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If you are looking for things to do in LA nightlife, here is a complete guide including the hottest nightclubs,  bars & lounges, after-hours, comedy clubs, concerts, cool hotels, trendy restaurants, and a calendar of events in Los Angeles.

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Featured Nightclubs In LA

Exchange LA

la nightlife nightclubsExchange LA is one of the newest and hottest EDM (Electronic Dance Music) clubs that has recently opened up and is drawing big crowds not only from Angelenos, but from people all over the world. While the club itself is very modern and forward thinking, it plays a major role in the in the historic core of Downtown Los Angeles. Approximately one mile from Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center, the space boasts four large floors to explore with plenty of room to escape and dance the night away.

618 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Playhouse

la-nightclubsVoted the #4 nightclub in the world by Reuters, Playhouse has become one of the places to see some of the best hip hop talent (although every so often you will here some EDM bass dropped). People such as Chris Brown, Rhianna, Jermaine Dupris, and others have been seen here and you can definitely bump into some Hollywood A-List celebs. You definitely want to dress to impress and get there early as it is not the easiest place to get into unless you go VIP. If you are looking for a hot spot, this is one of them.

6506 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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The Echo @Echoplex

nightlifeIf you are looking for something more “hipster” then the Echo would be right up your alley. A much different vibe then your usual Hollywood nightclub, The Echo is a mixture of alternative, hip hop, and EDM and caters to a more “indy” crowd. So some nights you can go and dance, and other nights you’ll check out a live performance. Entry into the location is much easier (price varies $10 – $20) and less of a hassle, and drinks are more affordable ($7 – $10). Its not so much a “scene” as it is in most Hollywood clubs but the crowd is solid if you like alternative music and crowds.

1154 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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LA Nightlife Lounges

The Edison

nightlifeLocated in the sub-basement of The Higgins building, The Edison is a must whether you are a tourist visiting or a local, as it plays a significant role in the history of LA and is a cornerstone to the current boom happening in downtown. Born from the 1920’s flapper scene, The Edison is a gorgeous vintage style burlesque lounge located in the hotel. It’s a great place to drink some absinthe and tons of little nooks to take great pictures. You can take a date there or have a drink with some friends. It can get very crowded on some nights so be prepared.

108 W 2nd St #101, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Skybar

nightlifeTouting one of the best views in Los Angeles, Skybar is an open air, eclectic pavilion perched above the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles. A relaxing poolside lounge by day with impeccably fresh cocktails and Hollywood glamor when the sun sets with music and Hollywood glamour, guests and patrons will enjoy the best in day and evening experiences. The dress code is chic and fashion forward – Skybar is known as one of the hottest celeb-spotting hot spots in Los Angeles! Enjoy a drink at the candle lit bar with a date after dinner or have a night on the town with friends by renting one of the cabanas that surround the pool. Make sure to call beforehand to ensure a reservation and smooth sailing at the door.

8440 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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The Standard (Downtown Rooftop)

nightclubsThe Standard, Downtown LA is a 12 story boutique hotel in a historical landmark location that offers a variety of accommodations for guests to experience. With distinctive decor and many highlights that include custom bath amenities, platform beds and mood lighting, this hot spot is a definite visual treat. The Rooftop Bar is a highly coveted nightlife spot and is adorned with a heated swimming pool, a dance floor with daily/nightly DJs and impeccable view of downtown LA. Enjoy a drink any night of the week and sign up for their mailing list to get invites to special events hosted at The Rooftop Bar – there’s always great energy whether it’s a hot summer night or a fall evening with heat lamps surrounding the outdoor lounge area.

550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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Featured Music Venues In LA

Hollywood Bowl

los angelesThe Hollywood Bowl is a 1920’s amphitheater located in the heart of Hollywood that boasts the best in music performances. Known for its distinct set of concert arches that grace the venue, the stage is set against the backdrop of the Hollywood Hills and the world famous Hollywood Sign. The “bowl” refers to the shape of the concave hillside the amphitheater is carved into and is the home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the summer home of the LA Philharmonic and hosts hundreds of musical events each year. Get a front row seat to your favorite act or enjoy the hillside lawn this amphitheater offers and bring a picnic basket with wine, cheese and fruits. Parking surrounds many areas of the Hollywood Bowl and is near the Hollywood and Highland train stop. Catching a concert here is a must and the experience will just have you clicking on their website for dates to the next best show they have to offer!

2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

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Nokia Theatre

nightlifeThe Nokia Theatre is a music and theatrical venue located in downtown Los Angeles at L.A. Live. The theatre’s auditorium seats 7,100 patrons and holds one of the largest indoor stages in the United States. As one of the premiere venues for awards shows such as the American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and The Primetime Emmys, the Nokia Theatre also hosts some of the best shows for comedy, music acts, musicals and sports games. The Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live sits as one of the hottest attractions in California and also offers top notch entertainment surrounding the venue with restaurants, bars, boutiques and coffee shops. An absolutely perfect idea to get tickets to your favorite show and stroll through the area before hand.whether it’s a date or a big group of friends.

777 Chick Hearn Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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The Palladium

LAThe Hollywood Palladium is one of Hollywood’s finest Art Deco designed theatres where some of the most legendary music artists such as Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder. The 11,200 square foot dance floor holds up to 4,000 people and re-opened with a Jay-Z concert after a multi-million dollar renovation by Live Nation in 2008. The neighborhood surrounding the Palladium is artsy and hip, so if you want to grab a bite before the show, head to restaurants and bars like The Well, Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles and The Bowery. Getting tickets to a show at The Hollywood Palladium ensure that you’ll feel very close to the stage with great sound wherever you stand – it’s a big venue to roam around in with great sound!

6215 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Grand Performances

los angelesGrand Performances presents free performing arts that reflect the best of global culture and inspire community among the diverse peoples of Los Angeles. Located in downtown LA at the California Plaza, guests can check out free performances during the summer season. You can view films, get groovy and dance, see a puppet show for kids or enjoy a romantic concert due to the wide variety of shows they provide. Parking in the farmer’s market and take the Angel’s Flight Trolley is ideal. The stage has a great view and the way it’s set makes you want to mingle and meet new people. Bring a picnic basket, wine and a sweater to get cozy under the stars while you enjoy your favorite show.

350 S Grand Ave A-4, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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Featured Comedy Clubs In Los Angeles

Upright Citizens Brigade

nightclubThe Upright Citizens Brigade or UCB Theatre is an improvisational and sketch comedy theatre in New York and Los Angeles. It was founded by comedians Matt Walsh, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Besser who frequently perform at both locations. With affordable comedy shows seven nights a week, guests can enjoy the best in stand-up, improv and sketch comedy in the country. The location in Hollywood boasts the best in bars and restaurants right on the same block, so enjoy a beer at La Poubelle or a snack at Birds before the show. Get there early – the line rapidly grows to reach the end of the block for most shows. UCB Theatre is always a great idea to laugh with a date or with a group of friends!

5919 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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The Comedy Store

nightlifeThe world famous Comedy Store is a comedy club located at the always happening strip on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles. The club was opened in 1972 by comedians Sammy Shore and Rudy Deluca and has grown to host some of the biggest comedy shows in the world including performances stemming from Johnny Carson to John Belushi. The outside bar and lounge area in front of the club is great for a drink before a show, people watching and saying hello to some of the best comedians out there like Chris D’Elia and Andy Dick to name a few. With multiple rooms and simultaneous stand-up comedy shows happening every night, guests will always leave The Comedy Store with a belly full of laughter and a great experience. Head over to The Saddle Ranch or Sunset Trocadero located on the strip to make a Hollywood night out of it.

8433 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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Comedy Union

los-angelesThe Comedy Union is an intimate comedy venue located in Los Angeles. With small seats surrounding the stage and comfy booth seating against the wall, guests can get cozy and enjoy many laughs. Great southern food is offered on the menu with a full bar and the staff is always friendly and accommodating. Comedians such as Damon Wayans, Kim Coles and Sinbad are always performing at the Comedy Union, with themed shows such as The Big Big Friday Show and Ladies Night Live taking front and center on their calendar. Get tickets online and head over there early with a date or a group of friends to ensure great seats and a laugh out loud good time.

5040 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

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Featured Restaurants In Los Angeles

Chateau Marmont

laThe Chateau Marmont is a hotel in Los Angeles California on the famous Sunset Strip. It was built in 1927 and was loosely modeled after the Chateau d’Amboise, a royal retreat in France. Throughout the years, the hotel has gained fame and recognition due to its classy atmosphere, food and bar that sits just next to the hotel. Featuring luxurious bungalows and suites reminiscent of old Hollywood, the minute guests step into this boutique hotel they can find the hotel’s heated pool in lavish gardens, fitness rooms and 24 hour room service to name a few amenities offered. Film productions, celebrity parties and special events have all been hosted at the hotel due to its unique design and reputation. Make a reservation at the restaurant or step into the dimly lit, romantic Bar Marmont while staying at one of Hollywood’s glamorous destinations.

8221 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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The Bazaar

the-bazaarThe Bazaar by chef José Andres is a Spanish tapas restaurant located inside the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. With an iconic composition in the menu, this restaurant is for anyone who appreciates food as an art. The decor is modern Mediterranean and Spanish with a chic and intimate vibe featuring unique room settings like The Red Room, The White Room and The Dessert Bar along with an intimate patio. It’s a perfect restaurant for hosting a birthday or special occasion dinner as well as an intimate date, since guests can order a wide variety of delicious tapas to share. Reservations are highly recommended as The Bazaar is one of L.A.’s most frequented restaurants – but once guests get a table, the experience and food is a memorable one.

465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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The Hungry Cat

hungry-catThe Hungry Cat is an American Seafood restaurant inspired by chef David Lentz’s Maryland roots. It’s located in Hollywood off Vine and incorporates sustainable, seasonal fish, shellfish and produce into its weekly changing menus. The signature raw bar just adds to The Hungry Cat’s vibrant atmosphere, along with a perfect mix of artisan cocktails and camaraderie at the bar and tables. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, its a great eatery whether guests want to walk in or make a more formal reservation – whether its a date or with a group of friends. The Hungry Cat is tucked away on the northwest corner off Sunset and Vine down a corridor and parking in the structure makes it easy for guests to enjoy some of the best food this unique restaurant has to offer. Try the Pimlico and ask for seasonal cocktail specials.

1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Featured Hotels In Los Angeles

Mondrion

nightlife-laThe Mondrian Hotel is an LA boutique hotel located off the famous Sunset Strip. The hotel’s refined taste in design takes guests to another level with the fantastical lobby, accessible room comfort and the classic boutique white-on-white feel. Guests feel private yet independent with a California coastal vibe. The Mondrian is also home to famed restaurant Asia De Cuba and SkyBar, leaving a tasteful experience for any guest visiting. It’s the premiere spot to see and be seen! Some rooms offer balconies over SkyBar and the pool while other suites face the Sunset Strip with views of Los Angeles that are breathtaking.

8440 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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O Hotel

la-nightclubThe O Hotel is an independent boutique hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. It features 67 modern rooms in a unique, historic setting with a vintage flair. Built in 1925, renovations were completed in 2007 and offer a sophisticated and comfortable experience for all guests. Located in the financial district, The O is within accessible walking distance to Downtown’s major attractions, including The Staples Center and Disney Concert Hall. The Bar/Kitchen Restaurant is located in the hotel’s lobby and offers happy hour, dinner and room service along with the Oasis City Spa for pampering and private meeting rooms for corporate gatherings, events and functions. Guests will enjoy the downtown city feel with a luxurious relaxing feel when staying at The O Hotel.

819 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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Farmers Daughter

la-nightlifeThe Farmers Daughter hotel is a unique Los Angeles destination featuring a country style hotel rooms and down-home hospitality in the heart of highly visited Fairfax Village. The quirky vibe when guests enter the doors creates an unforgettable experience – not to mention that The Grove shopping center and Farmer’s Market are located within walking distance. Chocolate chip cookies and milk are complementary every night at the front desk! Tart, a restaurant located on site is bursting with flavor for guests who want to grab dinner. The hotel also features its exclusively large “No Tell” room, perfect for a romantic getaway. If guests are looking for an upbeat experience with vibrant colors, comfort and a top-notch friendly staff.

115 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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