Silver Lake: LA’s Original Gayborhood

Silver Lake

LA’s original gay neighborhood became more mixed in the late 20th century as the scene migrated to West Hollywood. Still, this hilly, picturesque enclave east of Hollywood, south of beautiful Griffith Park, and northwest of downtown has always had at least a handful of gay bars. But the scene has changed, and the neighborhood has become more integrated — a popular spot for edgy boutiques and craft cocktail bars, but still with some terrific longstanding taquerias and retro diners that gays have been heading to for decades.

You’ll notice that the few remaining gay bars in Silver Lake fall into two categories: hip mixed venues like laid-back and arty Akbar, Latin-flavored Los Globos, and the live-music club Silverlake Lounge; and old-school cruise-y and male-oriented, such as the Eagle and Faultline Bar (there are a couple of gay bathhouses in the vicinity, too).

The newer, hipster-approved face of Silver Lake is found primarily along Sunset Boulevard.

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Authored By Andrew Collins
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