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West Hollywood’s Iconic Revolver Bar Abandons Expansion Plans

Revolver already received approval to expand into the adjacent clothing store The Block Party

Revolver Video Bar
Revolver Video Bar
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Revolver Video Bar, one of West Hollywood’s largest and oldest bars was in the process of expanding into the adjacent clothing boutique, Block Party. WeHoVille confirmed that Revolver’s plans have fallen through, so Block Party is staying put and might convert the front store area to an outdoor coffee and dessert bar.

Both Revolver and Block Party are a longtime mainstays on the busy strip of Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. Back in December, Revolver’s owner Chris Miller filed for and received city approval to expand the longstanding bar after Block Party’s lease expired. Block Party’s owner Larry Block even announced that his store would be closing.

It is unclear what caused the shift to occur, but Miller abandoned his plans, and Block was able to renew Block Party’s lease. As with most neighborhoods, West Hollywood’s Boystown area is experiencing changes, with a recent op-ed suggesting that Boystown is losing its historically gay character.

In the meantime, Larry Block is moving forward with his own expansion plans. No paperwork has been filed through the city council yet. “We’re excited,” Block said. “I’m happy to spend the next years here. We have to work out the new store front and how to get the various approvals.”