Birmingham bar closes after 16 months citing 'impossible' costs and 'unforeseen circumstances'

The Devil's Dog in Digbeth
-Credit: (Image: Kirsty Bosley)

A live music bar in Digbeth has closed permanently. The Devil's Dog, a heavy metal venue on Adderley Street, shared a post on its social media pages today (June 18) confirming that it would not be reopening.

The venue, which opened for the first time back in February 2023, cited 'unforeseen circumstances' as well as the 'economic downturn and rising operating costs' for the closure in the post. The former car showroom received a full overhaul by owners Asad Abrar and Simone Geisser before launching last year.

The Devil's Dog had a number of live performances scheduled to take place, including a hometown show for punk outfit GBH and a dozen gigs organised by Birmingham promotor Surprise You're Dead Music. The latter has confirmed that it has already begun making arrangements to find new venues to minimise disappointment for fans.

The news comes just days after another Digbeth venue - The Floodgate - announced it was closing in July after 'five wonderful years'.

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In the statement shared by The Devil's Dog, Dee Melhado wrote: "Devil's Dog Digbeth deeply regrets to announce the permanent closure of its establishment, effective immediately. This decision weighs heavily upon us, as we have cherished the countless memories and experiences shared within our walls over the past year.

"However, the cumulative impact of unforeseen circumstances, including the economic downturn and rising operating costs, has made it impossible for us to continue providing the memorable experiences that have defined our venue.

"We want to extend our deepest gratitude to our loyal patrons, bands, and staff, who have made Devil's Dog such a special place. Your love of live music has sustained us through challenging times and inspired us to create unforgettable moments that will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

"We hope that you will continue to support the local alternative scene as we continue to support emerging and established artists and maintain Birmingham's status as the home of heavy metal.

"While we are saddened by the closure of Devil's Dog we believe that it is the responsible decision for our business and employees. We thank you for your understanding and support during this challenging time."

BirminghamLive has contacted The Devil's Dog for more information on the closure.