L.A.'s Hottest Dance Clubs: Perfect Places to Jiggy, Dougie, and Krunk the Night Away
By Sujata Day
Dance the night away in some of Hollywood's top night clubs accompanied by DJ's that are sure to get your feet movin' and your booty groovin'! many Los Angeles clubs have special events on the weekends and bring in guest DJ's so you never know who you'll see spinning the tunes. In the mood for a show? Head to Hollywood and Vine and check out Bardot Hollywood lounge/dance club on Monday nights to catch their "School Night" weekly live performances of your favorite indie bands. Other nights feature 80's, hip-hop, and house remixes guaranteed to get you moving. Cen't decide if you want to dance or dine? Supperclub's a mixture of chic restaurant, live performance spot, and dance club, all rolled into one. Beacher's Madhouse in the famous Roosevelt Hotel features a secret passageway through a library bookcase as you enter a luxurious large room with 20 banquettes and velvety curtains all around the stage. Eager to spot an A-List celebrity? Hotspots like Sayer's Club, Opera Crimson, and Greystone Manor welcome Hollywood's pop and silver screen stars with open arms. Sayer's Club attracts gorgeous clientele and hosts surprise live music performances by bands like Florence and the Machine. Enter through the kitchen of Papaya King hot dogs and experience an underground vibe. Looking for a spacious dance floor? Check out Boulevarrd3 with three levels of dance space in a legendary building that once housed the famous Hollywood Athletic Club. At Hemingway's Lounge, the DJ spins a refreshing mixture of danceable music ranging from top 40’s to indie rock to hip hop. What are you waiting for? Let's dance!
10 Opera Crimson
The marriage of two hot clubs, rock 'n roll Crimson and theatrically-inclined Opera, has never been so full of chemistry and heat. Wind your way through the space to experience the new playground for Hollywood's up and coming stars. Check out Opera Thursdays for hip hop all night long from DJ Mark Da Spot. Opera Crimson Saturdays promise spinning by Resident DJ Rockwell and a bevy of surprise guests. 80's, hip hop, house, rock and mashups will get your booty shaking on the dance floor. DJ Steve Aoki and Nick Cannon have worked the turntables here; bring your celebrity goggles and spot away! ((323) 960-3301)
9 The Colony
Hollywood meets the Hamptons in this dance club complete with gorgeous landscaped garden, uber-spacious dance floor, and an indoor-outdoor flow that captures the elegance and luxury of East Hampton. Over size shutters and an airy atmosphere make you feel like you've just walked into the most chic beach house West of New England. The site of many Hollywood events (most recently an Emmys party and the MTV Movie Awards after-party bash in late 2011), The Colony teems with good-looking folks and the occasional celebrity A-lister. Great DJ's bring the party to the dance floor, with more than enough room to show off your moves. ((323) 525-2450)
Peter Famulari, best known for upscale Sunset Boulevard hotspot Skybar, excels at creating an elegant dance club, with touches of an elegant boutique hotel. Intimate enough to enjoy the DJ with just a couple friends, Boulevard3 allows you to interact with other patrons for a night of play, fun and perhaps a little debauchery. Designed like a large country estate, the interior is divided into many private rooms, a library, and 7500 square feet 3 level ballroom. Formerly the space of the legendary Hollywood Athletic Club, Boulevard3 promises guests a unique dance experience with fantastic DJ's. Let the energetic performers/dancers, the eye-popping fountain, and free tacos lure you to this Los Angeles "counterclub". ((323) 466-2144)
7 Greystone Manor
What do Paris Hilton, Rihanna, and Jennifer Lopez all have in common? They've all frequented celeb-heavy hotspot Greystone Manor, which opened in November 2011. Don't let the LED-powered crystal chandeliers blind you to the night of fun and dancing ahead. The horseshoe-shaped bar allows for maximum mingling as you peruse the list of luscious drinks. After undergoing a massive renovation, this brand-spankin' new supper club has been crowned the new Queen of Clubs in Los Angeles. Boasting a huge dance floor, great eats, and delicious cocktails, it's no wonder Hollywood's star-studded elite flock here to get down on the dance floor. ((310) 652-2012)
6 Beacher's Madhouse
The site of Hayden Panetierre's 21st birthday celebrations, this speakeasy lounge has a penchant for the outrageous and cutting edge. Enter through a secret passageway through a library bookcase to enter a luxurious large room with 20 banquettes and velvety curtains all around the stage. Drinks are served by the world's first Beau Joie midget flying bartenders and concocted by the expert midget mixologist. Unique and fun, Beacher's Madhouse is truly one Los Angeles experience you won't find anywhere else. Come for expensive drinks, dancing, and sensory overload: circus acts range from magicians to monkeys. You'll happily see what all the fuss is about. (323-785-3036)
5 Trousdale Lounge
Frequented by celebrities, this small dance club on the cusp of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills features house music and top 40's dance tunes guaranteed to get your booty shaking. Classy decor, gorgeous Hollywood types, and poles on the dance floor will make this a memorable night for hipsters and trend-setters alike. Trousdale gets really packed on the weekends, due to its small size, so get there early or stop by on a weeknight. The upscale clientele, great-looking crowd, and variety of music make this club a hit. Check out the VIP room, churning out oldies radio hits and you might find yourself singing along while bopping away to the vintage tunes. (310-274-7500)
4 Hemingway's Lounge
Located adjacent to Eva Longoria's popular restaurant Beso, this swanky lounge on Hollywood Boulevard is a must-do. Patrons can order pricey literati-themed specialty cocktails, like the 'Old Man and the Sea' or the 'For Whom the Bell Tolls.' Decor includes book-lined walls and plush seating. The DJ spins a refreshing mixture of danceable music ranging from top 40's to indie rock to hip hop. Hemingway's scores massive points for being a popular spot without getting too crowded. The outdoor patio area allows smokers in berets to carry on intellectual conversation while bobbing theirs heads to the strands of blaring hipster music emerging from inside. (323-469-0040)
3 The Sayer's Club
This highly exclusive club attracts an A-list clientele and hosts surprise live music performances by bands like Florence and the Machine. Get out your industry rolodex to get past the almost impenetrable velvet ropes, unless you know someone who knows someone. Most recently, Sayer's Club is the site of Lindsay Lohan's latest public outing. Order a classic cocktail or go out on a limb and sample some of the more contemporary delights like the Blackberry Sidecar. Sign-less, publicity-less, with an entrance that passes through the newly opened Papaya King hot dog stand's kitchen, this hard-to-find club is a golden Mecca for celebrities most nights of the week. (323-871-8233)
A dizzying array of entertainment options await at Supperclub, one of Hollywood's most exclusive venues. Supperclub's a mixture of chic restaurant, live performance spot, and dance club, all rolled into one. Vegas-style specialty acts entertain you while you enjoy creative cuisine from Chef Guus Wickenhagen. A prixe-fixe menu aligns with the club's theme of concocting edible masterpieces and the kitchen can accommodate vegans/vegetarians on request. The majority of their wines are locally sourced from California, while bartenders sling specialty cocktails and surprising twists on classic drinks. Don your dressy attire and make reservations for a scrumptious meal, and then stick around to work it off while the DJ spins Hip-Hop/House remixes for a sweaty dance-fest. (323-466-1900)
1 Bardot, Hollywood
Head to Hollywood and Vine and check out this swanky lounge/dance club on Monday nights to catch their "School Night" weekly live performances of your favorite indie bands. Dance the night away to 80's, hip-hop, and house remixes guaranteed to get you moving. The exterior patio area in the center, flanked by the 2 interior bars, serves as a perfect place to mix and mingle and catch a breath between songs. Check out specialty cocktails like La Mouche, with organic cucumber vodka and fresh lime juice, or Bengal Hotfoot, with honey vodka and fruity pomegranate/cranberry accents. New dining menu coming soon! (323-462-1307)
About Sujata Day
Living in the land of perpetual sun, beautiful beaches, and gorgeous people has fueled Sujata Day’s creativity in myriad ways. Her short story “Forbidden Fate” won the WRITE STUFF competition sponsored by MTV and People magazine, birthing a prosperous writing career. The tale was published in a collection of short stories titled Pieces, edited by Stephen Chbosky. Reviews hail Pieces as “an exciting glimpse into the future of fiction” and “endearingly raw, undeniably bold, and engagingly inventive.” Since moving to LA from the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA, Sujata has appeared in many TV shows, films, and internet productions. TV credits include Desperate Housewives, Secret Life of the American Teenager, Campus Ladies, Greek, and The Loop. She plays a supporting role in 2009’s Down For Life, alongside Danny Glover and Snoop Dogg. Sujata produced, wrote, and starred in the web pilot Raveena and the Vampire chosen to launch as a 2010 premiere vehicle on the popular internet channel, Somebody’s Basement. Currently, she stars as ‘CeCe’ in the hit web series, Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. Sujata can be seen next starring in the film, Big Breakin', to be released in early 2012.
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