The shortlist in NME‘s search to find Britain’s Best Small Venue in association with Jack Daniel’s JD Roots has been revealed.
Thousands of votes were cast for hundreds of venues across the country, but the list has now been whittled down to just 10 regional winners. Now it is your chance to vote for the overall winner.
And this week, we’re helping you along by profiling the ten shortlisted venues. Here, it’s the turn of London’s 12 Bar Club.
To tell us who you think should be the overall winner of Britain’s Best Small Venue in association with Jack Daniel’s JD Roots, go to NME.com/smallvenues. Voting is open until May 28.
The winner will be announced in the June 8 issue of NME, on sale June 5, alongside a very special gig announcement for the winning venue.
London 12 Bar Club – Regional winner – London
Location: 26 Denmark Street, London, WC2 UK
Manager: Andy Lowe
Most memorable moment: Seasick Steve played his first (and very impromptu) UK show here in 2004, to a handful of people. Apparently, he still pops in to say hello whenever he’s in town.
Best fact: One night in the early 90s, before the release of ‘Grace’, Jeff Buckley turned up at the 12 Bar with a group of friends and asked if he could play a few songs. No-one had any idea who he was.
Why does this venue deserve your vote?: A beautiful venue with a long history, bands playing seven nights a week and (uniquely for London) reasonable bar prices, this is one of the capital’s true hidden gems