Drink and Dance the Night Away at the Hottest Spots in L.A.

While it is true that Los Angeles does actually sleep (clubs and bars must close their doors at 2:00 a.m. here), there's still plenty of life in the city's nights. There are places to party past midnight all over town, offering up live music, DJs spinning tunes and even a slightly wacked-out floor show now and then. It's easy to spot the newest places around town; just look for where the after parties (after movie premieres, after awards shows, after openings) are happening, for that's a sure sign. It helps to be where the action is, as The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel knows. Across the street from the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, the go-to favorite venue for movie premieres, the Roosevelt's various nightspots (Teddy's, The Spare Room, Beacher's Madhouse, the Tropicana Bar and Pool) are always hosting a celebrity scene. It's a fickle scene here, however, as one minute My House is the coolest place to be, the next it is DOA. We love the spots that keep on bringing the best the city has to offer for more than just a nanosecond, like The Mint for live music, The Abbey Food & Bar for a gay night out and The Conga Room for lively action with a Latin beat. But no matter which popular place you choose, do keep your eyes open, for this is the home of Hollywood's royalty and you never know when someone very famous might go dancing past.

Bootsy Bellows
Photo courtesy of 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 Arquette's pals love to drop in. And...  Read More

Create Nightclub
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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 and LED lights explode around...  Read More

La Cienega Corridor
Riviera 31
Photo courtesy of Riviera 31/Sofitel Hotel

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 Fridays. The lively vibe draws a...  Read More

Hooray Henry's
Photo courtesy of 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 bobbie, there can be a line of...  Read More

The Bungalow
Photo courtesy of 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 in 1947, with assorted rooms...  Read More

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The Mint
Photo courtesy of Andy Gordon

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 grab a bite to eat in the...  Read More

Photo courtesy of 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 Brazilian-wood bar, stocked...  Read More

Greystone Manor Supperclub
Photo courtesy of Greystone Manor/SBE

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 simply throbs with excitement...  Read More

The Abbey Food & Bar
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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 and slightly decadent vibe...  Read More

The Conga Room
Photo courtesy of 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 Black-Eyed Peas, Jimmy Smits, and...  Read More


Meet Jenny Peters

Jenny Peters – aka Jet Set Jen – is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, editor and party columnist specializing in travel, entertainment, film, food, wine, fashion and the other good...  More About Jenny