FUBAR WeHo has officially left the building. Owner Jay Krymis announced today that his raunchy gay bar in West Hollywood, known for hosting sexually-charged events like BFD Thursdays, Dick’s Den, and Adonis Lounge L.A., is gone after roughly 24 Years. The dive bar located at 7994 Santa Monica Boulevard never opened after the COVID-19 shutdown.
“Everything is gone,” said Krymis via an Instagram story on Monday, October 10th. “Everything is finally gone from this place at FUBAR. Or what used to be FUBAR. We did some light demo and we start the major demo tomorrow. I’m feeling a little sad right now. And also a little excited about the future and what we’re going to do here. I think you guys will love it. I’m also feeling super grateful. This opened–oh hell–twenty three, twenty four ago. It’s incredible. It’s had a really good run. Thanks to everybody that I met over the years, the customers and patrons that helped that place succeed. I made some friends, some for life… thank you to the community and West Hollywood. I’m just full of gratitude and I’m sad.”
FUBAR #Weho has officially closed after roughly 24 years – another LGBT space gone. #wehotimes #wehonightlife #westhollywood https://t.co/1mmXc3eAT3 pic.twitter.com/HutDH2FOBl
— WEHO TIMES (@WEHO_TIMES) October 11, 2022
Krymis reminisced about stories he’s heard over the years of guys who met their spouses at FUBAR. He said he thought it was crazy because he didn’t think it was the most romantic place. He also reiterated that a different venue will be coming to the space and bringing a whole new kind of vibe.
Those who have passed the deserted bar these past two-plus years may not be surprise that the venue as we know it has been lost for good. The actual bar and pool table were removed years ago and replaced with rows of refrigerators along the walls.
We last checked in on the bar in June 2021. At the time, the space was being used as a packaging facility to distribute DRINX MYTH alcoholic beverages during the pandemic lockdown. The employee at the time predicted FUBAR would never open again, but she did not want to be quoted.
In December 2021, Krymis announced that he was opening a new gay bar in at 8737 Santa Monica Boulevard, by Hancock Avenue, the former home to the original Gym Sportsbar in WeHo. The new, yet to be named space has been on the verge of opening since this past June around WEHO PRIDE, however loopholes, inspections, and red tape continues to keep them closed over four months later.
“This new space is going to be a cool, fun, neighborhood bar,” he said of the new bar. “It’s going to be a chill gay, gay, gay bar. I want to it be a casual and super fun bar. It won’t be sports or down and dirty, which I love at FUBAR, but great cocktail at an affordable price kind of place. Nothing high falutin. I want to make it feel like it’s been there for a long time and make it cozy.”
“Say a prayer to the Gods of Bars and Nightclubs,” he said in his most recent Instagram story regarding the opening of the new bar. “I think we’ll be open up by Halloween, a couple of week away, so say a prayer for me on this new bar.”
Krymis told WEHO TIMES last December that he had signed a new lease for another 10 years at the FUBAR location and he had plans for the bar that he was not willing to discuss. He said at the time that he planned to bring it back, “FUBAR is coming back in the same old FUBAR spot, but it needs to be cleaned up a bit,” he said.
However, by June of 2022, he was already talking about bringing a different bar to the FUBAR space. He said the bar had its moment, but it was in dire need of upgrades and he didn’t think he could clean up the space and maintain the dirty edgy bar that we all know and loved.
The light demo is the final nail on coffin. FUBAR has been laid to rest. It becomes yet another gay bar that’s part of West Hollywood LGBTQ history.
What do you remember most about FUBAR WeHo?
I worked the door of Fubar in 2001
I remember Rafters before it was FUBAR. I remember the open windows, but i never went inside because it mostly catered to old gays. FUBAR was non-existent during the day.
I don’t own Fubar and don’t have any say in it’s future, but I feel a bit betrayed after being told for he past two years they would return, all the while I see the place gutted and refrigerators lining the walls. Best of luck to the owner, but new bars are all the same, it’s the ones with history I prefer.
I agree with this post. What makes this closure so disappointing is that we were reassured over and over again that fubar would open even though it was so obvious that it would close. Also what the hell were they doing in there and was it even legal? Using the liquor license to allow another company to distribute mixed drinks seems a little shady to me. Adding insult to injury is the photo where you can see that they were using the go-go dancer platforms as tables to package these drinks. The only direction to go with space is to… Read more »
Fubar closes and not one mention of Big Fat Dick Night promoter Mario Diaz who played a huge role in what made the bar so especially dirty. Maybe do a profile on him. I’m sure he has some stories to tell.
There is always a place for a dive bar such as Fubar.As I get older,I am beginning to enjoy the smaller places that are calmer.For me,Trunks and Motherlode are the places to be.The Abbey is fine,but can be loud and overpriced at times.Good luck to Mr. Krymis on whatever he does next.
I had great times when before it was FUBAR. Then it was the Nail.
There were skylights?!
I had no idea there were skylights in that space. I never had reason to ever go there during the day. I thought Motherlode was getting skylights. It’s like a cave in there during the day.
Honestly, that guy sounds like a clown. WTF.
Jay is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. WTF is wrong with you.
A little mental are you? Seek help for your anger before it kills you. The other comments validate mine