Renowned Bolton live music venue goes up for auction

Blind Tiger in Nelson Square

The Blind Tiger, a live music venue and bar in Bolton known for showcasing up-and-coming North West bands and acoustic acts, has been put up for sale with auction house Pugh.

The venue will go under the hammer later this month, along with more than 90 other properties and plots of land

The 6,000 sq ft Nelson Square property, which covers two storeys and a basement, has been given a guide price of £150,000-£200,000.

Opened in 2012, Blind Tiger is credited with helping to bring about a surge in the Bolton indie music scene, hosting local bands such as Cabbage and the Blinders, before closing in 2017.

Pugh managing director, Paul Thompson, said: “The Blind Tiger was part of a renaissance of nightlife and culture in Bolton and the building itself has great potential for a change of use, subject to a buyer obtaining the necessary planning consent.

“Nelson Square itself is a unique historic area in the heart of Bolton.

“With its attractive public gardens and cobbled streets it would be a prime location for either a residential or a commercial redevelopment.”

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March, Pugh has sold more than 190 lots totalling in excess of £20m at its auctions, which have been held on the firm’s online platform.

The firm’s next auction, featuring properties and land across the UK, including the Blind Tiger in Bolton, will be held on October 21.

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