DTLA is just weeks away from getting not one, but two new gay bars. Although different Downtown L.A. bars have hosted gay-themed nights, there has only been one full-time gay bar in DTLA for years, and that would be The New Jalisco Bar on Main Street. I’d hate to see the Old Jalisco Bar because the new one isn’t very new. Don’t get me wrong, I like Jalisco. It has “character.” If you have not experienced a night at the Jalisco, it caters to a Latin crowd with Spanish-singing drag queens and Latin go-go boys, but because it is the only gay bar in town, it attracts a great mixed crowd of people.
The New Jalisco Bar 245 So. Main Street (between 2nd and 3rd Streets) 213.613.1802
But finally, DTLA is getting two more gay bars. The first is Precinct, a self described Rock and Roll gay bar. It will be upstairs on the second floor of the building on the northwest corner of Broadway and 4th Street above the Pestolini restaurant. According to Precinct’s Facebook page, the bar has suffered “17 months of delays, traffic studies, structural analysis, lost paper work, petitions, licenses, applications, inspections, demolition, purchases, construction, insanity, and actual human tears.”
A recent photo (right) posted on the site makes it look like there is still a lot of work to be completed, but it says Precinct is set to officially open May 2nd. They are hiring staff now, talking applications on Thursday, April 16 from 3pm to 7pm.
Precinct 357 So. Broadway (at 4th Street) 213.628.3112
The other bar is called Redline. It calls itself “DTLA’s Premiere Bar and Lounge.” It takes over the space on the northwest corner of Los Angeles and 6th Streets. Photos (below)posted on the bar’s social media pages make it look like the place is ready to open, but a post on Facebook references a July opening.
Redline 131 E. 6th Street (at Los Angeles St.)