Nearly 30-year-old rock venue and shots bar Continental is shutting its doors next year. The East Village bar — known most recently for its shot deals but previously for hosting bands like The Ramones and Iggy Pop — will be knocked down for a boutique office building, according to Curbed New York.
Owner Trigger Smith posted a letter to the website of the bar saying that it will close in August 2018 after 27 years at 25 Third Avenue, near St. Mark’s Place. “It’s truly heartbreaking that we and so many Old Skool places are falling by the wayside but unless you own your building that’s how it goes,” the letter says. A developer purchased the building along with two others for $150 million.
In the note, Smith notes that if the bar makes enough money in the next year, he will try to relocate it.
Continental first opened as a rock bar, and in 2006, the stage was replaced with leather booths, turning it more into a dive bar. As a venue, it was known for hosting lots of punk and rock shows, and as a dive, it was known for its loud signs out front that advertised cheap shots and a happy hour that lasts until late night.
It hasn’t been without its troubles. The bar has filed for bankruptcy twice and was accused of a racist door policy back in 2010. Smith writes in his letter that the door policy was always “strictly about dress code and vibe code,” noting that they “denied entry to more intoxicated, caucasian, bro types than any other group or race.”
“When I was bartending my way through college- this was my Dream and it happened!” the letter says. “I will always be so deeply grateful for this experience.”
Earlier this week, fellow East Village rock bar HiFi also closed.