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What Happens at the Abbey

What Happens at the Abbey

  • Premiered: 
    May 14, 2017
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  • Network: E!
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Workplace
  • Tags: bar

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Plot Synopsis

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE ABBEY is a one-hour reality series that goes behind the bar and takes an inside look at the lives of the employees of The Abbey, a world-famous hot spot. Located in the heart of Los Angeles' West Hollywood neighborhood, The Abbey, hailed as the "Best Gay Bar in the World," is an institution where labels are abandoned, inclusion is paramount and everyone, regardless of their sexuality comes to mix and mingle with celebrities. Presiding over one of the wildest nightclubs in Los Angeles, the team unapologetically embodies the open-minded mentality of The Abbey while fostering an environment of acceptance. Managed by owner David Cooley, the staff juggles delivering first-rate service to their VIP guests and celebrities while dealing with relationship drama, diverse sexuality and the pursuit of their own Hollywood dreams. It's not all work, as this outrageous and unpredictable squad somehow manages to party even harder than their celebrity patrons. The staff includes: David Cooley's assistant, Brando, who is the boss' eyes and ears when David isn't around; ultra sassy and intimidating Brandi, a VIP host and former bartender, who is a lesbian in pursuit to have a child with her best friend and colleague Lawrence; VIP host Lawrence, who is ready to start a family with Brandi, while facing the reality of fertility tests, various relationship struggles and the most emotional of them all, revealing to his family that he is ready to become a father; VIP host Murray, who has had an on-and-off relationship with his co-worker Cory, a bartender at The Abbey; management trainee Chelsea, who dreams of becoming a nightclub mogul and governs with sass and her strict high standards; VIP server Billy, who viewers might know as Ellen DeGeneres' gardener on THE ELLEN SHOW; Chelsea's friend Ashlee, who becomes close to the employees throughout the season...especially Billy; server Kim, who is best friends with her co-worker Elizabeth -- and who try to take their relationship from friends to something more; bartender Kyle, who's majorly crushing on Marissa, who just moved from Long Island to Los Angeles and is new to The Abbey; and server Daniel, who s the self-proclaimed "best server at The Abbey," exemplifying his quirky personality and cocky attitude.
On Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Midnight ET/PT, E! premieres the season finale of WHAT HAPPENS AT THE ABBEY. In the season ender, "Stage Five Clinger," the Abbey crew's Vegas drama continues but they must first pull off a successful pop-up event before they can really let loose. While Kyle and Marissa's relationship hangs in the balance, Kim and Elizabeth's relationship implodes. Brandi finally reveals to Lawrence HER baby plan and the Chapel is finally revealed.


  • The Abbey - Los Angeles, California USA