Two Top 50 Cocktail Bars permanently close

By Rebecca Weller

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Heartbroken: two Top 50 Cocktail Bars close their doors for good this month (Credit: Getty/Yamac Beyter)
Heartbroken: two Top 50 Cocktail Bars close their doors for good this month (Credit: Getty/Yamac Beyter)

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Two of the Top 50 Cocktail Bars in the country have closed their doors for good this month.

Birmingham-based bar the Pineapple Club, owned by Samuel Boulton, announced its closure earlier this week via social media, citing energy bills as the “straw that broke the camel’s back”.

In a Facebook post on Monday 13 February, the venue said it was “heartbroken”.

The post said: “Unfortunately the Pineapple Club has now ceased trading. We never had a good start opening right into a lock down, then Government Covid policies, then stock increases, then train strikes, but we have kept fighting to offer the best we could.

Lots of tears 

“The straw which broke the camel’s back was energy bills, something we never thought would be a factor to our demise. The team is heartbroken, there has been a lot of tears.

“We hope you all enjoyed what we built and we’re sorry for the reservations we can no longer honour.”

The second Top 50 Cocktail Bar to close its doors this month was Nottingham-based site Cottonmouth, owned by Adrian Whitehouse, stating a desire for a change of pace was behind the decision.

In an Instagram post shared last week, the venue said: “It’s been a great five years, but we feel now is the time to do something different with our lives, 17 years working behind the stick takes its toll.

Much-needed break 

“We are extremely fortunate to be ending this on a high, and on our terms.”

Though Whitehouse added “something exciting” was on the cards for the Cottonmouth brand in the future.

He said: “I decided to close my bar because of the desire to do something else in life. Working nights for [this] length of time, simply takes its toll on the body, mind, and soul.

“I understand businesses can be run efficiently without the owner physically being there, but the stress that comes with it simply isn’t worth it to me anymore. I shall be looking to still work within the industry, potentially taking the cottonmouth brand down a different path, but for now, I am simply taking a much-needed break.”

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