Dry January has not been a great month for some bars and restaurants in Birmingham.

We have reported on a number of eateries closing their doors this month, with some complaining it had been a tough 2018 in terms of trading.

Now the longstanding Colmore Row bar The Bureau Bar has closed its doors.

Its Facebook page has been deleted and the Twitter account has now been set to private. It is understood the premises have been closed for the past week.

No notice on The Bureau Bar premises to say if it is reopening
The Bureau Bar has closed its doors

When approached for comment, a spokesman for The Bureau Bar told BirminghamLive: "The Bureau is officially closed. There should be no one trading at this present time. If it is still trading is it doing so without the authority of the brand or licence holders." 

"A lot of bars have folded in the area recently. We are nothing special... we were very passionate about Birmingham and giving it a great independent venue that represents quality. Unfortunately times have changed and we all have to move with the times."

According to the official Instagram account, the bar owners were dealing with licencing issues which meant the venue was briefly closed before December before closing again this month.

Bureau Bar said on Instagram their licencing issues have been sorted
Bureau Bar said on Instagram their licencing issues have been sorted
 

The Bureau Bar is currently ranked 24 out of 152 bars in Birmingham on TripAdvisor.

The last TripAdvisor review dated November 25 said: “Not been here before...but the menu is deli led and interesting..I had the platter and everything was interesting and great flavours my fav was the scotch egg...so fresh with a soft yoke!

"The cocktail list is interesting, and the mixologist Dean was fab as was Ben, Hugo our waiter couldn't have been nicer or more helpful.”

Bureau bar's last TripAdvisor review was posted November 25
Bureau bar's last TripAdvisor review was posted November 25

The Bureau Bar,  housed in a beautiful Grade II listed building dating back to 1903, first opened five years ago.

 It won Designmynight.com's Hidden Gem 2014 award and also won rave reviews for its food menu. 

You could be enjoying a cocktail or two at Bureau Bar as part of Birmingham Cocktail Weekend coming this July
The Bureau Bar was famous for its cocktails
 

In the same year Bureau Bar owners directors, Zack Foley, opened the venue's stunning roof terrace.

In recent years it had been a popular choice for its rooftop view of the city as well as as a vantage point to see the firework display at New Year's Eve.

Bureau Bar has set the account to private.
Bureau Bar has set their Twitter account to private.

Back in The Bureau Bar's heyday there was very little choice for Brum's cocktail lovers.  

But in the last few years,  several new bars have sprung up around the city centre and business district.

Bureau Bar rooftop terrace
Bureau Bar rooftop terrace

Today the area is overflowing with drinking options.   In 2017 we welcomed Revolucion de Cuba and Las Iguanas on Temple Street. Most recently Dirty Martini opened on Bennetts Hill as well as Pint Shop and  Nocturnal Animals all round the corner from The Bureau Bar.

The Bureau Bar on Colmore Row is closed
The Bureau Bar on Colmore Row is one door away from Jailbird
 

Companies House records show Black Tray Limited, the company behind Bureau Bar went into liquidation in March 2018. 

A new company Focus Venues which names Zack Foley as director, took over a new venue licence granted by the city council with no issues on December 3.

The Bureau Bar is the latest high profile venue closure in the city. Earlier this month we revealed the Jailbird (formerly Nosh & Quaff) and just one door down from The Bureau Bar had closed. 

The owner Jabbar Khan said it had been "a particularly difficult 2018 for many businesses" and his company the Lasan Group had "decided to focus our attention elsewhere."