The 13 Best LGBTQ+ Bars in Los Angeles
West Hollywood has long been considered an LGBTQ+ mecca, thanks to WeHo being the home of the LA Pride Parade since 1970. And sure, wth over 51 years of experience, Santa Monica Blvd is certainly the home of some of the best LGBTQ+ bars in LA...but only some. We are happy to inform you that there are many other LGBTQ+ communities, neighborhoods and areas to explore in the city, with plenty of imbibing options and some killer happy hours. Here are the best LGBTQ+ bars in Los Angeles.
1. The Abbey
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. It’s not exactly a hidden gem, but it is true that there’s nothing like it out there. From concerts to drag shows to brunch to happy hour, The Abbey literally has it all. It is open during daytime hours and way into the late night hours. Everyone that goes to The Abbey has a story to tell. 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—both are in close proximity to a bar.
692 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069; theabbeyweho.com
When Precinct opened in 2015, it marked DTLA as a safe and fun place for LGBTQ+ peers to gather and celebrate. Precinct is a place that’s made for all (yes, even you straight folks). Their events and drag shows are one of a kind—a fact that’s obvious simply judging by the line that typically forms outside. You’ll go for the drag shows, but you’ll stay for the music.
357 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013; precinctdtla.com
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
For those of you looking for a place where you’re going to make some bad decisions (that will later make an awesome story), Micky’s WeHo is the place for you. The dancers, the UV lights, the drinks... it all make 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; mickys.com
Redline is a DTLA local gem that residents of the area flock to. 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. Its open window set up makes the dance floor a breeze, combined with a welcoming atmosphere and Redline is the place to be day or night.
131 E 6th St; redlinedtla.com
6. New Jalisco
There are plenty of LGBTQ+ bars in LA, 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! Recently, New Jalisco Bar surpassed their GoFundMe goal—news of their reopening is expected soon.
245 S Main St
7. Roosterfish Bar
One could say that LGBTQ+ spots in trendy areas like Venice Beach are hard to come by, but that just makes the ones that are open that much more special. Take, for example, the Roosterfish Bar. 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 craft cocktails that are actually pretty creative (we’re fans of the Mezcal-infused The Abbot).
1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd; roosterfishla.com
8. Catch One
Perhaps one of the most iconic LGBTQ+ bars in LA, 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 forty 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; catch.one
Located on one of the busiest corners on Santa Monica Boulevard, Rocco’s is a favorite queer hangout for locals... and a ton of celebrities. You wouldn’t necessarily guess it from the owner (aka Lance Bass of NSYNC fame) or the clientele, but 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 Marys are not to be missed.
8900 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069; roccosweho.com
10. Fiesta Cantina
Proclaimed as the bar where Mexico meets West Hollywood, Fiesta Cantina is the place to be 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; fiestacantina.net
Dancers can make or break WeHo hotspots, and let’s just say Fubar’s dancers will make your night. Widely known for the best go-go dancers in the area, Fubar has made history by hosting the longest running Thursday night party in the whole country. If that’s not enough to drive you in, they’re currently renovating and will soon be so much more.
7994 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046; fubarla.com
What do you get when you mix an LGBTQ+ bar, slushies, Cuban food and a great happy hour? You get Beaches. The Love Boat 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; beachesweho.com
13. The Bayou
For a New Orleans themed evening of fun, hit up The Bayou in WeHo. (Think of it as a dive bar with Mardi Gras vibes.) Considered a hole in the wall, this gem has been around since 2012 and it’s always a party. The music, the crowd, the Cajun grub and cheap drinks make for a very good time.
8939 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069; thebayouweho.com
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