Nightlife in the heart of Los Angeles
Popular Los Angeles Nightlife Spots
Nightlife has a special place in the heart of Los Angeles. This city offers one of the most diverse arrays of bars and clubs. LA is one of the busiest cities where one slaves away as a soldier all day working the 9-5 shift and then whisks away the nights and weekends in its vast nightlife scene. The Los Angeles nightlife scene is packed with something for everyone’s taste; there are a plethora of bars and clubs up and down the streets of Hollywood, martini bars in Westwood, rooftop lounges in the Valley, thumping celebrity havens all throughout, and sports bars and beach lounges in Santa Monica and all the beach cities. Most runs at LA hot spots are short-lived. They are, however, wild and beg a story to be told. The nightlife scene is ever changing and you never know what the next big place will be.
House of Blues
8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA; Tel. 323.848.5100
In the LA nightlife scene, the House of Blues is one of the heavyweight champs. Everything gets equal play on the House of Blues stage from soul and funk, to punk and ska, to the namesake blues and rock. Also, the House of Blues Hollywood serves up down home bar grub in a quasi-southern tradition and on Sundays does a famous gospel brunch complete with a choir backing up your breakfast dining. For a Los Angeles bar and live music club, the House of Blues gets packed for shows and often the best seats are taken long before the opening band takes the stage.
The Roxy Theatre
9009 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA; Tel. 310.276.2222
In the perennially rocking Los Angeles bar scene, The Roxy is a live music institution. Moving slowly away from its local Los Angeles Battle of the Bands reputation, this hip LA music joint alternates between booking big name national headliners and showcasing local bands, keeping a few mainstreamers happy while not giving up any of their hard drinking eclectic crowd. Also, with the occasional bone thrown to the under-21 crowds with sporadic 18-and-up nights, just about everyone can get their hands in the Los Angeles live music scene.
1735 Vine St., Hollywood, CA; Tel. 323.462.3000
The entrepreneurs behind Avalon nightclub in Hollywood gave the old Hollywood Palace and extreme makeover morphing the classic space into one of the hippest live music and dance clubs in the Los Angeles area. The hottest national touring acts headline the stage at Avalon, but this hipster LA nightlife playground isn’t done once the shows let out. When the live music at Avalon ends, renowned DJs man the decks and this Hollywood nightclub turns into one of the hottest dance venues around pumping out house and techno beats until the sun comes up.
6021 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA; Tel. 323.463.3331
The Vanguard is a warehouse-sized club that is known for being a dance joint, but also moonlights as a venue for indie rock shows, Los Angeles fashion shows, and other special events. A separate VIP area with a private entrance is upstairs at The Vanguard and has its own bar, but for those more interested in dancing, the downstairs dance floor is a popular place to bust out your best moves. Since the main draw changes from night to night (including everything from drum and bass DJs to house music and art shows), the full bar becomes packed with a different crowd every evening. Besides the bar, a cafe and outside patio give this LA nightspot enough chill zones to make everyone happy.
1822 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA; Tel. 213.413.8200
Los Angeles Dub Club is a Wednesday night affair hosted at the Echoplex, or, simply, The Echo. A classic don’t judge a book by its cover joint, the Echo may have a sketchy facade, but the inside is well worth it. Cozy couches, a dance floor and two bars give everyone a space to hang out depending on their mood and still enjoy easy access to libations. The Dub Club night is a reggae night, meaning anyone looking for a Los Angeles reggae club can get their fix every Wednesday night at one of the best reggae nights around.
5750 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, California; Tel. 323.465.0115
Jam-packed with entertainment, Spot 5750 houses an arcade, endless rows of pool tables, a wide selection of cold beer, and dozens of HD TV’s so you never miss a minute of the game. This is literally the spot.
8852 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA; Tel. 310.358.1880
Known to the entire English-speaking world as Johnny Depp’s brainchild, the Viper Room needs no introduction. Two floors give this world-famous haunt plenty of space for nightlife enthusiasts, and while both floors offer full bars, the downstairs portion is known for offering a slightly more intimate vibe. Some of the greatest names in rock have played the Viper Room including Johnny Cash, Pearl Jam, Iggy Pop and Bruce Springsteenand this place is known for its all-welcoming vibe in contrast with the hipper-than-thou Hollywood bar scene.
811 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 2100, Los Angeles, CA; Tel. 213.236.9600
Elevate Lounge is a stylish LA nightclub: late-night popularity, a fairly strict dress code, a killer ambiance and music loud enough to make the beats resonate in the chest of every cocktail enthusiast. City views, a couple of bars, VIP service and a sizeable dance floor make this spot especially popular for those who like the classic Los Angeles nightclub atmosphere, though anyone who’s on it enough to be planning ahead would be wise to book a table for the best experience.
The Brick Nightclub
340 S. Thomas St., Pomona, CA; Tel. 909.622.6333
Open at 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays for happy hour, this Los Angeles nightclub caters to both late-night clubbers and those who like to pre-game on the front end of a wild night. Hot DJs spinning the best pop, hip hop, 80s and techno beats are known to keep crowds moving in this Pomona nightclub, and the place isn’t so obnoxiously packed that it’s impossible to get a seat, a drink or a spot on the dance floor. Also, the drink prices are some of the most reasonable around.
555 W. 7th. St., Los Angeles, CA; Tel. 213.614.0737
A good, hunting-lodge-meets-speakeasy vibe that’s mellow enough for everyone yet not so mellow that it’s sleazy defines Seven Grand. This place may be a great haunt for general nightlife enthusiasts that don’t require a massive dance floor and constant techno beats, but it stands out best as a favorite for those who love their Los Angeles whiskey bars. The bartenders here work with an enviable selection of bottles, and they definitely know what to do with the sauce to make you enjoy your night. Also, Monday through Wednesday this club rocks with free jazz and blues, making those early-week work days a little less painful.