Discover LGBTQ Nightlife in Los Angeles

DJ Silky Incognito LGBTQ Dance

 DJ Silky, playing at Incognito in Los Angeles | Photo: Usilk21, Wikipedia

LGBTQ nightlife in Los Angeles is incredibly diverse and offers something for everyone, whether you check out the hot spots in West Hollywood, explore the historic Silver Lake area, or feel the energy of Downtown L.A. Discover these can't-miss, LGBTQ-friendly favorites and tell your friends back home that there's no place like LGBTQ Los Angeles.

The Abbey Ash WeHo

Ash WeHo at The Abbey | Photo: The Abbey, Facebook

The Abbey

Utterly breathtaking, this iconic establishment was crowned LOGO's "Best Gay Bar in the World," making it a must-see in LA’s gay nightlife scene. Once a busy coffeehouse, this jazzy joint has attracted a crowd that loves the limelight. You'll come across luxuriously chic fireplaces and cabanas, as well as a list of delicious martinis and mojitos. Get ready to pose, strut and smile — and check out why The Abbey has gotten so much press.

Akbar Bears in Space 10th Anniversary

Bears in Space 10th Anniversary at Akbar | Photo: Bears in Space, Facebook


This is one of LA’s favorite places to chill out for cocktails and music. The mixed crowd at Akbar is trendy but not snobby, which comes as a relief to those who love its Moroccan-themed interior, cushy couches and laid-back vibe. There’s a definite neighborhood atmosphere for those who need reminders of their watering holes back home. You’ll meet everyone from business consultants to drag queens, and a sure-fire topic of conversation is always Akbar’s ever-popular jukebox selections. Weekends boast a small but raucously raging dance floor. Two of Akbar's big regular nights are Full Frontal Disco and Bears in Space.

Catch One Das Bunker Shannon Chromegirl

Shannon Chromegirl at a Das Bunker event at Catch One | Photo: Das Bunker, Facebook

Catch One

When it opened in 1972, Jewel’s Catch One was the nation’s first black gay and lesbian disco. Since then, it has maintained a reputation as a historic landmark of LGBTQ nightlife. After a brief stint as UNION, a massive nightclub that attracted promoters like the mighty A Club Called Rhonda, the venue honored its storied past by rebranding itself Catch One with a varied bill of dance shows and live music that attract a diverse crowd in terms of genres and orientations. EBM powerhouse Das Bunker hosts some industrial and post-Goth music nights at Catch One that have traditionally welcome the more adventurous/alternative LGBTQ clientele.

The Eagle New Year's

New Year's at The Eagle | Photo: The Eagle

The Eagle L.A.

Los Angeles' premier leather bar, The Eagle doesn't play around when it comes to uninhibited, sexy fun. A popular hangout in L.A.'s Silver Lake neighborhood, any day of the week one can find cheap drinks, a friendly crowd and an even friendlier staff. While weeknights can be pretty low-key (customers make use of the pool tables, pinball machines and video poker), the weekends are raucous and raunchy. A must for those in the fetish and leather communities.

Legendary Sunday Beer Bust at Faultline

Legendary Sunday Beer Bust at Faultline | Photo: Faultline, Facebook


Home of the Legendary Sunday Beer Bust, Silver Lake institution Faultline is known for its constantly changing roster of promoters and parties. Every day of the week — besides Mondays and Tuesdays, when the bar is closed — features a different, quirky party. On any given night, though, you're sure to find sexy go-go dancers (generally of the hairy variety), upbeat music and ridiculously cheap drink specials. Depending on the night, the crowd may run older — or pants-less.

Fubar West Hollywood LBGTQ

Fubar | Photo: Fubar, Facebook


Fun is the name of the game at Fubar. No matter which day of the week you walk into the bar — whether it's the exotic dancers of NYC-import Adonis Lounge on Wednesday, more raunchy fun on Thursday or non-stop dancing on Friday and Saturday nights — you're in for a treat. Fubar has long prided itself on its fun mix of friendly Angelenos. The bar's dark, intimate setting has been known to result in a loss of inhibitions by its patrons, making Fubar the most 'East Coast' of its WeHo sister bars.

Micky's LGBTQ West Hollywood

Micky's | Photo: Micky's


Micky's has long been a WeHo institution — even after a destructive fire that saw the bar out of commission for a couple years — partly because it has something for everyone. The soundtrack is mostly Top 40 tracks and fun, danceable pop jams, but for those who may not be looking to tear up the dance floor, there's always the expansive outdoor patio and the swanky upstairs lounge. We recommend a trip to the dance floor though — a good time is guaranteed.

Oil Can Harry's LGBTQ

Oil Can Harry's | Photo: Oil Can Harry's

Oil Can Harry's

If you're in the Valley, your first stop for LGBT nightlife should be Oil Can Harry's, possibly one of the most talked-about country/western bars in Los Angeles. It's all about the two-step here, and the down-to-earth crowd keeps the dance floor friendly and fun. For first-time shufflers, take advantage of free lessons three times a week, or swap out the cowboy boots for platform shoes on Saturdays, when the music shifts gears to '70s disco.


Precinct | Photo: Precinct


Opened at 4th and Broadway in May 2015, Precinct describes itself as a "rock n roll gay bar" in Downtown L.A. Spanning 10,000 square feet on the second floor of a historic 1902 building, Precinct hosts numerous themed nights like Queen Kong on Fridays, Drag Race viewing parties, and Bonkerz! with the legendary Jackie Beat.

Redline LGBTQ

Redline | Photo: Redline, Facebook


Located on 6th Street in the Historic Core of Downtown L.A., Redline is a lively 2,000 square-foot venue with double height ceilings, full bar and a gastropub menu. PoundCake Fridays features guest DJs and a rotating roster of gorgeous go-go boys. On Sundays, Rubella Spreads presents Eat It! Drag Brunch from noon to 3pm with bottomless Mimosas.