Roosterfish (Closed Permanently)

95% love it
GayCities Members report that Roosterfish has closed
Big, fun neighborhood bar with a great atmosphere
The Roosterfish bar is a place where locals feel at home, and so do the visiting beach hotties. It has been around for over 25 years and is known as the only gay bar in Venice. But be sure and visit soon: Roosterfish will close it's doors for good in May 2016.


      JCCLACA Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Had a great time on their last day. Sorry to see it leave.

    • monsieur
      monsieur Over a year ago
      Hates it

      When to go?
      I tried this bar a few times when I was in LA but it was always empty. I've been there after a day at the beach, I tought it was a good time but no... :( When should I go?

    • Friendly neighborhood bar
      My friend and I visited this bar last night and enjoyed the $3.00 margaritas great bar tenders Mike early and Gary later. Friendly patron regulars!

    • Englishlads
      Englishlads Over a year ago
      Loves it

      A Great Welcome
      We visited the 'Fish in Feb 10, for the first time, and as two Brits we were made very welcome by the hunky barman. We had a great afternoon, and will be going back to say hello in October 11

    • wafflepunk
      wafflepunk Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Only Gay Bar in West LA
      If you live in West LA and don't want to drive seven miles (about 30 minutes) to West Hollywood, this is the place to go. If you like classy, this is NOT the place for you. There's no lounge area, but there are plenty of beer bottle boxes to sit on! Good place to hang out, have a drink and shoot some pool. The patio does close early, which was disappointing but most people just smoke in the parking lot area. Once in a while you'll get a group of college guys from the nearby colleges or universities. Otherwise, the crowd is mixed older, younger, and maybe a few straight people. The drinks were more expensive than I expected, about $8-10. Make sure you hit the ATM beforehand cause it's CASH ONLY.

    • Viking
      Viking Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Paralel Universe!
      Ok, the RoosterFish we went to on 9/7/10 had to be a different one to the reviews here, it was singularly the most unappealing bar with staff (I think the Owner?) who could not give a *** about any clients, as long as he could tell a straight couple about his website? we sat for a while waiting for a chance to get a refill, but it was clearly not going to happen so we left.. we spent $25 in a taxi to get there.. same on the way back, the most expensive MGD I have had in a very long time.. being in a 'posh' suburb, does not give your feathers or scales.. but apparantly, a LOT of attitude!

    • max007
      max007 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      The Best on the coast
      We are two gay guys from New Zealand. The bar made us feel right at home. Great barman and staff. Very welcoming. Very hard to leave as drinks were very moreish, howver did go back next day for more "punishment." Thanks guys, Bruce & Gary

    • BarSnitch
      BarSnitch Over a year ago
      Loves it

      FUN bar with laidback beach attitude.
      Great bar, awesome patio. Fun Sunday bbq. Just a casual no attitude bar. Come in dinner wear or flip flops and boardies. Friendly people. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

    • TheBippi
      TheBippi Over a year ago

      $3.00 Cuervo Gold Margaritas Wednesdays FTW! :D

    • vicraysolis
      vicraysolis Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Totally fun!
      Roosterfish is always a stop when in Marina del Rey or Venice! Great atmosphere, strong drinks, and a juke box. Older crowd, but great place for any age!

    • JackG
      JackG Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Awesome bar in Venice
      Very neighborhoody, very casual, interesting bathroom wallpaper! I've hit this place many times across two decades. Although at times the clientele gets snotty, generally most people here are pretty relaxed and not unfriendly. Good bar to take a female friend!

    • rob984rob984
      rob984rob984 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      OMG great place to finish my Weekend b4 going home
      So I went to LA and stayed an extra day instead of heading back to Vegas. We went toa movie and then we decided lets go get a drink. Didn't want to go to WEHO. Was taken to this bar, let me tell you we drove up and I thought.. OMG I don't think I am going to like this place. I walked in and what a cure place, people and goodtimes. Great way to end my LA trip on a Sunday with friends and family.

    • TheBrian
      TheBrian Over a year ago
      Loves it

      I love this bar
      The Roosterfish has a friendly and approachable cast of regulars, a lovely location a couple blocks from the beach, and a nice neighborhoody feel. Many of the guys have been frequenting the Roosterfish for ages and may willingly explain its history to you if you ask. The crowd ranges from no frills blue collar guys to the uniquely Venice successful bohemian/artist types. The bar also has a nice patio to enjoy the warm LA nights. A very reasonable alternative to the sugary glitz of WeHo.

    • TomOLeary
      TomOLeary Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Roosterfish is the Best Gay Bar in California!
      How do I LOVE Roosterfish? Let me count the ways: cool bartenders who are not bitches, affordable drinks, sexy bar patrons, a great jukebox with lots of Dusty Springfield and the most comfortable gay space I've been in. I would give it more than 5 stars if I could. Bravo to everyone! I wish I were sitting at the bar as I write this!

    • dvdmrtnkls
      dvdmrtnkls Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Roosterfish is actually ONE creature. A Fish!
      Excellent Place after your surfing, volleyballing or 10 mile bikepath ride along the Venice/Santa Monica Coast. You could still sense the late 1960s in the place when it was a straight bar and Venice Beach housed artists and flowerchildren. Ocean breezes waft thru and if you are open and cheerful you will find conversation. Really can't say enuf. One has to live it.