Slim’s rock club becomes DJ venue under new ownership


The concert hall formerly known as Slim’s photographed in March, following its closure. Roman Gokhman/STAFF.

The venerable former music club Slim’s was sold to an ownership group that plans to turn it into a primarily DJ and electronica venue, radio station KQED reported on Wednesday.



According KQED, which first reported the story, the small but storied club at 333 11th Street, which hosted rock, blues, pop, folk and other live performance acts will now be called YOLO and specialize in EDM and pop DJs, meaning the music will not be performed live.

The news was revealed from a permit application to the City of San Francisco.

The new owners, Michael Hu and Peter Lin, also own Pure Nightclub in downtown Sunnyvale, a cushy club with bottle service. YOLO is expected to follow the same route.

Slim’s closed in March at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, though reportedly not because of financial trouble but because the previous owners had lost interest in the business. Over three decadesSlim’s has hosted the likes of Prince, Radiohead, Bruno Mars and many more. YOLO acts will also perform at Pure on alternating weekends. The Sunnyvale club has also hosted exclusive afterparties

“I don’t see us opening anytime soon,” Wu said at an SF Entertainment Commission meeting, referring to the pandemic.

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