Food & Drink

The 9 Best Gay Bars and Clubs in LA

Published On 08/12/2015 Published On 08/12/2015
The Abbey
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1. The Abbey Food & Bar 692 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

What makes West Hollywood's The Abbey one of the country's most popular gay bars? Four bars, lots of go-go dancers, and a quarter century of queer tomfoolery that has attracted luminaries like Elton John and Elizabeth Taylor. By day, the haunt acts as pub-style restaurant that's popular for brunch, but by night it's all flashing lights, drag queen throw-downs, and gyrating bulges in neon speedos. The space is ally-friendly, and while more straight tourists and bachelorette gaggles search it out now, it remains a part of rainbow history in the area.

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2. Fubar 7994 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (West Hollywood)

Sure, you could hit the Santa Monica Blvd strip with all the designer drinks and glittery go-gos a just-out-of-the-closet kid could ever ask for, but if you like a little more vodka with your soda and a little more beard on your man, Fubar is the obvious choice.

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3. Eagle LA 4219 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

This gay bar is for leather-clad patrons looking for cheap beer nights and DJs. Its dark, no frills atmosphere is perfect for a casual but far from boring night out.

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4. Grandpa Johnson's 1638 N Cahuenga, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

Opened by nightlife legend Johnny Zander, this retro-feeling, art-deco cocktail lounge has a gigantic marble-topped bar and unusual cocktails, like the bourbon-and-apple-cider-based T-Bizz.

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5. Micky’s 8857 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

A great gay bar with three-floors of dancing and a 3:00 AM last call.

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6. A Club Called Rhonda 333 S Boylston St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Rhonda is the perfect club for letting loose. It's a polysexual playground known for hard partying.

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7. Akbar 4356 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles,, CA 90029 (Silverlake)

A child of the 90s, Akbar is a punk rock-style gay bar in Silver Lake with decades of drinking and dancing under its belt. Upon its inception, the founders carefully curated their own analog jukebox, which still plays those same rock ’n roll and punk tunes to this day. And despite the influx of craft cocktail clubs and mixology-centric lounges, Akbar remains today what it set out to be when it first opened on Sunset Blvd.: a bar, not a club or a lounge, boasting cheap well drinks, and condemning velvet ropes.

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8. Roosterfish 1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

This kitschy Venice Beach gay bar has a loyal following and features pool tables, jukebox music and local artwork. Count on the floors always being a little sticky and the pictures on the bathroom walls always a little dirty.