Welcome to Los Angeles Nightlife Gay Scene

Abbey

Bars & pubsRestaurants & cafés

This expansive restaurant/cocktail bar is a popular spot, and it more than deserves the crowds it attracts. The large outdoor patio with statues and fairy lights, is pleasant;...

692 N Robertson Boulevard

Benvenuto Caffe

Bars & pubsRestaurants & cafés

Recently renovated, Benvenuto offers quality, inexpensive Italian fare in its restaurant, a former recording studio (the Doors recorded LA Woman here). The front patio is great...

8512 Santa Monica Boulevard

Café La Boheme

Restaurants & cafés

Fine dining goes gay and goth at this sophisticated but unstuffy restaurant. One imagines this is what Cher's dining room looks like: glamorous, OTT and a little tacky. A mix...

8400 Santa Monica Boulevard

Crunch

Sport, health & fitness

It's hard to know which is more breathtaking: the views of the Hollywood Hills, or the Adonises who choose the hills as the backdrop for their exercise. Crunch classes...

8000 W Sunset Boulevard

Dorothy's Surrender

 Critics' choice
Shops

Located inside the flamboyant French Market, this colourful house of camp seems like a leftover from Reagan's '80s. It stocks an array of rainbow-themed paraphernalia,...

7985 Santa Monica Boulevard

Drake's

Adult EntertainmentShops

Conveniently located near a slew of bars, Drake's sells sex to the Santa Monica Boulevard boys - and beyond. It's a one-stop shopping spot for DVDs, glossy mags, toys, sex aids...

8932 Santa Monica Boulevard

Eagle LA

Adult EntertainmentClubs

Porn plays alluringly on the monitors as leather daddies get their boots polished at the premier leather and fetish bar in Los Angeles. Throbbing Thursdays are the bar's...

4219 Santa Monica Boulevard

East West Lounge

Bars & pubs

Martini drinkers mingle to the sound of slinky beats at this upscale bar. The place packs in a well-heeled mix of gays and lesbians most nights, but is all-girl on Thursdays....

8851 Santa Monica Boulevard

Eleven

Bars & pubs

A relative newcomer to Boys Town, Eleven has robbed the Abbey and Here of their Friday-night crowds. Gorgeous guys, Cirque du Soleil-like stage shows and a formidable lesbian...

8811 Santa Monica Boulevard

Factory/Ultra Suede

 Critics' choice
Bars & pubsClubs

Two venues for the price of one, run by the same team and almost sharing a building. The Factory's line-up is highlighted by Friday's top-40 Popstarz party; on the same night,...

652 N La Peer Drive

Faultline

Bars & pubs

Leather men and their followers hold Faultline in the highest regard, but other fetishes are catered for too: bikers, bodybuilders and body piercers are all regulars. The DJs...

4216 Melrose Avenue

Fiesta Cantina

Clubs

A West Hollywood oasis, Fiesta Cantina is Club Tropicana for gays and their straight gal-pals, celebrating island life with a slew of festive drinks and loud music. Things pump...

8865 Santa Monica Boulevard

Fubar

Bars & pubs

Fubar is LA's slightly more tepid equivalent of NYC bar the Cock. Wild times abound, particularly at Thursday night's Big Fat Dick soirée: genitalia flashes while the WeHo...

7994 Santa Monica Boulevard

Hamburger Mary's

Restaurants & cafés

Burger hounds have a tricky choice. Do you go to this gay-oriented mini-chain (tag line: 'Eat, drink and be Mary'), which hosts popular bingo tourneys on Sunday? Or do you try...

8288 Santa Monica Boulevard

Here Lounge

Bars & pubs

Located off the Santa Monica Boulevard drag, the minimalist, upscale Here Lounge accommodates a large crowd comprised of the scene's prettiest and cruisiest guys. The Sunday...

696 N Robertson Boulevard

Hollywood Spa

Adult EntertainmentSport, health & fitness

The best-known bathhouse in the city has a good gym, but that's not the main reason why people come here. At weekends, a live DJ provides a soundtrack to the shenanigans until 6am.

1650 N Ivar Avenue

Jewel's Catch One

Clubs

Opened in 1972 as the first nightclub aimed at the African American gay and lesbian communities, Jewel's Catch One continues to draw a mixed clientele with a variety of theme...

4067 W Pico Boulevard

MJs

Bars & pubs

This bar is more West Hollywood than Slakers care to enjoy, but an array of outlandish theme nights keeps everyone happy. Tuesday nights belong to Rim Job, a homage to homo...

2810 Hyperion Avenue

Motherlode

Bars & pubs

Everyone's favourite beer bust is held on Sunday afternoons at LA's friendliest gay bar. An unexpectedly straightforward hangout, especially for this part of town.

8944 Santa Monica Boulevard

Normandie Room

Bars & pubs

This popular neighbourhood bar draws an eclectic crowd, but Saturday is the best night for the ladies. The bar's motto reads: 'no homophobes, no heterophobes, no assholes'.

8737 Santa Monica Boulevard

O-Bar

 Critics' choice
Bars & pubsRestaurants & cafés

This restaurant/bar is where clued-in locals kick off the weekend. Tom Whitman's Smack party on Thursdays features a five-minute cocktail free-for-all at 11.15pm and hourly...

8279 Santa Monica Boulevard

Oil Can Harry's

Bars & pubs

Bring your cowboy boots and affect your best country twang at this femme-dominated line-dancing joint. Whether you go solo or with a group, there's always someone with whom to...

11502 Ventura Boulevard

Other Side

Bars & pubs

The average age at the Other Side may be 60-plus, but the talent performing at this classy piano bar is terrific and the atmosphere is always welcoming. LA kitsch at its finest.

2538 Hyperion Avenue

Palms

 Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

The oldest lesbian bar in LA is still going strong, supplementing its mellower evenings with regular dance nights inside its cosy confines: among them is Club Gloss, held on...

8572 Santa Monica Boulevard
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Rage

Bars & pubs

The quintessential WeHo gay club hosts a range of themed nights, from its refreshing alternative club on Mondays to techno and diva house at the weekend. A favourite among the...

8911 Santa Monica Boulevard

San Vicente Inn-Resort

Hotels

There's excitement on Santa Monica Boulevard, sure, but there's also plenty of action to be had at this steamy oasis with a pool and a jacuzzi, a tropical garden, nude...

845 N San Vicente Boulevard

Spotlight Bar

Bars & pubs

For a drink on the darker side, check out LA's oldest gay bar. Trannies abound midweek, but there's a diverse clientele most nights and days (including a few straights and the...

1601 N Cahuenga Boulevard

Sur

Restaurants & cafés

Romance and dining go hand in hand at this Southern European-inspired eaterie, a stone's throw from the Abbey. Delicious California/Mediterranean dishes are enjoyed by an...

606 N Robertson Boulevard
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