Vegas music shocker: The Bunkhouse has closed

Built to Spill headlines the Bunkhouse’s grand reopening.
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Less than a year into its second life, the Bunkhouse Saloon is dead again.

Without warning, the Downtown venue announced Monday that it has shut its doors. A statement from Downtown Project Ventures CEO Mark Rowland reads: “The Bunkhouse Saloon has closed, effective Monday, July 20. We’re proud of the committed employees and all of the artists who rocked the stage of the Bunkhouse Saloon, and we’re engaging in conversation with potential new operators and considering new concepts. Ticket holders will be contacted automatically through Ticketfly.”

After purchasing the Bunkhouse site from previous owner Charlie Fox for a reported $1.4 million in 2013, Downtown Project shuttered the bar/music venue that summer for a major renovation that saw everything but three of the original building's walls come down. The new Bunkhouse opened last August—featuring upgraded sound, an elevated food program and a new enclosed outdoor area—and has hosted a number of memorable shows by touring acts like Built to Spill (twice), Bob Mould, The Breeders, Brandon Flowers, Big Talk, Panda Bear, Blonde Redhead, The Drums and Zola Jesus, along with dozens of local acts. Hawthorne Heights headlined the final show on Sunday night.

Partway through the Bunkhouse's latest existence, Downtown Project handed over operational control of the venue to Corner Bar Management, the group behind Fremont East bars Commonwealth and Park on Fremont (and whose owners also own Wendoh Media). No word yet if a planned adjacent venue, the Wheel House, which was set to be owned and operated by Corner Bar, is still coming.

The Bunkhouse goes dark with more than 25 shows on its upcoming calendar, including Savages, Mew, The Growlers, Deerhoof and Swervedriver. The venue announced two new headliners—Saul Williams and The Polyphonic Spree—last Thursday.

A representative for the venue declined to comment beyond DTP's official statement. A post on the venue's Facebook page reads: "The Bunkhouse Saloon regrets to announce that we have closed our doors, effective immediately. Ticketholders for future shows will be contacted by Ticketfly regarding refunds. On behalf of our staff, management, and production team we would like to thank every artist who graced our stage and every person who visited us for a show or a cold beer. You made Bunkhouse something we will never forget."

Stay tuned for more on this story as it develops.

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