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In a town where gays tend to gravitate toward WeHo or Silver Lake, it may come as a surprise that L.A.'s premier gay dance party thrives in hetero-centric Hollywood. Founded in 2001 by DJ Ray Rhodes as an unapologetically pop music–focused night, TigerHeat experimented with various locations before settling in at the historic Avalon Theater, which has since showcased the music of queer icons ranging from Judy Garland to Lady Gaga. Avalon's layout provides for a unique party experience: Rhodes mans the turntables on one of the balconies, while go-go dancers of various colors, genders and Kinsey ratings shimmy on the proscenium stage. The oft-shirtless 18-and-up dancers gyrate against one another on the main floor, while the 21-and-older crowd on the VIP balconies survey the scene below. That sight alone is worth the Uber schlep from the gayborhoods to Hollywood. —Mike Ciriaco

1735 Vine St., Hlywd., 90028. (323) 462-8900, clubtigerheat.com.

LA Weekly