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... ... read full review
1735 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Red Line: Hollywood and Vine
Th–Sa 9:30pm–6am, though hours and days can vary by event
Hollywood, Los Angeles –
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 on electronic compositions, which might explain why Sasha made the venue his first West Coast residency and Paul Oakenfold continues to blow the glow stick-lit roof off.
Regardless of the evening’s agenda, lines form deep in front of the Spanish Colonial façade, with patrons running the gamut from mini-dress beauties to shaggy rave kids itching to sweat their sneakers off.
Once the doors open, more than a thousand revelers squeeze through the foyer and into the main room, as light shows explode off the high ceiling, shirts get peeled off, and diehard dance fiends groove till their fillings pop out.
A pair of long bars flank the room, as well as small cylindrical tables and white couches for the bottle service crowd, while those looking to escape the revelry can head to the expansive mezzanine, home to VIP lounges, a third bar, and bird’s-eye views of the broiling masses below.
Funky hipsters and the celebrity set often venture to Bardot, the club’s sister lounge upstairs, but nothing beats Avalon for some of the best nu-electro, techno, and house music in LA.
Club-oriented partiers, current and former ravers, and Euro-clubbers, 18 to 40s+.
Live shows and DJ sets throughout the week, featuring everything from house to hip-hop. Events include the gay-themed Tigerheat night on Thursdays, Control night on Fridays featuring nu-electro, techno, and house music, and Avaland dance music night on Saturdays. Check the website for days, hours, and events.
No food. Two smoking patios. Some events 18+.
Cover charge varies, usually $10–$40. Beer $6–$10+, wine $7–$12+, cocktails $10–$15 +, bottle service $1,000–$5,000+.
Mostly club attire, though no set dress code: tight dresses, raver gear, t-shirts, comfortable jeans.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for the theme nights, and any time there’s an event of interest on the schedule.
The Hollywood Palladium (6215 West Sunset Boulevard) is a 1940s-era concert venue and a Hollywood institution, hosting live bands and big name DJs.