Guide to Legendary West Hollywood Gay Bars
West Hollywood knows how to show people a good time. In fact, it’s part of the city’s history. Cutting-edge entertainment venues have flourished here since the Prohibition era and today, WeHo ranks as one of the greatest places in the world for a night out.
Among the hallowed haunts and hip new hangouts is an impressive roster of A-list gay clubs, each full of unique neighborhood charm.
Micky’s is a high-energy hot spot that opened in 1989. There are plenty of places to eat, drink and dance to tunes from stellar DJs in this two-story club with a spacious patio. Another plus: Micky’s stays open until 4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays; other nights until 2 a.m.
But why wait for Friday? Get your week off to a fun start by checking out Micky’s stand-up comedy hour on Mondays, hosted by Samantha Hale (no cover).
The later show on Mondays is “Showgirls,” hosted by Raven, with music by Paulo Ramirez. There are lots of other daily specials, including Hotrod (lubin’ you up) Wednesdays and Launch Fridays (where the weekend takes off) – Top 40 downstairs and Hip Hop upstairs – with no cover until midnight.
The Abbey and The Chapel
Perhaps the crown jewel of WeHo gay clubs is the Gothic-inspired The Abbey. There’s more than 14,000 square feet to play or pray as the case may be! Entrepreneur and activist David Cooley opened the space first as a coffee house (in 1991), later expanding as a club and restaurant. With stained-glass windows, outdoor areas and a sophisticated food and cocktail menu, The Abbey is beloved by Angelenos, gay and straight.
In addition to events such as the “Will and Grace” viewing party, the Abbey regularly holds fundraisers, such as an Academy Awards viewing party and a holiday toy drive.
In 2016, Cooley opened The Chapel bar, which hosts Salvation Saturdays, Back to the ’80s Mondays, Altar Girl Wednesdays and more.
If you like burgers, booze and drag-queen bingo, you’re going to love this lively spot. Hamburger Mary’s is an ideal place for a large group and there’s no need to worry if you don’t eat meat – the extensive menu has something for everyone.
The Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday night bingo games raise money for charity and often draw celebrity guests. You can also see the Dreamgirls Revue Drag Show on Tuesday nights, brandish a mic at Thursday night Maryoke or see Pumped! on Friday nights.
More bookworm than bingo queen? Stop in on a Monday night for Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night (no cover).
Revolver is a video bar with a clubby vibe, flat-screen TVs and a great sound system. Oh, and a revolving (hence the name) door. It also boasts strippers, go-go dancers and shirtless bartenders (though maybe not all on the same night).
Show up on Flashback Saturdays for ’80s and ’90s dance music as well as video mashups. Down for some Trannyoke (karaoke with balls)? Stop in on Mondays and see “gender bending diva” Courtney Act hold court. Riffing on another meaning of “revolver,” the venue hosts Cocked and Loaded parties on Wednesdays, Big Gun Fridays, and other events.
A little on the rowdy side, this watering hole is known for good music and good prospects for hooking up. You might see shirtless bartenders here, too. And you’ll see plenty of shirtless dancing at the Adonis Lounge show on Wednesdays and Sundays (featuring 20 ripped performers). Other nights feature comedy, karaoke and DJ Jonny McGovern.
Another neighborhood favorite for a night of revelry is Rage. There’s a whole lotta dancing going on and you can eat there, too. Check out Musical Mondays (think “Hairspray,” “Grease” and “Chicago”), comedy and karaoke on Tuesdays, Drag Show Thursdays and Latin Saturdays.
There’s more where that came from! Find more gay clubs and bars here.