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Energy bills force Pineapple Club bar to close

UK-based cocktail bar The Pineapple Club has permanently shut after rising energy bills contributed to its demise.

Last year, The Pineapple Club created a cocktail menu to champion representation in the industry

The Pineapple Club, based in Birmingham, opened in September 2020 in the city’s Great Western Arcade shopping district.

The venue cited a number of factors that led to its closure, including energy bills, pandemic restrictions and train strikes.

The Pineapple Club took to Instagram on Monday (13 February) to announce its closure: “We’re heartbroken to be writing this. Unfortunately The Pineapple Club has now ceased trading.

“We never had a good start opening right into a lockdown, then government Covid policies, then stock increases, then train strikes, but we have kept fighting to offer the best we could.

“The straw which broke the camel’s back was energy bills, something we never thought would be a factor to our demise. The team is heartbroken, there has been a lot of tears. We hope you all enjoyed what we built and we’re sorry for the reservations we can no longer honour.”

The venue was named among the Top 50 Cocktail Bars in the UK list for 2023 last month and picked up The Drinks Trust’s Golden Pineapple prize for best employee initiatives last year.

It also made the final 10 for Best New International Cocktail Bar in Europe in Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards 2022.

In August last year, the venue debuted a new cocktail menu, called Faces of Our Industry. The menu aimed to champion representation in the industry, supporting the LGBTQ+ community, people from multi-diverse and neuro-diverse backgrounds, as well as those who contribute to mental health causes.

The bar has also worked alongside charities that provide aid in getting the long-term unemployed into hospitality careers.

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