Gay SILVER LAKE Guide

Our insider Gay SILVER LAKE guide to the best places to play and stay in this historic gay Los Angeles district.

Gay Silver Lake Guide

Our Inisder Gay Silver Lake Guide!

LA’s original gay enclave is the Silver Lake neighborhood, northwest of Downtown LA. Trendsetters have long mixed with a substantial Latino population, and today its rolling hills are lined with pillbox-sized homes, hip clubs and eateries, Salvadoran pupuserias and trendy, friendly bars.

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The Eagle

The Eagle LA is one of the most popular bars in Silver Lake.

Silver Lake is a mix of hipster eateries and rough and ready gay bars.

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.

Akbar Silver Lake

Akbar, a Silver Lake institution!

Falutline Silver Lake

Faultline, home of the famous beer busts!

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.

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Silver Lake is home to a cross section of gay bars appealing to those who like their men real and their beer cold!

Recommended Hotels in Silver Lake

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.

The Westin Bonaventure
4 Star Great Reviews

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites



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Featuring a restaurant with 35th floor panoramic views and an outdoor pool, this hotel is within 1 mi from the Grammy Museum,

Comfort Inn 3 Star
Budget Rooms

Comfort Inn Los Angeles near Hollywood



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Set on the famed Sunset Boulevard and only minutes from popular Los Angeles attractions, including Chinatown, in-room microwaves and mini-refrigerators

Best Western 3 Star
Unique Chinese décor

Best Western Plus Dragon Gate Inn



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Located in Chinatown a cable TV with is included in every room at Best Western Dragon Gate Inn. The rooms are furnished with Chinese accents

Cozy Silver Lake Getaway
Very well located

Cozy Silver Lake Getaway



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All units come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, washing machine and coffee machine. There’s a fully equipped private bathroom with bath

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