This year, Los Angeles gained not one, but two new queer bars where there were previously no brick-and-mortar venues for the sapphically inclined. In February 2023, Honey’s at Star Love and the Ruby Fruit both opened, helping to bridge a gap for the queer and lesbian community alongside other pillar events and pop-ups that have long been doing that vital work.
From Santa Monica to East LA and down to Long Beach, queer bars are just as expansive as the diversity within the LGBTQ community. Featuring vaquero-themed bars, bars with glittery go-go dancers celebrating their bodies on stage, and open mics that make space for queer storytelling, LGBTQ bars have always been beacons championing the unapologetic self-expression of sexuality and gender in LA.
Each of these bars holds space for different types of connections. For those looking to find a cutie, grab brunch, read a new verse of poetry, or dance on Santa Monica Boulevard until sunrise, here are 21 iconic LGBTQ bars to check out in Los Angeles.Read More