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Oakland's Uptown Nightclub is up for sale, including its iconic neon guitar sign

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By Huey Bergstrom

(OAKLAND, Calif.) The iconic Uptown Nightclub closed in 2020 after 15 years of raucous and exciting shows and evenings and is now apparently up for sale, including their vibrant neon guitar sign hanging above Telegraph Avenue.

According to a report in Broke-Ass-Stuart, the nightclub is being sold on Craigslist under a post titled "Amazing Bar & Live Entertainment Venue with Outdoor Patio (NEAR SAN FRANCISCO).” The 7300 square feet venue does not have a price listed and notes that serious offers should contact the seller to inquire.

“With its reputation and industry relationships as well as full liquor license and entertainment permit, a new owner can step in and operate as-is (once covid restrictions are lifted), or adjust the concept as desired while making use of all the underlying infrastructure and at a fraction of the original construction and permitting cost," the post read in part.

It's clear in the post that the iconic sign and the venue's liquor license are part of the deal but there are some contingencies.

“The sale will be contingent upon a new operator obtaining an agreeable long-term lease and transfer of the existing Type-48 liquor license. Prospective operators should have existing experience (or team members with experience) operating a music venue and/or bar. Additionally, operators should have strong financials and a clear plan for restarting the business once Covid restrictions have been lifted. Current owner can assist with introductions for music bookings, corporate events, etc.”

Since its initial opening in 2005, the Uptown Nightclub has hosted a number of artists across genres and is often a spot for performers to unwind after shows across the street at the Fox Theater. The venue did close in 2007 and again in 2014 resulting in a turnover in ownership and eventual reopenings. It's possible that could be the case here and Oakland could get new life breathed into one of its established venues.  

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