If you haven’t been paying attention to the internet over the past couple of weeks, or just flat out don’t care, then you won’t be aware that the iconic “Mecca of Flair Bartending” (the pilgrimage place, it’s not where flair bartenders go to play bingo, although they probably could, they’d just… throw their pens about for a bit before marking off the numbers), The Roadhouse, is currently under threat of being evicted from their premises of 25 years in Covent Garden, London. If you have been paying attention then you get a cookie.
Roadhouse’s landlord, Capital and Counties, have applied for planning permission to re-develop the building, and in doing so, are forcing the guys out of their home (they don’t live there, but you get it). It’s another classic case of a long standing staple of nightlife being forced out by the mogul fat cats in desperate search of more money and us “snowflakes” not being too happy with it.
The sheer amount of “influential” people that either hold The Roadhouse close to their hearts or have chucked some bottles and tins about on its stage at some point in time (let’s not forget the fact that it’s a big fuck off live music venue that has had more musicians inside it than an 89 year old groupie), means that there is a larger chance of it being “saved” than most bars, but we still need to pick up our keyboards and give them some shit about it.
We, along with everyone else, are getting tired of not only the London scene being shaped by people with suits and an ironic man bag, but the entire country. Music venues and iconic bars are being closed down left right and centre and it’s becoming real fucking tiresome.
The Roadhouse means an awful fucking lot to 1/3 of Cheapest Shot, the other 2/3s of us want the other 1/3 to be happy, so we’re getting behind the campaign to save the place.
We might not make a dent in the coverage that this gets, but the more eyes that are looking at it then the more chance we have of metaphorically mooning the guys at Capital and Counties and ensuring The Roadhouse can keep on opening its doors.
If you want to help, you can sign the petition to save the place HERE.
Photo IMG Credit: Chiara Ceccaioni