Remember the good times when everyone gets so drunk and hops onto the bar dancing crazily along with the beat at Carnegies on a wild Wednesday night? Well, the memories could only remain in our hearts now as the 23-year-old legendary bar in Wanchai announced to close down at the end of June unless a buyer can be found.
According to Coconuts Hong Kong, the bar only made the decision on Tuesday (June 13), as the rent just went up and the shareholders came into town, looked at the books, and said the business wasn’t viable anymore.
The business has been struggling for a while now indeed. The General Manager of Carnegies, Duncan Smith, pointed out that late 2014 was a significant turning point due to the mass Umbrella Movement rallies and the gruesome murder of two Wanchai sex workers.
Smith claimed that the business never fully recovered since then. The bar has once been so popular among the exchange students in Hong Kong, but in recent years, the university students have stopped frequenting the bar. Smith blamed the openings of the many new bars across the city and hence the customers are spreading.
The manager also said that the bar has indeed considered about rebranding and fitting into the new bar scene, but it is just impossible when there are simply no customers.
Is it the new bars, the property tycoon or club 7-11 to blame? We don’t know anymore.