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, near movie theaters and screening rooms, but 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

Academy LA
Photo courtesy of Academy LA


Academy has risen from the ashes of Create Nightclub, opening in January of 2018 in the same large Hollywood space. It remains the place that packs in the high-intensity crowds that love EDM and other DJ-created sounds. Expect capacity crowds in...  Read More

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


There's always something happening at Riviera 31 inside the Sofitel Hotel, including jazz on Mondays. Every Monday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Riviera 31 hosts Jazz Eclectic, featuring Ryan Cross and his band playing classics and new tunes. You never...  Read More

La Cienega Corridor
Photo courtesy of Poppy


When it comes to exclusive nightclubs, Poppy may just be L.A.'s ultimate. Only open on Thursday nights, this place has drawn musical stars like Drake and his pals to party in the "fantasy upscale lounge" (as the owners call it). It's a lushly...  Read More

Nightingale Plaza
Photo courtesy of Nightingale Plaza/sbe


Nightingale Plaza is the newest iteration of the West Hollywood party space that was once Greystone Manor. SBE, the restaurant-nightclub-hotel conglomerate that owns this place, transformed the West Hollywood space into what they call "an elite...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Station1640/Jeremy Hanna


Station1640 brings a New York City vibe to the Cahuenga Corridor in Hollywood, with a cool subway graffiti design created by some of Los Angeles' best artists. You'll see murals by Shepard Fairey, RISK, WRDSMTH, SlICK, Sebastien Walker, Phobik,...  Read More

The Peppermint Club
Photo courtesy of The Peppermint Club


The Peppermint Club used to be Hooray Harry's, but now is transformed into a 1960s-inspired lounge designed to make listening to live music an up-close-and-personal experience, complete with high-end cocktails and bottle service. Open most...  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

The Abbey Food & Bar
Photo courtesy of The Abbey Food and 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 and slightly decadent vibe...  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


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