If you're looking for Hollywood inspired night life, glitz, glamor and all that fuss...this club is not for you. It's one of my favorite clubs because it's low-key and "real."
Little Temple is sister club to the Temple Bar, located in Santa Monica which usually has more live bands and shows going on. The club is located in hip Silverlake area....Little Temple is DJ inspired, and the nightly line up varies from hip hop, house to afrobeats, reggae, soul and oldskool funk.
Decor is asian inspired, opium-den red...dark....
Crowd: laid back, no skanky guys trying lame pick up lines...good vibes all around.
Dress Code: Casual...to hip. It's up to you. No dress code. Jeans, sneakers, pumps, teeny tees...to ripped jeans....the clubs welcomes all flavas.
The Smell is one of the few all ages music venues left in LA. But that doesn't mean that everyone here is underage. And while most clubs/venues are all about selling booze and making money and feeling exclusive, the Smell is about underground music. Shows are usually about $5 and feature bands that will be unknown to most people, especially those not in the scene. However, this is the sort of place that allows new bands and musicians to play, even if they won't bring in the big bucks. And for that, Los Angeles should be very grateful. The Smell also often functions as an art gallery. But be warned: the Smell is the Smell for a reason and I suspect it has something to do with the dumpster in the alley. Also, if a homeless guy asks you for some money to watch your car, I advise you to do so.
Dress Code: ha ha.
Spaceland is probably the most popular place to catch a live music show amongst the underground scene. They are host to some of the most talented musicians that will never be as big as Radiohead but should be. It's over 21, so most people here are in their 20s and early 30s. And most people know a good amount about music and thus might come off as a little bit snobby. If a really popular band is playing, its best to buy tickets ahead of time as it will probably sell out. Parking is also a pain.
Dress Code: None as far as I can tell thank god
If you are a hip happenin club kid, you can get the low down on what is happening in the LA club scene which changes very frequently by picking up a copy of the little pocket sized mag called 'Jointz.' Aside from the usual stupid article of some band giving an interview about taking herbal ecstasy or whatever, you can also get a pretty good lowdown on what's happening, when, where, and on what nights. Pick it up at music stores, head shops, restaurants etc.
It's all about Dragstrip!! Dragstrip 66 is a once-a-month club. It happens the second Saturday of each month at Rudolpho's in Silverlake. Celebs have been known to show up, but the real stars here are the mixed crowd. Guys show up in outrageous drag, gorgeous girls all glammed out rub shoulders with grungy-looking, shifty-eyed guys...a typical night here can include getting your fortune told by a great-looking drag queen with classical Hollywood film stars tarot cards, followed by the strongest drink you've ever had ('Surfer on Acid'), and chased by a turn on the go-go stage with two of your new best friends. Anything is really possible.
Dress Code: Glam it up. The wilder, the better. You get a discount (I think it's $5 off cover) for showing up in drag, but it's not necessary. Check the club website for the theme of the month. Who knows? You could wind up being the winner for the night.
Here are my favorite places to go deaf and watch beautiful couples get down and dirty:
GIANT on Santa Monica, BLUE on Las Palmas, KEY CLUB on Sunset. I love to dance and when my friends are in town i dont take them to dirty warehouse raves or sketchy places - these three clubs are fun just for people watching/gawking.
These three spots are all nice in that they play some great dance music and have ridiculously glitzy interiors. GIANT (21+) is a monster club billing itself as LA's 1st superclub, BLUE is 18+ and has some hardcore banging shizit playing, KEY CLUB is more upscale dress & clientele. also plays the least cool music of the three, but it isnt bad.
GIANT is open till 4am, BLUE till 630am, K.C. til 2am.
One reason LA sucks - they stop selling booze after 2.
however, we do have world-class chronic (50 an 1/8o).
Dress Code: Dress code for the first two is funky, sneakers ok, because of all the dancing. Key Club has a notorious door policy that can keep guys waiting while 300 girls march by. General LA rule: girls dress scandalous if you want attention, guys look like you have money if you want them to talk to you.
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