Oil Can Harry’s was a well-known LGBTQ bar/nightclub in Studio City from 1968 to 2021. The bar survived a 1960s-1970s city ordinance that banned same-sex dancing, and the HIV-AIDS epidemic, but it began to struggle when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. And in January 2021, the owner John Fagan announced that they would be closing their doors for good.
Earlier this week, the Los Angeles City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee approved a proposal to designate the site a Historic-Cultural Monument. LA City Council will take up the vote for final approval at a later date.