The Abbey Owners Ban Dancer After Social Media Post!

The Abbey Owners Ban Dancer After Social Media Post!

Allegedly, The Abbey Owner Is Cutting Dancers' Pay!

Ohh sis, this is some tea! We all can argue, but I’d have to say West Hollywood’s The Abbey is the most known gay establishment outside of New York’s iconic Stonewall. I’m a WeHo resident and am familiar how The Abbey has certainly blended the heterosexual and LGBTQ+ communities throughout the last five years of my attendance.

According to WeHoVille, The Abbey’s CEO, David Cooley, sent an email to the dancers at his nightclub that he would be cutting their pay by 25%. In response, one of his dancers called for a boycott of the establishment. Allegedly, the dancers were being paid $100 a night (Side Note: WHAT?! That is a pittance!) to shake what their mama gave them to four different songs. So, if you do the math properly, they are allegedly getting paid $25 per song. It was stated in another email, Cooley scolded the dancers for not working hard enough, being in poor shape, and socializing too often with the clientele.

WeHoVille also shared that the dancer known as Teddy Bear has been fired and banned from The Abbey and its sister-bar, The Chapel, after taking his voice to social media. In a since removed post, he told his side of the story:

“David Cooley is one of the richest men in Los Angeles, his bar The Abbey is the most profitable bar in West Hollywood (known around the world) but that doesn’t stop his greed. Recently minimum wage was increased in Los Angeles, to counter this he thought of a (evil) genius idea to cut THE DANCERS pay by the equivalent of asking us to dance one set for FREE now! Oh … but it doesn’t stop there, the pay cut also came with a long message reminding every dance that they are replaceable and that they should be danc(ing) even harder and can be fired at any moment (on top of the pay cut). Also we are no longer allowed to talk to customers when we are on the box, so if a dancer won’t take a pic or say hi to you…don’t get mad at them. So if you care about the community, if you care about fair pay and honestly human decency … please join with me, and #BOYCOTTTheAbbey”

The Abbey recently made national headlines after their one-season reality television show, What Happens at The Abbey, premiered on E! in 2017. Cooley himself made headlines after facing alleged discrimination when his partner was asked to switch seats so a straight couple could sit with one another on an Alaska Airline flight.

h/t: WeHoVille


Memorial Flashback 2016: Straight Guy Explains Why He Goes To Gay Bars

As many of our writers enjoy the Memorial Day weekend here in the US by traveling to see family or hanging with friends, we look back at the top 2 stories from this weekend in the past years of 2013 to the present. Here's the Top Story from 2016.

 YouTuber Chris Thompson (SupDaily06) opens up about why he, a straight guy, frequents gay bars. 

See what you think of his explanation!



What do you think?


(H/T: Boy Culture)

Get Your Fur Game Ready: What are the 10 Best Bear Bars in the World?

The bear community has come a very long way since the new millennium in terms of visibility and acceptance, not only from other gay men, but from society overall.  Where bears used to be the outcasts due to their body types not fitting the eight pack norm has now done a complete 180 and several bars that cater to our furry friends are performing on the same level (if not greater) than the ones where twinks and muscular men inhabit.

These bars have become a watering hole of sorts for bears and bear aficionados to get together and enjoy each other's company while drinking some beers and either dancing the night away and or engaging in activities that are a bit more debaucherous than that.

After doing some major "fur" related research, we have found the most common answers to the question "where are the best bear bars in the world?"  The locations cover the globe from the states to Paris, London and more.

Check out the list of the ten best bear bars in the world, in no particular order. 

Did your favorite make the cut?  Let us know! 



Duke of Wellington (London, England)

Spacious, gay-friendly corner pub with busy downstairs bar, music videos and quieter upstairs area.



Pantibar (Dublin)

Fun joint that bills itself as a homo activity centre with entertainment every night of the week.



Lone Star Saloon (San Francisco, California)

Gay bar & local hangout with a pool table, patio & events like Sunday afternoon beer parties.



Diesel (Seattle, Washington)

Comfortable gay bar with a short menu of pub grub, a long daily happy hour & a pool table.



Le Bear's Den (Paris, France)

"Amazing place, if you are up to a beer (or a bear), this is the place."



Woodshed Bar (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Unpretentious gay leather bar offering daily drink specials, diverse theme nights & a patio.



Rockbar (New York City, New York)

There's an anything-goes vibe at this well-worn haunt, where weekends attract a lively crowd.



Eagle, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California)

Long-standing gay hot spot caters to a leather-wearing crowd, with cheap beer nights & DJs.



Le Stud (Montreal, Canada)

Dark gay bar with a casual vibe offering weekly events such as pool tournaments & house-music DJ's.


JJ's Clubhouse (St. Louis, Missouri)

Easygoing gay bar offering entertainment such as DJs & karaoke nights, plus billiards & darts.



The Iron Bear (Austin, Texas)

Lively LGBT-friendly hangout offering DJ parties, pool, karaoke & daily happy hour.

This list was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.