The Or Bar – an up-and-coming new gay bar in West Hollywood opening in the former Gold Coast Bar space at 8228 Santa Monica Blvd., is currently hiring and hopes to open as early as September.
“Believe it or not, we’re not expecting anything from the city,” Rob Novinger told WEHO TIMES. “In West Hollywood, they worked really well with us. They want new business. They welcome new business. They roll out the red carpet. In Los Angeles, it takes about three or four months to get approved. West Hollywood approved everything in two weeks.
Novinger says the blocking of their grand opening is mostly related to engineering and supply chain issues, “The biggest thing we’re looking forward to is our bar equipment,” he said. “And everything comes from the United States. We ordered it in January. He is still restrained. They said until the end of August, so if we can get it all in, if we get the health department, ABC – the liquor license is ready – they just have to do a visit. We get the city and the health department in, and then we can open. It takes a long time to line these things up, so we’re looking at a September opening. We were hoping for Labor Day, but I don’t think so.
The bar’s official Instagram account, @theorbar, posted a photo of a tie pin indicating that they are getting the uniforms with custom-designed ties and cummerbunds by fashion designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais of Wolk Morais.
It’s going to be fun,” Novinger said. “It’s not going to become what it was, but it’s not going to be snotty. It’s gonna be cool 70s, 80s, trashy, cocaine chic. It will be funny.
Fashion Police co-host George Kotsiopoulos and Fire Hot Yoga founder Stephanie Schestag teamed up with Novinger, owner of two Circus of Books adult retail stores in West Hollywood. Exactly a year ago, they announced they were taking over the former Gold Coast Bar space to open The Or Bar (“Or” meaning “Or” in French which is a nod to the former space well -like).
The Gold Coast Bar closed permanently in September 2020 after serving the community for 39 years. It became the fourth gay bar to close on Santa Monica Boulevard during the pandemic. The LGBT community has lost Gym Bar, Flaming Saddles and Rage Nightclub due to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department closures.
“We don’t want gay bars to become obsolete,” Kotsiopoulos told Variety last year. “We are passionate about making sure we always have safe places for the community.”
Or Bar is currently accepting applications at [email protected]