Redline, the downtown L.A. gay bar that helped spawn a queer business renaissance, will close in 2024.
Owner Oliver Alpuche made the announcement on social media.
“It’s been an amazing experience and words can’t describe how appreciative I am to all who made REDLINE a reality and to all the people that created such an amazing inclusive space ❤️,” Alpuche said Sunday on his and the Redline Instagram pages.
“Believe (it) or not, our 10 year lease is expiring and I have made the tough decision (to) not renew.
“Instead – we will be putting all our affording into supporting the opening of the newest queer gay of DTLA @kiso__la,” he said.
Kiso LA, with partner Bradley Nitz, is scheduled to open in early 2024.
Redline opened July 14, 2015, on the ground floor of the Santa Fe Lofts on Sixth Street. The 1,900-square-foot watering hole features a dance floor, menu, and brunch.
Alongside Precinct and Bar Mattachine, which also opened that year, and the long standing gay-Latino New Jalisco Bar, the four spaces created a larger queer safe haven in downtown Los Angeles.
Bar Mattachine, however, closed in 2018.
In 2016, Alpuche launched DTLA Proud, a queer celebration of downtown L.A. and its growing LGBTQ community.
Redline and DTLA Proud are near Pershing Square, which was the center of “The Run,” a circuit of numerous gay-friendly establishments and cruising spots that existed from the 1920s to the 1960s. Pershing Square also was a centralized place where people could meet and socialize in the absence of a strong openly visible gay community. “The Run” included the Central Library, the bar at the Biltmore Hotel, and the Subway Terminal Building’s bathrooms.
In 2021, Redline has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help prevent the bar from having to permanently close, due to the mandatory shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.