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 Nikki L.
"MY TAKE There are plenty of better nightclubs to hit up than the Good Hurt. The talent that plays here is mostly local, and a lot of riff raff, but it ..." more
12249 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90066
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
Party Earth Review Housed inside the former Los Angeles Stock Exchange building, Exchange LA serves as a clear indication of Downtown’s nightlife resurgence. Actually, 1,700 indications, seeing as that’s how many dance-happy revelers regularly fill this multi-level club. The décor is a mix of restored Art Deco styles ... more
618 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
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
Party Earth Review True supper clubs must present a high-class image, and even the most diehard club hater would have to admit that Greystone Manor is the picture of opulence. The Hollywood glitterati are known to flock here, enduring a barrage of red carpet flashbulbs before joining the rest of the A-listers, hobnobbers, and lucky optimists ... more
643 North La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Party Earth Review With a clear quest to catch big international DJs, land plenty of A-listers, and hook a boatload of ravishing revelers, Lure is a see-and-be-seen megaclub that drops major Vegas-style glitz into the heart of Hollywood. The line outside this hotspot starts early, and once partygoers get in – via VIP status ... more
1439 Ivar Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
Club / Historic Bar
Reviewed by Efterpi Z.
"I was there for the monthly 'A club called Rhonda' night and the DJ's were amazing. If you like deep house and electro and heavy beats, this is the pl ..." more
3040 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Reviewed by Billy K.
"My Advice/My Take: Nikki’s is a stylish, but subtle bar within feet from the famous Venice Beach boardwalk. Nikki’s offers a welcome escape from all t ..." more
72 Market Street
Venice, CA 90291
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.