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Essential Silver Lake bar; mostly gay, but all are welcome. Scheduled events span craft-making nights to "Bears in Space."
4356 Sunset Blvd.
Bartenders? first stop for museum-quality vintage glassware and hand-selected spirits.
3910 W. Sunset Blvd.
>BEST FISH TACO IN ENSENADA
Dive done deluxe. Here?s the entire menu: fish tacos ($1.50), shrimp tacos ($2), and drinks ($1). Top this deep-fried deliciousness with salsas from avocado to mango.
1650 N. Hillhurst Ave.
>CAVERN CLUB THEATER
Tiny stage downstairs in Casita del Campo Mexican restaurant, where drag acts like Jackie Beat and Chico?s Angels send them howling.
1920 Hyperion Ave.
So-simple-they?re-chic leather doctor, duffle, and messenger bags made on premises. Not cheap, but you?ll look like a movie star.
3918 W. Sunset Blvd.
>CHEESE STORE OF SILVER LAKE
Grab a picnic sandwich like muffaletta or salame rosa with gouda.
3926-28 W. Sunset blvd.
>ECHO PARK TIME TRAVEL MART
Brainchild of literary über-hipster Dave Eggers, this shop carries imaginary sundries (like an "Evil Robot Memory Eraser"), the proceeds of which benefit the 826LA tutoring center in back.
1714 W. Sunset blvd.
Organic lunches and dinners so locavore the chalkboard menu lists the farmer and forager suppliers. Always on the menu: mac 'n' cheese and a pork belly sandwich with aioli, shredded cabbage, and jalapeño.
3823 W. Sunset blvd.
About two miles uphill from Los Feliz, the deck of the Griffith Observatory offers iconic L.A. panoramas, with the Hollywood sign behind you and the city spread out below.
4730 Crystal Springs Dr.
The essential Sunset Junction coffee experience features perfectionst baristas, grand windows, and a crowd of creatives on the blue and white terrace of Nicaraguan tile.
3922 W. Sunset Blvd.
?Has hell frozen over? The city that defined car culture is developing a two-wheel fetish, and it?s all because of a bicycle accident. After L.A.?s mayor was sideswiped, he called for a paradigm shift in how cars and cyclists share the road. High gas prices and ever-increasing gridlock certainly helped the cause, too. Don?t expect Portland just yet, but as Danny Roman, founder of tour company Bikes and Hikes L.A., says, "L.A. is already very biker-friendly and getting even friendlier." And not just for his gay Spin Dating rides. Last July, the city authorized the construction of 1,680 miles of bikeways.
Start in Los Feliz, a neighborhood between Hollywood and downtown L.A. It?s on the high end geographically and socioeconomically, with cozy early 20th?century homes lining the foothills of Griffith Park. As Sunset Boulevard gyrates about 2? miles via Silver Lake to Echo Park, you?ll breeze along downhills and huff up moderate ones to Sunset Junction. Detour on Fountain Avenue and Hyperion Avenue for some of L.A.?s top gay nightspots.