WeHo’s gay bars are getting ready to re-open

The excitement was in the air in front of Trunks as construction began on their “outzone” — curbside space repurposed as outdoor drinking and dining — with an expected opening in mid-May.

Construction has begun on an outzone for WeHo gay bar Trunks on Santa Monica Blvd.

The word on the street is that Motherlode will also re-open as early as May 14th.

Micky’s is also getting ready to open by June 1, owner Michael Niemeyer confirmed. When Micky’s was forced to close in mid-March 2019, they were in the process of celebrating their 30th anniversary. Two weeks ago Micky’s manager Adam Emarian went to the location. A homeless encampment in the alley blocked the entrance and sheriff assistance was needed to remove the ‘living room’ in front of the back entrance.

The re-grand opening will be Micky’s third — the first Grand Opening in 1990, the second in 2008 after a fire damaged the building and forced a closure for almost two years. The new Micky’s is also planning a full lunch menu with a new restaurant partner and will be open daily at noon.

A homeless encampment blocks an entrance to Micky’s.

Revolver has also been closed for over a year. While owner Chris Miller would not confirm an opening date, the city of West Hollywood has begun the process of setting up the Revolver outzone along Larrabee St. Tara Worden, who is the head of the City of West Hollywood Outzone program, said that she has been working with the Revolver team on their re-opening plans.

When Trunks, Motherlode, Micky’s and Revolver re-open, West Hollywood will be fully operational for all of the businesses that were forced to close due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In addition, the Flaming Saddles location will re-open under new ownership, adding a cannabis component in that venue. Gym Bar is also under construction at the former Halal Guys location at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Hilldale, and ‘Stache will open at the former Cafe De’Toile location.

Things will be buzzing just in time for WeHo Pride on June 26-27 and the summer season ahead.

The outzone in front of Trunks.
An outzone on Larrabee is under construction for Revolver.
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Bryan Watkins
Bryan Watkins
1 day ago

There are no gay bars left in Westhollywood. Gay friendly yes but gay bars no. Good luck with your new Sunset Blvd. not a gay safe place anymore. Sell out to developers.

Guy
Guy
1 day ago

Love the fact they’re coming back. The Revolver used to be my place way back when ! What great times ! Anyone remember, The Rusty Nail, or the Blue Parrott?

Douglas Coffee
Douglas Coffee
3 days ago

Any word on Gold Coast?

matt boyd
matt boyd
21 hours ago
Reply to  Douglas Coffee

Gold Coast is gone for good and will never reopen. You can thank greedy Monty Overstreet for the fiasco that is now West Hollywood. His grimy, greedy paws are all over the closings of many establishments.

Chris
Chris
5 days ago

So excited that these places that have so many great memories will be back open. Seems like things are finally starting to feel a bit more ‘normal.’

matt boyd
matt boyd
21 hours ago
Reply to  Chris

I was very happy to hear that Trunks and Mother Lode have survived this past year. I went into the newly opened Trunks and saw some of the former regulars. Unfortunately, service was already horrible with the afternoon bartender playing a video game at the dark end of the bar. Sadly, I had to ask the doorman if I could get service. This and the fact that they were working on the sound system at the same time was just to much. The buzzing from the speakers made it impossible to converse with any other person. I found this to… Read more »

Marco Colantonio
Marco Colantonio
6 days ago

There is nothing ad hominem About this comment. It is my opinion and not posting it is definitely censorship and discrimination. Hope you all posted and understand that not everyone has to agree with you in this community forum. “ Much Ado About Nothing! So sad to see how slowly and dismal West Hollywood’s hospitality scene is attempting a return normalcy. For a city that has led the way in the past, WeHo seems to have lost its way, while San Diego’s and Palm Spring’s hospitality industry, bars, hotels and restaurants are vibrant and bustling again. A $200,000 investment approved… Read more »

Christopher Roth
Christopher Roth
3 days ago

Best of luck to you in P.S. We’ll always be here to support our community. You are always welcome back.

James Herried
James Herried
3 days ago

I went to Palm Springs in 2016, and I didn’t find the bars or nightclubs vibrant or bustling at all. In fact, they were dead and boring compared with those in West Hollywood. And I doubt that they would be any better now.

Devin Trahan
Devin Trahan
1 day ago
Reply to  James Herried

I lived in WEHO for 20 years and thought it’s very exclusive and not very inclusive and very pretentious. If that is what paving the way for the LGBTQ is then o want no part of it.

matt boyd
matt boyd
21 hours ago
Reply to  James Herried

I have to disagree with you about Palm Springs. I live in both L.A. and Palm Springs. A nicer group of customers and employees would be hard to find at Chill. Since 2016, Cathedral City has opened a bar that is lively and filled w fun customers. The owner and the employees are very accommodating. In Palm Springs, the deadbeat bar Score is gone and it is now 501 bar. Please do not disparage Palm Springs if you have not been there since 2016.

Jonathan H. Dowling
Jonathan H. Dowling
6 days ago

As a resident who lives on Larrabee Street, I’m concerned about the creation of an out zone for Revolver on Larrabee, especially from a noise standpoint. I certainly hope the city is not going to permit speakers to be placed outside as this will most certainly impact the quality of life of the individuals who live adjacent to the outdone.

Bob
Bob
6 days ago

I’m pretty sure Mickey’s closed in mid March 2020 not 2019.

Jeff
Jeff
6 days ago

Has anyone heard anything about Basix or Marix? Seems rather quiet now that things are starting to reopen.

JJ1
JJ1
6 days ago
Reply to  Jeff

Heard the lesbian couple that owns both are getting a divorce and Marix and Basix could be closed for good. Hoping not.

Christopher Roth
Christopher Roth
3 days ago
Reply to  Jeff

I heard they sold Basix (so disappointed) but kept Marix.

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
6 days ago

It is nice to have a break from this.

Shawn
Shawn
7 days ago

Will mickey’s and revolver get the outcome area in front of their business or will fiesta cantina operate their tables in front of those businesses?

Glenn
Glenn
7 days ago

FUBAR looks like a no-go. Anyone have info?

JJ1
JJ1
7 days ago

I certainly hope that Mickey’s (and all other businesses serving food) will power wash their own space out on the sidewalk. The city does a horrible job now – they don’t really touch the current sidewalk eating areas that were set up by local restaurants pre-pandemic. Places like the Bayou and Fiesta Cantina have eating areas where the sidewalks are black with filth. Pre-pandemic, business that paid a fee to have sidewalk seating never were held accountable by the city’s code compliance to power wash their areas. Let’s hope we learned something from this pandemic and the city will enforce… Read more »

Rich Scott
Rich Scott
1 day ago
Reply to  JJ1

Yes, great point! Thank you for bringing it up. The city has a history of abandoning well-intentioned plans. Another example was several years ago when they wanted to crack down on cars and motorcycles making excessive noise with loud mufflers. Well, as you can easily see, that idea has gone by the wayside, especially since Covid.

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