City's 'oldest' gay bar to close

By Rebecca Weller

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Beginning of another chapter: Brighton's "oldest" gay bar, the Bulldog, is set to permanently close amid "excessive overheads" (Credit: Getty/rajatk)
Beginning of another chapter: Brighton's "oldest" gay bar, the Bulldog, is set to permanently close amid "excessive overheads" (Credit: Getty/rajatk)

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East Sussex seaside city’s “oldest” gay bar has closed its doors for good amid “excessive overheads”.

The Bulldog bar in Brighton, which first opened in 1979 and is reportedly the city’s “oldest” gay bar, stated a culmination of the pandemic and the “current economic climate” were behind the “devastating” decision.

Announcing the news in a Facebook post on Friday 25 November, the Bulldog said: “To all our loyal friends and customers.

Emotional decision 

“We are distraught to inform you all that we have had to come to a very sad and emotional decision.

“Due to what we have had to endure over the last four years or so (the pandemic and the current economic climate and excessive overheads we are having to maintain) we have decided that we have no option but to close the doors of the All New Bulldog Brighton.

“We would like to give a massive thank you to you all for your custom and support during those years with so many fabulous times and unfortunately difficult ones too. We are so proud of our achievements and what we have accomplished.”

The Bulldog was known in its local area for its weekly events and fundraising efforts for the city’s Rainbow Fund – Brighton & Hove Charity.

Heavy heart 

Additionally, a report​ commissioned by the Electronic Impact Group in coordination with the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) last week aimed to showcase the importance of club culture in the UK following news one in three nightclubs are at risk of closure​.

The Facebook post continued: “We are closing these doors with a heavy heart but we are looking forward to the future with optimism and determination. We, as a team will stand proud in what we have built, in turning around the business, and making [a] legendary LGBTQ+ safe space.

“This isn’t the end of our story just the beginning of another chapter. But for now, this is the All New Bulldog Brighton, the heart of gay Brighton saying good night, stay safe and get ready for what’s coming next.”

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