Places to Keep the Party Going after You Leave Memorial Coliseum

Big days at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (like during the University of Southern California Trojan's football season, when they play their home games there) often lead to big nights of celebrating. Happily, there are plenty of nightclubs, bars and even bowling alleys nearby that cater to those in the mood to keep the party going. Most of the best nightlife venues near the Coliseum are in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, just a couple of miles from the stadium, so plan to have a designated driver or simply take a quick taxi or Metro ride there. L.A. Live near the Staples Center is a hotbed of action, boasting Lucky Strike Lanes, The Conga Room, the Nokia Theater and a number of other bars and restaurants. Something is always open there (Lucky Strike is going until at least 1:00 a.m. every night of the week); meanwhile, places like La Cita Bar offer up live music just about every night, too. On weekends the nightlife choices expand, as dance clubs like The Mayan, The Belasco Theater, the Crocker Club and The Vault open their doors and go off until 2:00 a.m. That's the mandatory closing time for bars and clubs in California, so expect last call at about 1:30 a.m., no matter where you've chosen to keep your post-Memorial Coliseum festivities going on.

The Mayan
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Built in 1927, The Mayan was originally both a live theater and a movie palace. Today, on Friday nights you'll find EDM, hip hop, Top 40 and more spun by DJs on the main floor and salsa, merengue, and other Latin beats on the mezzanine level....  Read More



Suede Bar & Lounge is the upscale club located in the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, a hotspot for business executives – and party people, too. There's a busy happy hour scene here and DJs make the joint start jumping on...  Read More

La Cita Bar
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La Cita Bar is a hole-in-the-wall bar and dance club that features live music many nights of the week, and DJ tunes the other. You'll find reggae playing one night, Southern rockabilly another, and hip hop a third. So check out their events...  Read More

Spin Standard
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If some healthy competition to go along with your cocktails and finger food is your idea of fun, then run, don't walk, to Spin Standard. That's the place where ping pong is king and the play goes on all night. With 11 custom table-tennis tables...  Read More

The Belasco Theater
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The Belasco Theater has been a part of downtown L.A.'s landscape since the 1920s, an intricately designed structure that has been everything from a burlesque house to a church in its storied history. Nowadays, after a $12 million renovation, the...  Read More

The Crocker Club
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This downtown nightspot is only open three nights a week (Thursday to Saturday), but when it is going off, it is tons of fun. The Crocker Club makes its home in an old bank, so make sure to check out the section known as "The Vault." Slip inside...  Read More

Lucky Strike L.A. LIve
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Lucky Strike L.A. Live is more than just a bowling alley, which is made obvious by the dress code they enforce. As they explain on their website, "Since the beginning Lucky Strike has been dedicated to a unique upscale style that combines fun...  Read More

The Vault Nightclub and Lounge
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What was once a bank is now The Vault Nightclub and Lounge – and yes, the bank vault is still a part of the scene. But no bank ever had this vibe, as the club boasts a state-of-the-art, fully integrated sound, light, laser and video system,...  Read More

The Edison
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The Edison is an old-school club, a place that evokes the vibe of a swank speakeasy from Prohibition days, from its almost-secret alley entrance to its self-avowed "sense of romance" which requires patrons to dress with a sense of style. Which...  Read More

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


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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