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You'll nearly always find a good crowd here, especially on weekends (nights and during the afternoon), Gay Bathhouses around Silver Lake and Los Feliz A short (roughly 10-minute) drive from downtown, you'll find a couple of fun sex-plexes in the lower edge of one of the city's historically gay hubs, Silver Lake.

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The most centrally located and established of the valley's two bathhouses is North Hollywood Spa (5636 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, 818-760-6969), which opened in the mid-'80s and is close to the handful of gay bars in the area as well as Burbank Airport.Sorting out the gay bathhouse and sex club options in Los Angeles can be a little daunting, and, of course, it's impossible to predict at any given time who you're going to bump into at one club or another.Some of these places are consistently pretty popular, and on weekends late at night, your odds are pretty strong of finding good crowds at all these hangouts.In terms of having lots of guys to choose from, Melrose Spa is often your best bet.The Midtowne Spa brand also has a strong presence in Texas, with locations in Dallas and Houston.Of course, bar-hopping is another fun way to meet like-minded guys, and the West Hollywood Gay Nightlife Guide has lots of ideas on where to hang out and play, as does the Silver Lake and Los Feliz Gay Nightlife Guide.

Gay Bathhouses around West Hollywood and Hollywood Although technically in Hollywood, the conveniently located Melrose Spa (7269 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323-937-2122) is part of the Midtown Spa gay bathhouse chain, which has two other locations in the area (Midtowne Spa in downtown L.

And just a five-minute drive around the corner, a couple of blocks south of the 101, there's Slammer Sex Club (3688 Beverly Blvd., 213-388-8040), which is also in Silver Lake as well as in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A., this isn't a bathhouse where you check your towel but rather a club - you can walk around in whatever clothes you arrived in.

Admission (cash only) costs $20 for a five-month membership, plus $15 each time you go, but out-of-town visitors can purchase a $27 one-time-use admission.

It's well-regarded for its huge outdoor sunning area, it has a handy little cafe serving food 'round the clock, and the staff takes reasonably good care of the place, although the interior does feel a bit dated.

A few miles west in suburban Van Nuys, the Roman Holiday Health Club II (14435 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, 310-391-0200) caters mostly to Valley locals and has a strong following among Asian and Hispanic men, tending toward the older set.

Guys who find a lack of younger men and muscle dudes at some of the other saunas and clubs in LA may be a little happier with the crowd here - it's a mix, but you'll nearly always find a few beefy or buff dudes who've wandered in after clubbing in West Hollywood.