L.A.: Before the Parade Passes You By, Places to Hit Along the Route
By OUTTraveler Editors
Los Angeles Pride, June 7 - 9, is all fun in the sun. But the heat can take it out of you! What happens when you get hungry? Or really just need a drink? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Take a look at some of the best restaurants and bars along the parade route (or near by) courtesy of Zagat and Here TV (owned by the same parent company as Out Traveler). Get inspired and try something new! Or hit up an old favorite. You can't go wrong. To get more great suggestions, sign up for the Zagat newsletter.
Catering to the moneyed and manicured set, this “fancy” WeHo gay restaurant/nightclub set in a 1922 Italian Revival–style building “can be mobbed or a ghost town” depending on the night and hour; the drinks are “awesome” if pricey, but at least the good-looking staff serves them “with a smile”; P.S. the musical theater Monday promotions, in which show tunes like “Defying Gravity” from Wicked are performed by patrons, have a cult following. 8811 Santa Monica Blvd.; 310-855-0800
“You’re going to lose all your money on the go-go boys” at this WeHo staple for the “young, young, young” filled with a “hot” multiethnic crowd and “lots of dancing eye candy”; the indoor/outdoor first floor and upstairs lounge area are “always hopping” (indeed, “it gets super-crowded”), and the drinks are both “strong” and “cheap.” 8857 Santa Monica Blvd.; 310-657-1176
Go-go boys gyrate up at the front of this “high-energy” club, a “legend” (though its “heyday has probably passed”) where there’s “no hype and no judgments” among the “mixed” but “young crowd” there for “decently priced” drinks and to grind to “cheesy pop” mixes; P.S. the sidewalk patio is “perfect” for a “chat” or just for watching the WeHo “hunks passing by.” 8911 Santa Monica Blvd.; 310-652-7055
“Tons of dirty fun”, this “edgy”, “crazy-hyper” “East Village gay bar transplanted to LA” features a “diverse (for West Hollywood)” clientele of “boys, boys, boys”, “high sexual energy” and some of the “best eye candy in the city”; the “rowdy, raunchy”, “dark-lit” room gets “wall-to-wall packed” and is the “perfect place to cruise” or wig out to “pounding alternative” tunes on the “tiny” dance floor. 7994 Santa Monica Blvd.; 323-654-0396
A popular destination for mixology and hunky mixologists in Boys Town has spun off this larger lounge and restaurant in the heart of Hollywood, with a quirky design ranging from bare brick walls to films of exotic dancers projected on hanging glass globes to outdoor seating in an alleyway transformed by the Green Alley Initiative; the moderately priced Eclectic menu rambles as much as the decor, covering everything from Kobe sliders to Cuban tacos to Moroccan chicken cups. 1602 N. Cahuenga Blvd.; 323-469-5001
“The pretense is pretty intense” at this “bit-too-trendy-for-its-own-good” gay lounge in the heart of WeHo that attracts a “stylish crowd” of guys who “all look alike” (except on Fridays, when the Truck Stop Girlz promotion brings in the ladies who like ladies); the indoor/outdoor space has a “modern feel” and “cool little courtyard”, and, despite the pricey drinks, it “always” draws a “line on weekends.” 696 N. Robertson Blvd.; 310-360-8455
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