(Shark Club / Facebook)

It’s the end of an era for a once popular bar near downtown Victoria after 29 years in business.

Shark Club, a staple in the Victoria area since 1993 in the Sandman Hotel on Douglas Street, took to social media Sunday to announce the establishment had permanently closed as of September.

“We thank you for all the memories, laughter, cheers,” read a post on Facebook. They also thanked their loyal Victoria customers for their support and patronage.

Dear guest,It is with great sadness that after 19 years of proudly serving the Victoria community, Shark Club in…

Posted by Shark Club Sports Bar on Sunday, October 2, 2022

In early June, just as a new sports bar announced their opening date in Saanich, Shark Club said they would be temporarily closing their doors until at least September.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are saddened to announce that we will be temporarily closing our Shark Club Victoria location as of Thursday, June 16th,” the announcement said at that time.

The Shark Club has been a mainstay for decades for those looking to catch a Pay Per View event or major sporting event on TV.

It was also a popular spot for those grabbing a bite to eat before heading to a local sports game such as the Victoria Royals.

While the reason for the Shark Club closure is unknown, at the time of the temporary closure, many restaurants and pubs in Victoria had to close or alter their hours, citing staffing issues.

This includes the Romeo’s location in downtown Victoria, which has also since closed for good.

Other Shark Club locations across Canada including Vancouver and Kamloops will remain open.

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