When the ladies on Sex and the City visited LA during one classic old episode, Miranda proclaimed that Los Angeles was all about sex. She may be at least partially right. With the adult film industry based in the West Valley, sex in Los Angeles is a major industry. There are sex shops, sexy lingerie shops, lots of adult entertainment venues and plenty of titillating eye candy in this city.
"People 'date' until they are in their late 40s. And dating is really just a politically correct term for *sleeping with* lots of people," said adult film director and star Joanna Angel in our interview about sex in Los Angeles. Hear what else she has to say about where to hook up here, and why LA is not the place to be 22 and pregnant.
This is possibly one of the best sex shops in LA--in Southern California, for that matter. Two floors with bondage gear, sex accessories and clothing for gay, straight and bi sensualists has made The Pleasure Chest a West Hollywood retail icon for decades (though it also has branches in New York and Chicago). If you can't find it here, it may simply not exist.
7733 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(Between Spaulding and Genessee)
Hustler Hollywood pimps sex as a lifestyle in the true spirit of Hustler magazine head honcho Larry Flynt. You'll find sexy undies, porn DVDs, magazines and even a cafe at Hustler Hollywood. Oh, and the unfortunate aspect of being a retailer with famous 'parentage' is that it attracts its share of touristy looky-loos who giggle and redden between the aisles.
8920 West Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069-1812
(Cross street: Hilldale)
This super-secret (at least not obvious unless you know about it) gem of a gallery specializes in erotic art--not exclusively but predominantly. Past exhibitions have included 'Kinky Cabaret I,' 'The Bondage Show,' 'Scarlett Rouge' and 'S&M.'
1643 N. Las Palmas
Hollywood, CA 90028
(Between Hollywood Blvd. and Selma)
From Crazy Girls to the more 'gentlemanly' gentleman's clubs, there's a whole lot of pole dancing going on in LA. You've heard the common tale of the girl moving out to LA to be famous and working in striptease clubs. It's a common tale for a reason. Eclipsed only by perhaps Las Vegas, Los Angeles is home to quite a few hot spots where it gets so hot that clothes are no longer necessary.
Demi and Ashton allegedly do it (according to the tabloids). Swinging may have a retro '60s or '70s connotation--thanks to classic movies like Bob & Ted & Carol & Alice--but it still goes on in today's LA. Find out where the wild things and their spouses are via this list of LA swingers clubs.
With two locations, one in W. Hollywood, the other in Silver Lake, this old LA sex-tablishment has been on the scene since 1960. It specializes in gay books and magazines but also has an assortment of non-sex publications and straight-friendly items. They sell erotic fiction and non-fiction tomes, manga-style porn, adult DVDs, lubes, toys and even an Area 51 love doll. The latter would be a three-breasted, purple-skinned alien-looking bundle of lust.
8230 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA
(Cross street: La Jolla)
4001 Sunset Blvd.
Silverlake, CA 90029
(Cross street: Sanborn Ave.)
On the more classily seductive end of the spectrum, Kiki de Montparnasse is the type of lingerie shop and erotic boutique that the upscale sensualists in Eyes Wide Shut would frequent. Think classic wispy lace bra and panty sets, old harlequin masks, garter belts and stockings and such. Of course they also have a butt plug or two, lubricants and vibrators, but you may not find Larry Flynt's girlfriends shopping here.
8280 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(Cross street: Sweetzer)