Best Gay Bars in LA: Where to Drink, Dance and Get Debaucherous for Pride

Ready for Pride, Angelenos? If you don’t know where to go to celebrate this weekend, BlackBook has you covered — we’ve curated a list of the best gay bars in Los Angeles, whether you want to dance till dawn, drink for cheap, or smoke your lungs out.

Best Bar for Cheap Drinks

The Bayou – This NOLA-themed bar boasts not one, but two happy hours (4 PM – 8 PM; 10:30 PM – 12:30 AM), that’ll get you $2 Buds and $4 well dranks. Highlights from their southern comfort goodness menu include mash puppies and mango catfish, which may not be good for the waistline but will help with your hangover tomorrow. (8939 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; 310-273-3303)

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Best Bar for Smoking 

The Abbey – With the honor of two of Logo’s “Best Gay Bar in the World” awards and the fact that it was Elizabeth Taylor’s favorite pub, The Abbey is a very typical WeHo experience. Aside from 10 oz. martinis, free phone charging stations and a menu crafted by Cleo chef Danny Elmaleh, half the bar is a smoke-friendly patio, so feel free to light up between mimosas. All day Pride celebrations take place from Thursday 6/11 to Tuesday 6/16, ending at 2 AM. (692 North Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood; 310-289-8410) 

Best Bar for Celeb-Spotting

PUMP – Real Housewives star Lisa Vanderpump’s vanity project amounts to a surprisingly good restaurant and bar. One hundred-year-old olive trees throw some shade onto the Tuscan-themed restaurant, where the fare is standard Italian-New American. Great for a classy Sunday brunch after a night of partying, and, given the owner, it’s likely you’ll spot a celeb or two. (8948 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; 310-657-PUMP)

Best Bar with a View

Perch – Not the gayest bar on the list, but this rooftop lounge has a spectacular view of the LA skyline plus a fabulous French menu to boot. Good if you want to get a little classy and nibble on truffle fries. (448 S Hill St, Downtown; 213-802-1770)

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Best Bar for a Casual Drink

GYM Bar – Pitchers, catchers, tight-ends…oh, there’s also sports here. Even if you don’t want to watch the Dodgers, GYM is a low-key spot that’s usually never very crowded. Chill atmosphere, strong drinks, and a Five Guys next door make it the perfect place to unwind after celebrating or to pregame the night ahead. (8738 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; 310-659-2004)

Best Bar for a Casual Fuck

Fubar – Their tagline “Not Your Father’s Gay Bar” sums it up. Dimly lit and the perfect amount of seedy, the bar has more of a New York feel than PUMP or Penthouse. It positively oozes sex, so if you’re looking, you’ll probably find someone. (7994 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; 323-654-0396)

Best Bar for Underground Queer Fun

Faultline – This dark, queer bar is more underground than other sites on this list; neon, leather, levis and porn conflate into an East Hollywood hole-in-the-wall. This Saturday June 13 will be their Pride Edition, hosted by makeup artist and RuPaul confidante Mathu Andersen. (4216 Melrose Ave, East Hollywood; 323-660-0889)

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Best Bar for Dancing

Micky’s – Their Saturday Night Dance Party (no cover before midnight) is electric, and you can score $5 cocktails from 10 – 11 PM. (8857 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; 310-657-1176)

Best Bar for Kitsch + Camp

Oil Can Harry’s – Fierce and retro and covered in cow hides, Oil Can Harry’s is pure freewheeling fun in the Valley. Line dancing go-go boys and a retro disco dance party on Saturday June 13 round out a kitschy, country bar (11502 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; 818-760-9749)

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