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DBA, West Hollywood's Sauciest Nightclub, Shuts Down

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DBA, the West Hollywood club known for artsy and scantily clad performances, has closed its doors for good.

The club ceased operations at the end of May, but news just broke that it wouldn't be reopening. It's still unclear exactly why the club closed. Dilip Bhavnani, one of the major investors in Cardiff Giant, the team behind the venue, tells WEHOville, “There’s a lot of legal ramifications to what is happening with that space and unfortunately my lawyers have told me I can’t discuss it.”

The nightclub opened in December of 2013 with the aim of upending the typical, unremarkable club-vibe by offering more creative and edgy entertainment. Early shows featured artsy spectacles—with occasional full frontal nudity—curated by Simon Hammerstein. More recently, the club was the L.A. home to the unique cabaret-style shows of For The Record Live, which brought to the stage the soundtracks of films from John Hughes, Quentin Tarantino and others.

Beau Laughlin, one of the Cardiff Giant partners, tells WEHOville, "We founded DBA with the intention that it be so much more than a ‘nightclub’. We’re very aware that in hospitality, and especially so with nightlife, people want to constantly be surprised and stimulated.” Laughlin said DBA hoped to attract patrons “comfortable in the presence of the unfamiliar, be it art, culture, music and lifestyle, and open to anything, even, dare I say, a little discomfort!”

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Prior to DBA, the iconic building was home to a jazz club in the 1950's, the Pink Pussycat Strip Joint in the 1960s and a lesbian bar known as Peanuts in the 1970s.