9-Jul-2008 (Wed) Wherein HOLY SHIT HOUSTON. OVER.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Having just spent the last two days in court, I am pleased to announce that in some small number of weeks, DNA Lounge will have exchanged our "ABC Type 48 On Sale General Public Premises" license for an "ABC Type 47 On Sale General Eating Place" license.

This means you can expect to see 18-and-over shows here in the very near future!

The actual permit is not yet in my hand, and it's not real until that happens, but they tell me it should be within a few weeks.

We had been planning for this since I bought the club in April 1999. We started construction on our kitchen in February 2006. And we turned in the application for permit transfer in April 2007. So depending on how you count, this process took either two and a half years, or eight years. And a truly obscene amount of money. But it's done.

Details, as they say, To Be Announced.

51 Responses:

  1. lalalydia says:

    Wow. That's totally beyond awesome. Great job on the perseverance in the face of bureaucratic hell. Congrats!!!

  2. nightrider says:

    It's about fucking time.

    Congratu-fucking-lations. over.

  3. intoner says:


  4. jered says:

    Holy fuck! Congratulations! For an encore, can you do something about that FISA bullshit?

  5. hatter says:

    Rockingness. Here's hoping for the really-final paperwork with ho further delay.

    the hatter

  6. artkiver says:



    That is awesome fucking news!

    Now I just need to get in touch with some bands or booking managers or whatever the fuck. RADZ0RZ!

  7. obreerbo says:

    Houston confirms: HOLY LIVING FUCK!

    Congratulations on your victory, and may this point the way to plenty of future success!

    • ciphergoth says:

      Heh, didn't get the reference 'till you echoed it here :-)

      It seemed certain at one point that this was never going to happen. Fantastic work!


  9. pdx6 says:

    With enough time and money, anyone can win with the CA government?

    I look forward to even more awesome shows!

  10. ladykalessia says:

    Congrats! :D I look forward to more live shows up there!

  11. mc_kingfish says:

    Well there ya go, ya ol' grouch! HOORAY!


    --The Other Old Grouch

  12. lilmissnever says:

    Congratulations. I know you had your doubts. Celebratory eating and drinking is in order.

  13. Bout damn time...congrats!

  14. bifrosty2k says:


    I await the entrance of TEENAGERS!

  15. aris1234 says:

    Congratulations. As a European, I have always found this 21+ business quite weird.

    • pozorvlak says:

      Yeah, when he first started writing about over-18 shows, my first reaction was "So, they let in under-18s on normal days?"

  16. djinnaya says:

    Hoo-fucking-ray!!!!!! That is a whole lotta awesome.

  17. elusis says:

    Good jorb! Did the free food night help? :)

  18. SO




    Seriously, congrats. That is one HELL of an administrative-hydra-head that you went up against, sir.


  19. netik says:

    I already texted you earlier today, but, again. OMG. Congrats. You're the first one to make this work in years.

    Time to let the rugrats play in the DNA ;)

  20. 0ntological says:


    that is awesome news! congratulations us! (mostly you and everyone else who actually put the work into it)

  21. unwoman says:


  22. fantasygoat says:

    Now you too can enjoy even more property destruction and projectile vomiting from the 18+ crowd!

    Congrats. Tough fight!

  23. phreddiva says:

    Score 1 for the good guys.
    Or the... uhm. Guys.

  24. xrayspx says:

    Thanks to you I've learned much more than I should need to know about California ABC licenses.

  25. If only you had planted a nice tree outside when the
    process started. Imagine how big it would be today.

  26. whittles says:

    holy crap, your perseverance really paid off!

  27. Congratulations!

    "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man jwz."

  28. elliterati says:

    Well done!

    So now how long until you go for all-ages shows? I can't wait to read THOSE updates.

  29. cattycritic says:

    Congrats, good for you for sticking with it.

  30. buz says:

    Oh GREAT... now even YOUNGER girls will be hitting on me!

  31. revglenn says:

    this is the best news i've heard in MONTHS! congratulations!
    18+ concerts are much more fun than 21+ shows. i'm excited about coming back to the bay area soon and hanging out there more often!
    seriously, congratulations! i know this is something you've worked really hard at for a long long time.

  32. mysterc says:

    f n a! JWZ you are a pimp. thats all. so when people ask how you did it, look over the rim of your cocktail glass And say ″just some pimp shit"

  33. karlshea says:

    Awesome! It's been a long time coming.

  34. dr_gluck_ says:

    Happy anniversary indeed!

  35. erg says:

    Oh, I know so many lil gay boys and (L)grrls who are going to be ever so pleased. Next up: DISCO!

  36. erg says:

    Is it here yet, is it here yet, huh, huh, is it *shiny* ?

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