Sydney live venue Café Lounge has announced it will not be reopening once COVID-related lockdowns ease.

The Surry Hills watering hole, which also operated as a bar and restaurant, opened back in 2000 and was forced to temporarily shut its doors back in March due to the COVID pandemic.

“With recent lockout laws, rising operating costs in a rapidly changing neighbourhood, we knew quickly this pandemic was going to be our end,” reads a statement on the venue’s Instagram.

“We hope other venues receive the ongoing support required to get through this time and hopefully we all come back stronger with a government who recognises our value.

“We‘d like to thank those who played an integral part in keeping the good times flowing, all the hardworking staff, managers, artists, promoters and previous owners. They kept the dream alive for 20 good years.”

The Sydney space has frequently hosted live music, comedy and more since it opened.

Read the full statement below.