Blockley Closing
Over License Problems

A Philadelphia club that opened in 2009 and frequently featured multiple concerts per week is shuttering over liquor license issues.

The Blockley hosted artists from DMX to Donavon FrankenreiterJuicy J, and Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real during its years in operation, but the club announced on Facebook it would close its doors after the end of the year.

“In short- we lost our liquor license, without much notice,” the club wrote. “We’ve been negotiating it, but at this point we’re forced to move the license out of the building at year’s end. The news has blindsided our staff & family here, and it derails an experience and a community that we have been so very excited to see grow and flourish here.

“In a little more than 4 years, we have seen everything there is to see. Nobody on our end could have possibly expected the sort of journey that we’ve been on; it’s not been easy for one minute, but the level of talent that has hit our stage has surpassed even the wildest expectations. The disappointment that today brings is immense.”

According to state records obtained by Philadelphia magazine, the venue’s liquor license was inactive pending a non-renewal from 2012 that involved several incidents with alleged underage drinkers.

A spokesperson for the state’s liquor control board clarified to the magazine that the club did not, in fact, lose its license, but that the board “voted to hold the decision on the non-renewal matter to negotiate a conditional licensing agreement.”