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Exterior of The Abbey in West Hollywood

The Abbey: The Story of an L.A. Icon

06/09/2016

Elina Shatkin

When David Cooley decided to open The Abbey in 1991, the bar scene in West Hollywood looked much different than it does now. Cooley, an Ohioan by way of Las Vegas, moved to the city in 1981, at the start of the AIDS crisis. "When I was coming to bars on Santa Monica Boulevard, it was not as open," he says. "There were no front patios where you could have a cigarette. It was all behind closed doors and through back alleys."

Gay Los Angeles: Quirky Dive Bars

10/18/2012

Frontiers LA

Los Angeles has a ton of quirky bars whose eclectic décor, imaginative cocktail menus and diverse clientele are perfect locales for rounding out an authentic LA experience.