Sunderland bar Pure to shut this weekend – just 18 months after reopening

Pure, Park Lane, Sunderland
Pure, Park Lane, Sunderland
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A CITY centre bar is to close its doors tomorrow night, less than 18 months after re-opening.

Bar Pure is holding a closing party after bosses said they were unable to keep the venue going.

Stoker Leisure Limited, run by Andrew Stoker, took over the Olive Street site in November 2012.

The pub had been derelict for two years after its licence was revoked.

Northumbria Police urged Sunderland City Council’s licensing committee to shut the bar in 2010, after evidence of cocaine use was found in the toilets and under age drinkers were sold alcohol by a 16-year-old barmaid on police test purchases.

However, Mr Stoker told the Echo at the time how he saw the potential of Pure and revamped the venue, putting on live music as well as weekly and monthly events.

But a statement put out on Pure’s Facebook site this week read: “Over the last 15 months we’ve had some amazing times, hosting a wide range of local, regional and national talent along the way.

“We greatly appreciate the effort that all of the promoters, DJs, bands and staff have put into each and every one of those events. Sadly, the time has come for us to move on.

The statement added: “We would like to thank you, our loyal customers, for all of your support.”

Pure is one of the latest Sunderland city centre nightspots to close in recent months.

Crowtree Road boozer Brogans and nightclub Privilege were demolished last year as part of a £13.4million scheme to create a new pedestrianised area called Magistrates’ Square.

Innfusion, opposite Pure, closed in 2012, while Varsity, in Green Terrace, shut last month after the company which operated it went into administration.

Pure shuts this weekend, with its closing party held tomorrow night. It is not yet known whether the venue will be taken over by another firm.

No one from Pure was available for comment despite attempts from the Echo to contact them.