City | 8:05 pm | December 15, 2011 | By Nick Defiesta

Elm Bar tries to add karaoke machines, gets rejected

Elm Bar took over the longtime home of Rudy's Bar and Grill, which has since moved to the location above at the corner of Chapel and Howe Streets.
Elm Bar took over the longtime home of Rudy's Bar and Grill, which has since moved to the location above at the corner of Chapel and Howe Streets. Photo by Sarah Sullivan.

If you were hoping to let all that finals week angst out by belting Fleetwood Mac in public, Elm Bar might not be the place for you.

In a Board of Zoning Appeals meeting Tuesday night, the Board of Aldermen rejected an application from Elm Bar owner Punhon Chan to bring karaoke and DJ equipment to the Elm Street haunt, the New Haven Independent reported. The bar, a hotspot for local residents and off-campus Yalies, currently hosts live metal bands, but the Board sided with neighbors who complained about the noise the additions would bring.

Martin Hallier, who co-owns 115 Howe St. around the corner, said noise from the bar is “out of control,” going on until 1 or 2 a.m. and leading some tenants in his building to complain.

Elm Bar, which took over the longtime home of Rudy’s Bar and Grill last year, has come under fire in the past for noise violations, public urination and drunken behavior originating from the bar, according to the Independent. The Board vote to turn down Chan’s application was unanimous.

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