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5 Hotties Recommend The Best Places To Eat, Drink And Hang Out In Los Angeles

wehogaysWe all need a good recommendation when traveling to another city, especially one as trendy and uber deep as Los Angeles. We could have dragged out the usual boring “experts,” but why ask shut-ins with no social life when we can skip straight to the those who activate our yummy?

So, get your pencils out, and write this down. It was tough assignment y’all. Here’s what some gays-about-town have to say about their favorite places outside of the Abbey (done that!) or Here (double done that!).

Next time you head out West, you will want to check some of these places out. But we have to warn you, this is Los Angeles, where men are like parking spaces: they are everywhere. Enjoy!




Kevin Grant Spencer







Why I love L.A.: 

I love the urban-suburbuness. I love the diversity and all the great things that come with living in a major metropolitan center. You can hit the grocery store, run your errands, and live an adult existence.

Favorite place to eat:

Little Dom’s 2128 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027 

It’s one of those stereotypical 1950s Italian restaurants with checkered table cloth and Italian bread that comes in white paper bags.

Red Medicine  8400 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

It’s an LA version of the Vietnamese dive restaurant. Haven’t seen anything like it. It’s cool and the food is amazing.

Favorite places to drink:

The Edison 108 W 2nd St #101, Los Angeles, CA 90012

My favorite spot in downtown LA. The bar has a great mixed crowd. It’s classic art deco, looks like an old power plant with Edison lamps all over the place. A good place to impress someone–cool factor and a chic vibe.

Favorite place to bring out-of-towners:

Roosevelt Hotel 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This is one of those places where locals go, despite it being a famous hotel. The lounge is chic and fun. The crowd is very sophisticated. It’s right on Hollywood Blvd., it’s super L.A., even though all the tourists and freaks are right outside. There’s also a great club downstairs. I like to take people to one of the three restaurants (fantastic food), and then go dancing.

Favorite place to hike or hide:

Griffith Park 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

A lot of people like Runyon, but I’m a Griffith Park kind-of-guy. It’s much less ‘scene-y.

Leo Carrillo State Park 35000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

This place is amazing. It’s far up the Pacific Coast Highway and super quiet.

Favorite place to dance:

Bootie 1154 Glendale Ave Los AngelesCA 90026

Bootie is in Echo Park. I like to go on Saturday nights. They have a cool mixed crowd and they do these mashups that are awesome and unpredictable. It’s the most fun you’ll ever have in an L.A. club for sure. It’s for people who are not afraid to dance.

Robby 2


Name: Robby Zumaya

Neighborhood: West Hollywood

Age: 27

Occupation: bartender/graphic design student/ musician

Why I love L.A.: Of all the places I’ve lived in (SF, NYC, SD, LA), this is the best one. LA is like the prettiest favorite child… You like it the most.

Favorite place to eat:

Gracias Madre
8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

It’s a vegan restaurant… I’m not vegan but their margaritas are the best.

Favorite places to drink:

Good Times at Davey Wayne’s
1611 N Centro Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
It’s a super dope dive bar in Hollywood where you have to pass through a refrigerator to get in. It’s very LA.

Favorite place to bring out-of-towners:
Taste on Melrose
8454 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
I love to take people to brunch at Taste. It’s amazing. I love their Quinoa salad. It’s quaint and not as pretentious as other LA places.

Also, comedy Tuesdays at Revolver. Hilarious.
8851 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Favorite place to hike or hide: Runyon Canyon for sure. It’s a hop skip and a jump and I don’t have to fight traffic to get there.

Favorite place to dance:

Eleven Bar
8811 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Definitely check out their Plastic Fantastic Saturdays. Music is amazing!

Bobby Chestsm


Bobby Thorne


Echo Park




Interior designer

Why I love L.A.:

Weather is number one. It’s so beautiful out here. Every day. Also, I love how diverse it is. You can go to a different pocket in L.A. and get a whole different experience. Not to mention the guys here are hot too.

Favorite place to eat: 

Elf Cafe 2135 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

This is one my favorite places in Echo Park. It’s vegan done well. I’m not vegan myself but I like to eat vegan whenever I can. The place has an interesting take on different dishes without all the soy crap and meat substitutes. Definitely try the brussel sprouts if you go.

Favorite place to drink: Akbar 4356 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90029 

It’s one of those Silver Lake institutions. Very East Village, if you like that kind of scene. Every day is Groundhog Day. It’s comfortable and consistent. Same people, same stories, but I love it.

Favorite place to bring out-of-towners:

El Prado 1805 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Bar in the heart of Echo Park where they play vinyl records all night. It’s a really cool place.

Favorite place to hike or hide: Echo Park 751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026

I like to go with friends to the lake. There’s also a great cafe in the middle  which is fantastic. It’s also a good place to go when you want to be alone and read a good book.

Elysian Park  835 Academy Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90012

One of the oldest parks in LA. It’s a little eerie. They found a couple of bodies there once. I like it.



Name: Matthew Lawton


Silver Lake





Why I love L.A.:

I love the diversity here. It’s a city where you can eat Thai food, walk down the street and get a gyro, then walk some more and buy some delicious baklava, and finish the night at as Chinese dive that’s a front for a drug cartel. How can you beat that?

Favorite place to eat: The Kitchen 4348 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

It’s the best place to eat in Silver Lake bar none. It’s fucking bomb.

Favorite place to drink:

Faultline Bar 4216 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029 “Very gay. Will scare the crap out of ya. Every time I go I’m worried I could be gagged or tied up. It’s awesome.

Favorite place to bring out-of-towners:

The Getty Museum  1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

The collection is terrible but the architecture is out of this world. The panoramic views of the city are epic!

Favorite place to hike or hide:

Raw 8951 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

It’s right in the middle of West Hollywood where all the bars are and it’s awesome. Definitely try their kelp pasta.

Favorite place to dance: My living room.

Matt 3sm


Matthew Ludwinski


Mid-Wilshire Area





Why I love L.A.: 

I love going to Weho. It’s like a big college campus. All the bars are in the same area. It’s better than white-collar prison porn.

Favorite place to eat: Cafe Gratitude 639 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

It’s full of hip sexy people. It’s a very sceney vibe with a flavor of pretension. You definitely want to try their Kombucha.

Favorite place to drink:

Fubar  7994 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

I love their Big Fat Dick Thursdays. It’s a must.

Favorite place to bring out-of-towners:

Spotlight Party Roaming party

This is very L.A. The spotlight party is one of those roaming parties. You have to be on their list to know about it. You get an email two hours before the party telling you where it’s going to be.

Favorite place to hike or hide:

Griffith Observatory 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

It’s where I like to go when I want to be alone. It’s one of my favorite places in L.A.

Nate 2sm


Nate Franklin


Mid-Wilshire/Fairfax Area





Why I love L.A.: 

It’s very different from where I’m from, not far from New Orleans. I love that this is an outdoors city.  I love that it’s so close to Vegas, San Francisco and Mexico. And, of course, the beach. The weather is fantastic, though I do miss a good thunderstorm.

Favorite place to eat: 

Luna Park 627 S La Brea Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036

I like its upscale bar. The food is American wit a little bit of French and Italian flavor to it. Oh and the cocktails are great too. I highly recommend getting their Pizza.

Petty Cash Taqueria  7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 9003

Just opened. It’s a great upscale Mexican joint. Food is amazing.

Favorite place to drink:

Rosewood Tavern 448 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

It’s a great area and they do the best scotch and bourbons. Try Blanton’s single barrel. It’s addictive.

Favorite place to bring out-of-towners:

SneakPit Alehouse 7529 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 9004

It’s the best dive bar in town. It’s small and near where I live. Mixed crowd but the boys (both gay and straight) are super hot.

Favorite place to hike or hide:

Pan Pacific Park 7600 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

It’s right by the Grove. Nice little open area in the middle of the city. They have a lot of recreational spaces for baseball, basketball, and soccer. Also, the Grove is right there and it’s one of my all time favorite places in the city. Check out the Farmer’s Market there. Lots of fun.

Remy 1sm




Echo Park


4 years-old (or 28 in dog years)



Why I love L.A.: 

It’s very dog friendly. Lots of water bowls everywhere, and even the occasional dog treat. All free! Most importantly, you never have to pee in the cold or rain.

Favorite place to eat: 

Urth Caffe 8565 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

“The most dog-friendly place in Los Angeles no ifs ands or bones about it. I give it four paws up!”

Favorite place to drink:

Yogurt Stop 8803 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

They always have a bowl of fresh water for any dog feeling a bit parched while walking their owner on Santa Monica Blvd. Note: they used to serve dog treats, too, but seem to have cut when the economy tanked.

Favorite place to bring out-of-towners:

William S. Hart Dog Park 8341 De Longpre Ave West HollywoodCA 90069

It’s an off-leash park so I can run around and play. Also, the dogs are hot!

Favorite place to hike or hide: Runyon Canyon Park  2000 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

It’s the best place for butt sniffing. Watch out for the rattle snakes!

Photo credit: Chad Kawalec (CJKphotography.com)

By:          EDITORS
On:           Jul 9, 2014
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    • erasure25

      The Edison in DTLA is pretty cool. Do get gussied up though, no flip flops and tees allowed.

      Jul 9, 2014 at 8:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sesfm

      I’m completely certain that these people’s experiences of Los Angeles (who are we kidding – West Hollywood) are WAY different from those of people who aren’t lucky enough to look like them.

      I recommend Eleven if you want to be treated like a leper covered in shit.

      Jul 9, 2014 at 8:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • NoCagada

      Funny…in an article about Los Angeles, one of the the most diverse cities in the world, you found only ONE non-white(?) guy to ask? The occupations look like somebody was trading something for publicity.

      Jul 9, 2014 at 10:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • masc4masc

      @NoCagada: Why don’t you recommend an appropriate colored guy quota instead of just bitching (non-stop)? I’ve noticed Queerty including lots of colored guys in their posts–even ones so homely that we all know they were just pity inclusions–yet the same old unwavering complaint remains. Surprise, surprise.

      Jul 9, 2014 at 10:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mezaien

      Robby Zumaya, anytime babe just say when.

      Jul 10, 2014 at 1:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Xzamilloh

      @masc4masc: OR… you could take your own advice, ignore the bitching, and keep it moving. Because you addressing the way you did indicates that maybe @NoCagada: has a point, although, as a black man, I don’t need to see other black men to be validated, especially on THIS site. Besides, there are gorgeous man candies all over the internet, @NoCagada: … browbeating Queerty isn’t going to make it better…it’ll just be disingenuous bullshit. No thanks. Do you, Queerty.

      Jul 10, 2014 at 4:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bobmister250

      @erasure25: It saddens me to think that in your mind gussied up is not wearing a tshirt and flip flops. Gussied up is a suit and tie. t-shirts are for wearing as an undershirt.

      Jul 10, 2014 at 5:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • stanhope

      All white all of the time

      Jul 10, 2014 at 7:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • stanhope

      @masc4masc: LOL the village idiot

      Jul 10, 2014 at 7:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • stanhope

      @Xzamilloh: you missed the point

      Jul 10, 2014 at 7:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tackle

      @NoCagada: You have a point. And I like your delivery. You asked a simple question without being, bitchy, [email protected], mean spirited or angry. And it hit me to that in a diverse city like LA, Queerty could not reflect that. But then I thought about what you wrote about somebody trading for publicity, and it definitely looks that way. Of the six guys, three are actors, one a musician and we can throw in a composer. All who would benefit from publicity. So on this one, I don’t think Queerty was slighting or favoring any race/ ethnicity, but favoring anyone who wants to pay or trade something for publicity.

      Jul 10, 2014 at 9:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache99

      @masc4masc: “just bitching (non-stop)” Ha. The pot calling the kettle black.

      Jul 10, 2014 at 10:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache99

      @Tackle: You’re right. It isn’t diverse. They forgot to throw in some pornstars. Then again I’m sure most of them will be there soon enough:)

      Jul 10, 2014 at 10:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike

      Gawd I don’t miss living in Weho.

      Jul 10, 2014 at 11:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • masc4masc

      @Xzamilloh: I gave him a suggestion that’s far more productive than just complaining all the time. I’m also kinda curious as to what ratio would get all these whiny brats to finally STFU. If you look at many of Queerty’s posts, he doesn’t have a point at all. Even a recent story about hot Frenchmen included like 3 black guys (even though NONE of them were even remotely hot). The last part of your little rant is basically agreeing with me anyway, so the angry black man act is unnecessary.

      @Stache99: Back’atcha, buddy! All the comments I’ve seen from you are either chewing out a user or an editor. Though I’m always flattered by your obsession with anything I say. ;-)

      Jul 10, 2014 at 12:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stefano

      I’m 46 yo. The oldest guy on the list is 32. Hum. Oh i forgot, we are not suppose to exist past 35 yo. (Because in ‘gay years’ 35 is like 85).

      Jul 10, 2014 at 1:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache99

      @Stefano: Either that or most people past 35 are past their vain attention whoring days.

      That’s the same way I felt about their LA pride day photo’s. I was there and you saw many different ages, races and sexes. However, if all you did was look at Queerty’s world of Peter Pan you’d think it was 100% white twinks running around. The only time Queerty bothered to show people past 35 is when they wanted to contrast them as the bad people ie the haters.

      Jul 10, 2014 at 1:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Xzamilloh

      @masc4masc: No it’s basically saying you both somewhat have a point, but still… you’re both making a bunch of noise, pretty much. It’s not that damn serious. And there was no “black man act”, so try to tone your rhetoric down because I’m starting to get why you replied the way you did

      Jul 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Xzamilloh

      @stanhope: Shut that dumb shit up. I didn’t miss any point. I know what the “diversity” talk is about, but if you’re expecting any results from “arm chair activism” in the comments section, good luck with that because it’s not going to change diddly squat. They’re as diverse as they are going to be.

      Jul 10, 2014 at 5:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

      LA is for youth and it’s fun to live there when you are young. You seldom see the same people twice if you’re one of the wallflowers. The popular places to be seen and eat change often on the west side. If you want regular hangouts, try Silver Lake and Echo Park.
      When I started to age (late 30s), I moved to SF. Much better, less ageist and you don’t have to maintain the pretty boy image. A good gym body helps in either city, or at least fit. The gym is a great place to meet people and make friends. Make a lot of non-sexual friends in both cities. You’re going to need them later.

      Jul 10, 2014 at 5:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • masc4masc

      @Stefano: In fairness, I think that mentality originated back when the average gay guy was dead by 35. Be proud of yourself for even making it to 46. Most of the mainstream gay male community is probably 25-35. 40 seems to be the absolute cut off. 40+ are usually off in the bear/chub and breed party crowds anyway. Not exactly the most appealing of social circles.

      @Xzamilloh: Just like I said, you basically agree with me; I’m fine with that. Now, do you have a colored:white ratio you’d like to contribute (let’s say per 10)? Maybe Queerty can take a poll so we can finally put this issue to rest. I’m all for making this productive. @Tackle you in, buddy?

      Jul 10, 2014 at 6:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache99

      @masc4masc:masc4masc is a troll and like all trolls makes up BS to get an emotional response out of people.

      Jul 10, 2014 at 7:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • masc4masc

      @Stache99: That really hurt my feelings, Stache. I’m totally serious like 95 percent of the time. But if I was trolling, by your own logic, you certainly give me what I supposedly want every time. lol

      Jul 10, 2014 at 8:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Xzamilloh

      @masc4masc: Oh, no… I peeped out that you were a troll a little while ago so yeah… I’m gonna disengage and just ignore you.

      Jul 10, 2014 at 10:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • NoCagada

      @masc4masc: Just the fact that you would use the term “colored guy” shows what a complete and utter ass you are.

      Jul 11, 2014 at 12:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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