Uncertain Future for City Centre Nightclub

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Byline: Peter Law peter.law@walesonline.co.uk

CARDIFF'S only dedicated rock and live music bar will close if plans for student flats in a city-centre building are given the go-ahead.

Cardiff Barfly, in the basement of Northgate House, on Kingsway, closed in September 2010, but was given a new lease of life as Bogiez six months later.

However, plans have been submitted by the building's owner to redevelop Northgate House into a 66-bedroom student block.

According to a planning application submitted by TVE Ltd, the nightclub basement will be used as "ancillary space for the student accommodation".

The documents state TVE Ltd recently purchased the basement "with the intention to overcome obvious acoustic issues", adding that the "rather unsightly nightclub entrance" will be replaced with a new lobby.

Bogiez manager Tom Martin yesterday said he was unaware of the plans as the premises was still under lease from Cardiff brewery SA Brains.

"Nobody has spoken to us. At the end of the day we are happy and trading and we have got a lease in place," Mr Martin said.

According to its website, Bogiez has gigs booked throughout the summer and as late as September.

SA Brains did not confirm yesterday that the basement had been sold, only saying it was "considering various scenarios".

"SA Brain and Company Limited holds a long leasehold interest in the basement at Northgate House which has been sublet to Bogiez via Barfly Holdings (Cardiff) Limited," a statement said. …