Akbar Turns 20: A gay bar survives in a changing Silver Lake

SILVER LAKE — Keeping a bar in business for 20 years is tough — especially a gay bar in a neighborhood that has become less gay.

But Akbar at Sunset Boulevard and Fountain Avenue is still thriving as it prepares to celebrate 20 years under the same ownership, according to LA Weekly.

The Weekly reports on the history of the bar and how it’s managed to succeed even while many other gay bars in L.A. have fallen victim to gentrification (which prices out many businesses), and gay hook-up apps (which remove the need for gay-friendly meet-up spaces). In Silver Lake, many of the bars, restaurants and businesses that once catered primarily to gays have closed.

The Weekly attributes Akbar’s survival to an inclusive clubhouse atmosphere that welcomes a mix of generations.

“We didn’t want it to turn into some place with velvet ropes and some drinks,” said co-owner Scott Craig.

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