Auckland's iconic music venue, The Kings Arms, has sold for over $7 mil

Music 06/12/2016
After a short couple of months on the market, the unforgettable Kings Arms Tavern has sold for $7.4 million. 
It's bleak news for those of us with fond memories of vibing out to a sweet groove on the dancefloor, enjoying cheap tap beers or hooning a durry or two out in the fairy-lit garden bar.

The days of vibing at 59 France Street, Newton may well be over.

The venue owner, Maureen Gordon, wished for the Kings Arms musical legacy to continue but only received offers from developers, after putting it on the market in September.

She bought the 2,112 square metre property three decades ago. At the time it was more of a sports bar. Gordon's interests lay with country music and so she slowly turned the place into a haven for music. Now, in 2016, Kings Arms carries a legacy and reputation like no other music venue in the country.

The place has seen the likes of The Black Keys and The White Stripes on its stage.

Many Kiwi musos have risen in their retrospective scenes at Kings Arms. Homebrew, Eno x Dirty, Totems, LarzRanda, Yoko-Zuna to name a few...

Producer legends like Shlohmo, Baths, Gold Panda and Mac DeMarco have all played amazing, intimate sets. 

Among the many hundreds, if not thousands, of shows that have come alive in this beautiful venue.

Gordon - now over 80 - decided to part ways with the tavern due to her properties soaring overheads and a bout of poor health. She told Stuff the sale "was a sign of the times."

"I do feel very sad about the sale though - it's been a lifestyle for my family - and for the young music goers of Auckland."

"We will be there for about 16 months more ... and the place rolls on just the same until then."

16 months left with this priceless piece of NZ music history. Be sure to enjoy her before she's gone. 

We love you Kings Arms.