Silverlake Lounge

Silverlake Lounge is a music venue located in Silver Lake, Los Angeles.

The outside of the bar November 17, 2016

Located in the heart of Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood, at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Silver Lake, Silverlake Lounge is one of the most storied venues in the area. The bar, originally noted for its drag and burlesque shows (which continue to this day) and divey atmosphere, gained notoriety in the early 2000s, as one of the central hubs for the neighborhood's blossoming arts scene. Silver Lake became the center of the LA music scene after Rilo Kiley's first album, and Silverlake Lounge was the home to many of the era's most well recognized acts, thanks to booking company The Fold. Of all the Silver Lake music venues that existed during this early period, Silverlake Lounge remains the longest standing (although Spaceland, just down the street, did close, remodel and rebrand itself The Satellite and continues to showcase local music to this day).

The band Silversun Pickups famously took their name from the liquor store across the street from Silverlake Lounge, inspired by the cross streets the venue is located at. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club played regularly (often with bands such as Brian Jonestown Massacre & The Warlocks), including a three night weekend stint, just before they were signed to their record contract. Later, bands such as Local Natives, Lord Huron, King Washington, Nacosta,[1] & Silver Snakes[2] would play weekly Monday night residencies at the venue.

Silverlake Lounge was often the setting for wild antics and other local folklore. Booker Scott Sterling once threatened Black Lips that he would "kick their amps in if they pissed on the stage. They did, and I did." Just before a show by Metric, the club installed a new subwoofer system without time to adequately test it. When the band began playing, the excessive bass knocked the liquor bottles off the shelf behind the bar. The lounge was known for its dark, low stage and its "Salvation" sign, first used for a show by hardcore band 400 Blows. LA band The Movies once were so upset with Sterling they threatened to smash the sign to bits, but were prevented in doing so.[3] When Sterling left Silverlake Lounge, he took the iconic Salvation sign with him. It has been replaced by a new arched sign reading "Silverlake".

Madi Diaz performing in front of the classic "Salvation" sign
Ben Foerg of The Absurd, playing in front of the new Silverlake sign
Nick Gaffaney of Cairo Knife Fight
Cairo Knife Fight performing at Silverlake Lounge in July 2017

Notable PerformersEdit


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Coordinates: 34°04′59″N 118°16′25″W / 34.082942°N 118.273646°W / 34.082942; -118.273646