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Downtown's Bar 107 Has Closed for the Last Time

After refusing to close for months, the dive bar has finally packed up and shut down for good.

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

So the saga that was Bar 107 has finally, and rather quietly, ended. As of last week, the longtime Downtown dive spot seems to have been padlocked up tight, after various antics over the past several months that saw many try to keep the place from going under.

First announced in April, the demise of Bar 107 was long and protracted, mostly stemming from a dispute between bar owner Vee Delgadillo and the landlords who held her lease. Delgadillo claimed that the owners were forcing her out to make way for some sort of hip, cleaned up bar that nobody wanted — excluding the fact, of course, that Delgadillo herself ousted a longtime drinkery when she opened Bar 107 in 2005.

Well, the owners came and told everyone to leave in May, but then the fans and employees of the place just kinda decided … not to. So there was a whole cringe-worthy #OccupyBar107 anti-gentrification movement for a while, and the place just somehow kept going. Until it didn’t.

Yelp and others now report the place as being closed as of last week, and a stroll past the front door confirms that it’s shuttered. RIP to Bar 107, one of Downtown’s most promising late-2000’s haunts, which (if nothing else) helped bring an entirely new generation of hip kids and cheap drinkers into what was at the time a much less friendly Downtown.

Bar 107

107 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (213) 625-7382