L.A. Scene is a monthly column that chronicles lesbian nightlife and events of interest in Los Angeles. Sarah Witness, an East Coast transplant and obvious femme, has been navigating the snark infested waters of Hollywood since 2001. Although she’s an NYU trained actress, she prefers sipping vodka and making idle chit-chat at really gay nightclubs.
Happy New Year!
You didn’t hear from me in December because I was too busy eating. Also, nothing particularly gay happened. The holiday season was over-saturated with straights gone wild, so I put on my holiday sweaters and joined them. Did you know that you can go fake ice skating on a giant piece of plastic at the W Hotel?
Anyway, I got back in the gay groove just in time for the New Year and attended the grand finale (or so we thought) of lesbian night at East/West. Thursday night’s “PLATINUM” at East/West started three years ago and I’ve shown up with alarming frequency. Club promoter and lady about town Shannon K put the place on the map and made it the staple of lesbian nightlife in Los Angeles for those of us who can’t dance.
Shannon K (center) says goodbye to East/West
The bar is situated smack in the middle of Boystown. It’s an upscale establishment with cushy seating and an unfortunate patchouli/sewage odor that can be detected blocks away. More importantly, the flattering lighting and gigantic cocktails make the already attractive clientele look even hotter.
The general consensus on New Year’s Eve was that 2009 was atrocious for everyone. East/West was packed to the gills with lesbians in woolly Smurf hats looking to kick off 2010 with a bang and a hangover.
It was Shannon K’s last night hosting and a slideshow over the bar presented pictures of drunken revelers from the past three years. I was seized with anxiety when the pictures started rolling, but somehow I had eluded photo capture. I’ll drink to that!