In The South

Sharon Barr moves on to pastures new

Besi Besemar November 24, 2016

After 10 years at the helm, Sharon Barr, owner of the Zone Bar moves on to pastures new.

Sharon Barr (far right)
Sharon Barr (far right)

Sharon’s last weekend will be on December 3-4 when she is throwing a farewell party to make sure she goes with a bang.

An integral part of Brighton’s gay scene for over a decade, this cocktail and cabaret venue attracts a mixed crowd of party-goers at weekends and has been especially popular at major celebrations, such as St Patrick’s Day and Halloween.

web-600-3Of her departure, Sharon said: “It has been a pleasure and an honour to have owned The Zone for the past 10 years. However, it is now time for me to relinquish control and move on to new challenges. I have loved meeting such wonderful people – the customers, the staff and the brilliant acts that have passed through the doors. It’s a great testament to the hard work of the team over the years that the new owner, Steven, doesn’t wish to change a thing – and I’ve very proud about that”. 

Sally Vate, The Zone’s resident cabaret artist since the early days will host a special farewell party on Saturday, December 3 from 7pm.

Sharon continued: “I would love to see friends old and new and raise a glass or two to The Zone – and if anyone has any special memories of The Zone, I would love to hear from them.” 

Sharon will be taking some time out to see family in Australia and tour parts of the South Pacific that she has always wanted to visit.

The venue’s new proprietor is expected to take ownership of The Zone in early December and has no plans for any changes, expecting a very smooth transition.

He said: “The Zone will continue to remain a fun, friendly and fabulous place with a great atmosphere. A place where a broad spectrum of people of all ages can have a drink and enjoy live music and entertainment at the weekend. The current team of experienced and friendly bar staff will continue to provide a warm welcome to all”.

The Zone will be open throughout Christmas and New Year, including Christmas Day, and has an excellent lineup of entertainment – all of which can be found in the Gscene listings and on The Zone’s website.