The Midtowne Spa brand also has a strong presence in Texas, with locations in Dallas and Houston.
There are others in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Denver, Colorado.
In fact, you'll find plenty of keep you busy in Southern California, as there's also a fun gay bathhouse in San Diego, and Palm Springs has more clothing-optional gay resorts than anywhere in the world, many of them with a steamy, sauce-y vibe.
Sorting out the gay bathhouse and sex club options in Los Angeles can be a little daunting, and, of course, it's impossible to predict at any given time who you're going to bump into at one club or another.
A bit east more toward the heart of Hollywood, you'll also find the Zone L.
A., a highly popular gay sex club, and and the Hollywood Spa, also in Hollywood as well with a branch in the San Fernando Valley city of North Hollywood (see below). Sycamore Ave., Hollywood, 323-472-6495) is - like Melrose Spa - just beyond West Hollywood city limits; it's a half-block south of Santa Monica Boulevard, just east of La Brea Avenue.
On reputation, it's pretty much a middle-contender in Los Angeles - not the best gay spa in the city, but not the worst.
And just a five-minute drive around the corner, a couple of blocks south of the 101, there's Slammer Sex Club (3688 Beverly Blvd., 213-388-8040), which is also in Silver Lake as well as in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A., this isn't a bathhouse where you check your towel but rather a club - you can walk around in whatever clothes you arrived in.
Flex pulls in reasonably solid crowds most of the time, and its proximity to some of the region's top leather clubs - like the Eagle and Faultline Bar - make it something of a favorite with the leather-bear-fetish crowd.
However, this 20,000-square-foot bathhouse has closed. Gay Bathhouses around Downtown Los Angeles There's one option that's truly located downtown: Midtowne Spa (615 Kohler St., 213-680-1838), which is a short cab ride or not particular scenic 30-minute walk (not recommended at night) from the main business hotels around Pershing Square and the Civic Center.
Part of the nationally known brand (same as Melrose Spa and 1350 Club), Midtowne Spa is a big, impressively designed place (don't be put off by the industrial exterior) that's very well taken care of and pulls in a huge mix of regulars and tourists of all shapes, sizes, and ages.
Admission (cash only) costs for a five-month membership, plus each time you go, but out-of-town visitors can purchase a one-time-use admission.
This is also an after-dark hangout - the hours are 8 pm until 4 or 5 am except on weekends, when Slammer opens at 2 pm.