Prop 8 is no more. DOMA has been struck down by SCOTUS. A brave new era of legal gay weddings awaits the nation. And tonight, a brave new evening of parties awaits Los Angeles. You don’t have to get gay married to join the celebration.
629 N. Robertson Ave., West Hollywood
The venue hosts different clubs on different nights as well as numerous special events. Tonight it turns into girlbar, a ladies-who-love-ladies dance party that Mariah Carey has been known to visit. Wednesday is already a big party night in WeHo, but we’re guessing it’s going to be even wilder tonight.
4356 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
The loungey bar draws a broad crowd of artsy queer hipsters and their straight friends. Tonight it’s Craftnight, where for a small donation ($2) you can make a red, white, and blue plant holder while knocking back vodka tonics. America, f-yeah! If you want dinner beforehand, The Kitchen just around the corner makes a damn fine turkey burger. Post-revelry, visit Tang’s Donut across the street to soak up all that booze.
7994 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
On the eastern edge of Boys Town, this loud, rowdy bar throws a bunch of wildly popular party nights including Filth, Summertime Slut, and B.F.D. but on Wednesdays it become Adonis Lounge, a very manly strip club. Break out the body oil.
8944 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
Strong drinks. Laid back vibe. Minimal attitude. No cover. Are you sure this joint is in WeHo? Indeed it is. The old school bar has weathered the vicissitudes of fashion to remain one of the area’s true neighborhood bars. Play pool or sit on the patio for prime people-watching. So old school it doesn’t have a website; it doesn’t need one.
1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
A throwback to the days before Abbot Kinney was populated with boutiques selling $1800 sunglasses, this hole-in-the-wall bar is a local spot for local people. Not that a hunky outsider wouldn’t be embraced.
696 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood
Different nights draw different crowds to this upscale bar. Women come out in full force on Friday for Truck Stop. On Sunday afternoons it’s all about locals, who like to hang out in a laid back environment. On Wednesdays, it’s Stripper Circus; you can probably guess what happens.
4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Silver Lake
You wouldn’t be out of place if you showed up in a leather harness, workboots, and skintight plum-smugglers, but you’d also be fine if you just wandered in to catch an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
4216 Melrose Ave., East Hollywood
Bust out your beard, your hairy, shirtless chest, and your leather chaps for a night at this longstanding men’s leather bar somewhere between Koreatown, East Hollywood, and Silver Lake.
8581 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
WeHo’s popular video bar isn’t that big but it packs ’em in, so we recommend arriving early especially if you’re here for Cocked and Loaded, the bar’s Wednesday night celebration of all things trashy.
8945 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
The West Hollywood outpost is a friendly local spot known for its happy hour and welcoming vibe. It’s a restaurant not a nightclub, so if you want to drink, nosh, and chat instead of stuffing dollar bills into hot pants, this is your spot.
8857 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
Is this L.A.’s largest gay club? If not, it’s right up there. The massive venue has multiple stages and lots of different events—weekly drag competitions, no cover Latin Thursdays, beach-themed Sunday afternoon parties—as well as special events like an unofficial after-party for Beyoncé’s Mrs. Carter world tour. Held the last Wednesday of the month, Hot Rod happens tonight promising “dirty boys,” “fetish shows,” and “hair chests.”
Not Recommended: Seeking out neighbors and businesses that once proudly displayed “Yes on 8” signs and showering their lawns with rainbow confetti while doing a victory dance on their front steps.