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Abbey owner David Cooley opens The Chapel next door

The Chapel at The Abbey's 48-foot steeple high above Robertson Boulevard might be a nightlife beacon - a guide for club revelers trying to find Boys Town’s latest watering hole. Photo: Courtesy of David Cooley.

The Chapel at The Abbey’s 48-foot steeple high above Robertson Boulevard might be a nightlife beacon – a guide for club revelers trying to find Boys Town’s latest watering hole. Photo: Courtesy of David Cooley.

WEST HOLLYWOOD – The 48-foot steeple high above Robertson Boulevard might be a nightlife beacon – a guide for club revelers trying to find Boys Town’s latest watering hole.

The Chapel at The Abbey is the latest nightlife venture from David Cooley, who also owns the venerable gay bar  The Abbey, which is next door to The Chapel.

‘SOMETHING NEW’

“The Chapel at The Abbey is something totally new for West Hollywood and gay nightlife,” Cooley said in a statement announcing the opening.  “The Abbey evolved over 25 years from a coffee house into a nightclub, restaurant and bar.  With The Chapel, I got to take everything I learned from that evolution to create a new, elevated nightclub and lounge.

“I built The Chapel for our regulars and local residents, for visitors to our community who want to be dazzled, and for people who want something new and different,” he said.

The Chapel, 696 N. Robertson Blvd., is located in the former space that housed Here Lounge, which Cooley purchased in earlier this year.

CHURCH THEME

The Chapel at The Abbey is a separate venue from The Abbey, but it was designed and renovated so the two venues flow together with a cohesive aesthetic.  The Chapel shares The Abbey’s church theme by not only using dark stained wood throughout the space, but also incorporating gothic lighting features, religious and medieval-themed statues, a DJ booth inspired by a pulpit and stained glass windows.

The Chapel has two bars – One with seven stations overlooking the patio near the entrance and a second one with three stations next to the dance floor.

Long-time Abbey resident DJ Dawna Montell will be a regular spinmeister at The Chapel, bringing her signature rump-shaking beats to the dance floor on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Chapel’s official grand opening is scheduled to take place before the end of the year, said publicist Brian Rosman.

On Fridays and Saturdays after 10 p.m., The Chapel has a $10 cover.

The DJ at The Chapel raises the roof for people on the dance floor. Photo: Jonathan Sirand for The Chapel at The Abbey.

The DJ at The Chapel raises the roof for people on the dance floor.  Photo: Jonathan Sirand for The Chapel at The Abbey.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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