A Night Out in Los Angeles

Content originally written for the Let’s Go: USA & Canada Guide by our researcher-writer, Graham Bishai.

The Abbey

692 N Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 289-8410; theabbeyweho.com; open M-Th 11am-2am, F 10am-2am, Sa-Su 9am-2am

Which three words best describe The Abbey? Big, gay, and famous. This expansive club has several bars, dance floors, and seating areas, both indoors and outside. The Abbey’s fame extends far beyond LA—its majestic fountain and string lights crown it as an institution. After running the Abbey for over three decades, the owners have perfected a vibe that is upbeat yet relaxed, sexy yet social, and cool yet inclusive. Not sure you can handle the bedazzled go-go dancers? Step outside for some coffee and baked goods.

No cover, cocktails from $14, beers from $7; BGLTQ+ friendly; limited wheelchair accessibility

Fiesta Cantina

8865 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 652-8865; www.fiestacantina.net/; open daily noon-2am

With pool floats lining the walls and streamers and pride flags waving from the ceiling, color explodes from this cantina like steam from one of their sizzling fajitas. Sip a giant margarita on the roof deck while you shovel down tacos and watch the sun set on West Hollywood. Be prepared to shout over loud pop music and come in hip-casual dress—don’t worry if you forget a shirt. You’ll still be served, likely by waiters showing off their own pecs. Chill out and get hype (the two aren’t mutually exclusive when you’re in SoCal). Take one look at those unicorn floaties and try holding back. You can’t, so live a little.

No cover, beer from $3, drinks from $8; BGLTQ+ friendly; happy hour daily 4pm-8pm

Rage

8911 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 652-7055; ragenightclub.com; open M 6pm-2am, T-Su 1pm-2am

If you want a plain old nightclub, Rage won’t let you down. It’s much more refined than the typical West Hollywood gay establishment. Get there early for a low-key but fun start to your night, complete with techno and music videos to keep things energetic. If you’re looking for something more lit, stick around until 10pm for the crowds, strobes, and bangers. There’s a young crowd—Rage is 18+—but there’s something for every age. If you need some air, chat someone up on the outdoor patio.

Cover on weekends from $5, beer from $7, cocktails from $12; BGLTQ+ friendly; wheelchair accessible; 18+; M is showtunes night, Sa is Latin night

Whiskey A Gogo

8901 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 652-4202; whiskyagogo.com; open daily 10am-6pm

Hear a rock band play live on the stage that hosted The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Blondie, Linkin Park, and more. At this famous Sunset Strip venue, a band plays every night of the week. Red lights from the stage break into the dark space, with red carpeting and black walls covered in Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin posters. There’s an upstairs and downstairs bar serving a selection of beer, cocktails, and pub food. Get there early to sit upstairs, or stand with the crowd on the floor. Like any authentic rock club, the sound is pristinely balanced and hella loud. Rock out with the crowd of groupies, old schoolers, and good ol’ rock fans out to hear some good ol’ rock music.

Ticket prices vary; beer from $5, mixed drinks from $9; cash only box office; BGLTQ+ friendly; ground floor is wheelchair accessible; all ages; M free for 21+

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