Discover LGBTQ+ Nightlife in Los Angeles

Catch One LA 2021
Catch One, Los Angeles. Courtesy Instagram, @catchonela

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 Los Angeles. Check social and websites for special nights and PRIDE events.

The Abbey WeHo 2021
Outside at The Abbey, WeHo. Courtesy 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 2021
Akbar, Interior. Courtesy Instagram, @nice_pipes_tomika

Akbar



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.  Full Frontal Disco returns June 12.

Bullet Bar

Bullet Bar



This laid back neighborhood bar draws a leather and bear crowd to NoHo. Come to Bullet Bar and enjoy $3 domestic drafts and $4 well drinks and domestic bottled beers. Every weekday during their Happy Hour with Max, try your luck at Bullet Bingo every Saturday from 2-5 in their back patio, or shake your tail feather to the best '80s, '90s, and '00s jams during Nostalgia Mondays starting at 8pm. Special events for Pride month include Glow Me on Saturday 6/19, Underbear Party on Friday 6/25, and Cigar Bar on Saturday 6/26.

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. First post-pandemic show, Club Mesh on June 17th. Black Pride's One Mega Party on July 3rd; Das Bunker returns with a Summer Night Dance Party on July 30th.

El Cid Restaurant



This historic Spanish flamenco and tapas bar in Sunset Boulevard, while not a gay venue per se, El Cid hosts some fabulous gay-themed shows that are not to be missed. Starting at 11:00 AM on Sundays, get some grub at Clownz n' Carbz, a drag brunch with the legendary Jackie Beat, and dance away those calories at The Return of Hot Dog, a "beer bust and tea dance" hosted by club king Mario Diaz starting at 4:00PM. Celebrate Pride month with GayASStrology on June 13th with their GayAss brunch (bottomless mimosas included!) or at Proud & Loud Show on June 22nd featuring performances by Mermaid, X. ARI, and Ryan Cassata with guest Nikki Blonsky.

Micky's LGBTQ West Hollywood
Micky's | Photo: Micky's

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.

Mother Load WeHo 2021
Mother Lode WeHo. Courtesy Facebook

Mother Lode



A low-key, cruise-y dive bar Mother Lode claims to be the oldest gay bar in West Hollywood. Expect cheap- but strong- drinks made by WeHo's friendliest bartenders and eclectic jukebox selections. Belt out your favorite tune on karaoke Thursdays or snuggle up in the patio with one of their loyal regulars.

Precinct DTLA LGBTQ
Precinct | Photo: Precinct

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 Bearracuda and Drag Race viewing parties. Reopening June 17th.

Redline LGBTQ
Redline | Photo: Redline, Facebook

Redline



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. Plans are for the dance floor and bar to reopen on June 15th. PoundCake Fridays features guest DJs and a rotating roster of gorgeous go-go boys. On Sundays, Rubella Spreads presents Eat It! Drag Brunch at 11AM or 1:30PM and includes performances by local drag favorites.

Silver Platter

Silver Platter



Founded in 1963, Silver Platter is the oldest queer bar in McArthur Park area and has been a safe space for queer and trans immigrant Latinxs for decades. This unassuming dive bar is a great place to play pool, watch fantastic performances, and show your moves. Silver Platter was prominently featured in Wu Tsang’s ‘Wildness’ documentary, which chronicles how the bar has adapted to the changing dynamics and gentrification of Westlake.

Trunks WeHo 2021
Trunks, Weho. Courtesy Instagram, @trunksbar

Trunks



If watching a game is your vibe, Trunks has been West Hollywood's go-to sports bar for over 30 years. With a 7-hour (yes, seven) happy hour during weekdays, this neighborhood haunt boasts sexy bartenders serving traditional and house cocktails, a recently added outdoor patio, and plenty of screens to cheer on the Dodgers.