One of the most important venues in Phish history is Nectar’s located within Burlington, Vermont. The building on 188 Main Street in Burlington also hosts Club Metronome and that property is currently available for purchase.
Phish played Nectar’s 46 times as per Phish.net, but it’s thought there were many other performances which went undocumented. All four members of the band have talked about the club’s importance to their career as Phish was able to develop their unique style. Club Metronome used to be called Upstairs Nectar’s and was the site of the band’s Nectar’s debut. It was a storage closet before Phish insisted on playing there. Here’s what Trey Anastasio had to say about Nectar’s last week to Rolling Stone:
“When we started the band, for all intents and purposes, we had a residency. We used to play at the same place.” The guitarist is referring to Nectar’s – the club in Burlington, Vermont, Phish’s hometown, where the group established and advanced its unique blend of jamming, knotty composition, conceptual adventure and audience-participation jest. “We played long, multiple nights there” in the Eighties, a workload made easier because “we lived about 600 yards from Nectar’s,” Anastasio recalls. “So it was very comfortable and homegrown.”
So, if you’re interested in purchasing the home of Nectar’s and Club Metronome, the asking price is $2.5 million. VT Commercial is the broker for the building. Note both venues have a lease that runs through 2027 with five-year renewal options. The third floor is currently vacant.
Stream audio of Phish’s debut Upstairs At Nectar’s from December 1, 1984:
[Hat Tip – Phish Tour 2014]
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