Downtown Los Angeles's Bar Mattachine, one of the area's few gay spaces outside of West Hollywood, shut down in August 2018. The L.A. space served craft cocktails and featured trivia nights, drag performances, and lounge parties.
The bar's name paid homage to the Mattachine Society, an early gay rights organization founded by Harry Hay in Los Angeles. It also featured a cocktail named for Hay and others named for one of his lovers, fashion designer Rudi Gernreich, and Pershing Square, once a gay cruising ground.
In an interview with The Advocate, owner Garrett McKechnie said gay bars were still relevant. “Gay bars are not [just] there now so we can feel safe … they are there so we can be together,” he said.