Nightclubs and bars in Los Angeles

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    Downtown: (Re)Discover Historic Shrine

    by marinarena Written Jul 9, 2013

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    Here's a summary of The Shrine in a few words: A once golden, majestic Hollywood-outside-of-Hollywood venue now with less luster but still prized. Shrine Auditorium (and Expo Hall), born in 1906 as an Al Malaikah temple/diversion house and rebuilt gloriously in 1926, became a central venue for famous, beloved entertainers of all time. It served as the set of the King Kong screen debut, the first home of the Academy Awards (Oscars), many Grammy and Emmy ceremonies, as well as the first technicolor film use (starting with A Star is Born with Judy Garland) Frank Sinatra's public swan song on TV and several major concerts of big time musicians in-between (Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, etc).

    Perhaps most regrettable of events that occurred at the Shrine was in 1984, when Michael Jackson suffered severe burns during a Pepsi commercial. His third degree scalp burns have been linked his prolonged physical agony, prescription pill dependency and depression before he died in 2009.

    Shrine has gotten a bit shabby bit over the years. Physically speaking, the interior is begging for remodeling even after a major renovation in 2002. Speaking of lost luster on the event calendar, no more Academy Awards, Grammys nor Emmys held here- rather, a most random concert and misc event assortment: pop and alt rock band concerts, classical music and electronic-dance music galas, annual circus, "Haunted House" events, college graduations, biz conferences, etc. Acoustics, staging and lighting have gotten mixed reviews, mostly rated average and modest- not great or grand. I can only judge these as "good" from expo hall ceremonies I've attended.

    However, Shrine is a must see for its intimacy and for those who are historic buffs- be sure to honor her.

    Note:
    Get here easily via Metro Expo Line/USC. Shrine is when a decent walking distance. Managing rail public transit can be advantageous if you find free or inexpesnive ($10 or fewer) parking by a Metro stop. Shrine event parking is rather pricey (up to $20) and at at a minimal (of course, public parking is never plentiful in the city of L.A).

    Dress Code: No code for most events, especially concerts., Just have the sense to bring a warm jacket at least for the night. So cal nights can be nippy!

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    Prince O'Whales: Friendly Spot near LAX

    by Grantman Updated May 16, 2013

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    Laid-back beach bar with great bartenders, great bar food & drinks at reasonable prices, sports on many televisions, internet juke box & trivia, karaoke or live music on Tuesday & Sunday nights, smoking permitted in back patio, and friendly folk from college age to their 50's.

    Dress Code: No dress code. Sandals, shorts & t-shirts are acceptable.

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    Melody Bar & Grill: Melody Bar & Grill

    by HispanicYob Written Feb 8, 2013

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    I wanted to meet up with my friends in Los Angeles before I left for Sydney. I couldn't think of a better way to spend my time on a layover. So I decided on a spot called Melody, located not too far from the airport. It's a dark little place, but a cool place to grab a bite and they had good specials on their menu that evening. Check their website I've provided for more of their specials. If you're looking for some good beer and eats and decent prices and you're near LAX with nothing to do for a couple hours, come here!

    Dress Code: Casual when I was there. No need to be all dressed up.

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    Downtown: Enjoy Intimate Performances at Orpheum

    by marinarena Written Nov 11, 2012

    Orpheum Theatre is a beauty of a theater in a so-so stretch in downtown.
    The gorgeous 2000+ seat venue is host to an ecletic variety of music artists, movie and TV shoots, occasional movie premieres and small private events. The Broadway St. theater is also home to the rare Mighty Wulitzer one of a few theaters of its kind in the country.

    Luckily, my first experience inside the theater was when invited to be an extra for a movie shoot. Perhaps those who keep up the Orpheum want it to continue as a small scale theater but hopefully, the Orpheum will add more events to its calendar so that more can appreciate this place.

    Check out tickets on Golden Voice site.

    Dress Code: Wear dressy to match the venue. Bring an overcoat which will be great after the evening performance is over and you're heading out..

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    Films & Performances! (Music Center): Broadway West at the Music Center

    by marinarena Updated Jul 30, 2012

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    Here is Broadway West Coast version!! Fantastic productions play here year round. Here is where the classy people of L.A. are seen (Yes, they do exist here!). Imagine a place in the city where people actually dress up, eat fine food, speak proper English and appreciate opera over hip hop and alternative. This is no fantasyland! The ambience is wonderful and the people are not as snotty as they may seem becuase this is still laid back, less uptight So Cal.

    Venues of the Music Center include:

    Ahmanson Theater
    Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
    Mark Taper Forum
    Walt Disney Hall

    Check out the current scheldule on the website!

    Dress Code: At nighttime, it is appropriate to wear a suit, jacket, long-sleeved shirts and pants for males and suits, pants, or dresses for females. There is no strict dress code though.

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    Downtown: Dublin's

    by HispanicYob Written Apr 5, 2012

    During my visit to LA in 2010, my buddy Carlos took me to this place. We ended up meeting there pretty much every evening I was there. It's not a big bar, but man, does it get packed! The beers on tap were 3 bucks. You can't beat that. They had a big selection. But like I said, WARNING! If you get claustraphobic easily, you might wanna try somewhere else. The noise level is pretty loud as well. Your literally jammed butt-to-gut! When you have great company, it becomes a great place!

    Dress Code: I got in just fine in casual wear. Stick with that and you'll be all good!

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    Downtown: See any show at the Plush, Classy Nokia

    by marinarena Written Mar 1, 2012

    Nokia Theater is the premiere live entertainment venue in downtown (apologies to big mama Staples), which hosts several major concerts, American Idol finales, the Emmy and other award ceremonies. It debuted in 2007, with a concert by the Eagles. The 8,000 + seat theater is highly commendable for its great acoustics. I was especially impressed by the sharp guest service provided by the staff. Ushers were super professional, friendly and very approachable.

    The layout of Nokia is favorable. There is an orchestra, loge and mezzanine section. All the seats are good, even ones in the very back row and off to the side. Two jumbo projection screens great aid the enjoyment of the viewing experience.

    Nokia is off the 110 Fwy and is reachable by several buses including at MTA 81 and 460 and Dash F
    The Pico Station is just a few blocks away.

    Dress Code: None but make sure to bring a coat. It will likely be chilly most evenings.

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  • Ecco Lounge: Great Dance Party ECCO Lounge

    by Johnny14 Written Nov 29, 2011

    Hey I had only a couple night to spend in LA so I figured why not check out Hollywood for a night or two. After being rather disapointed with how Hollywood blvd. looked. I was surprised out how many weirdos and homeless there were wondering around the streets for a place that I always imagined would be so clean and pristine. Anyway me and my mates were wondering around trying to find some action and checked out a few different bars and clubs right around the blvd. Nothing was really that exciting (it was a monday night though) We found this nice pub called Dillions where they had a huge selection of beer for good price and the staff was hot. Eventually we wanted to go clubbing.

    There was some dude on the corner of the hollywood blvd. who apparently was a promoter for this spot called the Ecco Lounge. Me and my boys were a little hesitate at first but we figured why not give it a shot. Once we went in there it was packed. I don't know if many clubs are like this but I was very surprised to stuble into something like this on a monday night. It turned out that Will I. AM from the Blacked Eyed Peas was gonna be spinning soon. We ended up deciding we wanted to stay and check this out. We all threw pitched in and bought a bottle from a really hot blond waitress. She set us up with a table and that costed somewhere around 250 dollars which i thought was fairly reasonable.
    The club itself had a cool retro vibe with nice disco style light neon lights and cool lit up dance floor. The women were really hot and there was a variety of different ethnicities which is something I don't get to see everyday back at home. Soon after sure enough Will IAM hit the tables and the dance party really begun. Me and my mates had a blast and I met this hottie from San Francisco that was a bombshell. Definitely had a blast at this club and would recommend checking it out. I feel like it gave me the hollywood experience I was hoping to have but didn't think I would find

    Dress Code: Seemed pretty laid back but the crowd was very hip

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    Downtown: 4th and Main

    by gilescorey Updated Oct 12, 2011

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    "4th and Main", also referred to as "The Old Bank District" was a derelict, abandoned Downtown zone a mere ten years ago. Then, Tom Gilmore's development company took a chance on some of the old edifices and began converting them into lofts and residences. Tax breaks abounded after redistricting, but Gilmore went bankrupt, regardless. Several times.

    Nevertheless, the seed of an idea was planted, and the booming housing market meant Gilmore soon had competition. A whole new residential community began springing up in Downtown LA - some 30,000 moved in over a few years - changing the face of an abandoned city center.

    The economic crash of 2008 meant a few projects stalled - but it also sent many properties to auction, and youngsters could now snap up lofts at a 50% discount. Thus, the residents have a bit more of an artistic, progressive vibe for a hood just on the edge of the financial district.

    Trendy bars and clubs followed - some now considered the hottest in the city. But, the monied interests weren't so keen on having to look at Downtown's gigantic homeless community. They put pressure on City Hall to move them out. The resulting police action sent many homeless back up to Hollywood or out to Santa Monica - two other areas that struggle with the problem.

    Thus you have a new, exciting urban neighborhood in the heart of America's second largest city. It's been a dream of city planners for decades, and it is indeed coming true. Just be aware that the gritty old Downtown Los Angeles is just around the corner, and she's not ready to give in, just yet.

    Dress Code: 4th and Main itself has the local hangout, Pete's - a place for beer and nachos, or to take the parents to dinner. It's a mainstay, and it's casual. Bar 107, kitty corner across, is a bit more rock and roll, PBR crowd. Nearby establishments are trendier and you might want to look the part - Broadway Bar, Cole's , 7th Grand, The Golden Gopher and The Edison.

    The Edison is a massive bar/club that can get overrun by Orange County on weekends. Go early for their happy hour cocktails - and to take in the stunning space.

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  • Other Nightclubs: START YOUR NIGHT HERE WITH VELVET NIGHTLIFE

    by scott8085 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Velvet Nightlife.com is a web-site that allows you to tell Nightclubs in Hollywood what you are willing to spend for table service. The web-site works with club owners to help

    them reduce the amount of excess inventory that they have every night. It is not uncommon for a customer to be able to get VIP bottle service at many of Hollywood’s

    hottest clubs for a fraction of the normal cost. I got a table with two bottles of Belvedere for $400 including tax and gratuity.

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    Malediction Society Zodiac Ball: Malediction Society

    by leafmcgowan Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Another great night at the Monte Cristo by djs Xian and Amanda Jones. Tonight's party as well as the first sunday of each month is astrologically themed balls and this particular night for the sign of Cancer. Xian spinning what she knows best ... Neoclassical Darkwave, Industrial, EBM, Synthpop, Steampunk, Neovictorian. Plus the night is enamoured with the infamous absinthe bar. Tarot readers and photographers. It's been a while since I've been back to Los Angeles, but by and far, one of my favorite LA club nights next to Ruin. Thanks Xian and Amanda! fabulous night ... a night to die for. Rating 5 stars out of 5.

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    FALCON: Sunset Strip Thursday...

    by anaisdreams Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Thursdays with Karma brings a more casual, but no less label-minded crowd (less suits, more Fred Segal). Soulful house, hip-hop and funk !
    Drink specials change weekly from free champagne and strawberries for the ladies to early open bar for all.

    Dress Code: HIGH FASHION~
    Definitely a place to put your heels & a sexy dress on for- guys are safe in dark colors and if ultra stylishly done (think expensive shoes/jacket added) jeans too.

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    The Knitting Factory: Good Music from a New York Knock Off

    by rattay Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The Knitting Factory may feel a bit sterile when you walk in - it is, after all, located just below a new AMC movie theater (while most venues in LA are restored theaters - you know, the kind that used to have live acting in them). But don't be put off, it really is one of the best places to catch a live show. There are two rooms - the main stage and the Alterknit Lounge. The main stage has the main dance floor with a bar in the back. I like this part because you can often see members of the band standing off to the side or even on the dancefloor while the opening band is playing. Or, you can go up the stairs to sit at a table and have your booze brought to you. The Alterknit Lounge is just a door and a hallway away, but is often more chilled out and less crowded (which is nice if you arrived early but don't like the opening band). It also has a bar and some nice sofas to sit on. But what is really great about the Knitting Factory is the fact that some of the most talented musicians around play here.

    Dress Code: None that I know of.

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    Santa Monica: 217 for Countless Fun

    by Dundooni Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    217, an unassuming lounge/club in Santa Monica is one of the best dance spots I've been to in LA. If you love to shake it and don't care about high-profile celebs or being at the "in" place - 217 is the perfect place. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights are best - although it can get pretty crowded. The main room plays hip hip - from trendy to old school to underground. The back lounge area plays trance and techno music, so that you can nod your head to infectious tunes while chatting it up with friends. Drink prices are reasonable and the best part is that the atmosphere is fun and relaxed. Get there before 10:30pm to avoid any lines.

    Dress Code: Anything goes - dress stylishly, but you can certainly wear jeans and comfortable shoes. Ladies, I recommend close-toe shoes, because the dance floor gets crowded at times and your feet may get stepped on!

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    Far Bar: Far Bar in little tokyo

    by Mr.Sparkle Updated Feb 19, 2011

    If you're downtown, check out the Far Bar in little Tokyo. the bar is very opened and spacious. the staff is pretty chill. they also have a great selection of sake.

    they are doing 'man Vs sake' every thursday night, 7pm to midnight. $20 for 15 different shots of sake. All high quality sake.

    not sure how long they continue to do this, so you better check before you come.

    There is also a second part to the bar, which is a patio. so if doing it outside is your thing, then you'll love this place.

    Dress Code: its all good.

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