June marks Pride month in both our ports, and the celebrations are sure to be revelrous. Los Angeles kicks things off June 9, with a parade, while New York wraps it up at the end of the month, June 30, with its own. In honor of our West Coast contingent, we’ve selected a few of L.A.’s most iconic gay bars for you to sit, sip, dance, drag, or simply do whatever you feel like. They’re all in Boy’s Town, that famous stretch of West Hollywood on Santa Monica Boulevard. It’s just a quick drive away from SIXTY Beverly Hills. And, oh, speaking of SIXTY, make sure to check out SIXTY’s Pride offer, running this month. Details are available here.
Hamburger Mary’s is a chain of LGBTQ-friendly burger joints founded in San Francisco in 1972. Today, they’ve got locations all over the country, from Florida to Illinois. Their West Hollywood outpost is one of the longest standing of the bunch. The inside offers plenty of throwback kitsch. Here, shades of purple, black, and red recall pre-Instagram days, where all you asked of a restaurant was a place to eat, drink, and, in their parlance, be mary.
8288 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
The Abbey Food & Bar
This is mecca. You have arrived. The Abbey has long been synonymous with the L.A. gay scene. The heralded West Hollywood hotspot attracts imbibers the world over. Its name recognition and popularity make it a weekend destination (read: extremely crowded). Come here mid-week for something a bit more civilized. It won’t be mellow, per se, but you’ll have some elbow room on the dance floor.
692 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Gold Coast Bar
Nothing beats the comfort of a dive bar, right? Open since 1981, Gold Coast has been around long enough to need to try very hard. The scene here is older and laidback. No multi-tiered dance floors, but sometimes that’s just what you need.
8228 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Revolver Video Bar
Revolver first established itself in West Hollywood all the way back in 1984. For a few years, in the mid-aughts, it shuttered, only to be revived once more in 2012. Its reintroduction was a fresh start. The vibe is fun and the programming on-point. Revolver is known for its lively karaoke, drag competitions, and RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing parties. Work.
851 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Where the spirits are high and the prices are low! That’s the tagline over at Trunks. Straightforward enough. This bar is a neighborhood veteran, with an unpretentious, comfortable, no-muss-no-fuss feeling. There are pool tables, TVs playing sports, and barstools filled with people, likely having a swell time.
8809 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Located at the edges of West Hollywood, further away from the center of Boy’s Town, Fubar offers itself as an underground alternative to some of its cleaner cut peers. It is delightfully rougher around the edges, which means you’re less likely to see a gaggle of young women having a bachelorette party here on the weekend. No offense to bachelorette parties, of course.
7994 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046