One of Birmingham’s best-known music venues will close this Sunday to be demolished and turned into an upmarket Indian restaurant.
The Jug of Ale in Moseley provided an early platform for a number of bands including Brit Pop giants Oasis and Ocean Colour Scene, and more recently acts like Kasabian and Editors.
Owners Scottish and Newcastle Pub Enterprises refused to confirm or deny what plans the buyer had for the site, only that the sale of the venue "will be completed within the next week".
Louise Barnett, a spokeswoman for the S&NPE, said: "As part of a continuous review of our estates, the decision has been taken to sell The Jug of Ale in Moseley because it does not fit with the company’s long term business strategy.
"We’re anticipating that the sale will be completed within the next week, but it is not our policy to comment in detail on individual business transactions."
A final farewell party is being held at the pub, with live bands playing one last set, on Sunday from 6pm.
Councillor Martin Mullaney (Lib Dem Moseley and Kings Heath) said: "I would have hoped someone would have fought to keep The Jug of Ale as a music venue, so I think it’s a real shame that it’s closing. It’ll be a big loss to the city’s live music scene.
"I’ve had lots of letters from people saying ’Please don’t let them pull it down’, but it seems the deal is done and die is cast."