When it comes to letting off steam in the steam, Los Angeles offers a smorgasbord of venues to release your inner devil. A handful of bath houses still exist within the city and underground parties with tempting darkrooms are becoming more commonplace.
The best outdoor pool for nude sunbathing and skinny dipping belongs to Flex, the oldest and most historic gay spa in Los Angeles. Flex is the best-reviewed in town and close to Silver Lake’s Eagle and Faultline bars.
In DTLA, the Midtowne Spa offers a large indoor swimming pool, private rooms, a sauna, tanning deck and a steam room. On top of that, it also features weekly performances from some of the biggest (quite literally!) porn stars.
In the heart of Hollywood, the Zone LA lures many WeHo locals with dark ambiance only a short Uber ride away from the bars and clubs of Santa Monica Boulevard. In the Valley, North Hollywood Spa may be the largest club, with over 100 rooms, large group steams and showers and even a popular restaurant (just make sure you scrub your hands before dining!).
Los Angeles dark rooms
Slammer in Silver Lake is geared toward gear lovers but lacks the saunas, steams, and private rooms of bathhouses. Instead, think slings and restraints.
If you happen to be in town at the right time and have the right connections to receive an invite, the Spotlight Party typically hosts a Berlin-style darkroom while techno pounds on the nearby dance floor.