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... ... read full review
The Echo: 1822 West Sunset Boulevard
Echoplex: 1154 Glendale Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Varies by event
Echo Park, Los Angeles –
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, casually stylish patrons will find a dark and sparsely furnished space consisting of a bar and a lone long couch on one side, and a stage and concert floor on the other – a black-box aesthetic that puts the focus on the roster of lesser-known indie bands and the fans that follow them.
While the venue provides a couple of bars and some limited seating on a scattering of stools, couches, and oversized ottomans, the crowd doesn't have much interest in sitting, as the slightly pretentious alternative types would rather pack the floor space to dance and sing along with the band.
Music lovers who prefer a more relaxed and welcoming vibe, but with the same high energy, will definitely want to check out the popular club nights, when both The Echo and Echoplex draw more outgoing yet still eclectic crowds intent on dancing – and flirting – to the sounds of reggae, dub, Motown, and everything in between.
Diverse mix of alternative and independent hipsters, goths, metalheads, punk fans, and music scenesters, 21 to 40.
Both venues specialize in indie music, with more well-known bands usually booked into the larger Echoplex space. Club nights like Bootie LA on the first and third Saturdays of every month and Dub Club every Wednesday, both at the Echoplex, as well as Funky Sole every Saturday at The Echo, feature various themes including Motown, dub, and mash-ups.
Check the website for event listings and start times.
Food can be ordered at the bar from Two Boots Pizza next door (1818 West Sunset Boulevard). Outdoor smoking patio at the back of Echoplex.
Tickets $10–$15. Two Boots pizza $6.50 for a small cheese pizza. Beer $4–$6, mixed drinks $8+.
Casual concert-going gear on show nights, jeans and just about any style for both men and women on club nights.
Varies depending on the bands, but the theme nights are usually a good bet.
The Short Stop (1455 West Sunset Boulevard) is a fun bar for dancing that caters to the same crowd, but without the live music, tickets, or cover charges.