Raleigh’s oldest music venue is closing, vows not to go out quietly

RALEIGH, NC — Raleigh’s oldest music venue is closing its doors in November.

Owners of The Berkeley Cafe made the announcement via social media on Tuesday. The venue has been a staple of the downtown Raleigh music scene since the early 1980s.

Besides its history as a beloved music venue, The Berkeley, located at 217 W. Martin St., also has had a loyal lunch following for its burgers and sandwiches.

The Berkeley used to occupy more space. In 1988, owners expanded to adjacent property at 215 W. Martin St., and began hosting bigger shows featuring punk, hip-hop and electronic artists. The venue was shuttered in 2013 as The Berkeley went back to a one room venue.

The building The Berkeley occupies has a history dating back to 1920, according to the state records.

The final night of music will be Friday, Nov. 11.

“Raleigh’s oldest music venue is not going out quietly,” a Facebook post on Berkeley Cafe’s Facebook page read Tuesday.

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