No more clubbing? Some UK clubs close amid quieting nightlife

Mar 5, 2024
The United Kingdom's biggest nightclub operator has closed 17 venues, blaming slow midweek business.
The interior of the Pryzm nightclub in Leeds in September 2020. The club has since permanently closed.
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Night School Bar offers college-level courses with a chaser

Nov 27, 2023
At Night School Bar, there are no grades and no credit. Classes are pay-as-you-can. The listed cost is $320 per class, but students can pay as little as $10.
Night School Bar owner Lindsey Andrews (center) teaches a class on art and labor in the front classroom, while customers order drinks at the speakeasy at the back of the building.
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“Unhappy hour”: Pubs in the United Kingdom introduce surge pricing

Nov 23, 2023
The cost of a pint of beer is going to go up at busier times in hundreds of pubs owned by the Stonegate Group.
The Stonegate Group, owner of the U.K. bar chain Slug & Lettuce, has implemented dynamic pricing — allowing them to charge more at peak times and offer discounts during quieter moments.
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A Florida bar for humans and man's best friend

May 29, 2023
Despite core inflation falling in April, one Florida small business is still feeling the pain of higher prices for beer and cleaning supplies.
BRK Republic even hosts birthday parties for the dogs, complete with decorations and homemade pumpkin cake.
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"We are explicitly for members of the lesbian community": Inside Los Angeles' first lesbian bar in years

Mar 7, 2023
Last month, Mara Herbkersman and Emily Biealgus opened The Ruby Fruit, a restaurant and wine bar.
Mara Herbkersman, left, and Emily Bielagus at The Ruby Fruit.
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Confident in the economy or not, American consumers are going out

Feb 28, 2023
Sales at restaurants and bars were up around 25 percent from last year. Part of that is likely due to pent-up demand.
Kooper's Tavern is one of many bars and restaurants in Fells Point, a historic neighborhood in Baltimore.
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At The Sports Bra in Portland, it's all women's sports, all the time

Dec 5, 2022
"All we were doing was changing the channel," says Jenny Nguyen, founder and owner of The Sports Bra.
The interior of The Sports Bra, a bar in Portland, Oregon, which shows off flags and paraphernalia from a variety of women's teams.
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As omicron cancels festivals and other events, businesses that support them are reeling

Jan 6, 2022
The Sundance Film Festival, for example, just canceled in-person events two weeks before they were set to begin.
People pass a banner for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday. The festival canceled its in-person program, a blow to local restaurants, bars and hotels.
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Make money versus stay healthy: That's the New Year's Eve choice for bars, restaurants

Dec 30, 2021
Omicron is dashing hopes for a return to normal after last year's subdued celebrations.
A closed restaurant in New York during last year's holiday season. As omicron spreads, restaurants are weighing whether to remain open for New Year's — normally one of their most profitable times.
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