Los Angeles Nightlife

Los Angeles is not the city that never sleeps—instead it parties until 2 am (save for the secret after-hours parties at private clubs or warehouses), and wakes up to imbibe green juices and breakfast burritos as hangover cures, or to sweat it out in a yoga class. Whether you plan to test your limit at historic establishments downtown, or take advantage of a cheap happy hour at a Hollywood dive,

this city's nightlife has something for you.

A night out in Los Angeles can simultaneously surprise and impress. That unscheduled set by an A-list comedian at the stand-up comedy club, being talked into singing karaoke at the diviest place you've ever seen, dancing at a bar with no dance floor because, well, the DJ is just too good at his job—going out isn't always what you expect, but it certainly is never boring.

The focus of nightlife once centered on the Sunset Strip, with its multitude of bars, rock clubs, and dance spots, but more neighborhoods are competing with each other and forcing the nightlife scene to evolve. Although the Strip can be a worthwhile trip, other areas of the city are catching people’s attention. Downtown Los Angeles, for instance, is becoming a destination in its own right, drawing cocktail connoisseurs at Seven Grand and rooftop revelers at the Standard.

Other areas foster more of a neighborhood vibe. Silver Lake and Los Feliz have both cultivated a relaxed environment where you can be drinking in a tiki bar so small you wind up talking with the person at the next stool over (Tiki-Ti) or bringing in a 45 to play on an old-fashioned record player (El Prado).

So if you find yourself disappointed with a rude bouncer, or drinks that are too watery, or a cover charge that just isn't worth it, try again. Eventually you'll find that perfect place where each time is the best time. If not, at least you'll walk away with a good story.

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With swaths of fabric draped from the ceiling, this low-lit bar with a bohemian vibe makes it perfect for dates. Groups of locals also...

Akbar

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This bar's welcoming feel is one of the reasons many people consider it their neighborhood bar, even if they don't live in the neighborhood...

Avalon

  • Music Clubs

This multitasking art deco venue offers both live music and club nights. The killer sound system, cavernous space, and multiple bars...

Baked Potato

  • Music Clubs

Located in Hollywood-adjacent Studio City, this small club showcases contemporary jazz and blues every evening, along with regular Monday...

Bar Marmont

  • Bars/Pubs

Right at the start of the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, Bar Marmont (part of the swanky hotel, Chateau Marmont), is a partygoer's staple.

Barney's Beanery

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Open since 1920, Barney's Beanery is an iconic spot that drew legendary regulars Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison (among others) to its...

Bigfoot Lodge

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Located on a strip among other hidden gems in Atwater Village, just over the Shakespeare Bridge from Los Feliz, the cabin-in-the-woods...

Blue Whale

  • Music Clubs

This unassuming jazz club in Little Tokyo caters to a serious crowd, bringing progressive and modern jazz to the stage. Although the...

Boardner's

  • Dance Clubs

This neighborhood lounge has been around for decades, and its dim lighting and leather booths give it a well-worn feel. The adjoining...

Broadway Bar

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This watering hole meets dive sits in a flourishing section of Broadway (neighbors include the swank Ace Hotel). Bartenders mix creative...

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