The 17 Best LGBTQ+ Bars in Los Angeles
June is Pride Month, so what better time to get out and visit the many LGBTQ+ bars across our city? While West Hollywood is a known LGBTQ+ mecca, we are happy to inform you that there are many other LGBTQ+ communities, neighborhoods and areas to explore. OK, but of course, we cover the major WeHo ones, too. So for planning your Pride adventures, here are 17 of the best LGBTQ+ bars in Los Angeles replete with plenty of dance floors, killer happy hours and drag shows galore. Happy Pride!
1. THE ABBEY (West Hollywood)Yes, we’re starting with the one and only, The Abbey. This iconic WeHo spot has been awarded the MTV Logo Best Gay Bar in the World Award not once but twice. From concerts to drag shows to brunch to happy hour, The Abbey literally has it all. The best part is there are options: you can get lost in the crowd on the dance floor or you can chill on the patio. Whatever happens, we guarantee you’ll leave with a story to tell.
692 N. Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
2. PRECINCT (DTLA)When Precinct opened in 2015, it finally brought an LGBTQ+ home to DTLA. Precinct’s events and drag shows are one-of-a-kind—just look at the line that typically forms outside to get into them!
357 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
3. AKBAR (Silverlake)Silverlake is the home of the hidden Queer gems, and while Akbar isn’t exactly hidden (it’s been around since the 90s), it is the definition of dive-y (but with a dance floor). Whether you want to go to dance your heart out or socialize at the bar, Akbar fits all the moods. This bar means so much to the LGBTQ+ community—just ask to hear about the heart-warming story about the couple who met here and later got married at the very same spot. Recently, they raised over $150,000 to keep their doors open, now that’s love.
4356 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029; akbarsilverlake.com
4. MICKY’S (West Hollywood)
For those of you looking for a place where you’re going to make some bad decisions, Micky’s WeHo is the place for you. The dancers, the UV lights, the drinks...it all makes for a night you will never forget. Their music choices range from top 40 to Latin hits, so it is impossible not to dance. Bonus: You just might run into a RuPaul Drag Race contestant or two.
8857 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
5. REDLINE (DTLA)Redline is a DTLA local fave. They have everything from drag shows to brunch and like other bars on this list, they were also saved by donations from their GoFundMe. Along with Precinct, this hotspot is one of the LGBTQ+ bars that opened in 2015 and gave birth to a new era for the community in once-abandoned Downtown Los Angeles.
131 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
6. NEW JALISCO (DTLA)There are plenty of LGBTQ+ bars in L.A., but none cater to the Latinx community quite like the New Jalisco Bar in DTLA. Here, two communities combine to form something truly beautiful. The vibe? Everyone’s your uncle and they all want to dance!
245 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
7. ROOSTERFISH BAR (Venice)LGBTQ+ spots in trendy areas like Venice Beach are hard to come by, which is what makes a place like Roosterfish Bar so special. Located on happening Abbot Kinney, Roosterfish draws crowds from all over the coast, and that’s because they’ve been open since 1979. It’s an Abbot Kinney O.G. serving up creative craft cocktails (we’re fans of the Mezcal-infused The Abbot) and a great time.
1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
8. CATCH ONE (Mid-City)Perhaps one of the most iconic LGBTQ+ bars in L.A., Catch One’s history is as inspiring as the events they book. Founded by Jewel Thais Williams, this was the longest-running Black gay dance bar in Los Angeles for 40 years. Since the new ownership in 2016, it has become an event venue for those looking for an evening with a killer live show.
4067 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
9. ROCCOS (West Hollywood)Located on one of the busiest corners on Santa Monica Boulevard, Lance Bass’s Rocco’s is a favorite queer hangout for locals—and by locals we of course mean celebrities. Despite its NSYNC roots, Rocco’s is actually a pretty chill sports bar. It just tends to get a little wild sometimes, OK? There’s a full menu and plenty of beer and wine to go around, but their Bloody Mary’s are not to be missed.
8900 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
10. FIESTA CANTINA (West Hollywood)Proclaimed as the bar where Mexico meets West Hollywood, head to Fiesta Cantina for killer margaritas, loads of cervezas and a famous happy hour with two drinks for the price of one (4 to 8 p.m.). And no, it never gets old. The patio has a whole vibe during the summer, and it’s got some of the friendliest staff—plus giant TVs for those who want to catch a game.
8865 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
11. HEART (West Hollywood)Lance Bass is at it again with his takeover of the former Rage spot, Heart, a new LGBTQ+ dance bar in, you guessed it, WeHo. You may even feel like you’re on stage at an NSYNC concert given the immersive lighting setup. We’re big fans of their RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars viewing parties.
8911 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
12. BEACHES (West Hollywood)What do you get when you mix an LGBTQ+ bar, slushies, Cuban food and a great happy hour? You get Beaches. The ‘80s Miami disco-themed hotspot can only be described as…sexy. The cocktails are banging and while a mojito is always a great choice, if you want to step out of the box, try El Manisero Martini. You will not regret it.
8928 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
13. THE BAYOU (West Hollywood)For a New Orleans-themed evening of fun, hit up The Bayou in WeHo. No really, it feels like you’re in a little dive bar in the Big Easy. This hole-in-the-wall haunt has been around since 2012, offering up a good time with music, a crowd, Cajun grub and cheap drinks make for a very good time.
8939 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
14. THE PLAZA (Fairfax)A stone’s throw from the famous Pink’s Hotdogs, this hidden-in-plain-site dive bar is full of surprises—like one of the most fun drag shows in town. We highly recommend sipping on a very fairly priced spicy margarita while dancing to the meringue and salsa music. They’re currently open Friday through Monday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and pssst, cash only!
739 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
15. EAGLE (Silverlake)Eagle is a bear and leather bar, bursting with burly men, but all are welcome in this lively East Side establishment. Every night is an experience, from Thursday’s Wet Shorts Contest to Sunday’s more laid-back Beer Bust with cheap beer and no cover. Inside, it has that strangely welcoming classic stale beer bar, and outside there’s a large patio, which offers a more relaxed vibe.
4219 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
16. REVOLVER (West Hollywood)This corner spot on Santa Monica Blvd. has been a WeHo staple for the past 30 years—no food service, just quality drinks. Of course, when the music gets going, mainly top 40 and other popular mainstream hits, dancing ensues. For the belters out there, there’s weekly karaoke every Tuesday as well as guest DJs and dancers every week. They offer the typical weekly 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Happy Hour, but also have $3 tequila shots on Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and $3 vodka drinks on Sundays from 3 p.m. to midnight.
8851 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood CA 90069
17. BOULEVARD (Pasadena)A visit to Pasadena’s only gay bar will make you feel right at home. Patrons praise this bar for its welcoming environment and positive energy. Not to mention, the heavy-handed drinks at affordable prices. Grab your crew and get ready to sing your heart out. Their karaoke is top-notch, and their Friday 11 p.m. drag show hosted by resident drag queen, Borgia Bloom Facade, is not to be missed.
3199 E Foothill Blvd Pasadena, CA 91107