Vibe Bar, a Brick Lane establishment in existence for two decades, has finally decided to close amidst increasingly silly licensing laws in the Tower Hamlets area. Despite being one of the most prominent venues to contribute to the regeneration and popularisation of the Brick Lane area following its opening in 1994, it has been hit with a number of vibe-killing (sorry) measures, which range from airport-level security (ID scanners, metal detectors) to a virtual curfew (1am) with barely a possibility of getting a temporary event notice. It seems as though, in a particularly Orwellian effort to quash crime, two other things – entertainment and history – have been caught under this clumsy elephant foot we call "law" and "government".

Even Ramadan is under fire; you need a license to sell food between 11pm and 5am. "Any premises that sell hot food or hot drinks from 11pm to 5am the following day requires a licence from the Council." That's what they say (download the PDF if you really want to see).

Before the venue began life it was Vibe Promotions, which ran acid house nights around the world – "looking to find a place to create something special" they eventually teamed up with Ofer Zeloof in 1994 to create Vibe Bar. Zeloof, incidentally, was involved in a drugs bust in January 2013 at a venue he co-owns, 93 Feet East, just across the road from Vibe. It faced closure (and did actually close for a while), as 21 other establishments closed after Johnny Law laid his police-flavoured smackdown as part of why-so-serious Operation Condor, which was itself a string of police raids and surprise visits on licensed premises – potentially the beginning of the end. Wildly waving around bags of drugs, stolen phones, sex workers and non-duty paid tobacco, the evidence was there for tougher, less public crackdowns.

Set to make a his mark on the area, and yes maybe slightly indirectly contribute to drugs and other illegal shit that hadn't been there previously, Vibe Bar owner Allan Miller (who has posted a long statement on the bar's Facebook page) led a "troop of talented creative people who wanted to make a difference" against all the odds; Soho and Notting Hill and Camden, especially the latter in terms of "coolness", these were the places to be. Not so much these days. Brick Lane is bustling, day and night, with its frequenters ranging from everyday Joes to alternative trendsetters and trendfollowers, and it's thanks to – at least in part – Vibe Bar.

Anyway, blah blah, whatever. That's it. Thanks Government – that was sarcastic. But maybe you're saying, right now, "you'll thank me when you're older" like some kind of… parent. You're not my real mum and dad though.

Are we suffering from a case of creeping fascism? (I was gonna link to the Wikipedia page for that, but it seems that it's been spookily erased, or rather very much reduced in size).

Vibe Bar is celebration its birthday and its death over the weekend starting 7th November. Pop along.

For now…

More evidence for Brick Lane's supercoolness: Remember in 2010 when Macmillan Cancer took over Brick Lane? We do.

If you want to know more of the silliness, download the whole Tower Hamlets' Statement of Licensing Policy 2013 – 2018 here (PDF).