Sep 22 AV Nightclub
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
Lounge / Club
Reviewed by Katie F.
"My Take: Once inside, Vignette lounge feels instantly intimate. Compared to other, more cavernous Hollywood clubs, Vignette feels positively miniscule ..." more
8623 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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
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 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
Reviewed by Ross S.
"This place means business. You must dress nicely. They wouldn't let me in with my hat on! I had to put it back in the car! Once you are inside you get ..." more
453 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
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
Club / Live Music Venue
Party Earth Review From theatrical performances to famous headliners like the Beatles and Soundgarden, Avalon has been entertaining the masses since the 1920s, but it wasn’t until 2003 that a major makeover turned the space into a DJ-driven dance club hotspot. Although big-name bands still play the cavernous hall, the emphasis is clearly ... more
1735 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Party Earth Review The sixth installment of a franchise that originated in Amsterdam, the Hollywood version of supperclub has found a fitting home in the historic Vogue Theater, former purveyor of X-rated movies and risqué adult revues. After an extravagant makeover, the immense space now draws a dapper dinner and club crowd that flocks in ... more
6675 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Party Earth Review Although the Staples Center is best known for hosting mega concerts and Lakers basketball games, hidden away inside this multi-purpose arena is an exclusive hotspot called Hyde Lounge. Scenesters, celebrities, and industry bigwigs head up via a special elevator, eventually entering a room that looks more like a ritzy nightclub ... more
(Southwest VIP entrance)
1111 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
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.