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The Bronze

Exterior of the Bronze

The Bronze. It’s the only club worth going to around here. They let anybody in, but it’s still the scene. It’s in the bad part of town.
Cordelia Chase[src]

The Bronze was a popular nightclub in Sunnydale. It had a stage, dance floor, pool table, balcony, and bar, with often live performances. The club was located in the “bad part” of the town, by the shipping docks and railroad tracks.

Though the Bronze allowed minors inside, it did not serve alcoholic drinks to them.[1][2] The club also hosted a yearly “Fumigation Party”, in which captured and/or killed cockroaches could be exchanged for free drinks.[3]

Prominent Events

1997

  • The Order of Aurelius used this place as a feeding ground to the Vessel. Several humans and vampires were killed at this event.[4]
  • Buffy Summers flirted and danced with Owen Thurman, and Cordelia Chase met Angel for the first time.[5]
  • Thinking that he had attacked her mother, Buffy fought against Angel before he got the chance to explain the situation to her. The real enemy was Darla, who attempted to kill Buffy before she was dusted by Angel.[3]
  • Cordelia and Buffy were taken hostage by Marcie Ross.[6]
  • Buffy, Willow and Xander met Spike for the first time, in one of the nearby alley ways, where he observed her fighting ability.[7]
  • The Bronze was the host to the World Culture Dance, which involved Sunnydale High students and their foreign exchange partners who dressed in the attire of various cultures. It was here that an Inca Princess dated Xander Harris and almost absorbed his and Jonathan Levinson’s lifeforce.[8]

1998

  • Buffy’s 17th birthday party was hosted there, though it was never properly celebrated because of Spike’s attempt to reawaken the Judge.[9]
  • The Bronze was attacked by Oz when he was in his wolf transformation cycle.[10]
  • During Valentine’s Day, which the Bronze made special decorations for, Cordelia received a gold heart necklace as a gift from Xander before dumping him.[11]
  • Buffy met fellow Slayer, Faith, in one of the nearby alley ways where she lured and killed a vampire.[12]
  • The Bronze became the site of many adults partying after they were mentally reduced to teenagers because of magic band candy.[13]
  • After seeing Willow and Xander kissing, a deprimed Oz plays guitar at the Bronze during its closure.[14]

1999

2000

  • Faith, in Buffy’s body, had Willow mistakenly introducing her to Tara. She also used her appearance when she met Spike for the first time and teased him.[17]
  • Jonathan performed live music, for much of Xander Harris’ and Anya Jenkins’ excitement. Buffy and her boyfriend Riley Finn reconcilied while dancing to his song.[18]
  • The Scooby Gang celebrated Tara's 20th birthday.[2]

2001

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The Bronze’s reopening

  • Olaf the Troll entered the Bronze after smelling what he thought was ale. When Willow and Buffy were unsuccessful in dispatching him, he destroyed the interior of the club by smashing several pillars holding up the upper level with his hammer, injuring several patrons.[19]
  • A month after the troll incident, the Bronze was reopened, though the bar price was increased because the club’s insurance didn’t cover an "act of troll".[20]
  • Drusilla and Spike celebrate their reunion by draining a young couple.[20]
  • The musical demon Sweet used the Bronze as his lair during his short tenure in Sunnydale.[21]
  • Willow and Amy Madison began playfully altering reality such as turning the male performers into women, creating sheep, making two homophobic men cage dance, etc.[22]

2002

  • Orb-enhanced Warren Mears hit on a former schoolmate’s girlfriend, and when the boyfriend stepped in, Warren fought him off and several others with ease. Xander tried to intervene, but got tossed aside.[23]
  • Spike, manipulated by the First, seduced and sired many female patrons, one of which was called Charlotte.[24]

2003

  • Willow and Kennedy openly flirt for the first time.
  • Faith took the potential slayers out to the Bronze under her guardianship, but had a run in with the Sunnydale police since she broke out of jail.[25]
  • It was presumably destroyed along with the rest of Sunnydale by following the Battle at the Hellmouth.[26]

Blueprints

Behind the Scenes

  • Of 144 episodes of the series, 66 have at least one scene at the Bronze, not including its appearance in the Unaired Buffy pilot. The shooting location of The Bronze was at the Buffy the Vampire Slayer studio lot in Santa Monica, California.

Appearances