Host to some of Oakland’s liveliest comedy nights, concerts, dance parties and karaoke over the past five years, Starline Social Club felt like home for many local artists and musicians. Now, the club, bar and restaurant housed in a three-story historic Victorian has some sad news: The building and business are going up for sale, as first reported by KQED.
Starline has remained closed for most of the pandemic, apart from a short stint doing takeout food and cocktails. Rather than wait for a lifeline for struggling music venues during the pandemic, the club’s four owners decided to sell rather than risk a potential foreclosure. They’re hoping whoever purchases the 8,520-square-foot, $3.2 million building and $300,000 business preserves Starline’s role as a community arts space.