The modified, pierced, and tattooed body was front and center. Were both transgressive and theatrical, pushing the limits of what the performer’s body could endure with a spirit of play. The Sunset Junction bar had long been a magnet for gay Latinos with Spanish-languagedrag showsand other events.
Club Chico – One of the best Latino gay bar in Los Angeles located in Montebello. Energetic with strong drink, throwback tunes and a popping Lustful Saturday’s party with some of the most beautiful go-go’s we have ever seen. There are drag shows on Wednesday, but always a crowd without attitude or pretense which is such a relief in Gay Los Angeles where many clubs often feel more like a zoo full of peacocks. Roosterfish – Roosterfish was one LA bars specifically for the LGBT community and although it was closed and now completely remodeled the new owners have kept its namesake in respect to the history Roosterfish has undergone.
When Hollywood Vice Squad raided Jimmy’s Backyard, they carted off the female impersonators, who were each sentenced to 6 months in jail. It was conceived as a social alternative to lesbian bars, which were subject to raids and police harassment. As the DOB gained members, their focus shifted to providing support to women who were afraid to come out. Opened in 1973, Jewel’s Catch One was one of the first black discos in the United States, and the longest running black gay dance bar in Los Angeles.
A short drive from Silver Lake’s other gay-leather institution, Faultline Bar (4216 Melrose Ave.) is along Melrose near the 101 freeway . There’s a nice patio out back, and the crowd is fun, and often pretty raunchy – especially late at night. It takes a little digging around to find The Faculty (707 N. Heliotrope Dr.), a quirky bar and restaurant that’s a cult favorite among fans of craft beer and interesting wine. Beer is poured from a rotating tap and always features some good choices.
But before Garcia and Hernandez could follow through, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered bars in Los Angeles to close again as COVID-19 cases escalated. Hangers were placed on a clothing rack tall enough to keep gowns off the floor. “When you are trans, people think you’ll either cut hair or become a prostitute,” she said. “They limit you to that.” But she had always wanted to perform.
“Organized crime, always interested in a quick, desperate buck, played an important role in keeping these bars open,” Nestle says. Bar owners frequently paid off police to keep the watering holes open, but raids were not uncommon. Emphasized the importance of physical places for building community—particularly in the wake of the Trump era’s social and political upheavals.
Though steadier business is now returning to Arenas, Osterberger said 2020 was “one of the toughest” years of the 16 that he’s owned the bar. Like Streetbar, Quadz became a pseudo-restaurant to keep the doors open, Osterberger said, which meant installing pizza ovens, refrigeration and other expensive alterations. Quadz owner Jim Osterberger calls Arenas the “gay soul” of Palm Springs. At one point, Farnsworth was at an Alcoholic Beverage Control office when an employee informed him that the bar had to serve substantial meals, not just prepackaged food, either in Streetbar’s own kitchen or through a contract with a restaurant. Many bar owners on Arenas are now cautiously optimistic that there’s an end in sight.
The Halloween party is happening on October 29 at the Resident in Downtown LA. Purchase tickets here. If you prefer beer to cocktails and like your strippers hairy and in harnesses—or some form of leather—then the Eagle might top your list of favorite bars in L.A. Formerly known as the Gauntlet II, the Eagle has become the haunt of choice for a cross-section of L.A.
After a brief stint covering news in Connecticut and New York once more with The Daily Voice, Christina was taken on by What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles, where she aims to unweave the intricacies of both cities’ bright restaurant communities. Here’s a list of GoFundMe accounts established for gay bars in West Hollywood, downtown Los Angeles and the Valley, with descriptions posted by the organizers. If you are aware of another such account not listed here, please email the url to so it can be added to the list. She sang at the Flamingo Club for a few years before buying her own nightclub in North Hollywood, which she called Club Laurel.
As he explains in the documentary, Nacho and company started engaging artists and choreographer friends when they held Mustache at Charlie O’s. Such bars constitute “subterranean social sites and cultural outlets” that “emerge in the conditions created by differences in geography, race/ethnicity, sexuality, class and gender,” writes women’s, gender and sexuality studies professor Stacy I. Macias. Rafa esparza, an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, appreciated Mustache as a space that invited and sustained such a wide range of creativity and artistic exploration.
Beginning in 1897, the building was used as a lodging house for queer men. We are reaching out to our clients, supporters, and friends to please consider donating to our cause. Your contributions will help save a community space that has served as a safe haven for generations of Angelenos in our city.” One of the largest villages of the Tongva people Dex Franco and a favorite trading spot for native peoples of the region before Spanish colonization is now the site of City Hall. The tribe allowed same-sex marriage and believed homosexuality was determined before birth. They honored same-gender love and had initiation ceremonies for lesbian and gay adolescents, who were known as “two-spirit” people.
In Los Angeles, the GLF operated out of the Westlake home of Morris Kight, a gay antiwar activist. One of the more famous actions it took was a protest against the “No Fags” sign at Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood. As an individual, Kight was also instrumental in forming the gay rights parade organization Christopher Street West. Kight and other GLF leaders also helped to form the Gay Community Services Center, which continues to serve the community today as the LA LGBT Center. In December 1969, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered activists in Los Angeles launched a branch of the Gay Liberation Front , which had been recently founded by New York activists as a response to the Stonewall Riots. On October 17, 1970, the Biltmore hosted the Second Annual Behavioral Modification Conference.
Paul Hamel, a longtime customer who documented the bar’s annual Red Dress Party, an AIDS benefit that’s gone national, liked that Gold Coast catered to “neighbors not tourists,” including seniors who have fewer options for socializing in the city. An estimated 23% of men over the age of 65 live alone in West Hollywood, according to the city’s 2019 demographic report — triple the rate of Los Angeles County. Bowerman, a self-described “terrible dancer,” was surprised to find that he felt at home. Dancers can make or break WeHo hotspots, and let’s just say Fubar’s dancers will make your night. Widely known for the best go-go dancers in the area, Fubar has made history by hosting the longest running Thursday night party in the whole country. If that’s not enough to drive you in, they’re currently renovating and will soon be so much more.