The very name of the establishment smacks of subterfuge--or at least hints of some mystery. And the facade of Incognito in Reseda reveals little--just a door in a blank section of storefront; no windows, posters or decoration.
Step through the door into the black barroom, lighted with weak lights dangling from a high ceiling, and the mystery melts away. Among the small Thursday night crowd, heads turn to see who's coming in. They swivel quickly back to their drinks, darts or billiards. A thrum of quiet conversation courses along during gaps between the alternative-dance tunes pulsing evenly from speakers mounted on the wall.
THE SCENE: It doesn't take long to figure out that the club is a neighborhood bar patronized by a predominantly gay, mostly male crowd. Couples--or singles--say they go there basically because they like the laid-back atmosphere and dig the dancing. Framed posters of bare-chested men in various poses line the walls; there is little other decor.
THE CROWD: The small group in Incognito on a recent evening was exceedingly friendly and unself-conscious. Most patrons were in their mid-20s or 30s, dressed casually in shorts or jeans, chinos and T-shirts. Conversation flowed easily, and games--darts, pinball and pool--facilitated interaction.