We were not the only ones to grumble about the Annex, whose off-brand booking practices and sullen bouncers never quite coalesced into a place in which you might actually want to spend any time. But at least it was a venue, that booked bands on occasion. As opposed to what it is now: The Doghouse Saloon, elegantly summed here by Bowery Boogie:
The logo for the new spot is pretty immortal too:
Ladies and gentlemen, your ever-improving Lower East Side!
Annex Replaced by Doghouse Saloon at 152 Orchard [Bowery Boogie]
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 2, 2009