Party Earth Review Drag queens and drums are what patrons can expect at Silverlake Lounge, though not necessarily on the same day. A longtime partnership with LA promotion company The Fold helped bring quite a few notable indie bands to... ... read full review
2906 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
M–F 5pm–2am, Sa–Su 3pm–2am
Silver Lake, Los Angeles –
Drag queens and drums are what patrons can expect at Silverlake Lounge, though not necessarily on the same day.
A longtime partnership with LA promotion company The Fold helped bring quite a few notable indie bands to the Lounge’s stage in years past – including Cold War Kids, The Head and The Heart, and local heroes Silversun Pickups – before they were famous.
Sadly, that partnership ended in early 2012, but weeknights and most Saturday evenings are still all about live bands inside this barebones joint, which is basically just a single black room with a basic bar and a tiny low-set stage.
The crowd is what one would expect in the hipster paradise of Silver Lake, with lots of disheveled boys, quirky girls, musicians, and unkempt creatives gathering to sip slightly overpriced beers – it is a music venue after all – served by the customarily grumpy bartenders.
The cover charge rarely exceeds $10 and is usually free on open mic nights, which feature everything from comedy and storytelling to amateur up-and-coming bands that will be up-and-leaving very soon.
Late night weekends usually host a different set of characters as the bar turns over to mostly Latino drag queens.
Dirty, sticky, and a stalwart for music and men in dresses, Silverlake Lounge is here, a little queer, get used to it.
Musicians, artists, hipsters, emo kids, punk rockers, fans of the band, goth girls, and men who enjoy being a drag, 20s+.
Live bands most Mondays through Thursdays, with early evening shows on Fridays and Saturdays.
Open mic on Fridays at 6pm and Spoken Word on Sundays at 4:30pm. Drag shows dazzle at 11:15pm and 12:15am most Friday through Sunday nights.
Television sets litter the bar area and are tuned to whatever is relevant that day.
No food, but menus are available at the bar to order food in. Small parking lot in back. Happy Hour M–F 5–8pm, Sa–Su 3–8pm. Cash only.
Beer $4–$6, wine $5, rails and shots $6–$8.
Grunge casual: tight jeans, plaid shirts, slouchy beanies, jean jackets, vests over hoodies, leather jackets, moccasins, pashminas, streaked bobs, black-rimmed glasses.
Any time a band of interest is playing, or Fridays to witness open mic disasters and successes.
Cowboys and Turbans (2815 Sunset Boulevard) is an Indian street food oasis offering tandoori naan pizzas on a secluded secret garden of a patio, making it a perfect juxtaposition to the hole-in-the-wall dive that is the Silverlake Lounge.