Queer WeHo Without a Car – Windy City Times

Author: , January 25th, 2018

West Hollywood

Winter is the perferct time to visit Southern California. With temperatures in the high 60s to 70s ( and everything in bloom as it is the rainy season ), the area is a great respite from the dreary winter in most of the country.

Best of all, you can relax and rely on transit and walking to get around with your visit to West Hollywood, arguable America’s biggest gayborhood. They also have a shared bicycle system so bring your helmet if you plan to use it.

Getting there: I grabbed a Southwest sale fare of $79 from Indy to LAX. From LAX, grab the shuttle to Lot C and take the Big Blue Bus #3 to Santa Monica for $1.25 ( ask for a transfer ). In Santa Monica, transfer to the 704 Rapid Bus Line to West Hollywood. ( Yes, I paid $1.25 from LAX to WeHo. ) Exit at San Vincente street and walk three blocks east to your hotel.

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WeHo Gay Nightlife – WeHoVille

Author: , November 17th, 2017

WeHo Gay Nightlife

West Hollywood’s best dive bar? WeHo’s best sushi restaurant? Our city’s best barbershop, pet boarding place, Pilates studio? These are among the many categories we included on WEHOville’s Best Of ballot in August. The online voting turnout was great (and monitored by us geeks to make sure we weren’t being trolled — i.e. Putin didn’t vote, only you did).

We published the results in West Hollywood Magazine, our quarterly print publication, which was out last week and which you can find in news racks, restaurants and shops around the city.

Best of WeHo Night Life
Best Dive Bar

No. 1
Mother Lode
8944 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood
(310) 659-9700

The word “mother lode” means something of great value. In West Hollywood, where good ole fashioned dive bars are scarce, Mother Lode is that.

Tucked between the very precious P.U.M.P., owned by reality TV celeb Lisa Vanderpump, and the forever-under-construction space where the restaurant Bottega Louie is opening (some day), is this bar that offers cheap drinks, a chance to play pool and some outdoor areas for smoking. The interior is, uh, rough. And dark. And very charming for those of us into that sort of venue.

And if you’re looking for an early drink, or a late one, Mother Lode is the place, with operating hours from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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Insider’s Guide to Gay West Hollywood

Author: , August 15th, 2015

JohnDouponceWest Hollywood is one of the all-time most-famous LGBT-styled cities in the world, with an endless number of gay-owned and gay-centric places to eat, drink, shop, and celebrate life. For the uninitiated, the biggest challenge is navigating all that WeHo has to offer. For guidance, we turned to General Manager John Douponce of the Chamberlain Hotel (1000 Westmount Dr. Tel: 800-916-4339. www.chamberlainwesthollywood.com). This boutique hotel occupies a former apartment building in a residential neighborhood, making it feel like a chic, comfortable home away from home, complete with rooftop pool and 24-hour fitness center. Designer Kelly Wearstler is responsible for the Chamberlain’s sophisticated mash up of modern furnishings with art deco details. A longtime hotel manager and local resident, Douponce is our insider guide to where all the WeHo magic takes place.

What are the best gay/lesbian bars in the city?

One of the coolest places to go in West Hollywood, and one of the most popular gay bars in the country, is of course The Abbey (692 N Robertson Blvd. Tel: 310-289-8410. www.sbe.com/nightlife/brands/theabbeyfoodandbar). It’s renowned, and it’s the two-time winner of the MTV LOGO “Best Gay Bar in the World” award. The Abbey serves big 10-ounce martinis and weekend brunch in its indoor-outdoor space. And the food is absolutely incredible; I like to go there for lunch and appetizers. Another favorite spot is Marix (118 Entrada Dr. Tel: 310-459-8596. www.marixtexmex.com), which has a pretty varied Tex-Mex food and drink menu. It has a good crowd in there all day long; it’s a great gathering place for happy hour and well-made margaritas.

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Gay West Hollywood Like a Local

Author: , March 13th, 2015

West Hollywood - Apple MapsThe man behind America’s first privately-owned LGBT center, based in gay West Hollywood, shares his love of the gayest of gay districts.

I’ve lived here since… 1981. I moved here from Israel.

I’ve stayed because… the people are wonderful and there are endless opportunities here.

My favorite queer bar has to be… FUBAR, because it’s always entertaining, and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t drink. In my 51 years, I have never had alcohol.

West Hollywood’s best building is undoubtedly… The La Fontaine at 1285 N. Crescent Heights Blvd. It was built back in the 1930s, by the architect Leland Bryant. It is one of West Hollywood’s most iconic apartment buildings. It’s also had its share of Hollywood residents, such as Bette Midler and Steve Martin.

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West Hollywood’s Design District

Author: , December 18th, 2013

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For anyone with four walls, or a walled estate, ready to be decorated, redecorated, or simply face-lifted, West Hollywood is the promised land. The Design District will roll out the red carpet, or a room-size faux zebra for that matter, and you can take it from there.

The shops, studios, and ateliers listed here are all near the Pacific Design Center, home to another 130 interior-design showrooms. In some cases, the floor samples are available with a swipe of your credit card. Usually the welcome mat is out for anyone, but if “to the trade” is store policy, there will be an introduction to a top-tier professional designer to help guide your choices.

Going from the sublime to the more sublime, some of West Hollywood’s finest home furnishing havens are in this roundup. The District, officially organized in 1996, is a premier Los Angeles shopping destination within a walkable area. The radius of Melrose Avenue and Beverly and Robertson Boulevards is home to countless interior-design muses, so this is necessarily a partial inventory. Have fun exploring today, and, with any luck, you will find all those one-of-a-kind pieces you were looking for, and they will arrive at your place within a few weeks. Let the decorating begin!

Authored By Marlene Fanta Shyer – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Win a Rock Star Getaway to West Hollywood

Author: , June 16th, 2012

This summer, the West Hollywood Marketing and Visitors Board’s Summer of Music is celebrating their music heritage by offering multiple opportunities to win prizes that are valued from $400 to $5,000 to commemorate the 5th Annual Sunset Strip Music Festival.

The person with the best original song, written by them or their band members, can win one of eight weekly prizes. These include a one-night stay at West Hollywood and a music-themed gift or experience, or the ultimate Original Song Contest, where your entry will have to be inspired by West Hollywood.

The winner of the Original Song Contest will receive a $5,000 Ultimate Rockstar Getaway prize package that includes four nights at the Sunset Marquis hotel, VIP access to the Sunset Strip Music Festival, $1,000 spending cash, and other music experiences.

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Photos: Los Angeles Gay Pride 2012

Author: , June 14th, 2012

Los Angeles Gay Pride 2012L.A. Pride Grand Marshall Molly Ringwald had the men riding on her parade-float dress in togas–and that’s about the most clothing revelers donned while celebrating Pride last weekend.

West Hollywood got even more steamy when the boys from Micky’s and The Abbey floated on by wearing their usual uniform consisting of just 7 inches of fabric. Chaz Bono, Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump and several former contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race also took part.

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West Hollywood Paints Crosswalks for Pride Month

Author: , June 11th, 2012
Gay Travel: West Hollywood Paints Crosswalks for Pride Month

Photo by Jon Viscott, SDGLN

Just in time for this weekend’s LA Pride Celebration, a set of crosswalks along Santa Monica Boulevard have been painted with rainbow colors.

The proposal, brought to the City Council by LA artist Martin Duvander, and sponsored by Mayor Jeff Prang and Councilmember John Duran, was passed on the council’s consent agenda on Monday, June 4.

The crosswalks located at the intersection of San Vicente Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard will be painted rainbow for the entire month of June.

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Fundamental Questions Being Asked About WeHo Pride

Author: , January 18th, 2012

WeHo PrideTuesday night’s regular City Council meeting will deal with commonplace municipal issues such as parking structures, parks, election reform and Advisory Board appointments.

Also on the agenda sits a potentially world-changing item, a report on and discussion of West Hollywood’s LA Gay Pride Parade and Festival’s future. Brought to the table by first-year council member John D’Amico at the last regular meeting of 2011, he raised constituents’ and visitors’ concerns about Pride’s lack of relevance to them.

“I think there is a serious disconnect for a lot of people on that event,” about which he has heard much criticism since his March election. He said he heard from people who called the event “lame” and unbecoming the film capital of the world, “especially with so many creative people living in it.”

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West Hollywood for the Weekend

Author: , November 7th, 2011

Recently on the West Coast, a certain rainbow-flagged jurisdiction considered a resolution for “Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day” – because the mayor was fearful that the city was becoming a little too sanitized. Where else but West Hollywood, right?

Originally known as Sherman, West Hollywood has a proud history of championing renegade behaviors. The town was named for land developer Moses Sherman who housed his railroad employees in the liquor-friendly town during Prohibition. All through the Roaring Twenties, nightclubs and casinos flourished along Sunset – and rather than curb its wayward habits, the city chose not to become a part of Los Angeles, adopting the name West Hollywood instead.

To walk Santa Monica Boulevard today (once known as Route 66) is to see the imprint of West Hollywood’s raffish history. On a late summer night, we paused in front of Eleven Nightclub where nearly naked go-go boys shook their moneymakers in the huge open windows of what was once the First National Bank of Sherman.

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