You ever want to take a breather from the slick, gay nightlife scene of West Hollywood? You know, skip the lines and cover charges, those anonymous guys you always see at the gym during the week, and the incredibly expensive fancy drinks? Maybe head off into territories unknown or rarely visited? Maybe even meet a new kind of guy? We do all the time. That's why we like to drive over to Silver Lake on a Friday or Saturday for Akbar's “Free Dance” Nights, where you can shimmy on an expanded dance floor and not hear the same music over and over again–either Mike Glass or Jonny Cota will be your DJ for the evening. Akbar, which was named the 2008 “Best Gay Bar” in L.A. Weekly, has always been a welcomed, less self-conscious alternative to Boystown, but some people either forget it's there or don't know exists. But it does exist, and it's calling you. And if you're reading this blurb right now and feel a certain stir in your soul, you must obey it and head over to Akbar immediately. Good things are destined to happen.

Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., 2009

LA Weekly