Bar Spirit in Hereford to close this weekend

Hereford Times: 1406_10001 Pub/bar Spirit is set to close down. Corner of Union Street & Gaol Street. (3803144) 1406_10001 Pub/bar Spirit is set to close down. Corner of Union Street & Gaol Street. (3803144)

THE owner of a Hereford bar says he is the latest business to be hit by the changing spending habits of drinkers.

Spirit, based in Union Street, will be closing for good on February 9.

Owner James Smith claims that changes brought in as a result of the Licensing Act 2003 has hit the late-night economy in Hereford hard.

"There is now a whole generation of people who now do not come out until much later, which is massively affecting our business," said James, who bought Spirit in 2001.

"People now start drinking at home before going out and just go to one or two pubs before going to a nightclub."

James said the price of alcohol in supermarkets has also had a big effect on trade.

"We had a regular customer base, but the dynamics have really changed and people only go to Bar Spirit for one or two drinks," he added.

"Some businesses will change their dynamics and stay open until 2am, but that's not for us."

A "closing down sale" has started at the venue where prices will be reduced up until it closes for good.

James confirmed that the venue will be put up for sale.

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5:11am Sat 8 Feb 14

petet25 says...

I don't think part of the blame is supermarket prices. Supermarket prices have always been cheaper but staying at home to drink doesn't appeal to many as they prefer the atmosphere of being in a bar/pub/club.

For a while the consumption of alcohol in bars/pubs/clubs has been on a steady decline. This started during the recession but with Hereford being a town with a lack of job opportunities, people are keeping their money firmly in their pockets for more permanent purchases instead of consumable alcoholic beverages.

Look around at Gym/diet/fitness company's. They are popping up left right and centre and are profiting more than ever. Again, this shows people are opting for a healthier option.

As we see in the HT nearly every week there's reports of trouble in Hereford's nightclubs. Unprovoked attacks, assaults and various other bits of trouble which is never really properly dealt with. This is putting people off planning nights out in town.

Bar Spirit has always been seen as a warm up bar where people who have planned a night out in clubs head to first for a few drinks and to be hyped up for their night ahead with the loud music played there. So as less people are opting for clubs and the trouble that happens there, it's always going to reduce sales at places like Bar Spirit.

Not surprised by this at all
I don't think part of the blame is supermarket prices. Supermarket prices have always been cheaper but staying at home to drink doesn't appeal to many as they prefer the atmosphere of being in a bar/pub/club. For a while the consumption of alcohol in bars/pubs/clubs has been on a steady decline. This started during the recession but with Hereford being a town with a lack of job opportunities, people are keeping their money firmly in their pockets for more permanent purchases instead of consumable alcoholic beverages. Look around at Gym/diet/fitness company's. They are popping up left right and centre and are profiting more than ever. Again, this shows people are opting for a healthier option. As we see in the HT nearly every week there's reports of trouble in Hereford's nightclubs. Unprovoked attacks, assaults and various other bits of trouble which is never really properly dealt with. This is putting people off planning nights out in town. Bar Spirit has always been seen as a warm up bar where people who have planned a night out in clubs head to first for a few drinks and to be hyped up for their night ahead with the loud music played there. So as less people are opting for clubs and the trouble that happens there, it's always going to reduce sales at places like Bar Spirit. Not surprised by this at all petet25

12:47pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Jomate says...

petet25 wrote:
I don't think part of the blame is supermarket prices. Supermarket prices have always been cheaper but staying at home to drink doesn't appeal to many as they prefer the atmosphere of being in a bar/pub/club.

For a while the consumption of alcohol in bars/pubs/clubs has been on a steady decline. This started during the recession but with Hereford being a town with a lack of job opportunities, people are keeping their money firmly in their pockets for more permanent purchases instead of consumable alcoholic beverages.

Look around at Gym/diet/fitness company's. They are popping up left right and centre and are profiting more than ever. Again, this shows people are opting for a healthier option.

As we see in the HT nearly every week there's reports of trouble in Hereford's nightclubs. Unprovoked attacks, assaults and various other bits of trouble which is never really properly dealt with. This is putting people off planning nights out in town.

Bar Spirit has always been seen as a warm up bar where people who have planned a night out in clubs head to first for a few drinks and to be hyped up for their night ahead with the loud music played there. So as less people are opting for clubs and the trouble that happens there, it's always going to reduce sales at places like Bar Spirit.

Not surprised by this at all
Utter drivel.

Nobody went to Bar Spirit because it was a poor venue, that is the problem.

Has nothing to do with 'unprovoked attacks' in nightclubs. You're paranoid.

Herefords nightlife is as buzzing as it was 5 years ago.
[quote][p][bold]petet25[/bold] wrote: I don't think part of the blame is supermarket prices. Supermarket prices have always been cheaper but staying at home to drink doesn't appeal to many as they prefer the atmosphere of being in a bar/pub/club. For a while the consumption of alcohol in bars/pubs/clubs has been on a steady decline. This started during the recession but with Hereford being a town with a lack of job opportunities, people are keeping their money firmly in their pockets for more permanent purchases instead of consumable alcoholic beverages. Look around at Gym/diet/fitness company's. They are popping up left right and centre and are profiting more than ever. Again, this shows people are opting for a healthier option. As we see in the HT nearly every week there's reports of trouble in Hereford's nightclubs. Unprovoked attacks, assaults and various other bits of trouble which is never really properly dealt with. This is putting people off planning nights out in town. Bar Spirit has always been seen as a warm up bar where people who have planned a night out in clubs head to first for a few drinks and to be hyped up for their night ahead with the loud music played there. So as less people are opting for clubs and the trouble that happens there, it's always going to reduce sales at places like Bar Spirit. Not surprised by this at all[/p][/quote]Utter drivel. Nobody went to Bar Spirit because it was a poor venue, that is the problem. Has nothing to do with 'unprovoked attacks' in nightclubs. You're paranoid. Herefords nightlife is as buzzing as it was 5 years ago. Jomate

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