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Bar Robo’s Chinatown location is closing

By Greggory Clark on December 30, 2019


In a Facebook post today, Bar Robo announced their Chinatown location is closing just a few days from now on January 1, 2020. Management says the small music venue was sold and chances are “extremely minimal that the new place will have live music.”

Following the sudden closure of Raw Sugar in fall 2015, Bar Robo’s owner Scott May renovated and rebranded the popular café-bar space with help from the folks at Jackpine and opened for business in 2016.

We’ve had some good times at Raw Sugar and Bar Robo over the years, including Apartment613’s launch party in 2009 (at Raw Sugar) and Apt613’s ninth birthday block party in 2018 (Bar Robo).

May says his business will continue to support local music by turning their focus to the Bar Robo location inside Queen St. Fare, which has a higher audience capacity and larger stage.

It looks like an upcoming Boo Radley Project show on January 10 will be cancelled. It’s not clear if this show will be moved to Queen St. Fare or cancelled altogether, so keep an eye on their Facebook event for updates.

Remi Royale’s NYE 2020 party will be the last event hosted at Bar Robo.

Are you sad to see Bar Robo below? What was your most memorable time at the venue? Leave us a comment below.