Community members who passed by the old Gym Bar space at 8737 Santa Monica Boulevard today were treated to a sneak peek of the new gay bar that’s coming soon to the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Hancock Avenue. The brown paper coverings were removed from the windows to reveal a finished bar with magazine clippings decorating the main back wall. The name of the new bar is still pending.
Owner Jay Krymis, the man who also owns Fubar confirmed to WEHO TIMES this past December that the new bar is going to be “gay, gay, gay!”
“This new space is going to be a cool, fun, neighborhood bar,” he said. “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.”
Cozy will be the main ingredient according to an update on the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control’s (ABC) liquor license for that space which has a long laundry list of operating restrictions:
- There shall be no amusement machines or video game devices in or on the premises at any time.
- There shall be no pool, billiard or table games of any kind allowed in or on the premises at any time.
- Petitioner(s) shall not require an admission charge or a cover charge, nor shall there be a requirement to purchase a minimum number of drinks.
- Sales, service and consumption of alcoholic beverages shall be permitted only between the hours of (TIME and TIME) each day of the week.
- Entertainment provided shall not be audible beyond the area under the control of the licensee(s) as depicted on the most recently certified ABC-257 and ABC-253.
- There shall be no amplified music or other entertainment permitted in or on the premises at any time. For purposes of this condition, “amplified” shall mean the use of any electric, electronic, or other powered device that may be used or manipulated to control the volume of music or other entertainment.
- No alcoholic beverages shall be consumed on any property adjacent to the licensed premises under the control of the licensee(s) as depicted on the most recently certified ABC-257 and ABC-253.
- The petitioner(s) shall be responsible for maintaining free of litter the area adjacent to the premises over which they have control as depicted on the most recently certified ABC-257 and ABC-253.
- Any graffiti painted or marked upon the premises or on any adjacent area under the control of the licensee(s) shall be removed or painted over within 72 hours of being applied.
- The use of any amplifying system or device is prohibited on patio/terrace/other area, and the use of any such system or device inside the premises shall not be audible outside the premises.
ABC lists the owners of The Normandie Room, which was a lesbian bar at that location prior to when Gym Bar moved in, as the liquor license owners to the space, but Krymis says he bought the liquor license from them, which is currently in transition.
Meanwhile Fubar remains gutted. The space has been closed throughout the pandemic, leaving many to wonder if the bar will ever open again (we noticed Fubar’s FU sing has made it to this new space).
Regarding the future of the Fubar space, Krymis said last year that he signed a new lease for another 10 years, and he has plans for Fubar that was not able to discuss. He said he planned to complete the new gay bar and then circle back to Fubar. “Fubar is coming back in the same old Fubar spot, but it needs to be cleaned up a bit,” he said.
Krymis also informed us that he was hoping the new, still yet to be named bar, will open some time this month. Judging from the photos we took today, it looks like the new bar is on its way to opening real soon.