Two years ago, DTLA was devoid of gay bars. Now, not only does the culturally resuscitated neighborhood flaunt a troika of queer watering holes to choose from, but one of them hosts the hottest new gay party in Los Angeles. Supplanting the traditional muscle shrines of West Hollywood and homo hipster hangouts of Silver Lake, every Friday night Queen Kong attracts a motley crew of drag divas, neon-clad Burning Man tribes, scruffy leather daddies and Latino twinks to Precinct, DTLA's first and most prominent LGBT establishment. This booze-soaked bacchanal is presided over by the Boulet Brothers, the twincestuous party power couple who have gifted L.A. with such filthy fetes as the pan-sexual Miss Kitty's, the nocturnal beauty pageant Dragula and Hollywood hook-up hub Beardo Weirdo. What sets Queen Kong apart from their other endeavors is the overt performance aspect of the party. Each week this drag dyad packs Precinct's tiny stage with a multi-act production of performance artists, porn stars, indie bands, comedians and a who's who of RuPaul's Drag Race alumni. Think of it as the Kit Kat Klub of the new millennium.
Queen Kong; Credit: Courtesy the Boulet Brothers