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Flaming Saddles, A Gay Country Bar, Opens In WeHo
Howdy, partners: a country-western themed gay bar is hosting its grand opening tonight in West Hollywood. Though the bar has been quietly open for the past couple weeks, Flaming Saddles will have its official grand opening tonight with an event hosted by WeHo Mayor John D'Amico benefitting the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Eater LA reports. Billy Gilman, an openly gay country star, will be the guest of honor. (RSVP to attend here.)
Flaming Saddles has been around in New York since 2011. The West Hollywood location at 8811 Santa Monica Blvd. takes over the space formerly occupied by Eleven Nightclub. The 6000 square-foot venue will be two stories of country music, flowing drinks and dancing bartenders who stomp out routines on the tabletops. They'll be serving a bold Texas-inspired menu, with 'Fritto Pie,' chili, hearty sandwiches and other southwestern comfort foods.
You can pop in for 2 for 1 Bud Light Drafts, Bud Bottles, wells and wine Monday through Friday from 3 to 8 p.m., plus there will be nightly specials. For instance, on Tuesdays, you can get a cocktail made with Piehole Whiskey for $5.
Of the two country-western bars with Saddle in the name in WeHo, we think we might like this one best.
Here's a clip of those bartenders dancing to Bonnie Tyler's decidedly not country-western "Holding Out For A Hero."
Flaming Saddles. 8811 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Mon.-Fri., 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sat. & Sun, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.