LA Nightlife Areas Overview

Abbot Kinney - Nightlife Area | Outdoor Activity | Shopping Area in LA

The vast expanse of LA is obviously home to a lot more nightlife action than can be encapsulated in a few sentences, but there are certainly a few signature Los Angeles nightlife areas worth talking about up front.

The famous Sunset Strip has been a Los Angeles nightlife hotspot as far back as the 1920s, and today packs in a massive collection of glitzy eateries, swanky hotels, hopping bars, pulsing live music venues, velvet-rope clubs, and plenty of chances to spy a celebrity at practically any hour.

Nearby Hollywood Boulevard is lined with tourists checking out the kitschy shops by day, but by night the street comes alive with a different energy as dressed-up diners descend on trendy restaurants and fashionable, high-spirited night owls hit one of the many hot clubs, lounges, or bars that this preeminent nightlife area in Los Angeles is known for.

To the south, Melrose Avenue is overtaken by laid-back hipsters and young professionals who flock to the many gastropubs and dive bars, while Third Street a few minutes south of Melrose sees trendy young things flocking to nightlife options like the lucha libre-themed Mexican bar El Carmen, which offers one of the city’s largest collections of fine tequilas, as well as down-and-dirty Irish dives like St. Nick's Pub, and Goal, an upscale sports bar.

No description of LA nightlife areas would be complete without mentioning entertainment complex LA Live in Downtown, LA, where a diverse city crowd packs in for concerts at the Nokia Theatre, upscale bowling at Lucky Strike, or salsa dancing to the throbbing beats of the Conga Room.

LA nightlife areas aren’t done yet! Near the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade is home to a plethora of lounges and dive bars, which run the gamut from the swanky to the down and dirty, and the same can be said of the always unpretentious but never dull stretch of Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. All over town, nightlife areas in LA offer an unlimited bounty to choose from.

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