Whiskey A Go Go
A great place for drinks and live music. This is the place where many famous rock bands of the past were discovered. Nowadays the Whiskey is still a haven for Los Angeles area bands trying to make it big. Its a bit of a dive, but that seems to suit most of the rock and punk acts just fine.
8901 Sunset Boulevard Tel 310.652.4202
Voodoo beer, Vampire wine, and industrial music. This place might scare the tame but for the Goth inspired its great fun with latex and fetish nights. This is a two level club with a bar, stage and dance floor downstairs and various fetish shows upstairs.
1652 North Cherokee Avenue Tel 323.769.7070 http://www.barsinister.net
Catalina Bar & Grill
An excellent spot in to hear live Jazz in Los Angeles.
Notable past performers have included Dizzie Gillespie, Art Blakey, and Joe Henderson. It continually attracts jazz greats of international fame as well as hot local talent. Despite the Bar & Grill in the name, the dinner served is far more akin to fine dining than bar food, with most entrees near $20. Reservations are recommended.
1640 North Cahuenga Boulevard Tel 323.466.2210 http://www.catalinajazzclub.com
Jazz, blues, swing, and bebop rule the roost at the Derby in Hollywood. Fashioning itself as a throwback to old Hollywood glamour, the Derby has a large dance floor for those who gotta swing, ace bartenders who know how to pour a stiff drink, and plush booths to sink into while surveying the scene.
4500 Los Feliz Boulevard Tel 323.663.8979 http://www.the-derby.com
An excellent venue to see local rock bands play seven nights a week. Located in Santa Monica, 14 Below also has two bars, a billiards room and food. A wide variety of bands play at 14 Below so make sure to call ahead.
1348 14th Street Tel 310.451.5040 http://www.14below.com
Not so much a club as it is an event, Giant is indeed a very large electronic dance party currently being held on a monthly basis at the Park Plaza.
Internationally known DJs and electronic musicians play to a large crowd of beautiful people into the wee hours of the morning. The current Park Plaze venue provides four massive ballrooms and an outdoor lounge for partygoers to enjoy. Event information and advanced ticket purchasing is available at the website.
607 South Park View Tel 323.464.7373 http://www.giantclub.com
This popular and intimate venue is a bar/dance club with the crowd varying depending on the nightly theme. Music varies from house to latin to trance depending on the night and the DJ.
Despite the bare bones background of exposed brick, steel, timbers and ductwork, the inventive d้cor and lighting set a party mood for the dance floor. A stylish bar and comfortable benches provide respite from the dancefloor and a good view of the bohemian crowd.
814 Broadway, Santa Monica Tel 310.899.1989 http://www.clubsugar.com
This club has some of the most eye-catching d้cor in Los Angeles. A polynesian island theme dominates the scene with tribal masks, boulders, and two giant waterfalls. The DJ booth itself is set inside a giant tiki mask, fitting for the dancers to worship the groove.
An outdoor smoking patio, plush second level VIP rooms, and a golf driving range out back round out the impressive list of club features. A variety of dance music is played depending on the theme of the evening and the DJ.
4120 West Olympic Boulevard Tel 323.930.9600 http://www.voodoola.com
Decorated as if it was a 1960s hair salon, Beauty Bar is the height of kitsch. The drinks are just as colorful as the d้cor with names like the Platinum Blonde and the Shampoo. This is a very popular place for a wide variety of Angelinos so don't be surprised if it's crowded on an "off" night.
1638 North Cahuenga Boulevard Tel 323.464.7676 http://www.beautybar.com