Best Los Angeles, CA Nightlife

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    10. Bootsy Bellows

    Only being open on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights helps make Bootsy Bellows a must-visit kind of Sunset Strip spot; it also helps that people like Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and plenty of co-owner David...

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    9. Create Nightclub

    There's no place that packs in the high-intensity crowds that love EDM like Create, where top L.A.-based DJs like the EC Twins draw capacity crowds into a space designed for musical and visual experimentation. Laser...

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    8. Riviera 31

    There's always something happening at Riviera 31 inside the Sofitel Hotel, from a burlesque show on Saturday night to jazz on Mondays, an open mic night Wednesdays and a house-disco-garage dance DJ spinning on...

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    7. Hooray Henry's

    Partying with a British vibe got easier when Hooray Harry's invaded the West Hollywood space that once held trendy Dominick's Restaurant. It's a tough ticket, however, for with a velvet rope manned by a British...

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    6. The Bungalow

    Located on a section of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel's property by the beach in Santa Monica, The Bungalow is a hugely popular club lounge that caters to those who love a laid-back vibe. The setting is a cottage built...

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    5. The Mint

    One of L.A.'s classic clubs, The Mint is a little place with a big sound. The music-filled venue has packed them in since 1937, with just a small stage, minute dance floor and long, convivial bar and booths. You can...

    Photo courtesy of Andy Gordon
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    4. 1OAK LA

    Transforming the old Key Club space on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, 1OAK LA has brought serious sophistication to that formerly slightly seedy space. Now leather banquettes open to a dance floor and massive...

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    3. Greystone Manor Supperclub

    Greystone Manor is a sleek mix of old-school design -- massive chandeliers, velvet couches, hammered tin ceilings -- and modern technology. With a state-of-the-art sound system and wild LED light show, the place...

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    2. The Abbey Food & Bar

    Located in West Hollywood, the center of L.A.'s gay community, the Abbey Food & Bar is a fixture in that neighborhood that's also known as "Boys' Town." The club is famous for its big martinis, sexy go-go dancers...

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    1. The Conga Room

    The Conga Room is a convivial place located in the heart of L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles. A fixture in the nightlife scene, the club is owned by some famous names, including Jennifer Lopez, Will.i.am of the...

    Photo courtesy of The Conga Room

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About Los Angeles, CA Nightlife

LA's nightlife scene is legendary, and with good reason – from swanky cocktail lounges to frenetic dance clubs, from themed bars to laugh-out-loud comedy clubs, this city has it all. The vibe varies widely by neighborhood, so plan your night in advance. Hollywood traditionally supplies the hottest action, whether it's at über-trendy clubs like LAX and Mood or at the elegant, celebrity-riddled Chateau Marmont. Head west to Venice, Malibu, and Santa Monica, and a mellower atmosphere pervades neighborhoods by the beach. Catch an exceptional acoustic show at McCabe's Guitar Shop, or gaze at the sunset over cocktails at Moonshadows. Downtown and the Valley also have their fair share of hot spots; the Golden Gopher and Firefly make their homes here. With a seemingly endless variety of bars, clubs, and lounges, you'll have no trouble tailoring a night out to suit your taste.


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