”, reports Time Out.

“If you know of any premises which may be suitable, please let us know – or if you have any other ideas, get in touch. Our motto of Life Love Liberty has been an accurate description of what this Tardis of a pub has been about and which we intend to promote in another property,” he said.

The closure comes just months after the Joiner’s won a licensing battle with Tower Hamlets Council, narrowly escaping the fate that befell Brick Lane’s Vibe Bar last month when council demands for “airport-style security” forced the venue to close its doors.

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