Oil Can Harry's

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Oil Can Harry's
11502 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA
United States

Oil Can Harry's was a gay bar most well known for its iconic large dance floor, country-western line dances, and its Saturday disco nights. Established in 1968, Oil Can Harry's survived for 52 years before closing in January 2021, and notably served as a venue for a number of community fundraisers during the height of the AIDS crisis. 

“Oil Can Harry’s - Our History.” Oil Can Harry’s. Accessed 23 June 2021.

Riddle, Waide Aaron. “Oil Can Harry’s - The 50th Anniversary of Studio City’s Historic Oil Can Harry’s.” Oil Can Harry’s, 10 Jan. 2018.

Reynolds, Daniel. “Oil Can Harry’s, L.A.’s Historic Gay Line-Dancing Bar, Shutters.” Advocate, 5 Jan. 2021.

Zonkel, Phillip. “Oil Can Harry’s — Historic 52-Year-Old Gay Club — Has Closed.” Q Voice News, 5 Jan. 2021.

“Oil Can Harry's.” USC Digital Libraries, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives


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