Thursday, May 13 2010
Once upon a time, the Abbey was just another gay bar in West Hollywood, with an exceptionally cute clientele and a wonderful outdoor setting. The food and drinks were good, too, and the prices were reasonable. Then the popularity of the Abbey took off, and not just among the gay crowd -- even straight folks enjoyed the vibe and hung out. As with many things that become so successful, some people started to feel a little alienated. "The Abbey is an institution," says gay nightlife promoter Tom Whitman, "but the core crowd of gay guys that made it so successful has felt a little left out lately. Sanctuary is my solution for that -- a fun, extremely gay, tongue-in-cheek invasion of the Abbey." Whitman has designated every Thursday night as the time for that invasion, with drag queen Rhea Litre hosting the festivities. "I love the Abbey," says Whitman, who's known for bringing in attractive and friendly crowds. "I was around as it grew from a coffee house to the huge success that it is. I want to bring back a night when everyone feels welcome, but you definitely know that it's a gay event. Gay, gay, gay." From what we've seen and heard, Whitman has more than accomplished his goals.
Thursdays, 9 p.m., 2010
click to enlarge 6887631.t.jpg

Related Stories

  • Weho's History Problem 8

    Plans to build a massive mixed-use development in West Hollywood's Melrose Triangle have been slowed — thanks to some surprising information about a historic building on the site that had been hidden in plain sight. The Charles Company, a development firm owned by Arman Gabay, hoped to build on a...
  • Smoke.Oil.Salt Review: Spanish Tapas in WeHo 4

    Spanish food has a problem in its American translation. It's not that we don't want to love it — we do. Certain aspects of the cuisine have even become annoyingly ubiquitous (small plates, anyone?). But the long, rollicking meal that stretches past midnight, which exists mostly as a series of...
  • Buy L.A?

    The folks at real estate website Redfin recently embarked on a fun experiment. They looked at the richest people in America, as ranked by Forbes magazine, and matched them to cities where they could buy all the homes, townhouses and condos. Lucky for us, none of them is rich enough to buy every non-rental residential...
  • Gluten Free Pizza!

    Pizza is something that invariably inspires heated debate.  Lately, it seems only one other thing invites such passionate argument: gluten. The gluten protein is what gives wheat dough its structure, loft and elasticity.  Which is why trying to find a really good gluten-free pizza has always been like looking for unicorns...
  • The Lavender Menace

    @ West Hollywood Park
Reach the writer at pmcdonald@laweekly.com

Related Content

Now Trending