BENIDORM bar Sinatra’s has shut down its legendary venue as tourists and expats mourn the “end of the era”.
The owners confirmed the popular Cabaret Bar in the Spanish seaside town will be moving to a brand new location just up the road.
Sinatra’s is one of Benidorm’s oldest established Cabaret Bars, hosting some of the most popular and infamous acts in town.
It is also the centre of Benidorm’s British Fancy Dress day, when the town hosts Europe’s biggest fancy dress parade with thousands of tourists and locals getting involved.
The annual tradition started as a promotional gimmick by the bar more than 20 years ago when anyone who donned fancy dress that day got a free drink.
In an update on its Facebook page in December, the bar confirmed it would be moving to a nearby venue and shuttering the doors of the original club.
The statement said: “We know there is quite a lot of speculation out there at the moment about Sinatra’s closing so we just wanted to give you all an update.
“There is going to be exciting BRAND NEW Sinatra’s opening in 2022 in new premises very close by in Calle Lepanto in the building that was previously Sandra’s bar.
“This will be fully refurbished with lots of new exciting ‘touch of class’ additions, along with your favourite familiar Sinatra’s faces.”
A spokesperson for the bar told The Sun Online: “Sinatra’s is moving to a new location but it is still very early days.”
Tourists and expats have since flooded social media with tributes and farewells to the “iconic” bar.
One person said: “Aww, end of an era – many a good night in Sinatra’s.”
Another said: “Sinatra’s never be same again.”
A third wrote: “Will miss Sinatra’s, loved it.”
A fourth said: “Will really miss the old Sinatra’s loved it especially the outside terrace, never be that same.”
One expat said it had been their local boozer for the last ten years and “definitely won’t be the same”.
Another said the closure was “devastating”.
Without the legions of boozy British tourists who normally pack Benidorm’s bars and clubs, the nightlife during the pandemic has been eerily quiet.
Generations of British holidaymakers have been drawn in by the vast troupe of expat singers, comedians and dancers who cemented Benidorm’s party town reputation.
Once the throbbing heart of British tourism on the Costa Blanca, Benidorm is a shadow of its pre-pandemic self.
And many of the acts have been struggling to maintain their life in the sun.
Last year, Tracy Blevins, 54, who runs the what’s-on guide Benidorm Seriously, told The Sun: “Normally there are 300 shows on every night, now we’re lucky if there are ten or 12.
“I reckon 80 to 90 per cent of businesses are closed, we’re seriously struggling. I’ve had no help from the Spanish government, not a penny.”
The owner of British pub Jumping Jacks, Pascual Alvado, 60, added: “Before the pandemic this place would have been rammed.
“Benidorm depends on the UK and when British holidaymakers can’t come then there’s nothing to be done here. I’m not making money and I’ve got people who depend on me to put food on the table.”