Vancouver’s beloved geek bar closes, auctioning memorabilia

Vancouver –

The Storm Crow Alehouse announced its closure this month, citing the “brutal” impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the service sector.

Vancouver’s famous geek bar – known for its cocktails, board games, and plenty of decorative memorabilia – has listed supply chain disruptions and staff shortages among the many recent challenges it has faced.

“This is not the letter we wanted to write to celebrate the New Year,” read a post on the Storm Crow website.

“With great sorrow, we have to announce that the Storm Crow Alehouse will close its doors for good in January.”

Another location on Commercial Drive, which opened almost 10 years ago, has already closed in April 2020, but a third, Storm Crow Manor, remains open in Toronto.

Storm Crow said the Broadway location will be open “for a few days” this month so customers can visit one last time, barring new public health orders.

The owners also auction some of Storm Crow’s famous memorabilia, with the proceeds going to the staff. Some of the items listed online include a Numenorian shield accessory from The Lord of the Rings, the Hound helmet from Game of Thrones, and a Klingon Bat’leth set from Star Trek.

“Thank you, Vancouver, for a great decade, and thank you to all Crow employees past and present,” said Storm Crow’s farewell message.

“Who knows? Like a different mythical bird, maybe one day we will rise from its ashes in a new form, more powerful than ever.”

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