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LA club King King to close

Longstanding Los Angeles house venue calls it a day

2015 Dec 01     
2 Bit Thugs

Once named locally as the 'best non-douchey club in Hollywood', King King will close its doors for good on 31 January

 LA club King King, known for house nights such as Deep and Soul & Tonic, is to close for good on 31 January. The club's owner Mario Melendez says King King, which opened in 1988 on 6th Street and La Brea and moved to its current home on Hollywood Boulevard in 2001, is no longer a good fit in a neighbourhood that's “gone more towards open-air bars and sports bars”.

King King's best-loved nights include Deep, Incognito and Soul & Tonic. It was Soul & Tonic promoter Adam Auburn who first broke the news, saying on his Facebook page: “Personally, I was so inspired by King King's uniquely pure house music vibe, the warmth of the red glow on the brick walls, the feeling of being on a dancefloor where every single person around you, no matter what race, creed, or orientation, were all dancing together, free of judgement, free of worries, deeply immersed in the raw, uncut sounds of true house music.”

Fellow King King promoter Alan Agbayani, who was behind the Incognito parties, expressed similar sentiments, calling the club “an institution for house music in LA, just like Smart Bar in Chicago. It never sold out and never opened its front doors to Hollywood, literally and figuratively, since you could only enter in the back through the parking lot.”

The final Soul & Tonic party, which is also its fourth anniversary event takes place at King King on 5 December, with Mark Farina headlining. For details of other upcoming events, see






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