City Guide: Los Angeles, West Hollywood Gay Bars
With LA Pride coming, you’ll need to know what hot spots to hit up between events. In the
gay locale of West Hollywood, residential parking is restricted without a permit, except during Pride Sunday when the permit parking regulation is lifted. That means you likely will find yourself valeting (like the diva you are) or finding a paid lot.
The same goes for nightlife in neighboring
Hollywood, where there aren't many gay bars but you could find yourself there searching for a circuit party or two. Good tip: the Red Line subway provides late night service to Hollywood.
In Silver Lake, parking can usually be found in the surrounding neighborhoods.
HOLLYWOOD & WEST
Great food, strong drinks.
The Abbey is a staple of any trip to West Hollywood, come during the day for
calamari and mojitos on the patio, stay for nighttime dancing and mingling with
the fabulous crowd.
692 N. Robertson,
Come here Saturday night for
Boys Night and dance among the city's hottest Latin boys and Latin lovers. Visible from Santa Monica Blvd., with Circus Disco located behind. Since this part of Hollywood can be sketchy, park at a paid lot or on S.M. Blvd. itself.
6655 Santa Monica Boulevard,
323-462-1291, 9pm to 4am
Hot and sweaty latin go-go dancers drive the crowd crazy at this hot Hollywood club until the early hours on Fridays. See the Arena listing above for info on parking.
6655 Santa Monica Blvd.,
323-462-1291, 9pm to 4am
Gay men and lesbians seek out this classy establishment as the ultimate reprieve from the chaos that is the WeHo club scene.
Plus, the bathrooms are easy to access (though they may demand you buy a drink before walking in and using them).
8851 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-360-6186. Open Tue-Sun, 4:30pm-2am
Eleven Restaurant &
While the dance floor and patio become crowded with gay guys looking for a good evening, the restaurant serves amazing food that draws locals to this ultra-popular establishment.
8811 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-855-0800, Open 11am-2am
Amazing twice-daily happy hours and a rooftop bar at Fiesta draw throngs of hot, sweaty boys seeking a cold drink.
Monica Blvd., 310-652-8865. Open Mon-Thu, 4pm-2am; Fri-Sun, noon-2am
Factory & Ultrasuede
One of the hottest venues around, the Factory continues to produce amazing club events such as Popstarz and Cherry Pop.
652 E. La Peer Drive, 310-659-4551; Friday and Saturday 9pm to 2am
Fubar comes to mind when looking for a place packed with hot guys (or girls) dancing away in a club packed with sexual energy. This popular club is the place to come for a fun night out with all your friends, and is the most New York style bar in LA.
7994 Santa Monica Blvd., 323-654-0396.
Open daily, 4pm-2am
Priding itself on being "West Hollywood's Neighborhood Bar," this bar is where to come for a drink with the regulars.
Monica Blvd., 323-656-4879. Open Mon-Fri 11am to 2am and Sat-Sun, 10am to 2am
GYM Sports Bar
GYM is the place to meet up with friends to watch a game or, for the less sports-inclined, to watch the sexy men who did come here for the game.
8737 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-659-2004. Open Mon-Fri,
4pm-2am, Sat & Sun, noon-2am
While Thursday and Friday evenings are dominated by hot lesbians, come for your share of men on Saturday and return for popular Sunday afternoons Here.
696 N. Robertson Blvd.,
310-360-8455. Open Mon-Sat, 6pm-2am; Sun, 4pm-2am
Newly remodeled, Micky's offers the sexiest dancers and staff on the boulevard. But if you like them college age, Latin, or Asian, stay for the hot, young crowd.
8857 Santa Monica Blvd.,
310-657-1176. Open Sun-Thu, noon-2am; Fri-Sat, noon-4am
No visit to West Hollywood is entirely complete until you've been to the Mother Lode for a game of pool with porn stars and guzzling cheap drinks all day and night.
8944 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-659-9700. Open Mon-Fri, 3pm-2am; Sat-Sun,
One of the area's trendiest nightspots, the restaurant features delicious fare such as its unforgettable lobster macaroni and a diverse bar area of gay and strait socialites.
8279 Santa Monica Blvd., 323-822-3300. 6pm-2am.
Primarily a lesbian local, this famous bar is a casual place to get a drink and check out hot go-go dancers or sexy dancing in the evening.
Monica Blvd., 310-652-6188. Mon-Fri, 8pm-2am; Sat & Sun, 4pm-2am
With two nightly shows, this small divey club is where you need to be if in the mood for a Latin drag show. Visitors of all orientations are welcome to the Plaza, located just steps from famous Pink's Hot Dogs!
739 N. La Brea, 323-939-0703. Open Thu-Mon, 9pm-2am
With two dance floors often crowded with young gays and their friends, Rage is one of the most happening clubs for LA's college students and young adults. 8911 Santa Monica Blvd.,
Open daily, noon-2am
Open early to late, this unusual bar is easy to appreciate when you're looking for a simple evening drink.
1601 N. Cahuenga Blvd., 323-467-2425. Open daily, 6am-2am
A great starting point for your night of partying, come here for a relaxed bar and excellent restaurant.
8945 Santa Monica Blvd.,
310-275-4428. Open daily, 4pm-2am
Pop music and videos blast all night while the city's hottest go-go dancers and youngest club-goers strut their stuff every Thursday night at Avalon in the heart of Hollywood. Make sure to check the website in case the club has switched venues.
1735 Vine St. (at Hollywood Blvd) 9:30pm to 3am
Pool tables and a kickin' bar, a classic spot to hit while out in West Hollywood.
Santa Monica Blvd., 310-652-1015. Open daily, 1pm-2am
SILVER LAKE, DOWNTOWN & THE EAST SIDE
Escape mainstream West Hollywood and come to Akbar and hang with the Silver Lake crowd for a night somewhere indie and alternative.
4356 W. Sunset Blvd., 323-665-6810. Open daily, 7pm-2am
A historic urban spot of sexy gays and gals clamoring for the multi-level and multi-bar dance floor blasting music.
4067 W. Pico Blvd., 323-734-8849. Open daily, hours vary
Hip-hop, Latin music and old school music at the hottest Latin bar on the Eastside, just minutes from Downtown LA.
2915 W. Beverly Blvd., MONTEBELLO, 323-721-3403. Open daily, 9pm-2am
Right in the middle of Hollywood, this hot Latin club boasts nightly shows, cowboys, live bands, drag and more.
5520 Santa Monica Blvd., 323-466-1094. Open Wed, 9pm-2am; Thu-Sat, 7pm-3am; Sun, 2pm-2am
The Eagle L.A.
If in search for LA's hottest leather bar, come to The Eagle and check out the uniform, leather and muscle studs. Saturday night Meat Rack is the biggest and sweatiest, check website for numerous events.
4219 Santa Monica Blvd., 323-669-9472. Open Mon-Fri, 4pm-2am; Sat & Sun, 2pm-2am
Come anytime to pick up leather and muscle men and come back Sunday afternoon for cold beers all day.
4216 Melrose Ave. 323-660-0889. Open Wed-Fri, 5pm-2am; Sat & Sun, 2pm-2am
A fun and cozy bar where you run into people you know when checking out their great drag shows, playing pool and drinking.
3909 Sunset Blvd., 323-644-3515. Open Mon-Sat, 6pm-2am; Sun, 5pm-2am
Come here for the hottest and sexiest nights out you can get in LA. Middle-Eastern Thursdays to Sunday foam parties.
2810 Hyperion Ave., 323-660-1503. Open Mon-Sat, 4pm-2am; Sun, 2pm-2am
Amazing DJ's make the young crowd go wild at this downtown party spot. There's no better way to start the week than by hitting an underground party with you and your hottest friends.
336 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles. Open Mon, 10pm-2am
The Other Side
A cute piano bar tucked behind the charming Flying Leap Cafe.
2538 Hyperion Ave., 323-661-4233. Open daily, noon-2am
A gorgeous summer hangout spot, Rockwell has the best patio and outdoor bar (pictured right) in the city for a good time out.
1714 N. Vermont Ave., 323-669-1550
Shits & Giggles
Downtown's best and increasingly popular dance party. Considered an alternative to WeHo, come here to pick up cute boys in skinny jeans. Only open on select Fridays and in different locations, so check the website.
Open Fri, 10pm-2am
The Thirsty Crow
Come for bourbons and organic cocktails at The Thirsty Cow in the heart of Silver Lake. This bar is all about design, neighborhood and great strong drinks.
2939 W. Sunset Blvd., 323-661-6007
Right on Abbot Kinney, hit one of few beach-adjacent gay bars in the LA area after toasting your buns on Venice Beach.
1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd., VENICE 310-392-2123. Open daily, 11am.
SAN FERNANDO VALLEY & INLAND EMPIRE
The Boulevard Bar
A friendly gay bar in Pasadena where you can take a break from an often maniacal club scene.
3199 E. Foothill Blvd., PASADENA, 626-356-9304. Open daily, 4pm-2am
The Bullet Bar
Come here and join the famously loyal customers in the valley's only gay leather bar. Even come here for a haircut the second and fourth Thursday of the month and get a drink discount.
10522 Burbank Blvd, NORTH HOLLYWOOD, 818-762-8890. Open daily, noon-2am.
Valley men for miles around come here for the best strippers, karaoke and cheap drinks that Reseda can offer.
7026 Reseda Blvd., RESEDA 818-996-2976. Open Mon-Fri, 3pm-2am; Sat, 3pm-3am
Come for your Latin beef and a fresh collection of music at one of the Valley's hottest clubs.
10937 Burbank Blvd. NORTH HOLLYWOOD 818-760-9798. Open Mon-Sat, 4pm-2am; Sun, 3pm-9pm
Where the Inland Empire college twinks and young adults come to get loose.
1386 E. Foothill Blvd., UPLAND, 909-920-9590. Open Wed-Sat, 6pm-2am; Sun, 8pm-2am.
Oil Can Harry’s
This establishment has been known for it's country western dances where you can do doubt lasso yourself a sexy cowboy.
11502 Ventura Blvd., STUDIO CITY 818-760-9749. Open Tue & Thu, 7:30pm-12:30am; Fri, 9pm-2am; Sat, 8pm-2am