What’s going on at the former MJ’s gay bar in Silver Lake?

The new look of the former MJ's in Silver Lake

The new look of the former MJ’s in Silver Lake

Storefront ReportSILVER LAKE –– It’s been more than a year since the dance floor went dark and the Go-Go Boys stopped gyrating after MJ’s, one of Silver Lake’s last gay bars, closed up early last year. Since then, the owners have remained quiet about what’s planned for the Hyperion Avenue venue while construction has been on and off during the past year. However, construction has resumed, and it looks like MJ’s is getting a major makeover.

MJ’s once gray-stucco exterior is now sheathed in dark wood siding, with shiny new metal fixtures dangling off the walls. Out back, the parking lot has been fenced off as a new retaining wall and excavation are in the works. Meanwhile, building permits have been issued to build a new patio and 16-foot-high fireplace behind the former gay night spot.

Will  MJ’s replacement still host gay-themed foam parties by the towering new fire place? Stay tuned until we hear more from the owners.


  1. Assuming this is still the plan:


    “The bar is still under construction for remodeling, and he told LAist that it was actually going to be called the Tenants of the Trees. It’s going to be “an indoor/outdoor enchanted cocktail bar filled with trees that evokes vibes of Beach towns in South America.”

  2. Juan Jimenez Frankelhead

    ir look like a penitentiary from the outside

  3. *Vertical* wood facade on a Silver Lake flip? Is this allowed? Or has the gentrification fence had its day?

  4. Bring back the Hyperion Fisting Club!

  5. The lovely plants out front are being neglected…Please water them. Thx

  6. Walking by the other day I saw a bunch of what looked like post office boxes inside…not sure what that’s about.

  7. Haven’t been back since leaving CA in 2005, but miss Cuffs, King of Hearts, and the other place, down on the corner…don’t recall the name.
    The good old, Gone, days.



  8. Their site is up, and it says they will be opening august > http://tenantsofthetrees.com

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