LA Venues Overview

Cobalt Cafe - Live Music Venue in LA

It may be one big city, but before you go complaining about the endless concrete expanse, keep in mind that because of its size, there is an incredible variety of event venues in Los Angeles.

Whether it’s catching a show at major theaters like the Pantages, the Kodak, or the Ahmanson Theater, rooting for the Dodgers in Dodgers Stadium, or just watching the waves roll against the Santa Monica Pier, there are tons of Los Angeles venues to visit.

Los Angeles might not have a football team, but Downtown still has Lakers basketball, and denizens from across the county crowd in whenever the team is playing at the Staples Center. And even if basketball doesn’t entice, LA Live – the name for the surrounding entertainment complexes that fan out from Staples – includes Club Nokia Theater and a host of fun entertainment venues, restaurants, and bars to keep people busy.

Universal Studios might be kitschy – okay it IS kitschy – but tourists love to visit its array of open air venues and establishments, while even longtime residents make sure to check out whatever is on the schedule at the Hollywood Bowl or what cool science experiment is on display at The Griffith Observatory.

The Grove is probably the coolest shopping venue in the country, and after you’re done buying stuff you don’t need, great live music is easy to find along the famous Sunset Strip, home to popular venues like The Viper Room, The House of Blues, The Troubadour, and The Roxy. Of course, independent music powerhouses make sure there are also big events on small stages all over town.

It truly doesn’t matter what you are looking for, because there are always going to be venues in LA that are just right for you.

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