Gay DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES Guide 2021
Our insider Gay Downtown Los Angeles guide to the best places to play and stay in this revitalized neighbourhood.
While divey Mexican gay bar the New Jalisco has been around for years, several new gay establishments have opened their doors over the past few years. Redline is named not only for the Metro line that runs through downtown but also for the Red Car, the original light rail in L.A. Redline doubles as both a low-key bar/restaurant and crowded nightclub. By 10 p.m., the tables are cleared and the music turned up.
As the largest gay establishment downtown, Precinct can get crowded, sometimes with a line around the corner. The influx of customers could be due to its popular themed nights and performers. Every Friday, the Boulet Brothers host Queen Kong, a drag night that features some of the most popular talent around. Themes rotate on Saturday nights and include bear and Latin nights.
New Jalisco, only four blocks from Precinct is definitely a dive bar in every sense of the term, and is cash only. The drinks were pretty strong and perfect for our nightcap. While the New Jalisco may not be as fancy as the newer gay establishments, you can feel the history pulsing throughout the building.
The largest draw in downtown Los Angeles is L.A. LIVE, a $2.5 billion entertainment and sports complex located in the South Park district of Downtown L.A.
The Target Terrace, which offers breathtaking sky-line views. Often dubbed as the “Times Square of the West,” check out some great attractions including The GRAMMY Museum and much more. Popular restaurants include Katsuya, WP24 by Wolfgang Puck and Rock’n Fish
If you want to stay downtown, then head to the longstanding classic,the historic Hotel Figueroa. “Hotel Fig” as its affectionately known has been an oasis in the center of the vibrant Downtown Los Angeles community for almost 100 years.
Dining in Downtown is a foodie’s delight. From imaginative bars and food trucks, to exclusive pop-up experiences and iconic dining rooms, there’s a menu for every taste. Classic dining spots include Bottega Louie, a fantastic brunch option, Border Grill for a modern take on Mexican and Grand Central Market for a sampling of the young upstart restauranteurs on the scene.
Or, venture out to taste the best in world cuisine in our neighborhood eateries in Little Tokyo, Chinatown, Koreatown, and L.A.’s oldest settlement, Olvera Street (try the Churros!).
From landmark masterpiece like the Walt Disney Concert Hall to new additions such as The Broad museum, cultural attractions in Downtown are among the most renowned in the world. You’ll find attractions for every interest, whether it’s art at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) or reliving history at Union Station.
Once thought of as a neighborhood that shut down after dark, Downtown is now something of a nightlife hub, thanks to a renewed focus on loft living in the refurbished art-deco buildings, an extensive fashion and arts district and a burgeoning nightlife scene.
Located in Downtown LA’s historic Giannini Building, the NoMad features several on-site dining options & a rooftop pool. Each of the 241 rooms are equipped with large flat-screen TVs