The iconic LA nightclub Rage, located in the heart of Boystown, is permanently closing its doors after 37 years. COVID-19 and high rent are said to be the reasons.
It joins Flaming Saddles and Gym Sportsbar as the latest WeHo nightlife casualties of the pandemic.
via WeHo Times:
The once popular gay bar was already closed on certain nights of the week prior to the pandemic due to low attendance. It also remained closed when bars were green lit to re-open on June 19, before California Governor Newsom ordered bars to close again on June 28th, due to non-compliance of social (physical distancing) and patrons not wearing a mask or proper face coverings.
“As far as I know, it was official two weeks ago,” Ron Madrill, the now former General Manager at Rage, told WEHO TIMES. “I heard from the landlord that yes, we’re not going to be reopening. The landlord told me that Rage pulled out. I knew it was happening with us being closed for so long, not having any income and the rent being very high. We were also subleasing the parking lot to another company.”
Rage first opened its doors in 1983 (!!!) and was known for high-energy dance music at night and full-service restaurant during the day. It famously had themed nights like GAMeBoi Fridays (gay Asian video dance club), Kinky Saturdays, and The Dreamgirls Revue – where many, many of our girls performed over the years – on Tuesday. There was also an 18 and older night.
(Top photo via WeHoville)