Post-up all night on the patio? Despite looking like a closed-down laundromat from the outside, the interior is quite large, with a dirt cheap and cash-only bar and performances throughout the night. Drink and dance in the front room, or head to the back for comedy, queer history nights, open mics, benefit parties and more. To its credit though, the Abbey banned bachelorette parties in earlywhich helped to shore up its gay street cred among some of the faithful who felt it had overextended itself in its efforts to be hetero-friendly. You finally get the whole crew downtown and Precinct has a line wrapped around the block. Known for their mixed drinks that are actually just cups full of well tequila, Mother Lode is easily your fastest drunk in town.
Plan ahead for a brutal hangover.
It disappeared for a few years inbut the new owners have raised it from the dead, ushering in a new era of a cleaned-up but still perfectly beachy bar for a flip-flops-wearing, swimsuit-sporting crowd. Los Feliz. Mostly though, it gave LA its best new gay bar in years. Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon!
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