The Abbey celebrates 30th anniversary today

The Abbey is officially saying goodbye to twinkhood.

The “Best Gay Bar in the World” is celebrating its 30th anniversary today with some major festivities starting at 11 a.m.

What began as a humble coffee shop in 1991 is now a veritable mecca of gay nightlife, as well as a safe space for the LGBTQ community and its allies.

Owner David Cooley recently sat down with WEHOville to talk about the future of The Abbey and WeHo’s Rainbow District. After three challenging decades, he’s ready to raise a glass to the success of his establishment and his staff.

Cooley will kick off the party at 11 a.m. with a speech and a toast, followed by a special presentation/drag brunch hosted by Jonnie Reinhart featuring performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3 Mariah Paris Balenciaga.

The show will closing with a jazz ensemble set.

Possible celebrity guests include Calvin Klein, Kevin Huvane, David Furnish and Elton John, Diana Ross, Lance Bass & Michael Turchin, Lisa Vanderpump & Ken Todd, Verdine White (Earth Wind & Fire), MJ Rodriguez.

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[…] of the most legendary homosexual bars in the planet, the Abbey, celebrated its 30 year anniversary this past weekend, in accordance to […]

JJ1
JJ1
4 months ago

I used to love that place…

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[…] of the crucial iconic homosexual bars on the earth, the Abbey, celebrated its 30 year anniversary this past weekend, based on […]

OhBoy
OhBoy
4 months ago

Good job on Horvath… had a $1,000 tab at the abbey and tipped $0 yesterday

JJ1
JJ1
4 months ago
Reply to  OhBoy

If this is true, that’s really terrible.

Brian
Brian
4 months ago
Reply to  JJ1

It’s not true. She tipped generously.

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[…] was out at The Abbey’s 30th anniversary celebration Sunday afternoon, where Mayor Lindsey Horvath declared May 23 as “The Abbey Day” in […]

Peter Buckley
Peter Buckley
4 months ago

Sorry The Abbey lost it for me with this ridiculous Robertson weekend close down.

Observer
Observer
4 months ago

The Abbey ceased being a traditional gay bar many, many years ago. To call it a gay bar now is a decided misnomer. Younger generations have no clue that when you went to a gay bar, there were only men present and we were all on the same page, so to speak. No longer. Eventually, WeHo will cease being a gay enclave as we are assimilated into the mainstream, whatever that may mean. We have become the victims of our own success, ignited by Stonewall and propelled by AIDS in the 80s.

Kip Thompson
Kip Thompson
4 months ago
Reply to  Observer

Yes. the Abbey is as much a gay bar as McDonald’s is a health food buffet. David had the best of intentions – just forgot human nature i.e. take over rather than come join us.

JJ1
JJ1
4 months ago
Reply to  Observer

very true.

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