Hong Kong Café

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The Hong Kong Café was a Los Angeles music venue and part of the Los Angeles punk rock scene during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Located at 425 Gin Ling Way in the Chinatown district of Downtown Los Angeles, California and across the way from sometimes rival Esther Wong’s Madame Wong′s,[1][2] the former Chinese restaurant[3] was open to audiences of all ages. The Plugz and UXA played at the club's opening night on June 7, 1979,[4][5] and numerous bands, including X, Catholic Discipline, The Mau Mau's, The Bags, Nervous Gender, and The Alley Cats, performed there until its closing in January 1981.[6][7] Concert footage filmed at Hong Kong Café appears in the Penelope Spheeris documentary film The Decline of Western Civilization.[8]

The space is currently occupied by Realm, a housewares and gifts retailer.[9]


  1. ^ The 4th Wave & The Chinatown Wars. Retrieved on August 1, 2010.
  2. ^ Oliver, Myrna. "Esther Wong, 88; 'Godmother of Punk' Whose Venues Showcased Pop, Rock Acts in '70s, '80s" The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, 17 August 2005. Retrieved on 2010-08-10.
  3. ^ 1979 When Chinatown Was Punk—pt 1, April 16, 2008. Retrieved on August 1, 2010.
  4. ^ Thirty Years Ago Today in LA: Hong Kong Cafe Opens, 7 June 2009. Retrieved on 2010-09-05
  5. ^ Flipside Fanzine Live Show Database 1979 Retrieved 2010-09-05
  6. ^ Hong Kong Cafe, 16 April 2008. Retrieved on 2010-08-01.
  7. ^ Catholic Discipline (r.i.p. 1979-1980)
  8. ^ Valentine, Gary. New York Rocker: My Life in the Blank Generation with Blondie, Iggy Pop, and Others, 1974-1981, page 203. Da Capo Press. 2006.
  9. ^ Realm. Retrieved January 15, 2011.

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Coordinates: 34°3′55″N 118°14′13″W / 34.06528°N 118.23694°W / 34.06528; -118.23694