Raleigh's oldest music venue is closing, vow not to go quiet

Raleigh’s oldest music venue is closing, vow not to go quiet

RALEIGH, North Carolina — Raleigh’s oldest music venue will close its doors in November.

The owners of The Berkeley Cafe made the announcement via social media on Tuesday. The venue has been a staple of the downtown Raleigh music scene since the early 1980s.

In addition to its history as a beloved music venue, The Berkeley, located at 217 W. Martin St., has also had a loyal lunch following its burgers and sandwiches.

The Berkeley used to take up more space. In 1988, the owners expanded into an adjacent property at 215 W. Martin St. and began hosting larger shows featuring punk, hip-hop, and electronic artists. The venue closed in 2013 when The Berkeley reverted to a one-bedroom venue.

The building that The Berkeley occupies has a history dating back to 1920, according to state records.

The last night of music will be on Friday, November 11.

“Raleigh’s oldest music venue isn’t going quietly,” a Facebook post on Berkeley Cafe Facebook Page read Tuesday.

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