One of the most storied clubs in Los Angeles, Avalon Hollywood opened as The Hollywood Playhouse in January 1927. The Spanish Baroque style venue has hosted everything from The Beatles' first West Coast performance to Richard Nixon's famous "Checkers speech" to the final show by the Ramones. During its heyday as The Palace, the venue was an infamous nightclub in the 1970s; the U.S. launch pad for "Second British Invasion" bands in the '80s; and the site of early performances by rock bands like Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden in the 1990s.
In September 2002, The Palace was bought by its current owners and renamed Avalon Hollywood. The nightclub became a West Coast mecca for electronic music, with groundbreaking residencies from world class DJs like Sasha, Matthew Dear and Erick Morillo; as well as notable performances by Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Swedish House Mafia, Eric Prydz, Hot Since 82, Paul Oakenfold and Fatboy Slim. Hailed as one of the best clubs in Hollywood, Avalon hosts the long-running Control every Friday night, and the 18+ TigerHeat on Thursdays. Avalon recently installed a top-of-the-line sound system with massive 40” subwoofers, the largest ever installed in a club.
The brainchild of Skybar partner Peter Famulari, Boulevard3 is located inside the former Hollywood Athletic Club, which was founded in 1924 by Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino and Cecil B. DeMille. Boasting a galaxy of Golden Age Hollywood stars as members, the HAC was designed by Meyer & Holler, the architectural firm that also built the TCL Chinese and Egyptian Theatres.
Opened in September 2006, Boulevard3 was conceived as an "English manor house with modern insides” - a mix of Old World charm and state of the art audio visual systems. From Sunset Boulevard, you'll enter Boulevard3 through a large iron gate and step into a landscaped English courtyard. An intimate library leads into a 7,500 square-foot, three-level ballroom. Guests dance to hip hop, top 40, and house on a 1,500 square foot dance floor (the HAC's former Olympic-sized swimming pool, where Johnny Weissmuller was "discovered" and then cast in the title role of 1932's Tarzan the Ape Man).
Station 1640 lies in the shadows of the big Hollywood dance clubs like Avalon and Sound, but this Cahuenga Boulevard venue has no shortage of beats to keep you grooving. The club is the home of the weekly Wednesday night party Clinic, which has honed a reputation over several years for bringing in a global mix of up-and-coming and established underground DJs to a neighborhood that's better known for superstar draws. Moreover, the cover tends to be pretty reasonable given the caliber of talent on the decks. Other recent events have included parties from long-running Monday Social and local techno label Minimal Sessions. If you're serious about dance music, 1640 is a can't-miss Hollywood nightclub.
Insomniac and SBE have developed Create into a home for artist experimentation. While Create showcases some of the world’s highest-profile dance music talent, the venue also serves as a laboratory for emerging artists to explore their sound. The space also acts as a testing ground for developing technologies in sound and lighting systems, and innovative production techniques for many L.A. clubs. Create is strictly 21 and over, fashionable dress code is enforced at the door.
Sunset Entertainment Group (SEG) books top DJs and music acts at Lure, an upscale nightclub located on Ivar Avenue adjacent to Amoeba Music. Boasting a 50,000 watt Line Array sound system and high-definition LED Walls, Lure also features a state of the art Kryo system, 110 kinetic light spheres synced to the music, plush lounge seating, and four full service bars. Upon entering Lure, guests are ushered through a diamond faceted façade to an abstract garden with 12 oversized cabanas, water features and flower sculptures. The interior features a white cocoon style VIP area that overlooks the stage and a loft area with an exposed wood truss ceiling. Other details include oversized suede panels next to motion sensitive LED screens, 14-foot fire sculpture behind the main bar, and The Patio - a secret back garden with suspended plants and six-foot topiary chandeliers.
Located across the street from the Avalon nightclub, Manor On Vine is a multi-room venue with two indoor areas, a lively outdoor patio and plenty of sofas to relax and mingle. Every Saturday is Rewind, featuring hip hop and R&B, sing-alongs and good vibes fueled by free admission all night, two for one bottle specials, and $5 Jameson and Ciroc before 11pm. Make it a Sunday Funday at the Manor's Social Sundays, a daytime party with no cover and $20 bottomless mimosas.
Located on the 4th level of Hollywood & Highland, OHM Nightclub welcomes up to 1,000 guests to experience 150,000 watts of sound, cutting edge special effects and lighting, and video mapping from 160 synced LED panels. OHM Lab is the club's chill-out lounge off the main room with industrial décor, intimate seating and a separate DJ. Take a break from the dance floor on the expansive patio overlooking Hollywood Boulevard and the El Capitan Theatre. OHM Fridays features Open Format and Top 40 hits in all three music rooms. Club DV8 on Saturdays is OHM's 18 and over night.
Looking for dope hip hop clubs in Los Angeles? On Fridays and Saturdays, hip hop fans pack the 13,000 square-foot Playhouse Nightclub on Hollywood Boulevard. The Playhouse Hollywood nightclub is located in the former Fox Theatre, which originally opened as the Iris Theatre in 1918 and became the Fox in 1968. With local and national DJs as your ringmasters, the circus-themed club showcases a massive central bar with sexy bartenders who not only serve drinks but also perform aerial and burlesque shows. Other features include intelligent lighting, go-go dancers flanking the dance floor, and a VIP lounge with a second bar and separate sound system. Open until 3am, dress to impress.
Owned and operated by Boulevard Nightlife Group, Project Club L.A. brings the longtime UK hip hop club to the heart of Hollywood with an 8,500 square foot main room and outdoor patio designed and built by architectural powerhouse Gensler. Located on the second floor of a historic building off bustling Hollywood Boulevard, , it’s one of the few hip hop clubs in L.A. boasting a state of the art Funktion One Sound System and custom lighting designed and built by award-winning V Squared Labs.
It’s one of the best dance clubs in LA, with a mix of modern décor and industrial design, Sound Nightclub on Las Palmas boasts a state-of-the-art Funktion One sound system, 3-D projection mapping and multiple full-service bars. Unique design touches include refurbished wood paneling from Frank Sinatra’s previous home and stairway railings salvaged from a Colorado railroad track. Searching for the best EDM clubs in LA? Space Yacht takes over Sound every Tuesday, featuring talented local DJs and special guests from around the EDM world.