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|Wave Bye-bye to the Wag
- Club to close and relaunch as Irish theme bar
THE WAG CLUB, famous as the place to be for the in-crowd in the 1980s, is to close next month and reopen later this year as an Irish theme bar.
"The situation is endemic of what is happening in Soho," said Wag Club boss Chris Sullivan, who has been at the Wardour Street venue since 1985. "It is a corporate landscape now. It just isn't viable anymore. The lease is ending and to renew it would cost three times as much."
The Wag was host to a variety of stars in the 1980s including the likes of Madonna, David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Al Pacino. Robert De Niro apparently once went to the club for three weeks in succession.
The Wag Club continued to pull in an influential crowd throughout the last decade but cost pressures have now forced its takeover by big leisure company Bass, who plan to destroy its individuality and re-brand it as an O'Neill's pub, of which there are already many across London.