Dragonfly, Los Angeles
DRAGONFLY, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd., Hwd. (323) 466-6111
GENGHIS COHEN, 740 N. Fairfax Ave., W. Hlywd. (323) 653-0640. A music room connected to a Chinese restaurant. Only in LA.
THE GIG, 7302 Melrose Ave., Hwd. (323) 936-4440.
HALLENBECK'S GENERAL STORE, 5510 Cahuenga Blvd., N. Hwd. (818) 985-5916. A very, very cool listening room, coffee house and makeshift-music community center.
HIGHLAND GROUNDS, 742 N. Highland Ave., just north of Melrose. Full menu too. (323) 466-1507
THE JOINT, 8771 W. Pico Blvd., WL.A. (310) 275-2619
THE MINT, 6010 Pico Blvd. (323) 954-9630 or 954-8241. It's also has a dinner menu.
SILVERLAKE LOUNGE, 2906 Sunset Blvd. (323) 666-2407
--the legends and must see's-- (OK, sometimes a rip off, the name means more to most than who's on stage, but it's still a piece of music history and glamor):
CLUB LINGERIE, 6507 Sunset Blvd., Hwd
HOUSE OF BLUES, 8430 Sunset Blvd., W. Hwd. (323) 848-5100. (if you really have to)
ROXY, 9009 Sunset Blvd., W. Hwd. (310) 276-2222
(Doug Weston's) TROUBADOUR, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hwd. (310) 276-6168
As much an institution as the Hollywood sign and the Pacific ocean.
VIPER ROOM, 8852 Sunset Blvd., W. Hwd. (310) 358-1880
WHISKY A GO GO, 8901 Sunset Blvd., W. Hwd. (310) 652-4202. Yup, still there.
Dress Code: LA, like NY, can be hard on the optimism. Struggling artists, songwriters, bands are always faced with percentage-of-the-door pay, low turnouts, and a lot of lifting, driving, plugging in and setting up.
Still, these clubs give a good venue to indie and new artists and seem to give them a little respect to boot.
Your best bet are local places. Smaller venues like the Dragonfly and Vynyl offer great local bands with fairly low cover charges.
It's LOCAL!!! Hang out with REAL people who live in L.A., not just other tourists at over-priced traps! Great live music, fun atmosphere. Lots of nearby clubs to visit on Santa Monica Blvd.
Dress Code: No specific dress code, depends all on YOU, and your style & taste.