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Partying in Los Angeles: The Alternative View of the City's Social Scene

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Rocking out at the Viper Room in Los Angeles.

Rocking out at the Viper Room in Los Angeles.

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Jun 4, 2012 —  LA’s music history is filled with legends from the Beach Boys and the Eagles to Beck, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and NWA – and the hallowed halls that hosted them are second to none.

The Sunset Strip alone has The Viper Room, Whiskey A Go Go, and House of Blues, while West Hollywood is home to the Troubadour. Then there’s the Hollywood Bowl and the Greek for unmatched outdoor concerts, massive arenas for the biggest names in music…and the list goes on.

Beyond the music, LA’s nightlife is packed with authentic, colorful, and alternative speakeasies, ironic theme bars, and craft cocktail lounges in areas like Silver LakeDowntown, and the artsy Culver City.

The near-perfect weather means that just about any day is good for outdoor activity, whether it’s hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains, hitting up Melrose Avenue for the latest in punk trends, catching one of LA’s amazing festivals like Sunset Junction, or simply chilling on the beaches of Malibu, lying back at a beach shack with some tunes and a perfect sunset.

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Chad F. Aug 1, 2012
Melrose Avenue is also the best place for odd C or D List celebrity sightings. Specifically that Starbucks near Fairfax. Put on your skinny jeans (if you haven't sold them already), get a coffee, and keep your eyes open . You never know who'll you'll see.
Chris M. Jul 31, 2012
Melrose Avenue is THE place for vintage clothes shopping and tattoos. You can buy and sell old skinny jeans and plaid all day long.
Paul F. Jul 30, 2012
I've seen some really good shows in LA, but for something different I used to love going downtown to Bordello (now One-Eyed Gypsy) for the completely random bands, Villain's Tavern for cool bluegrass outdoors, or Grandstar in Chinatown for live jazz.
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