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17 Iconic Los Angeles LGBTQ Bars, 2019 Edition

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It’s hard to categorize Los Angeles’s LGBTQ scene by neighborhood, style, or sensibility. While there are many well-established gay bars on Santa Monica Boulevard in WeHo, many have operated for decades in other parts of Southern California and feel right at home in their neighborhoods. Styles range from glitzy to casual, or downright divey. Note: Los Angeles has an unfortunate shortage of lesbian bars. In short, there is (almost) something for every sexual, gender preference, or identity. With that, here are 17 iconic LGBTQ bars in Los Angeles.

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1. Oil Can Harry's

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11502 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 760-9749
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The Studio City gay bar has been serving lots of local character since 1968. Harry’s is known for its line dancing night on Fridays which even includes lessons on how to do the dance, if you get there early enough.

2. Casita del Campo

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1920 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 662-4255
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A Silver Lake Mexican staple, Casita has been open since the sixties and gradually attracted an Eastside LGBTQ audience. As if Mexican comfort food and stellar margaritas weren’t appealing enough, Casita also houses the Cavern Club Theater, an alternative performance space with frequent LGBTQ programming.

3. Akbar

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4356 W Sunset Blvd
Silver Lake, CA 90029
(323) 665-6810
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Like The Abbey’s scruffy 22-year-old brother, Akbar is an Eastside LGBTQ right of passage. With frequent, entertaining programming — from the Full Frontal Disco Saturday dance party to Tuesday night’s comedy show Drunk On Stage — Akbar always has something for you, including a few alternative celebrities or two.

4. Eagle LA

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4219 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 669-9472
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For those wanting exciting, older eye candy, The Eagle is here for you. It’s a leather bar that attracts both the sexually countercultural and Silver Lake’s hipster audience to hang in the indoor/outdoor space among clothed/unclothed patrons. Be warned: you might get spanked.

5. Revolver Video Bar

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8851 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 694-0430
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Revolver’s first arrived in Boystown in 1984, but East West Lounge replaced it in 2006. Tthe video bar reopened in 2012 and reestablished itself as one of LA’s most iconic with drag competitions and celebratory screenings of Rupaul’s Drag Race.

6. Rage

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8911 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 652-7055
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One of the only 18 and over bars on the map, Rage hosts themed parties nightly, including the Haus of Starr Drag Show, Game Boi which might be LA’s only Asian pop dance video night, along with show tune Mondays.

7. Faultline

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4216 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 660-0889
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Another Eastside leather bar, Faultline is the younger-skewing alternative to The Eagle. Faultline opened the same year as the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, and hosts wild theme nights like the big, cuddly Bearracuda, and the literally strong-armed Father Figure.

8. The Abbey Food & Bar

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692 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 289-8410
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Perhaps the most iconic bar in the city — not to mention the definitive WeHo bar — The Abbey is like gay Disneyland. It’s a hybrid restaurant and bar that serves both a gay male and female audience, and is undoubtedly the most welcoming LA gay bar.

9. Silver Platter

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2700 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90057

This MacArthur Park bar is known for being a safe party space for members of the Latina trans community. The bar has it all: $4 glasses of champagne, an eager dancefloor, and a documentary endorsement by local artist Wu Tsang.

10. The New Jalisco Bar

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The original Downtown gay bar, Jalisco is a dive bar that caters to the Latino and Mexican LGBTQ community. The bar is known for fairly strong drinks and it’s quaint, homey feel. Where else in the city can you watch a go-go boy dance on a coffee table stage?

11. Union

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4067 Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 737-1159
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Union opened in the space formerly known as Jewel’s Catch One. As one of Los Angeles’s longest running iconic LGBTQ bars for African-Americans, the Catch closed in 2015. Club owner Mitch Edelson reopened Union in 2016 to reignite part of LA’s past while looking towards the future.

12. Plaza Club

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Unnamed Road
Los Angeles, CA 90066

The mostly Latino clientele appreciates the low cover charge at this longstanding club. But The Plaza cover goes for something special with a lineup of sequined female impersonators who dance to Marieh Carey, rancheras, Jennifer Lopez, and the queen of them all, Selena.

13. Roosterfish

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1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 392-2123
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Fans wept when Roosterfish closed in 2016. As the Westside’s oldest gay bar, the neighborhood felt Roosterfish’s absence until new owners Mario Vollera and Patrick Brunet brought it back from the dead. It’s no longer a dive, and they’ve had to increase prices to stay competitive, but it still has the same charm.

14. Club Ripples

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5101 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 433-0357
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A gay bar since the early seventies, the Long Beach staple is readying for some changes since its owners of over thirty years have placed the bar on the market. While the future is uncertain for Ripples, one fact remains: this club is Los Angeles’s closest gay bar to the ocean.

15. Jumbo's Clown Room

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5153 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-1187

As one of the greatest burlesque, stripper-esque bars in Los Angeles, Jumbo’s Clown Room is an icon. It’s a warm and fuzzy bar that’s been around since 1970. The biggest takeaway about Jumbo’s: everyone is welcome. There’s always a mix of LGBTQ, straight, racial makeup, and variety of generations present. Plus, the dancers are happy, and the drinks are cheap and strong.

16. The Silver Fox

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411 Redondo Ave
Long Beach, CA 90814
(562) 439-6343
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This 38-year-old Long Beach bar is a treat for the eyes. Housed in a stunning art deco building, the owners host live VJ’s on Fridays and Saturdays, and Karaoke on Sundays.

17. The Boulevard Bar

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3199 E Foothill Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 356-9304
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One of the tiniest bars on this map, The Boulevard Bar is stationed in the eastern side of Pasadena. Complete with a pool table and stage, this LGBTQ friendly bar turns the karaoke up to eleven with LCD projectors and video monitors for every karaoke hog.

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1. Oil Can Harry's

11502 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

The Studio City gay bar has been serving lots of local character since 1968. Harry’s is known for its line dancing night on Fridays which even includes lessons on how to do the dance, if you get there early enough.

11502 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

2. Casita del Campo

1920 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

A Silver Lake Mexican staple, Casita has been open since the sixties and gradually attracted an Eastside LGBTQ audience. As if Mexican comfort food and stellar margaritas weren’t appealing enough, Casita also houses the Cavern Club Theater, an alternative performance space with frequent LGBTQ programming.

1920 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

3. Akbar

4356 W Sunset Blvd, Silver Lake, CA 90029

Like The Abbey’s scruffy 22-year-old brother, Akbar is an Eastside LGBTQ right of passage. With frequent, entertaining programming — from the Full Frontal Disco Saturday dance party to Tuesday night’s comedy show Drunk On Stage — Akbar always has something for you, including a few alternative celebrities or two.

4356 W Sunset Blvd
Silver Lake, CA 90029

4. Eagle LA

4219 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

For those wanting exciting, older eye candy, The Eagle is here for you. It’s a leather bar that attracts both the sexually countercultural and Silver Lake’s hipster audience to hang in the indoor/outdoor space among clothed/unclothed patrons. Be warned: you might get spanked.

4219 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

5. Revolver Video Bar

8851 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Revolver’s first arrived in Boystown in 1984, but East West Lounge replaced it in 2006. Tthe video bar reopened in 2012 and reestablished itself as one of LA’s most iconic with drag competitions and celebratory screenings of Rupaul’s Drag Race.

8851 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

6. Rage

8911 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

One of the only 18 and over bars on the map, Rage hosts themed parties nightly, including the Haus of Starr Drag Show, Game Boi which might be LA’s only Asian pop dance video night, along with show tune Mondays.

8911 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

7. Faultline

4216 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Another Eastside leather bar, Faultline is the younger-skewing alternative to The Eagle. Faultline opened the same year as the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, and hosts wild theme nights like the big, cuddly Bearracuda, and the literally strong-armed Father Figure.

4216 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029

8. The Abbey Food & Bar

692 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Perhaps the most iconic bar in the city — not to mention the definitive WeHo bar — The Abbey is like gay Disneyland. It’s a hybrid restaurant and bar that serves both a gay male and female audience, and is undoubtedly the most welcoming LA gay bar.

692 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

9. Silver Platter

2700 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

This MacArthur Park bar is known for being a safe party space for members of the Latina trans community. The bar has it all: $4 glasses of champagne, an eager dancefloor, and a documentary endorsement by local artist Wu Tsang.

2700 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90057

10. The New Jalisco Bar

Los Angeles, CA

The original Downtown gay bar, Jalisco is a dive bar that caters to the Latino and Mexican LGBTQ community. The bar is known for fairly strong drinks and it’s quaint, homey feel. Where else in the city can you watch a go-go boy dance on a coffee table stage?

11. Union

4067 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

Union opened in the space formerly known as Jewel’s Catch One. As one of Los Angeles’s longest running iconic LGBTQ bars for African-Americans, the Catch closed in 2015. Club owner Mitch Edelson reopened Union in 2016 to reignite part of LA’s past while looking towards the future.

4067 Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

12. Plaza Club

Unnamed Road, Los Angeles, CA 90066

The mostly Latino clientele appreciates the low cover charge at this longstanding club. But The Plaza cover goes for something special with a lineup of sequined female impersonators who dance to Marieh Carey, rancheras, Jennifer Lopez, and the queen of them all, Selena.

Unnamed Road
Los Angeles, CA 90066

13. Roosterfish

1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Fans wept when Roosterfish closed in 2016. As the Westside’s oldest gay bar, the neighborhood felt Roosterfish’s absence until new owners Mario Vollera and Patrick Brunet brought it back from the dead. It’s no longer a dive, and they’ve had to increase prices to stay competitive, but it still has the same charm.

1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

14. Club Ripples

5101 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803

A gay bar since the early seventies, the Long Beach staple is readying for some changes since its owners of over thirty years have placed the bar on the market. While the future is uncertain for Ripples, one fact remains: this club is Los Angeles’s closest gay bar to the ocean.

5101 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90803

15. Jumbo's Clown Room

5153 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

As one of the greatest burlesque, stripper-esque bars in Los Angeles, Jumbo’s Clown Room is an icon. It’s a warm and fuzzy bar that’s been around since 1970. The biggest takeaway about Jumbo’s: everyone is welcome. There’s always a mix of LGBTQ, straight, racial makeup, and variety of generations present. Plus, the dancers are happy, and the drinks are cheap and strong.

5153 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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16. The Silver Fox

411 Redondo Ave, Long Beach, CA 90814

This 38-year-old Long Beach bar is a treat for the eyes. Housed in a stunning art deco building, the owners host live VJ’s on Fridays and Saturdays, and Karaoke on Sundays.

411 Redondo Ave
Long Beach, CA 90814

17. The Boulevard Bar

3199 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

One of the tiniest bars on this map, The Boulevard Bar is stationed in the eastern side of Pasadena. Complete with a pool table and stage, this LGBTQ friendly bar turns the karaoke up to eleven with LCD projectors and video monitors for every karaoke hog.

3199 E Foothill Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107

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