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Downtown Gay Club Staple Bar Mattachine Has Quietly Closed

No word on what’s next for Vee Delgadillo’s place

Bar Mattachine Is Downtown’s First Gay Craft Cocktail Bar
Bar Mattachine
Wonho Frank Lee

Downtown gay cocktail spot Bar Mattachine has closed. The nightlife spot on 7th Street lasted just under three years.

Bar Mattachine opened in October of 2015 and immediately became a power player in the fluctuating LGBTQ nightlife scene of Los Angeles. For more than a generation Downtown was populated with a handful of prominent gay bars, but as the neighborhood slowly began to change last decade many of them were forced under by increased rent or new development deals. Then came a resurgence in 2015, with the opening of Precinct and, later, Mattachine, which focused on craft cocktails under owner Vee Delgadillo, who had formerly run Bar 107.

Now the time has come for Mattachine to move on. A note posted to the company’s Facebook page reads:

Thank you to everyone who came through and helped us create a bar with spirit and story. Goodbye... for now. To be continued.

There’s no word yet on what’s next for the property or for Delgadillo, who herself has been a staple of the Downtown nightlife scene for more than a decade.

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