The Other Side, one of the last gay bars in Silver Lake and one of the city’s last remaining piano bars, is closing and will be replaced with a sports bar. The new Hyperion Public will also be taking over the Flying Leap Cafe, which is next door on Hyperion Avenue and shares a common owner with The Other Side. A notice on the door of the Flying Leap by owner Paul Hargis says:
It is with warm reflection that I pass along the bittersweet news of the closing of The Other Side and Flying Leap Cafe on June 24, 2012. Both have achieved landmark status in their own right, and each has had a real impact on the exciting Silver Lake food and entertainment scene over the past fifteen years. It also marks the end of an era for one of the longest continuously open piano bars in Los Angeles, with its original roots back to the late 1960s.
The Other Side and its regulars of older gay men were featured in a 2006 documentary – “The Other Side: A Queer History” – made by Jane Cantillon. “We are all so sad it’s closing down,” said Cantillon, who will be updating her film to include the bar’s upcoming closure.
The Other Side becomes the most recent Silver Lake gay bar to close as the neighborhood’s once vibrant gay bar scene and nightlife fades away.
Click on the link below to view a film trailer of “The Other Side.”
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