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L.A.: Gay Piano Bar Closes to Make Room for Sports Bar

L.A.: Gay Piano Bar Closes to Make Room for Sports Bar


Owners of a long-standing gay piano bar in Silver Lake, an east-side neighborhood in Los Angeles, announced that their establishment will close at the end of June, and that the location will be turned into a sports bar.

The Other Side, one of the last gay bars in Silver Lake as well as one of the city's few remaining piano bars, will shut its doors June 24, according to The East Sider L.A. The neighboring Flying Leap Cafe will also close to make space for the new bar, Hyperion Public.

Paul Hargis, who owned both spots, posted a sign on the door of the Flying Leap, notifying customers of the upcoming changes.

"Both [The Other Side and Flying Leap Cafe] 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," Hargis wrote. "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."

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