Bar Closing Current NE 14th Street Location; Set to Reopen in Fall 2011

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Crossfade has received word that Best of Miami 2011 Readers' Poll winner Bar will be closing after July 4. The news comes as a shock, even though there have been previous rumors of the venue's closure.

Sources tell us that it wasn't OHWOW's choice to close. In fact, it was hoping to extend the lease for a few more years. Unfortunately, this comes down to business. And the powers that own the Vagabond, located next door, also own the entire building.

We've been told negotiations to renew the lease, which had been taking place for the past four months, recently collapsed and Bar is being forced to vacate.

Owner Al Moran says the building owners initially seemed open to keeping Bar as a tenant. But after several offers to renegotiate were left unanswered, there wasn't any other choice but to close down and relocate.

Moran also confirmed that Bar received a notice to vacate after the July 4 weekend. It's unclear if Bar will remain open until the very last possible moment. But he seems determined to keep Bar in Miami. "This city needs it. There is nothing comparable to it."

In other words, the venue will be relocating. "We are 100 percent reopening in the fall," Moran insists. Where? That's unclear at this point. "Miami doesn't have a lack of space," Moran jokes. "It's only going to get better. I'm kind of excited to go into a new space and do exactly what I envisioned."

When asked if downtown, Design District, or Wynwood were possibilities. "Not Wynwood. I can't stand that area and it's only getting worse."

Vagabond owner Carmel Ophir, however, put it more lightly, saying that Bar's lease was up in February and it's been occupying the space on a month-to-month basis ever since. According to Ophir, negotiations fell through, it seems, because of necessary structural improvements and the cost of those upgrades. He says that once the renovations are done, Bar's owners could renegotiate a return if they wanted.

Crossfade asked Ophir if the Vagabond's owners are interested in taking over the space, he says that's always a possibility. The owners already own several bars and nightclubs in South Florida, including Lost Weekend and Kill Your Idol in Miami Beach, and Respectable Street, Monarchy, and Feelgoods in West Palm Beach. We imagine adding another venue in such close proximity to the Vagabond wouldn't be a bad idea.

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Rc
Rc

What I think is interesting is how many of Miami New Times' "Best Of" go out of business.  

señor tim
señor tim

well i say they should open up in coconut grove.

Carlos Valle
Carlos Valle

Boo, not cool. I really hope the new location keeps the same vibe but loses the street parking/bum-run parking lot. My car's been broken into one too many times. Do we get to keep our bartenders?

DP
DP

Personally, I'm kinda glad this is happening. I refused to goto BAR after 3-5 friends have been robbed frequently within the last few months (one which was car-jacked at gunpoint) in that area. And while I have had some great times at this location, it's time to move move onto something better. That neighborhood is a breeding ground for crime. I don't doubt they'll ride their monthly payments til they get the boot literally. 

Captainmeowmeme
Captainmeowmeme

firstly bros i love black barhope they move to dtown for realzvagybonds is gettnig worse by the day yalli used to go their when it was cool and they didnt charge cover and had one dollar pbrz now its full of mainstreamer bros that come to hit on alt chicks, ugh go back to space bro

miss u  bar where will i go now when i want to have a relevant bender/pool experience

Ariel
Ariel

"Not Wynwood. I can't stand that area and it's only getting worse."

Thats funny statement.. i wnt to that bar place and it was always empty. funny part is that these guys also had a gallery in wynwood. and during art basel i heard they got kicked out also. right before their show. these guys sound like a bunch of BS.

i love vagabond hope they stay around. only real place left in miami. 

Freddy G.
Freddy G.

-"Not Wynwood. I can't stand that area and it's only getting worse.".....isn't that where OHWOW is??  

Christopher76
Christopher76

Vagabond has always wanted to take over that space.   14 St is done.  Move to downtown, the infrastructure is already there.

Entuojo
Entuojo

that sucks!.i hope the new space would be in downtown as well

Nemo
Nemo

seems to me the owners wanted more dollars than the OHWOW folks want to hand over. i don't know how much bank bar was making but every time i peeked inside it was sardines in a can. the sound system could have used improvement, tho. not to mention the plumbing.

Rick
Rick

BAR should reopen in Grand Centrals loft space upstairs.

Entuojo
Entuojo

Kendall sucks bro! i dont think theyll be moving there, and coconut grove is pretty lame too

Quiquirismiao
Quiquirismiao

Nice hipsterrunoff style writing. So relevant.

Justaguy
Justaguy

Um...Capitain... Learn to write English.

I go on Tuesdays Stone Groove and Fridays Indie/Electro nights... Not anything like what your talking about... Also $1 Stella Draft and $3PBRs on Fridays... Get your info straight "Bro" The Vagabond doesn't claim to be anything other than it is...For 'Common People' ...Yea like me!

Pedro G
Pedro G

First off, before you call somebody BS why don't you get up off your behind and try to bring something to this community instead of hiding behind your computer.

These guys have arguably the most respected emerging art gallery in the country. They do a ton of cool projects in New York, LA and Miami. To say they are BS is just asinine and it shows how uninformed you are.

Secondly, Vagabond and Carmel by default are basically taking this bar away from the community from what I read here. But what can anyone expect? Carmel took The Church away from Franky and he took Back Door Bamby away from Mykel Stevens. He's someone that takes for his own financial gain. Doesn't surprise me he took Bar. He'llprobably open a watered down version of Bar just in time for "season." I'm going to miss this place. I had more than a few good times there.

Reality is it probably won't open again but I'm hoping they are true to their word.

izm
izm

OUR HOUSE WEST OF WYNWOOD ( meaning it was west of the Wynwood Art District), you obviously never been to the gallery nor BAR, and never understood the concept. No OHWOW didn't get kicked out, they left and are opening a new space in the design district and open one in LA. VAGABOND only real place in Miami? Have you been to GC? Electric Pickle? Probably not....You probably just "HEARD"

Nemo
Nemo

wanna cite your sources or go into further detail, buddy? i heard this and i heard that doesn't an argument nor a point make.

Ariel
Ariel

it was where OHWOW was. i heard they got kicked out also.

Jose D. Duran
Jose D. Duran

Our House WEST of Wynwood.... and they don't have a Miami base anymore. (Arguably Bar was their base locally.) Their new gallery will be located in the Design District and rumored to be opening later this year in time for Basel.

TomCintheCloset
TomCintheCloset

I don't know, the dirty storefronts just got all cleaned up by Rock of Ages...

Nemo
Nemo

yeah, but lease will be more expensive. one of the incentives of the 14th street locations was cheap rent and low maintenance. i don't think it's a losing bet to say the vag people will open up a very similar appealing bar in the same space. ps14 lacked something that the OHWOW folks succeeded in - bringing in a crowd.

Nemo
Nemo

business is business. you can't really fault the guy for dishing down more dough than his competition or buying them out or being a more astute and savvy businessman than them. here's hoping Bar opens up in a relatively nearby hood and doubles down on good times. if not, RIP.

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