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Gay Bar, Nightclub, and Bar$$$$
Silver Lake
  • Has a stamp of approval from LA Weekly and Los Angeles Times
    • LA Weekly
    • Los Angeles Times
  • Derek J.
    "crowded ambiance with a jukebox up front and DJ at the dance floor"(3 Tips)
    Caitlin W.
    "Best jukebox in LA?"(5 Tips)
    Erin C.
    "craft night wednesdays!"(2 Tips)
    LA Weekly
    "Sunset Junction gem"(2 Tips)
47 Tips and reviews
  • dancing
  • jukebox
  • hipster
  • craft nights
  • sunset junction
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  • Chris L.
    Chris LFebruary 12
    Been here 5+ times
    Back lounge area for a kiki. Dance floor option for a shimmy. Drink specials are grand. People are usually nice.
  • Tom M.
    Tom MAugust 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    It's alright. The drinks are cheap, the DJs are usually terrible, but people are nice and it's not weho.
  • Jay G.
    Jay GrantJuly 29, 2016
    Small place but you'll find all the hip people here. There's are two small bar areas with cheap drinks, and then a square dance floor. Check the website for the theme of the night.
  • LAist
    LAistJune 23, 2016
    Akbar is intimate, casual, friendly, no-frills, and cheap. It's like a gay Cheers—everybody knows your name, from the bartender to the door man to the DJ. Read more
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HartMay 24, 2016
    Woof. Smells like moldy cheese on one side. Attracts the hipster gay crowd and mostly everyone looks the same there. BUT my bartender bud Mike is the man.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SilverSeptember 6, 2015
    Decent drinks, chill crowd, crabby bartenders. Don't dare move the bar stools or you will get a dose of LA 'tude #relaxbrah
  • Justin
    JustinDecember 8, 2014
    Love the atmosphere, good music, mix of queer and hip people.
  • Clare
    ClareNovember 30, 2014
    Wednesday dance night!!!
  • Warren K.
    Warren KingNovember 29, 2014
    169 bar's West Coast Doppelgänger?
  • Derek J.
    Derek JonesSeptember 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    A brilliant mixture of gays, hipsters, and gay hipsters. Dark and crowded ambiance with a jukebox up front and DJ at the dance floor in the back area.
  • Brandon H.
    Brandon HAugust 7, 2014
    Best gay bar on the east side. Friendly. Intimate and full of great people from the non weho crowd. Grab a drink and dance in the back room.
  • Darleen G.
    Darleen GarciaMarch 10, 2014
    You have to try the Whiskey and Ginger Beer.
  • Alex A.
    Alex AmendJanuary 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    You're in the right place but don't get pizza from Garage, those guys are assholes.
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RaeSeptember 2, 2013
    AW: gay bar, dive bar, neighborhood bar, dance bar, and one of SL's most fun bars. Epic DJ nights but also a very chill place to drink cheap, strong drinks on a Sunday night.
  • Jathan M.
    Jathan McCollumAugust 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    FYI the men's bathroom has no door. So like if you have to poo, plan ahead. Or seize the opportunity to show off your goods. You've been warned. Or whatever. Man flesh.
  • Mr. Caballero
    Mr. CaballeroJuly 10, 2013
    Martininis are hella strong!
  • Will K.
    Will KivinskiMay 31, 2013
    They have Felicia Rashad on the Jukebox!!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MacFarlandJanuary 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try it on the weekdays or before 8 on the weekends for a great chill place to hang with friends.
  • McCarthy
    McCarthyDecember 2, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    This used to be a lazy watering hole, now it's kind of a club (some nights). Tip well and have fun!
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KamhiNovember 22, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    It's actually Trapbar.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyOctober 21, 2012
    Best Gay Bar - 2012! Packed with femme fellows and butch boys, or smattered with breeders boozing at happy hour, this Sunset Junction gem has a keep-it-real zeal that brings people back. -Lina Lecaro Read more
  • Scott Z.
    Scott ZolnierczykSeptember 10, 2012
    If you want a great time with friends. Gay or Straight, hit up Akbar!! A little expensive drink wise, but Super fun atmosphere.
  • Amber L.
    Amber LynnMay 28, 2012
    Rsl baby lovvve terry
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SchulzApril 20, 2012
    If ur a NE MPLS gay, this the place
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthApril 3, 2012
    “Rocksteady Lounge night on Mondays from 10pm to 2am is a chill scene- reggae, ska, and rocksteady. No cover charge, no worries.” Find out more at:
  • Vash
    VashMarch 30, 2012
    Get here before midnight on Thursdays to catch Miss Barbie-Q's performance. Simply Fabulous.
  • huy
    huyMarch 5, 2012
    Pitcher of Anchor Steam during happy hour = best deal
  • Joey G.
    Joey G.November 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Vodka tonics of DEATH.
  • Kali K.
    Kali KrossNovember 18, 2011
    Am I the only one who notices the overwhelming fragrance of pee here?
  • Chloe D.
    Chloe DraneOctober 15, 2011
    It's a trap!
  • Caitlin W.
    Caitlin WelshOctober 6, 2011
    Best jukebox in LA?
  • Manhunt
    ManhuntSeptember 14, 2011
    Eclectic music, so keep that in mind if you're looking for Gaga and Brit Brit. Gay hipster bar.
  • David C.
    David CaffreySeptember 14, 2011
    This was a cool place... I think.. I was drunk so I can't be too sure
  • Octagon B.
    Octagon BlixAugust 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Del taco is a hop and skip away. Dining room open til 2am. :-) :-) :-)
  • Randall O.
    Randall OttJuly 10, 2011
    On my way!
  • Erin C.
    Erin ColesJuly 7, 2011
    craft night wednesdays! dreams!
  • Sidnee L.
    Sidnee LewisMay 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Gay & Neighborhood Bar in LA!
  • Melissa A.
    Melissa A.April 13, 2011
    Most. Amazing. Jukebox. Ever.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyDecember 9, 2010
    LA Weekly's Best of LA 2010 pick - Drunk on Stage= Best Queer Stand-Up Night!
  • Chinarut R.
    Chinarut RuangchotvitOctober 29, 2010
    Dirty house on thu nite - absolutely awesome!
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesOctober 14, 2010
    Weekends at this legendary Sunset Junction bar are packed, and the rockin' jukebox is eternally cranked up to 11. Wednesday evening's "CraftNight" is most certainly not to be missed. Read more
  • Martin M.
    Martin Martinez JrOctober 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Akbar the place where hipsters with no rhythm come and dance.
  • Luke L.
    Luke LOctober 1, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Give Mikey a good tip and he'll give you a handjob in the corner.
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley CraftApril 22, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Craft Night is a blast!! $2 per person on Wednesday nights 10p to Midnight.
  • Geno B.
    Geno BApril 21, 2010
    Great dancefloor, but better music in the front bar!
  • Angel R.
    Angel RodriguezApril 3, 2010
    Does Quinto still cruise here?
  • Rhiannon C.
    Rhiannon CharisseApril 28, 2009
    go here and show gays Goatse for the first time!
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