A UNIQUE bar at the heart of Brighton’s gay village has closed its doors for the last time.

Bar Broadway in Steine Street was a popular venue where patrons could enjoy a glamorous night out on the town.

The venue had a musicals theme and hosted karaoke nights, quizzes, Eurovision parties, cabaret and drag queens.

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It opened in 2014 and was run by Alasdair Kelly Jarrie and Michael McGarrigle.

Regulars and visitors alike have said that a night out in Brighton will not be the same without it, with many saying they enjoyed some of their best nights out there.

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GScene magazine reported: “It breaks our heart to report that Bar Broadway has closed its doors for the last time.

“Since opening in 2014, the bar has brought glitz and glamour to Kemptown - the heart of LGBTQ+ Brighton - and its loss is going to be hugely damaging to our LGBTQ+ nightlife and communities.”

Brighton and Hove Sea Serpents LGBT rugby team was sponsored by the bar. On Instagram the team said: “We are very saddened to hear that the amazing Bar Broadway has closed its doors for the final time.

“We’ve been honoured to have them as our shirt sponsor for the past two year and they’ve been wonderfully supportive of us.

“We’d like to particularly thank Alasdair and Michael for their support over the years. It’s a terrible loss to the LGBT+ community here in Brighton and Hove and it was a unique venue that we will cherish memories of forever.”

Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle said the government has failed to provide proper support for businesses like Bar Broadway.

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Lloyd Russell-Moyle speaking over Zoom

He said: “I think the fact that businesses that were previously profitable but are now folding shows the government has failed to put in proper support in a strategic way.

“It is shown by Bar Broadway and by others that have shut shop during this period. It is very sad, and unnecessary.

Businesses could have been given rent freezes and reductions. I know many businesses have struggled, they were not expecting to pay for this crisis out of their own reserves. It is a damning indictment on this government’s handling of the crisis.”

Mr Russell-Moyle said measure such as the 10pm curfew hit bars in his constituency very hard, and fears for the future of other venues in Brighton’s gay scene.

He said: “Hopefully we can do our best to keep everything going. The support packages are not as good as the first lockdown.

“The mishandling of the track and trace system has meant bars have not been able to survive well enough.

“I hope that Bar Broadway does manage to reopen, or that something else will come along eventually.”