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The 12 Bar Club was a music venue in London that opened in 1994 on Denmark Street – known as Great Britain's "Tin Pan Alley" – just off Charing Cross Road and close to Soho.
Some of the most famous musicians and groups to play at the 12 Bar before they reached a wider audience include Adele, Martha Wainwright, Joanna Newsom, KT Tunstall (all of whose first London dates were at the 12 Bar), Damien Rice, Regina Spektor, The Libertines, Keane, Seasick Steve and Jamie T. Jeff Buckley also played an impromptu set at the 12 Bar some time before the launch of his debut album Grace.
The Denmark Street venue officially closed 16 January 2015 as part of a redevelopment for the area, despite a lengthy battle to keep it open. Shortly after its closure, activists occupied the building and re-opened it to live music. Property owners attempted to evict the activists. The club relocated to Islington, shutting for good a year later.
12 Bar Club Reviews
I went to see few friends playing gigs in there.it is an incredible place where you can drink and enjoy live music. I believe that 12 Bar Club has moved to Holloway Road. more »
As it was my first time going here as a music venue I didnt know what to expect but it was well worth going and both lighting and sound was perfect and I would recommend this venue to anyone who is a.... more »
Was one of those places that is attached to images in my head when I think of London. Great beer, excellent music and service. Such a shame the place no longer exists.
Downstairs hasn't changed much from how this pub was before. I had a Trooper ale and a cold Guinness and both were very nice. I was quite amused to be met with rather familiar language by the barmaid(!) But then, with signs like 'Liquor in the front, poker round the back' I guess this bar ain't for shrinking violets. The upstairs is AWESOME! I'd never been up there before and I reckon on a band night it would be a great place to mingle. 5p
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