Bar Luna has supplied many people in Llanelli with nights out to remember, with great music and lively atmosphere.
Unfortunately all good things come to an end, and it was announced this week that Bar Luna -also known as The Shaker -was closing its doors on October 30.
Lease owner and manager Clive Brookfield said it’s not economical to keep running the club anymore – with the venue hit by a double whammy of rising costs and the after effects of the Covid pandemic.
Clive, who has worked at the club for 44 years, said: “When you have one hundred people in a big venue like that, it doesn’t look good. DJ’s command more money these days and the doormen so were loosing money on it. So were going to shut Bar Luna and if the town picks up one day we can come back to it otherwise it will just be a good old memory.”
Clive added: “We’ve seen all good times, many people have met their partners there and we’ve had good acts over the years. When the Covid has come in now, we’ve been shut for a year and people have found alternative ways. People got bars in their house and garage and the crowds aren’t out anymore. Going back fifteen years ago on a Saturday night in Llanelli you’d have two and a half thousand people out I don’t think you’ve got two hundred people out anymore.
Bar Luna, which has hosted huge crowds throughout the years, is located on Market Street and has been changed over time.
The two-tiered club, like Llanelli’s famous Moonraker, drew in crowds from 10pm until the early hours of the morning.
With flashing strobe lights, a packed out smoking area and a sticky dancefloor, Bar Luna became a firm favourite in Llanelli.
The club gained quite a reputation and was loved for its signature alcopops that were inclined to leave you with fuzzy teeth and a sore throat the next day.
Reminiscing on the good old days, Clive said: “I can recall people coming out on a Saturday night at 7pm to do a pub crawl around the town and then coming at 11pm to the club and they’d they dance the night away until 2am and it was good.”
When asked on his best memory, Clive said the best days was when X Factor star Chico Slimani and other famous acts performed at the bar.
He smiled: “Those were really good days because in them days, I’d have 740 people upstairs coming to see Chico and downstairs which was over 18’s I’d have another 700. So you’re talking 1,500 people in my venue – but you haven’t got 200 in town anymore.
“They were good days and we met loads of friends and people.”
Although Bar Luna has seen the last of its good days, Clive and his staff will be kept busy managing the bar below Bar Luna called The Jail House.
Clive said it’s still a popular venue for the older generation and he has plans to keep that going for “as long as possible”.
You can attend Bar Luna’s final night on Saturday, October 30.
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