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May 13, 2008

Is Lava Lounge the new Club Malibu?

Remember the dumpy club Malibu way out on South Ponca Street?


Don't worry -- you didn't miss anything.

I went there in the fall of 2006, shortly before a brutal two-week span in late October when 12 people were stabbed, cut or beaten in the club.

Well, it looks like someone has renamed the space and is trying to resurrect it as the Lava Lounge.

The address for Lava Lounge is 1130 S. Ponca St.

And the address for Malibu was 1301 S. Ponca St.

I could be wrong, but from the photos on the MySpace site, it looks like the same building to me.

Anybody know more about the Lava Lounge?

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:17 PM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Umm, I doubt it will be Canton's newest hotspot.

I live off of Ponca and I saw some people moving things in a few weeks ago. I can't imagine it will do anything. The Boston Street curse has moved further up!


It's the same place, pretty sure.

I thinkthe liquor license may have been transfered from Laura (owner of Club Malibu) last Summer/Fall. At least, I know there was a buyer and THREE transfer hearings.

The place had been closed for more than 90 days and there were all kinds of protests to keep the license from being transfered.

It's hard to tell if the same people that were behind Malibu are the same people behind Lava Lounge, as the Liquor Board, itself, does not publicly publish its decisions, and I never really saw too much media interest in this transfer.

However, you would think that if the license to a place, a place plagued by violence and problems, was to be transfered, the new owners would go out of their way to let the public know the place is under under management/ownership.

It will also be interesting to see what happens with Club Mate in Brooklyn now that their license has been revoked.

Hahaha Lava Lounge. Formerly located where Chart House Restaurant was (which is now something else entirely), home to $10 all you can (underage) drink night! I never really thought I'd see the name again. I am curious as to whether it's the same people running it or not.

(ps that place sucked)

Wasn't their a Lava Lounge in the Power Plant proper back in the day, where Chipolte is now? I was too young to party there, and by the time I was old enough it had closed. Sad I missed out, that and the Bohager's experience as well. At least I had Baja for a time. Sigh.

i been to the new lava lounge it's a great new sorts bar,i know there were housing projects located around the area in the past,which cause alot of issues and crime in the canton/highlantown & dundalk area,however ,the oddnell height have been demolished and the area is changing for the better alot of yuppies are starting to move into the area,and the police are keeping the area,alot safer.

I used to be a barmaid when it was club malibu... business was great before the stabbings... A guy named jimmy was the owner it is now called Lava Lounge and I haven't been there yet but if I know Jimmy not much changed. I left the day that he had to go to the liquor board. He got shut down that day for 90 days.. I haven't been back since.

That fool bought that property during Baltimore's high life. Now he's trying to unload for a mere 1.2 million. If/when they sell if for that price, I would love to meet the new owners, I'd like to see what a 1.2 million dollar sucker looks like. Cause we already know what a 600,000 sucker looks like = The Lava Lounge

Anonymous - Who are you trying to fool? That area is a dump and will remain one in the future due to this economy.

i bartend at the lava lonuge and it is nothing like the above comments. It is a upscale sports bar- 2 floors, and very nice inside- yes- the neighborhood may not be in the best of area but the place is fantastic- and yes jimmy is the owner of lava as well.

is this place still open? I thought those two places on Ponca were closed and like knocked down?

Where are we wrong in our posts?

Yes the old club malibu was demolished in 2006 lava is?a diffrent building,its a very nice new club,..with a great crowd..

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