'No more strawberry wine!' - People share their memories of Scrooges following news the Blackpool 'wine bar' will not reopen after lockdown

People have been sharing their memories online following the announcement last week that Scrooges will not re-open after lockdown.

By Colin Ainscough
Monday, 25th May 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Monday, 25th May 2020, 12:46 pm

The owners have sold the award-winning Milbourne Street wine bar, along with other properties in their portfolio, in a redevelopment deal with Blackpool Council.

The statement on the bar's Facebook page said: "The rumours are true...

"It is with a VERY heavy heart that we have to announce, that the award winning Scrooges Bar will not open its friendly doors again."

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The closure of Scrooges Tavern in Blackpool has been met with sadness.

"The council have been wanting Scrooges Bar, Reform Health Club and several other land & properties we own in the town centre for redevelopment for some time now.... and a deal has finally been done.

"It is always hard to walk away from a hugely successful business, but even harder to walk away from a way of life and probably losing contact with some of THE SOUNDEST CUSTOMERS any bar could ask for . Scrooges will miss you all loads. Xxx"

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The closure has been met with sadness by many residence - here are just some of the many memories you shared:

I remember this place! Fruit wine?

Claire Padgett - Facebook

By far the hottest bar in Blackpool ( quite literally) cheap drinks and good vibes! Loved this place.

Sebastian Schools - Facebook

Shame, used to be my regular hang out back in the day, especially in my college years when it was Thursday night quiz night and two pint bottles of Stella were £3. Always made me laugh though it was called a 'wine bar' when its always been an out of the way drinking den.

John Whitehouse - Facebook

My heart has been broken more by Scrooges closing more than any boy ever could.

@Kaseygoller - Twitter

That's really sad . Had some amazing nights in scrooges over the years and it's the only bar like it in blackpool . It will 100% be missed by lots of people and town won't be the same without it . I have had some cracking hangovers off the strawberry wine over the years.

Phill Manning - Facebook

I worked there in early 80s when John Barnett Terry Pack and Keith McOrmack had it. In the days where we slopped the wine in the glasses to overflowing, until they brought in the new measures. Half price wine nights...Tue 'n' Thurs, packed out shoulder to shoulder. Jimmy the artist doing portraits in exchange for a bottle wine ..(just one of the fab characters in scrooges ) I sprayed snow at Christmas on the windows in the little booths ..horrified when came to wash off and it wouldn't ..I could go on and on ..fab memories .. RIP scrooges xx

Jackie Alty - Facebook

Lots of great memories here as well as lots of forgotten nights! The first place I tried Absinthe.

Rick Thompson - Facebook

Jack and Brenda, my mum and dad, sadly no longer with us. I had many a happy year there visiting with my girls and drinking way too much. It was the first bar I drank in back in the early 80s before mum and dad were there as well! Bit of Blackpool history gone. Good luck with plan for a Scrooge’s 2.

Julie Kennedy- Facebook

I can’t believe I will never get to dance around Scrooge’s to Joy Division with a can of Red Stripe in my hand. Thanks for the good times @ScroogesBar #2020iscancelled

@RoxyLouX - Twitter

No more strawberry wine!

Sheelagh McCarthy - Facebook

Gutted! The best college years were spent in there.

Blue room, scrooges, then tash.. best night out x

Kyle Wilkinson - Facebook

Feel emotional. So many memories and funny stories. Doubt very much it will be replaced by anything which is of any cultural value. Scrooges was a key part of mine and many others youth in our hedonistic little town and near safe haven from tourists. Sad day.

Dannii Helen - Facebook

Good times had in this bar Gail Williams, Alison Southern back in the day.

Jacquie Wright - Facebook

Nothing is ever gonna beat walking up those stairs weekend after weekend and falling down them on the way out. Here’s to the best tunes, the good times and to the even messier times. Scrooges will always have my heart.

@kaileygoller - Twitter

Shame but the state this town is init the £££ on the table really would you not take it ...just saying a sandgrownun.

Graham Kamp - Facebook

Had my 50th birthday party in there when brenda was there, great bar staff made plenty of friends, I must have been one of the oldest customer in there ps good luck with new venture.

Alan Dugdale - Facebook