Love the Nightlife in L.A. with These 10 Best Live Music Venues

Live music is everywhere in Los Angeles, from intimate clubs like Harvelle's, The Mint and The Hotel Cafe to massive venues including Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Staples Center. Our outdoor music centers include the iconic (and truly incredible) Hollywood Bowl and the lovely Greek Theatre (located in the heart of Griffith Park). Many of L.A.'s best places to hear bands play and crooners belt out a tune are also integral parts of the city's history, with spots like The Wiltern and the El Rey Theatre evoking Art Deco memories from the 1930s, when those still-gorgeous concert halls were originally constructed. Big or small, old or brand new, no matter what the size or history of the venue, one thing is certain – Los Angeles is one of the world's vital centers for music and creativity, which means Angelenos and tourists alike can find wonderful live music playing somewhere every night of the week.

Miracle Mile/Fairfax District
El Rey Theatre
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The El Rey Theatre has been a part of the Los Angeles live music scene since 1994, but its history goes back much further, as is obvious with one look at its Art Deco building. Built in 1936 as a movie house and more recently designated as a...  Read More



Small, dark, and handsome, Harvelle's is one of L.A.'s favorites for live blues, rock and alternative music. In business since 1931, this Santa Monica landmark used to be a dark, smoke-filled dive, but nowadays it has gone sophisticated. The...  Read More

Teragram Ballroom
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Teragram Ballroom recently opened in downtown Los Angeles, giving music-loving Angelenos another intimate venue to see live music. This DTLA concert space is on 7th Street, just blocks from Staples Center and the Microsoft Theater (the former...  Read More

The Wiltern
Photo courtesy of The Wiltern


The Wiltern began its life as a vaudeville theater in 1931. One of Los Angeles' most beautiful theaters at the time, it remains a wonderful example of Art Deco design, thanks to efforts in the 1980s to save the building. The restored theater...  Read More

Mid City
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

The Hotel Cafe
Photo courtesy of The Hotel Cafe


The Hotel Cafe is the quintessential venue for seeing up-and-coming singer-songwriters (as well as bands, too) perform in Los Angeles. Offering live music seven days a week, this small Hollywood hotspot is often a launching pad for budding...  Read More

Staples Center
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Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles is the premiere live music venue in Southern California, with its seating capacity of 21,000. That's why the biggest acts on the planet book in here, from Bruce Springsteen, who played the venue's opening...  Read More

Griffith Park
Greek Theatre
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A lovely outdoor stage nestled in the midst of Griffith Park, the Greek Theatre has been a part of the Southern California music scene since it opened in 1931. Renovated in 2015, the open-air amphitheater comfortably seats 5,900 people. With a...  Read More



Designed by famed architect Frank Gehry and completed in 2003, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is a stainless-steel marvel with transcendent acoustics in the grand, vineyard-seating designed auditorium. Created to evoke a ship at sail, the hall...  Read More

Hollywood Bowl
Photo courtesy of L.A. Philharmonic Hollywood Bowl


From April to October, the Hollywood Bowl is the place in SoCal to see concerts and performances of every kind. The summer home of the L.A. Philharmonic, it's also the spot where the Beatles and the Doors played back in the day and the venue...  Read More


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