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Will The Phoenix rise from the ashes?

By johnboy - 27 May 2010 33

[First filed: May 23, 2010 @ 1:23
Second filing: May 24, 2010 @ 8:45]

Phoenix closed

The sign on the door of The Phoenix this Saturday has sent shockwaves through Canberra.

“DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THE PHOENIX IS CLOSED TEMPORARILY”

Some have been saying the power got turned off. And yet there were lights on inside.

Others would note that the once mighty Phoenix empire of pubs has fallen on hard times with Filthy McFaddens closed and Trinity in Dickson increasingly tatty. Others have heard tales of staff not being paid.

With the crowds that fill the Phoenix every night of the week it’s hard to believe the bar on itself is not sustainable, if the less beloved venues on the same block can somehow stay open.

In any event it will, at best, be a terrible blow to the cultural life of the city if these doors stay closed.

UPDATE: Word reaches us that there was an “electrical issue” and they plan to be open Monday night for the bootleg sessions.

FURTHER UPDATE: Still closed tonight, Bootleg Sessions cancelled.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Still closed. If they’re not open tomorrow the Mojo Juju show is being relocated to Trinity in Dickson. =(

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33 Responses to
Will The Phoenix rise from the ashes?
Clown Killer 3:13 pm 23 May 10

I stopped going to the Phoenix not long after they banned smoking inside. Not a smoker myself, but that was one place I didn’t care because it almost seemed fundamental to the ambience of the place. It’s true that it was kind of cobbled together from hand-me-downs and the like but it was a place with character and personality (in part delivered by the toothless hobos that frequented it.

I remember spending an afternoon in there one July in what must have been ’97 or ’98. It was a freezing afternoon and it rained solidly all afternoon – so much so that we settled in for a session that lasted through to closing time. When we finally staggered out into east row it was snowing great white flakes which made the walk home to Lyneham quite special (bloody cold though).

Mr Evil 2:09 pm 23 May 10

“replacing old furniture when it breaks, these things are pretty normal but Phoenix seems to ignore them on the basis that its reputation for music will bring people in no matter what the place is like.”

Nah, that’s just part of the ‘character’ of the place. There’s nothing quite as fine as sitting for a couple of hours drinking beer out of glasses that look like they were last washed about a fortnight before VE Day, whilst you sit on a chair that looks like it will either, a). fall apart at any moment, or b). has springs that are trying to pop through the top covering and tear you a new one.

Plus, last time I was there, the place smelt like a cross between a violent crime scene and a teenagers bedroom.

BimboGeek 1:47 pm 23 May 10

bloodnut said :

you bitchy little snob.

You sound toothless.

In all seriousness, it doesn’t take the bitchiest snob to feel uncomfortable in such a trashed environment. Occasional building maintenance, regular cleaning schedule, fresh coat of paint, replacing old furniture when it breaks, these things are pretty normal but Phoenix seems to ignore them on the basis that its reputation for music will bring people in no matter what the place is like.

qedbynature 1:34 pm 23 May 10

Probably negotiating a deal with Mooseheads…or maybe Tilleys is buying them out. Either that or they forgot to renew their licence

Thoroughly Smashed 1:13 pm 23 May 10

Thumper said :

that is the worst news I have heard in, well, years and years.

Please, someone, the Phoenix is the heart and soul of Canberras original live music scene. Close it and you can pretty much forget about good original local live music…

So that music I heard elsewhere wasn’t in fact good. I’m glad we cleared that up.

bloodnut 1:08 pm 23 May 10

BimboGeek said :

Maybe something broke and they have to clean up the mess. In a poorly maintained pub there’s plenty of stuff that could randomly close the place down.

Phoenix is a dive. It smells and it’s full of toothless homeless people. If you want to hear music go to Lyneham.

you bitchy little snob.

BimboGeek 12:45 pm 23 May 10

Maybe something broke and they have to clean up the mess. In a poorly maintained pub there’s plenty of stuff that could randomly close the place down.

Phoenix is a dive. It smells and it’s full of toothless homeless people. If you want to hear music go to Lyneham.

Wraith 12:09 pm 23 May 10

Pork Hunt said :

krats said :

“They are a disgrace to all Christians.

But krats, not ALL are Christians…

That’s right, I’m a Jedi, who loves the pub. Oh wait, I’m not supposed to drink, I must be Sith then

Pork Hunt 11:41 am 23 May 10

krats said :

“They are a disgrace to all Christians.

But krats, not ALL are Christians…

Mr Evil 11:30 am 23 May 10

“DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THE PHOENIX IS CLOSED TEMPORARILY”

I laugh whenever I see these signs outside businesses – as it is very seldom “unforseen circumstances” that have lead to the place being closed in the first place!

“With the crowds that fill the Phoenix every night of the week it’s hard to believe the bar on itself is not sustainable….”

Unless of course, the profits from The Phoenix have been syphoned off to prop up other unprofitable ventures?

NickD 11:20 am 23 May 10

krats said :

All these “type”of places should be CLOSED.They are a disgrace to all Christians.GOD looks down and shakes her head.

That’s the lamest trolling I’ve seen in a long time.

merlin bodega 11:12 am 23 May 10

Vale the Phoenix. It’s all about creating that homogeneous beige culture that so typifies Canberra. What next? A bar run by the public service where no service is provided and our feedback is welcomed (but ignored)?

krats 10:24 am 23 May 10

All these “type”of places should be CLOSED.They are a disgrace to all Christians.GOD looks down and shakes her head.

steveu 6:56 am 23 May 10

“bar on itself is not sustainable, if the less beloved venues on the same block can somehow stay open”
money laundering?

Thumper 3:54 am 23 May 10

that is the worst news I have heard in, well, years and years.

Please, someone, the Phoenix is the heart and soul of Canberras original live music scene. Close it and you can pretty much forget about good original local live music…

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