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This weekend, streets will be closed, public transit will be essential, and West Hollywood will be packed for Pride LA celebrations. As you may have heard, the 46-year long tradition of a Pride Parade throughout WeHo will be replaced with a Resist March, focusing on civil liberties for the LGBT community. However, there will still be a festival filled with DJs, food, community advocacy groups, and vendors. But after the performances, speeches, and march, head out on your own for some less-trafficked Pride spots.
Two years ago, Off-Ramp reported on the burgeoning gay bar scene in Downtown LA. Since these bars opened, they have given LA a new destination for LGBT bar hopping. A 15-minute metro ride lets party-goers take their jubilation away from the crowds.
Here’s the rough sketch of a potential DTLA, DIY Pride crawl:
-Redline, named for LA's original transit system, is a smaller bar that will fill up quick, so best to start your evening here. Located at 131 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014.
-Cocktail connoisseurs may want to drop by Bar Mattachine, known for their mixology program and chic ambiance. Located at 221 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014.
-Precinct is a self-proclaimed "Rock 'n' Roll gay bar" with a huge dancefloor. Located at 357 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013.
-Ending with New Jalisco is never a bad call. This latin bar is an institution in the neighborhood and always has strong drinks and loud music. Located at 245 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
But beyond the bars and music, June has given Los Angeles an amazing array of LGBTQIA art exhibits.
Throughout the month you can catch an art installation curated by the One City, One Pride Festival "Go West: 40 Days of LGBTQ Art.”According to the festival's site, "One City One Pride is organized by the city of West Hollywood's cultural affairs and arts commission, with help from both the City’s Lesbian & Gay Advisory Board and Transgender Advisory Board. The festival spends 40 days emphasizing LGBT artists across mediums with multiple visual installations as well as protest sign-making workshops and documentary screenings.
So take part in Southern California’s largest Pride event and then mix in your own celebrations too!