Gay SILVER LAKE Guide 2020
Our insider Gay SILVER LAKE guide to the best places to play and stay in this historic gay Los Angeles district.
A hilly, eclectic, and historic neighborhood north of downtown, east of Hollywood, and south of Griffith Park, Silver Lake has long been at the core of LA’s gay rights movement. At Silver Lake’s two main commercial hubs, Sunset Boulevard from Vermont to Silver Lake Boulevard, and Hyperion Boulevard from Glendale to Fountain avenues, you’ll find a colorful mix of lounges, live-music clubs, dance bars, bistros, java joints, and ethnic eateries that pull in patrons of all persuasions, from gay revelers to hetero hipsters.
Get started at Sunset Junction, where Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards meet Fountain Avenue. Enjoy lunch or dinner at Café Stella, a sweet treat at Pazzo Gelato or a Cuban guava-cream cheese pastry from Café Tropical. Walk off that food coma in Griffith Park, the nation’s largest urban park. You can hike to the top of the world and take in spectacular views of the LA Basin and the stars above. If the shopping bug hits, browse Wacko for fun and funky gifts or Rough Trade for leather accessories.
At night, Akbar is a friendly lounge of low-key cool. Predominantly gay but straight-friendly, it features Moroccan-inspired décor, a jukebox filled with oldies-but-coolies and a separate dance floor. Local leather bars The Eagle LA and The Faultline host a hardcore calendar of nightly events and popular weekend beer busts.
A hilly, eclectic, and historic neighborhood north of downtown, east of Hollywood, and south of Griffith Park, Silver Lake has long been at the core of LA’s gay rights movement. Silver Lake offers just a few hotels, but lots of apartments, making it a great location for those who want privacy and all the facilities required for a great stay in the city.
Set on the famed Sunset Boulevard and only minutes from popular Los Angeles attractions, including Chinatown, in-room microwaves and mini-refrigerators