Smith’s Alternative went into liquidation last month, with co-owner Domenic Mico blaming public service cuts. However, the popular alternative arts space and bookshop has found a new owner in Nigel McRae, the founder of the Canberra Musicians Club.
“I’ve been putting shows on there every Wednesday and I was aware it wasn’t exactly doing very well,” he told the ABC. “So I was prepared to step in and help out if anything did happen … I just didn’t want Smith’s to close.”
Mr McRae intends to continue the nightly programming of live performance events, including, not only music, but theatre, cabaret and the like, as well.
Smith’s is one of three live venues in Civic, the other two being the Phoenix and Transit Bar. It opened in 1976, quickly becoming famous for its focus on books featuring alternative topics, such as psychology, sex and philosophy.