Melbourne’s Beta Bar is shutting down after five glorious years

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Sad news, to be sure.

Melbourne’s Beta Bar will close its doors after five years of service, its organisers have confirmed.

Starting up as a post-PAX AUS event, Beta Bar proved so successful that organisers Skaidris Gunsmith and Bonnie Bradley turned it into a regular occurrence at the Portland Hotel. The event moved onto the Glenferrie Hotel and finally the Hawthorne Hotel in its lifetime.

“But, after so many moves and compromises on our vision, the night is sadly no longer serving people in the way we want it to,” Gunsmith and Bradley wrote on the Beta Bar Facebook page.

“This decision hasn’t come easy, as we’ve spent the last 2 years experimenting with new formats, themes, competitions, partnerships & games trying everything possible to get it where it needs to be to avoid exactly this but sadly, here we are.”

The pair said that, “no matter what… we will make sure that even in our absence we will provide the resources and the tools to keep our community thriving and supported.”

Beta Bar will run for a final five Fridays, starting at the Hawthorn Hotel from 26 April and closing on 24 May.