laweeklyLA Weekly : Michael Cooper - One year ago, the Roosterfish, a small, divey gar bar on Abbot Kinney in Venice, closed its doors after 37 years. The Westside gay community was devastated, since the closure meant that there were no remaining gay bars west of the 405. Various bars or restaurants around Venice and Santa Monica tried to capitalize on the now-untapped LGBT market over the next 12 months with various gay-themed nights, but the community lacked a space it could call its own — until now.

Just last month, a new Westside gay bar opened called the Birdcage, located on the top floor of the Victorian on Main Street in Santa Monica.

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