The state of California is none to happy with Micky’s in West Hollywood, closing the Boystown party haunt for 30 days as of October 1. The issue, it seems, stems from a 2013 investigation into the bar over concerns that it routinely dished out free drinks and allowed lewd behavior to take place inside.
Wehoville has the full details, dropping news that the Alcoholic Beverage Control board would be shuttering the Santa Monica Boulevard location right up until the day before Halloween. In the filing, the ABC cited "over-exposure" of some of Micky’s go-go dancers, as well as those allegations of free pours for patrons.
Owner Michael Niemeyer spoke to Wehoville about the ruling, saying that it puts his 50 employees at risk. It's likely that his company will continue to pay its workers rather than planning to reopen on the busiest day of the year in West Hollywood with a whole new staff.
In an interesting twist, Wehoville says that some customers from the neighborhood have been incensed at similar ‘lewd behavior’ closures of nearby bars in the past, citing aging laws that they feel don’t accurately reflect today’s attitudes. Of course, some are likely just unhappy that the place is closing for any reason, given its weekend popularity and decades-long history in the community as a prominent gay hangout.