Akbar throws itself a quinceañera

Photo courtesy Akbar

It was 15 years ago this month that Scott Craig and Peter Alexander took ownership of a bar at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Fountain Avenue. Two weeks after they took the keys, the reopened the bar on the border of Silver Lake and Los Feliz under a new name: Akbar. In a short while Akbar established itself as a bar and night spot popular with gay and straight patrons.  Craig, in an email, said the bar will celebrate this coming New Year’s Eve with an Akbar version of a quinceañera to celebrate their bar’s 15th anniversary.

We got the keys to that bar (called Joly’s 2) on December 12 and we were determined to open by December 31st since we thought New Year’s Eve would be a good opening night and we wanted to be able to say that we were “established in 1996.” Seeing how this will be our 15th anniversary we decided to turn it into a quinceanera of sorts.  No limo, but lots of drinks.

And a band of mariachis. Click on the link for more details of the festivities.

AKBAR, Silver Lake’s beloved neighborhood watering hole, will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31, 2011.

In keeping with the tradition of the fun parties we have cultivated over the last fifteen years, we will be celebrating this milestone with a traditional Quinceañera-themed event. Patrons are encouraged to dress in formal attire:  Suits, ties, and most of all, big, poofy, gaudy, over-the-top formal gowns, tiaras, gloves, tulle, make-up and big, big hair! The bar will be decorated appropriately and there will be a live Mariachi Band and photo booth.

It’s been a long, strange trip from 1996 to the present:  We’ve survived fads, fashion, smoking bans, Y2K, power outages, expansion, El Nino and La Nina, the ever-changing demographics of the neighborhood, “new kids on the block” bars, eight years of Bush/Cheney, and the greatest economic crash of our lifetimes.

Throughout all this we’ve been dedicated to provide a fun, comfortable, affordable, sexy, non-judgmental, home-away-from-home environment in which our patrons can celebrate a break from their daily concerns with good friends, new and old, while enjoying great music and dancing.

We’re looking forward to celebrating this milestone in our truly anarchic and typically un-slick AKBAR fashion. Please join us!


  1. LOVE AKBAR! Congrats!

  2. I was SO mad at Akbar 15 years ago for ruining my New Year’s Eve party by opening and stealing all my guests. Gradually I’ve forgiven them.

  3. Akbar >>>>>>>> ALL of WeHo

  4. jennifer what does your comment mean? You’re a tired 30 something single girl that resents all the cute gay boys at your local bar?

  5. I’m just a single, untired gay lady that loves Akbar more than any place in WeHo, is all. <3

  6. Why do straight focused publications always feel the need to say any given gay bar welcomes straight people. Would they say a African American bar welcomes white people?

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