Here are 10 L.A. spots to queer your weekend during Pride month

There’s a reason why Ruby Fruit co-owner Mara Herbkersman refers to her business — one of L.A.’s two lesbian bars — as “the planet.”

It’s a reference, in both name and spirit, to the early-2000s TV show “The L Word.” In the show, a local lesbian-owned cafe, the Planet, bridges day and night, offering a gathering place for queer Angelenos to drink coffee in the morning and party when the sun goes down. The Ruby Fruit strives to do likewise.

Mornings at the Ruby Fruit begin at 11 a.m. During the week, the wood tables and green booths become desks for those looking to escape the office but still work communally. With sunlight streaming through the wide windows, you can spot the nods to sapphic culture that fill every corner. Books by Virginia Woolf, Katherine V. Forrest and, of course, Rita Mae Brown line the shelf above the bar and Indigo Girls songs play in an endless loop in the bathroom.

Weekdays or weekends, the Ruby Fruit also makes a great brunch spot. The menu rises to any occasion — whether that’s a date for the whole family, kids included, or with friends to debrief the night before. Co-owner Emily Bielagus recommends ordering the fillet-not-fish sandwich or the popcorn chicken basket.

At 3 p.m., the Ruby Fruit begins its transition from campy diner to sexy wine bar. The sit-down lunch menu is replaced with a list of snack-while-you’re-drinking options such as warm marinated olives and french fries. If you’re looking for something a little more filling, make sure to order the signature hot dog — which comes on a cowboy boot pottery stand — with your drink. Bielagus sources all the wines and beers from women- and queer-owned businesses. Fan-favorite cocktails include the Martha, an elderflower, citrus and white wine spritz, and the Miller Low Life (a Miller High Life served in a glass upside down).

The campy vibes and tongue-in-cheek humor don’t disappear with the sun.

“The irony is not lost on us that a bunch of queer women are sitting around eating hot dogs,” Herbkersman said. “It’s a place to let loose and just have a freaking good time.”

Hours: 11a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Saturday