New bar opening where Gold Coast was

A new gay bar is opening up in the former Gold Coast location.

The new establishment will be called Bar Or (French for gold) in a nod to its predecessor, which closed in September after 40 years.

According to Variety, the bar’s owners are former Fashion Police co-host George Kotsiopoulos, along with Circus of Books owner Rob Novinger and Fire Hot Yoga founder Stephanie Schestag.

“We don’t want gay bars to become obsolete,” Kotsiopoulos told the magazine. “We’re passionate about making sure we still have safe places for the community.”

Bar Or is at least six months away from opening.

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DesertBob
DesertBob
1 month ago

The Gold Coast was started by Butch Gottlieb and Earl Frohman in 1978 next door to the original Drake’s Cafe west of Hilldale, where the Burn 60 studio is now. I was there the day it opened. The Gold Coast moved into the former Lilluan’s Restaurant space sometime later, and I don’t know if Butch and Earl moved it, or sold the business. They owned a slough of pioneering gay bars in LA over the years, including the Four Star (Cantina now), The Palms, The Study on Western, Keith’s out in the valley, and a bunch of others, including straight… Read more »

Rodrigo
Rodrigo
2 months ago

“We don’t want gay bars to become obsolete.”

LOL, does this guy think he’s in Idaho?

Joe Bolgna
Joe Bolgna
2 months ago

Glad I had my fun there for many years when it was fun. Melissa Etheridge’s uncle, Carl, was the manager back in the day. WeHo was safe, awesome, and a non-stop party. Of course, the adjacent “Vaseline Alley” was fun too! Lol. Future generations will never have that carefree fun. So glad I’m old and got to experience all of that!

Mike
Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe Bolgna

In the early 1980’s a film “Making Love” came out. Vaseline Alley was featured in a scene. I saw the film at a theater on Hollywood blvd that is no longer there. The mostly Gay audience busted up with laughter and woops. I, too, have fond memories of the Gold Coast, Circus Books and the Alley. Ah, the good old days.

DesertBob
DesertBob
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

You’re ALMOST as old as me. It was Lillian’s Restuarant back in my day. See my post above.

hifi5000
hifi5000
2 months ago

It looks like the east side of the city is going to get a new bar.I hope the new owners watch and listen to the locals as this place will be by itself and not next to similar businesses.If it doesn’t fit in,it will be overlooked.

Chris
Chris
2 months ago

Why not just call it “Cote d’or”?

Gavin Elster
Gavin Elster
2 months ago

Uh oh! Another “upscale” bar, with semi-celebrity backers! I guess “Bar-Or”(gold) will mean $20 cosmopolitans and mojitos? And valet parking? The real, genuine charm of the old “Gold Coast” was its diveness, CHEAP, strong drinks, and limited FREE parking! It was also one of the few places left (the Bullet in North Hollywood stands alone, now) where MATURE gay people could let their hair down, literally and figuratively, sometimes it was left on that saw dust, peanut-shell-littered-floor. I hope the new owners keep the iconic, phallic topiary ficus tree on the west outside wall? Sad that “Goldcoast” died without a… Read more »

Curtis
Curtis
2 months ago
Reply to  Gavin Elster

Eagle in Silver Lake has the same clientele as the Bullet.

Gavin Elster
Gavin Elster
2 months ago
Reply to  Curtis

…..well, kinda?

DesertBob
DesertBob
1 month ago
Reply to  Curtis

That’s Eagle III. The original was where MoLo is now. The original MoLo was where AKBar is now.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
2 months ago
Reply to  Gavin Elster

And valet parking?”

Please don’t drive to a bar. Walk or uber or SCOOTER! 🙂

Mike
Mike
2 months ago

Gay guy #1: “Let’s go to Bar Or”
Gay guy #2: “Or what”?

Jonathan Simmons
Jonathan Simmons
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

LOL😅

Stephen
Stephen
2 months ago

Bar Or, or Or Bar? That hashtag is #ORbar

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