Saturday, January 15, 2011

ABBEY NORMAL


When you start out as a coffee shop and eventually become a corporate-owned mega bar, you have plenty of opportunities along the way to piss people off. Case in point: The Abbey.

Began small, grew over the years, and is now owned and operated by SBE -
"a Los Angeles based luxury hospitality, real estate development and lifestyle company" which includes hotel, restaurant, nightlife and real estate divisions.


I'll always have a nostalgic love for West Hollywood's own "Best Gay Bar in the World", as my underage ass used to sneak in for caramel apple martinis when I first moved to LA. The decor is nice, it's big and there's a bar station no matter which direction you turn. But as you might be able to gather from the video above...things have changed.

Now I'm not saying I want to enforce some kind of He-Man-Woman-Haters-Club policy when it comes to gay bars. Ladies play a multifaceted role in the gay bar ecosystem. However the ratio of women to men should always be properly controlled. It gets stupid crowded during the weekend regardless, and I don't want my overpriced cocktail garnished with a twist of vagina. Elizabeth Taylor's presence is the obvious exception.


But here's the bottom line: I'm a big believer that if you don't like a place, just don't go there. It's that simple. It's not as if we live in the middle of nowhere - there are several bars and clubs in the area in which I've rarely if ever seen a (real) woman. So while I still appreciate the atmosphere of The Abbey (stay classy, WeHo), it must be enjoyed as part of a well-balanced bar crawl. That is all.

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