What began as a relatively modest gay coffeehouse several years ago, The Abbey
(692 N. Robertson Blvd.) has blossomed into one of West Hollywood's hottest hangouts, gay or straight. This elegant Spanish Mediterranean-style compound on North Roberston Boulevard (right next to Here Lounge
) has lush landscaping, gurgling fountains, and plenty of patio seating. The kitchen turns out tasty and creative American fare, and the bar is a sophisticated venues for cocktails and hobnobbing with West Hollywood scenesters.