After much speculation and rumors that the Gold Coast Bar in West Hollywood was closing, one of the bar’s owners, Bryan Worl, has confirmed via a heated Facebook post that the GC is “closing for good” after 39 years.
One of the oldest gay bars in West Hollywood, The Gold Coast bar, located on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and North La Jolla Avenue, on 8246 Santa Monica Blvd., becomes the fourth gay bar to close on Santa Monica Boulevard. The LGBT community has lost Gym Bar, Flaming Saddles, and Rage Nightclub due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced all bars shut for the past six months.
In an attempt to shut down rumors and beat everyone to the scoop, Worl posted the following on his Facebook timeline:
“This is going to be quick and simple because there are very rude and sick people out there that thing because they say it first they’re some kind of hero and they won’t let the owners handle the situation under their terms and how they want to hand it after fucking 39 years of business…I will call your fucking names out!!!!! Yes. The GC is closing for good… We do not have a choice.. We have fought and tried everything with pressure from very selfish and heartless people. I did NOT want to handle it this way and I’m super pissed. You can’t give the respect to a bar that’s been there for 39 years and let us handle this the correct way?? I have to write a FB post in 2 seconds to stop people from their 5 seconds of fame and being the first to post something about this. It’s not fair to the employees of the GC wh are just learning of this. Are you kidding me???? This is beyond hard enough to lose a business and then not even have time to get something together and announce this in a civil way. I can’t…just can’t!!!”
In a followup post, Worl added that his partner of almost 26 years, Robert Hastings, the first owner, “…can’t even see his little piece of gold one last time.” Hastings has been fighting off Stage 4 cancer and is not able to travel.
Worl added that they would clean out the bar this coming Saturday, September 26, 2020 and that they would open their doors to anyone who wants to stop by. “If you want to stop by and say hi or come in for a quick pic or a last goodbye…I feel lot of people would like that, just make sure you have a mask…”
There have been rumors that Gold Coast Bar was closing for months and for months the owners have denied the rumors. The rumor mill escalated after the Gold Coast sign was removed from the building earlier this month. Former employees said it was removed so that it wouldn’t be stolen by rioters, but the sign was intact well past the looting that forced the bar to board up its windows on March 30th.
Monti Overstreet owns the the real estate at Gold Coast, Rage and the Halal Guys, which have all gone out of business due to rent negotiations gone south.
The Gold Coast Bar was known for being an unassuming gay bar with a happy hour and late-night drink specials. The bar hosted several fundraisers which includes the ever popular Red Dress Party.