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Barney’s Beanery has a history of hostility toward gays. But West Hollywood wants to save it anyway

Barney’s Beanery has a history of hostility toward gays. But West Hollywood wants to save it anyway

Barney’s Beanery has a complicated history in West Hollywood.

The greasy spoon with its multicolored booths and license plates on the walls was a legendary hangout for rockers and movie stars — the place where Janis Joplin is said to have had her last drink before she died, where Jim Morrison was a rowdy regular and where Quentin Tarantino has a favorite table.

The gritty roadhouse also has long exasperated West Hollywood’s large gay community. For years, a sign hung over the bar blaring “Fagots Stay Out” in big, bold letters, and a former owner sold matchbooks with the same misspelled slogan....

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