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Legendary Benidorm bar Sinatra’s kicked off its Great Britain Days at SHUTS DOWN as Britons mourn ‘end of an era’

BENIDORM bar Sinatra’s has closed its legendary venue as tourists and expats mourn the “end of the era”.

The owners confirm the popular Cabaret Bar in the Spanish seaside town is moving to a brand new location right up the road.

Benidorm bar Sinatra's is moving to a new location

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Benidorm bar Sinatra’s is moving to a new location
The bar started its annual dress up day more than 20 years ago

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The bar started its annual well-dressed day more than 20 years agoCredit: Getty
The tradition of fine dressing began as a bar gimmick

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The tradition of fine dressing began as a bar gimmickCredit: Getty
Thousands of people participate on this day every year

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Thousands of people participate on this day every yearCredit: Getty

Sinatra’s is one of Benidorm’s oldest Cabaret bars, hosting some of the most famous and infamous acts in town.

It is also the centerpiece of British Outrageous Dress Day in Benidorm, when the town celebrates Europe’s largest splendid costume parade with thousands of tourists and locals participating.

The annual tradition began as a bar gimmick more than 20 years ago when anyone dressed well that day would get a free drink.

In an update on its Facebook page in December, the bar confirmed that it would be moving to a nearby location and closing the original clubhouse.

“We know there’s been quite a bit of speculation about Sinatra’s closure at the moment so we just wanted to give you an update,” the statement said.

“It will be interesting that BRAND NEW Sinatra opens in 2022 in a new establishment very close to Calle Lepanto in the building that used to be Sandra’s bar.

“This will be completely revamped with lots of exciting new ‘class-related’ additions, along with the familiar faces of Sinatra you love.”

A spokesperson for the bar told The Sun Online: “Sinatra’s is moving to a new location but it’s still very early days.”

Tourists and expats have since flooded social media with tributes and goodbyes to the “iconic” bar.

One said: “Aww, end of an era – many have a good evening at Sinatra’s.”

Another said: “Sinatra will never be the same again.”

A third wrote: “Will miss Sinatra’s, love it.”

A fourth person said: “Will really miss Sinatra’s old favorite it especially the outside terrace, never been the same.”

One expat said it has been their local snack for the past ten years and “definitely won’t be the same”.

Another said the closure was “devastating”.

Without the legion of avid British tourists who often pack Benidorm’s bars and clubs, the nightlife during the pandemic has been eerily quiet.

Generations of British tourists have been drawn to the large group of expats singers, comedians and dancers who have cemented Benidorm’s party-town reputation.

Once the bustling heart of British tourism on the Costa Blanca coast, Benidorm is a shadow of itself before the pandemic.

And many behaviors have struggled to sustain themselves in the sun.

Last year, Tracy Blevins, 54, who runs the serious Benidorm show guide, told The Sun: “Usually there are 300 shows on a night, now we’re lucky if there are ten or 12.

“I think 80 to 90% of the businesses are closed, we are in serious trouble. I have no help from the Spanish government, not a dime.”

Jumping Jacks pub owner in the UK Pascual Alvado, 60, added: “Before the pandemic, this place was rammed.

“Benidorm depends on the UK and when British tourists cannot come there is nothing to do here. I don’t make money and I have people who depend on me to put food on the table. “

Thousands of tourists and locals take part in the splendid costume parade

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Thousands of tourists and locals take part in the splendid costume paradeCredit: Getty
The original location of the bar has closed

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The original location of the bar has closedCredit: Facebook
Britons enjoy Benidorm’s Fancy Dress Day despite Europe’s Covid fears

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