Less than a year after Sunset Junction went down in flames, Silver Lake's music scene is again the subject of civic tension, as its neighborhood council has threatened to bring down the Los Globos nightclub.
Owner Steven Edelson purchased the venue last summer, and proceeded to overhaul its interior, menu, and musical offerings. According to both him and minutes from a May 7 public safety committee meeting for the council, a handful neighbors living near the club -- located at Sunset and Vendome -- are complaining about noise and rowdy behavior, and are threatening to take action against the club, including seeking a revocation of its liquor license.
"Los Globos was always an issue but nothing like what is happening now," complained an attendee named Rose at the meeting. She works near the venue. "We've had too many bars, and too many drinking problems. Too many liquor licenses."
Since late last year Los Globos has hosted weekend dance parties that go until 6 a.m. -- although they stop serving alcohol at 2 a.m. The recent makeover, which includes concerts curated by Echo Park Records and dance parties like the popular A Club Called Rhonda, has brought in a colorful crowd of mostly-20-somethings eager to groove until daybreak.
"There is an enormous amount of noise disturbing residents," put in a worker named Milo from the nearby Community of Friends homeless housing project (which, by the way, the SLNC also protested). "These are double pane windows and folks are being awakened in the night."
Others complaints have included issues with street parking (though Los Globos has its own lot), public urination and public sex around the building, and an excessive amount of motorcycles.
Edelson counters that these gripes are anecdotal, and that he has yet to be provided with hard evidence linking the perceived problems directly with the club. For starters, he notes that there at least five other bars and clubs in the area. "It's a witch hunt," he says.