A ONCE popular Bolton music venue and bar will be put up for sale at auction later this month.

Blind Tiger in Nelson Square closed in April 2018 after building a reputation for showcasing up and coming North West bands and prompting a renaissance in Bolton's indie music scene.

Blind Tiger continue to operate venues in Bury and Rawtenstall.

The former venue will go under the hammer on October 21 along with more than 90 other properties and plots of land being sold by auction house Pugh.

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.

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 over £20m at its auctions, which have been held on the firm’s online platform.