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1. The Abbey Food & Bar692 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood
2. Fubar7994 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
3. Eagle LA4219 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles
4. Grandpa Johnson's1638 N Cahuenga, Los Angeles
5. Micky’s8857 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
6. A Club Called Rhonda333 S Boylston St, Los Angeles
7. Akbar4356 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles,
8. Roosterfish1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice
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.
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.
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.
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.
A great gay bar with three-floors of dancing and a 3:00 AM last call.
Rhonda is the perfect club for letting loose. It's a polysexual playground known for hard partying.
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.
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.