Live Music

The power of live music to make folks feel good is on full display at a host of Los Angeles night clubs. If listening to bands and vocalists show off their skills is how you like to spend an evening, you'll find that Los Angeles does things right. Multiple options let you tap into the venues that 10Best readers favor, like Harvelle's, or you can get a taste of the city's offerings by visiting places like Little Temple, which is known for its Latin music. While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the West Hollywood area, know that terrific places to hear live music can be found throughout Los Angeles.

Little Temple

Sister to Santa Monica's Temple Bar, this hip hangout features both live performers and DJs, not to mention an eclectic mix of tunes – from hip-hop to house, Latin to reggae. The emphasis is on good beats, usually chilled, low-key ones that...  Read More

Since the 1960s, Troubadour has been legendary on the Hollywood music circuit. Its diverse clientele includes folks of all ages, and the balcony provides perfect views of the stage and serves as an escape from overzealous kids. A-listers sit...  Read More

The rustic Mississippi blues-bar character of HOB belies its true nature. This is a live music venue with food, plain and simple. You're as likely to hear the newest rock and alternative sounds as you are traditional gospel and blues. That said,...  Read More

Dresden Room

The Dresden Room boasts a casually elegant environment, great live music, and exceptional Manhattans. The dynamic duo of Marty and Elayne, accomplished jazz singers with a large repertoire, provide the lion's share of the live music. The menu...  Read More

Giving up its intimate Fairfax Avenue digs for more spacious environs in the former Coronet Theatre, Largo now grants more room to musicians and patrons, all the while ensuring that the same attentive quality that the place was known for remains...  Read More

Culver City
Jazz Bakery

Dedicated to bringing jazz to the public in a relaxed, no-frills venue, this non-profit organization has been hosting some of the finest names in jazz for more than a decade. Situated in an old bakery, the place features a small cafe in the...  Read More


Small, dark, and handsome, Harvelle's is one of LA's favorites for live blues. The striking black-and-white décor complements the music, and highlights the stage with its deep red curtain backdrop. Regular special events are always popular, so...  Read More


Take a trip back to your rebel days when hair was long, jeans were acid-washed and rock was hard. Paladino's Club is a great live music venue where you can enjoy a few cold ones, shoot some pool and listen to the classic sounds of AC/DC or...  Read More

McCabe's Guitar Shop

Guitar shop by day, intimate live music mecca by night, McCabe's is one of metro LA's best bets. The decor is stripped down and basic – folding chairs and a makeshift stage – and no alcohol is served, but you really won't mind. The list of...  Read More

Anejo Cantina & Grill
Photo courtesy of Anejo Cantina & Grill

Anejo Cantina & Grill opened in late 2015, much to the delight of Angelenos living in Sherman Oaks and the rest of the San Fernando Valley. For this convivial Mexican watering hole has it all, from luscious guacamole made table side and the...  Read More