Located at the epicenter of West Hollywood’s gay scene, The Abbey is a high-energy hangout that attracts fun-loving patrons whether they be gay, straight, male, female, young, or old. An expansive church-themed Spanish villa ... read more
Reviewed by Leonardo P.
"When I first entered this place I was totally shocked by the "magnificence" of the artistic design : a teeter totter made of flowers with a very beaut ..." more
6523 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Party Earth Review In mid 2012, actor-turned-nightlife-impresario David Arquette took over Trousdale Lounge – a luxurious celebrity hotspot with the paparazzi perpetually planted out front – and turned it into Bootsy Bellows, a swanky vintage-style club with sexy burlesque dancers, erotic puppetry acts…and the paparazzi perpetually planted ... more
9229 West Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Club / Lounge
Party Earth Review Of all the good things to come out of two letters – TV, E.T., R&B –there’s one more to add to the list: AV, an ultra-swanky Hollywood nightclub that began life as a Monday-only hotspot but has since opened for dolled-up weekend warriors as well. Potential guests need only follow the valet line trekking down Selma to discover ... more
1601 North Cahuenga Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
Club / Members Club
Party Earth Review An ultra-exclusive, celeb-packed club that’s gone purposefully insane, Beacher’s Madhouse is a vaudeville-inspired performance space where beautiful women don little more than tassels, exotic animals traipse across the stage, and a little person or two flies through the air. Located in the basement of nightlife mecca The ... more
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(entrance on Orange Street
south of Hollywood Boulevard)
Club / Live Music Venue
Party Earth Review Known as two of the city’s prime performance venues for L.A.’s independent music scene, the connected spaces The Echo and Echoplex also feature some of the most creative club nights in town that attract a diverse mix of hipsters, punk rockers, goth kids, and die-hard music snobs. Upstairs at The Echo ... more
The Echo: 1822 West Sunset Boulevard
Echoplex: 1154 Glendale Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Party Earth Review The Hyde brand has always been a mark of exclusivity, and the newly redesigned Hyde Lounge doesn’t buck that trend. A small club with a big following, the venue is usually besieged by paparazzi who huddle outside waiting to photograph celebrities as they come and go, and the strength of the velvet rope might as well be ... more
8029 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Karaoke Bar / Nightclub
Reviewed by Randall H.
"SO EPIC! This is a legendary karaoke bar. I spent many nights here with fellow interns and friends getting drunk and singing anything and everything. ..." more
2030 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Club / Nightclub
Reviewed by Andrea A.
"Tru Hollywood was pretty cool but not my favorite club in Hollywood. Lounge type club with strict entrance guidelines. Typical drink prices. My sugges ..." more
1600 Argyle Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Party Earth Review Visitors to El Cid may feel like they’ve time-traveled into a 16th-century Spanish tavern, but this multilevel club actually offers a very modern spot to drink and dance. Built in 1900 by pioneering American film director D.W. Griffith, the space now invites partygoers three flights of stairs below ground level ... more
4212 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Party Earth Review Melding a little of the LA club scene with a laid-back Westside vibe, 31Ten Lounge attracts trendy professionals looking to wind down from work and club-goers in the mood for something different from the typical Hollywood hysteria. Those ready to hit the town early drop by for upscale bites of wood-oven pizza and ... more
3110 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Los Angeles is famous for its exclusive clubs and opulent nightlife, and people either love the glitz or hate it – and the ones who hate it probably couldn’t get past the velvet ropes anyway.
Hollywood on the weekends seems to be one swath of velvet all to itself, with ever-present lines of stunning celebrities and often equally stunning wannabe stars waiting outside the swanky nightclubs and hotspots. Hot one minute and extinct before sunrise, Los Angeles clubs can fade into the mist as fast as an actor’s career, no matter if it’s a famous West Hollywood dance club or a sultry blues club Downtown.
It definitely doesn’t hurt to be famous, wealthy, and beautiful in LA – hey, when DOES it hurt??? – but all of the clubs in Los Angeles aren’t necessarily exclusive. Multi-floored megaclubs in Hollywood have room for just about everyone, and eclectic cool music clubs that dot the city couldn’t care less about what kind of shoes you’re wearing or who you’re totally writing a spec pilot for next week.
And for folks who just want to get their dance on, the options range from budget-friendly college haunts with Top 40 DJs and cheap rails in plastic cups to opulent dance floors with mortgage-level cover charges playing host to some of the top DJs in the world.