The online edition of Blackbook just
got back from a one-day tour of gay West Hollywood. Here's what they
Gay vamps and scamps of fortitude make
their bed at Chateau Marmont. Inside, you'll find all the amenities
you've come to expect ... in a castle! That's right, gay champs, the
Marmont is a castle on the hill. It's beautiful and a bit creepy at
the same time (www.chateaumarmont.com).
You'll want to eat breakfast at Hugo's
where there's a good chance you'll hobnob with the Hollywood elite,
as you're prone to doing. The food's delish, too.
Shopping in the 90069 includes
maneuvering your way though a maze of books at Book Soup
through last season's designer duds at upscale thrift shop Wasteland
and finding unique, collector-worthy art toys at Kidrobot
Then, it's time for lunch. “Sushi or
burgers?” asks Blackbook. At upscale Ariya (8730 Santa
Manica Blvd), you'll find tofu and seaweed salad, veggie rolls
wrapped in cucumber, and sushi on the menu. And down the street, at
Irv's Burgers (8289 Santa Monica Blvd.), it's deeply grilled beef
burgers, fish burgers, egg burgers, and chilli burgers (I need a gay
burger, you say?)!
Ok, we know what you really want to do
in gay West Hollywood: Party like it's 1999!
The velvet ropes that keep the riffraff
out are nowhere to be seen at Barney's Beanery
a route 66 biker's bar. Bar Lubitsch (7702 Santa Monica Blvd) chills
with a communist-red mise en scene, where you're sure to find your
gay kismet at the bottom of a bottle of vodka.
Things are bit more exciting over at
The Abbey (www.abbeyfoodandbar.com), where every gay boy and raucous
lesbian in the village hangs out. Hunk (or babe) watch while you sip
But then, to warm things up, head over
to Area (www.sbeent.com), West
Hollywood's hottest nightspot. “Everything we love and despise
about nightlife conveniently in one venue,” writes Blackbook.
Enough said, a one-day gay tour of West
Hollywood yours to enjoy.