Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Palms Bar

The Palms Bar
The Palms Bar 

Location: 8572 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, California, USA

Opened: Around 1968

Closed: 2013

The latest fatality in the great Lesbian Bar Die-Off: 

From Out in the 562:

West Hollywood lesbian bar The Palms to close
Posted on  by Phillip Zonkel

The venerable lesbian bar – which has seen Melissa Etheridge, Ellen DeGeneres and even Jim Morrison walk through the front door – will be ending its more than 46 years on Santa Monica Boulevard, according to a Sunday post on its Facebook page. It’s last call for West Hollywood watering hole The Palms Bar.

“Dear Patrons, The Palms Bar located at 8572 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood will be closing it’s doors within the next couple of months. For no other reason than the new property owners have decided to redevelop the property. We are currently in the process of looking for a new location to re-open and will keep you all informed of when and where that will be.”

The Palms is one of the few WeHo locales catering to lesbians, though several bars in recent years have started lesbian nights.

“We thank all those who have remained with us throughout the years. We are grateful to those who have become our friends, our family, lovers, confidants and even our ex’s. We think of the happiness through 46 plus years that the Palms has brought to people, the laughter and love. We will remember those we have lost,” the post said.

“Even though we are saddened by this closure we bear in mind that buildings are made from stone and wood and the true happiness and joy come from the lives of the people inside,” the post said.

The Palms will have an official closing party and share the details on its Facebook page.


  1. Hi,
    this is Kate and Krisy from the Dead History Project. We are doing a feature length documentary film on the Palms bar, with a focus on being a lesbian in LA throughout the last 50 decades and the 'great lesbian bar die-off'.
    We are interviewing people who worked or went to the bar. No story is too small. Contact us at
    You can also read more about us and the project at
    ps- the Palms bar closing party is June 2nd. (we will be there doing interviews too)
    pss- love your blog.

  2. Best of luck with your project!


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