My First Trip To The Notorious “Plaza” Dive Bar

Recently, we raved about the many fun things to do, people to watch, and places to visit in Brea. This area of Los Angeles is busy because it’s centrally located. One place I never realized was there is the Plaza Nightclub at 739 N. La Brea Ave. Technically, it’s a gay bar but they’re very welcoming. Mes amies invited me to watch a drag show, which is a new activity for me. It was different. 

It costs a few bucks to enter the establishment, but that pays for the show. Once you’re inside with a few drinks in you, the money you wasted at the entrance hardly seems to matter. 

Also, I was told the performers aren’t your typical drag queens. You might find a different kind of show in West Hollywood, but the Plaza is where you want to be for the Latin flavor and frenetic dancing and music.

Los Angeles has always been known for its colorful variety of people, but this is the first time in a long time that I escaped my comfort zone and met people who are absolutely nothing like me. I’ve always adored my gay friends, but this is the first time I’ve really explored their culture and experienced what they do for fun. Could I do it every weekend? No. But it’s fun to relax and unwind and let loose, and do something different every once in a while.

It’s not all drag queens or crazy dancing. There were some more relaxed numbers throughout the night as well. We took advantage of the break to buy a new round of drinks or step outside for some air. 

My friends are already terrorizing me with the prospect of a weekly visit to a new gay club. They mentioned The Abbey (where I’ve been before), Fubar, The New Jalisco Bar, and Chico in Montebello. Each of them offer a new experience like drag, dance, music, and karaoke. And a visit to any means you’re almost certain to make new friends and meet dozens of new people, some who you’ll remember forever. 

Toward the end of the night, we landed in West Hollywood. I stayed over at a friend’s place. The next day we worked through the hangover with pizza, Netflix, and a Runyon Canyon hike. Later, we drove to a mostly empty beach and watched the waves crash. A couple was engaged as the sun went down! We took pictures of their big event (unbeknownst to them at the time), then exchanged emails so we could forward them. No matter where you go in LA, something is happening!

I took an Uber home late at night. After a long weekend of fun and festivity, it can be hard to settle back into a lonely apartment. Maybe I need a pet? I’ve been thinking about adopting a kitten and puppy for a while. I work from home, so why not? There’s no time like the present!