The office of state Assemblyman Mike Gatto will tonight present a resolution in honor of The Other Side, one of Silver Lake’s last gay bars and one of the city’s last remaining piano bars, that is scheduled to close later this month. “The resolution is to honor the closing of The Other Side and commend owner Paul Hargis on the commitment he has displayed in maintaining one of the last pianos bars in Los Angeles,” said Jason Insalaco, district director for Gatto, whose 43rd District includes Silver Lake. “The resolution recognizes The Other Side for its contributions to the Silver Lake community and history of the neighborhood.”
Hargis announced last month that he would be closing the Hyperion Avenue bar and the adjoining Flying Leap Cafe. The Other Side and Flying Leap will be replaced by a new bar, Hyperion Public , whose owners plan an extensive renovation. 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.