Iconic Rage Nightclub, located at 8911 Santa Monica Blvd, is permanently closing after operating in the heart of West Hollywood’s Boystown (now known as the LGBT Rainbow District) for 37 years. According to sources, the restaurant/bar and multi-level nightclub did not renew their lease which was up in November. Former employees also blame the COVID-19 pandemic and high rent as factors in its closure.
With the recent closing of Gym Sportsbar on July 8th and Flaming Saddles Saloon on August 16th, there has been much speculation that Rage Nightclub was next on the Santa Monica Boulevard chopping block, while bars and dance clubs remain shuttered during the pandemic. 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.”
Madril has been working at Rage since May 1997. “It’s almost a lifetime,” he posted on his Facebook timeline today. “The good times will always be cherished, as will the staff…past & present! It’s been a journey meeting sooooo many AMAZING people! So many! Thanks for all the memories, friendships and love!”
Madril revealed that Rage was subleasing the Showtimes Clothing store space next door. He’s unsure what will happen to Showtimes come November.
“Too many closures lately,” Posted West Hollywood small business owner and City Council candidate Larry Block, after he heard Rage was closing last week. “Supercuts , Flaming Saddles, Halal Guys, the baseline fitness… – and puts me on edge to see what next shoes are to drop and wondering the best way to get us all back up to speed and thriving.”
Established in 1983, Rage Nightclub – West Hollywood first opened its doors in November. The club was known for high-energy dance music at night and full-service restaurant during the day. The club offered two levels along with a large outdoor patio. It was known for its differently themed nights like GAMeBoi Fridays (gay Asian video dance club), Kinky Saturdays and The Dreamgirls Revue on Tuesday. There was also an 18 and older night.
The club’s official website ragenightclub.com is also gone and could be up for sale via a broker.