The Abbey started in 1991 in West Hollywood as a coffee shop before the coffee shop boom. It quickly became a prime spot for working lunches and meetups, catering to a primarily gay clientele, including rights groups. The shop took it to the next level, however, when it tackled nightlife like a caged hyena: Shirtless bartenders, go-go dancers of both sexes, and legendarily generous cocktails. Owner David Cooley takes credit for creating the appletini, which is apparently to die for. I’m thirsty.