Los Angeles’ LGBT community has long gravitated toward the ‘gayborhoods’ of West Hollywood and Silver Lake, often due to concerns of safety and those cozy hamlets’ wide range of cultural and nightlife options. But times, they are a-changin’, and our city’s younger set of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Angelenos prefer to pop the proverbial bubble. L.A. is a veritable playground for the adventurous, and options for living a thrill-filled, well-adjusted life can be found throughout the city limits.
It’s the little things that make a neighborhood a home–places like a great cafe or resto lounge, retailers that know your name, and opportunities to ‘get fit’ outside of a gym. Here are a few points of interest in five neighborhoods outside L.A.’s well-traversed gay bubbles, along with which segments of our city’s LGBT community they’re tailor-made for. These nooks are perfect for perusing on a warm weekend afternoon–or perhaps even setting up shop with the partner and kids.
The Alley: This new speakeasy-type bar serves cocktails for movie buffs, like the Betty Boop, Audrey Hepburn (Aperol and champagne with cucumber) and the Cagney (with rye, brandied cherries and cabernet). 12223 W. Washington Blvd., behind Fin.
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