Although gay bars have suffered some setbacks the past few years with longstanding venues shuttering nationwide due to mainstreaming, the rise of hookup apps, and an invasion of bachelorette parties, LGBT establishments still play a vital role in preserving gay culture and offering a safe space to patrons. And, many are still thriving. This list of the most popular gay bars comes from data collected by Gravy Analyticsa location-based marketing platform, that tracks mobile data to verify attendance at places and events throughout the United States.
Howl at the Moon When we're in the mood to brave the crowds at the ever-popular Universal CityWalk Hollywoodwe can't help but stop into Howl at the Moonthe metrosexual answer to the gay piano bar. This joint hits all the right chords with not one but two dueling pianos; here, the players entertain with high-brow wit, great comedic timing and—yes! Often we've heard a Britney Spears, Shania Twain and "Broadway Baby" mash-up rocking the stage, and it's music to our ears.
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Originally promoted as "the strangest city in the world", Universal City is now christened as being "the entertainment capital of Los Angeles. At once famous for fostering the nation's emerging film industry and helping Southern California's development, Universal City now holds one of the most successful film production studios and is also at the heart and haven for Hollywood's stars and elites wishing to relax in Valley settings. Directly adjacent to Universal City and tied to its history is Studio City, which contains some of the Valleys most entertaining venues and bars you're likely to find in Los Angeles. From blazing nightclubs to fantastic gastro pubs, Universal City, Studio City and North Hollywood, which borders both, keeps everything likely fitting any mood or setting.
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Serving as a stomping ground for several gay sub cultures, you can find a variety of all types of people enjoying a drink and mixing with, men and women, bears and pups, and more. One of the very few remaining gay bars with a pool table, its neighborhood casual style and penchant for community activism appeals to just about everyone who wanders into it. It has several flat television screens, new intella-lighting and many other recently updated amenities.
Share your own favorites in the comments. West Hollywood. For instance: How many other gay bars do you know that serve brunch? The Abbey is located at North Robertson Boulevard.
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West Hollywood It's one of the most famous gay bars in the world and -- no matter your sexual preference -- it plies you with great drinks, an ultra-friendly staff, and one of the best patios in LA, with plush seating areas that start as day-drinking hubs and end as sloppy nighttime spots. Often a few hours later. No, no there is not. Downtown You're gonna want to drink at this local brewery at least once and at most, way, way, way more than that because if you don't, you'll never know what you're missing out on: one-day-only special beers?