The Best LA Lesbian Bars and Nightclubs to Meet Gay Singles
Los Angeles lesbian dating spots have deteriorated to nothing over the last decade. With the rise of third-wave feminism throughout the 90s, the lesbian dating scene was hotter than ever before as gay girls redefined conventional constructs surrounding female sexuality. Exclusive bars, clubs, and parties emerged across California.
In recent years, long-awaited changes to LGBTQ+ rights mean that queerness is largely no longer marginalized. Lesbian ladies can date openly, enjoying sexual encounters with many-a partners without turning heads, perhaps leading to the death of dedicated lesbian spaces across the US.
It is particularly difficult to know where to meet lesbians in Los Angeles. Popular lesbian hangouts Moonshadow Lounge, The Palms Bar, and Jewel's Catch One, have each closed their doors since 2011. And with the additional threat of Covid-19 putting additional pressures on local hotspots, there's never been a more appropriate time to meet single lesbians online.
Break the ice with a match in chat rooms and conjure up sexual chemistry that can be transferred through to real-world dates when the current situation settles. Sure enough, Los Angeles may be the largest city in America deprived of a lesbian bar, but when you're set up for success onscreen, you can make the best of the state's LGBTQ+ friendly venues.
The Fingerjoint is a new and swanky LA start-up, inspired by the city's dire demand for current lesbian spaces that meet the needs of a contemporary queer crowd. Although it doesn't have a permanent residence right now, their frequent pop-up cocktail bars in the east are attracting sponsors and investors, all the while Fingerjoint's founders collate ideas and designs to feed into the ultimate hangout for lesbians and their friends. The brainchild of architect Lauren Amador, and cocktail cognoscente Danielle Gavaldon, this venture is certain to take the LA lesbian scene from zero to homohero. For the latest business info, give Fingerjoint some love on Insta.
GirlbarLA & Altargirl @ the Chapel at The Abbey Food and Bar
692 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Going strong since 1990, Girl Bar's popularity shows no signs of wavering. The OG party place for women in California, every Thursday – from spring 2020 – Altargirl delivers the best beats, the finest food, and the crème de la crème of cocktails for the native frisky femme. If you're a bad, bad girl from week to week, head down to the kinkiest confessional in the whole of WeHo.
6245 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
While the Frolic Room isn't strictly the lesbian venue that LA Confidential would have you believe, the real-world dive bar is frequented by local women seeking women. The epitome of Hollywood Noir, the walls of this legendary hotspot tell no tales, keeping secrets that span decades of tragedy, crime, and glamour. Come as you are to the notorious nook of the Walk of Fame that welcomes all. You may even spot a few stars sipping drinks behind those engrossing art deco doors.
2640 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Established in 2016, The Birdcage is the new queer kid on the block. On your first visit, expect to find a kitschy chic top-floor lounge at the Victorian, as Main Street's most eccentric venue breaks free from the constraints of quintessential gay bar aesthetics. The Birdcage is an LGBTQ+ friendly place where guests feel free to be authentic while painting the town in all shades of the rainbow. Whether you prefer to dazzle on the dancefloor or soak up the zen-vibes on the patio, all options are on the menu here. Do dating your way with female friends at the sexiest setting in Santa Monica.
4356 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
An enchanting LGBTQ-friendly space in Silver Lake, Akbar truly embodies its avowed belief that 'variety is the spice of life'. Its unaffected charm is certainly the main attraction for people who share the same ethos on life. The top fun and friendly gay hipster base on the Boulevard, go to mingle, work the jukebox music, and make your mark on the dancefloor. As the all-embracing vibe suggests, this isn't an exclusive lesbian bar, but it's well worth mixing amongst the boys and the bears.
Call Out! Thursdays @ Rocco's WeHo
8900 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
In 2019, Ambers Closet, Whitney Mixter, and Jamie Vela injected a dose of unadulterated pleasure into the week for all women in WeHo. As guest DJs spin throwbacks of the best tracks across hip hop, Latin, and trap, this shindig is all about great sounds and forming a no-strings-attached relationship with like-minded gay girls. Get in on the action at the new heart of WeHo, Rocco's.