Tuesday, September 25, 2012

#RIPBonny's: the last nights of Logan Square's dance bar

Posted By on 09.25.12 at 07:35 AM

Bonnys Logan Square last night photos
  • @leo_dude on Instagram
So many people I talked to this weekend were "totes"* sad that Logan Square's tiniest, sweatiest, shadiest late-night dance bar closed on Saturday. A "protracted legal battle" is responsible for shuttering the two-year-old Rorschach test of a watering hole, Time Out said, and that kind of makes sense for a place where you came to get hammered and make bad decisions.

When I found myself at Bonny's on Friday night irreparably sober and unavailable to the ladies, I decided to make the best of the experience by asking some regulars—and there were plenty of sightseers there to see what they'd been missing—where they'd go to get their drunken dancing fix. Results were mixed, but aside from one very confident reply that Danny's could offer everything Bonny's could, no one was sure. "Danny's is great, but it's not the same," one told me. "I guess I can't walk home from the Hideout," said another. "Bonny's for life," said another, who had "no fucking idea" where she'd go in coming weekends, just that it'd never be the bar that replaces Bonny's.

Anyway, things didn't seem so out of the ordinary on Friday besides the 40-minute-long line outside. We sang "Last Nite" in its entirety on the penultimate night, but that could happen any day, really, because that song is awesome. The one notable difference was on Instagram, which lit up with more than a few tributes, and some of the same old pics of shit-faced faces.

Below are a few photos tagged with Bonny's location that I nabbed from that hipster dance party of smartphone apps.

RIP Bonny's
  • @mnh013 on Instagram
  • This shot was pretty popular with the Instagrammers.


@MISSEMPTYPOCKETS ON INSTAGRAM
  • @missemptypockets on Instagram


Captioned: "I have no idea what I was doing here" - @LFLOWERS ON INSTAGRAM
  • @lflowers on Instagram
  • Captioned: "I have no idea what I was doing here"

Oh hey I took that photo! - @KLEINSTAR ON INSTAGRAM
  • @kleinstar on Instagram
  • Oh hey I took that photo!

Captioned: good times - @DJLANILOVE ON INSTAGRAM

Captioned: "last night at bonny's, jukin in remembrance" - @ELLAR1019 ON INSTAGRAM
  • @ellar1019 on Instagram
  • Captioned: "last night at bonny's, jukin in remembrance"

Ha! This guy. - @ALISE_IN_WONDERLAND ON INSTAGRAM
  • @alise_in_wonderland on Instagram
  • Ha! This guy.

This is far better lit than Bonny's had any right to be. - @DJLANILOVE ON INSTAGRAM

How will our hipsters bond over their dance music collections now? - @JACOBNITZ ON INSTAGRAM
  • @jacobnitz on Instagram
  • How will our hipsters bond over their dance music collections now?

Aw. #RIPBonnys - @LEO_DUDE ON INSTAGRAM

*Read these as square quotes, not something someone said, because I'm referring to the scary fact that the youths who'd go to Bonny's (like me) say things like "totes" when they talk.

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