The 14 Best Places To Dance in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has a rich club culture
Los Angeles has a rich club culture | © Konstantin Pelikh / Alamy Stock Photo
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24 June 2019

Whether you’re into hip-hop, EDM or even line dancing, Los Angeles has a rich club culture and is chock-full of venues to dance the night away.

AVALON Hollywood

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AVALON Hollywood (formerly known as The Palace) is a converted theater-turned-nightclub. While the club mostly caters to EDM, house and trance, if you’re looking for something a little more mainstream, you might want to check AVALON Hollywood out on Thursdays for its TigerHeat party – the DJs spin Top 40 hits all night long.

Boulevard3

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Boulevard3 is massive upscale club complete with an outdoor garden and balcony that overlooks the dance floor. Formerly the Hollywood Athletic Club, Boulevard3 is renowned for its unusual entertainment, so don’t be surprised if there are aerial performers flying above your head while you’re tearing it up on the dance floor.

Dirty Laundry

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Dirty Laundry, a bar tucked neatly underground just off Hollywood Boulevard, is one of the relatively few places in LA to host soul and hip-hop music nights. Its SuperSoul Monday is well known and has even welcomed such stars as Black Thought of The Roots. On Wednesdays, hip-hop is on the menu and being on the guest list is a requirement.

The Echo

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The Echo is among the small music clubs in Los Angeles that even New Yorkers travel to visit. Intimate enough for the possibility of getting personal with the artists, The Echo also has the comfort level for chilling with old and new friends, with cheap drinks and pizzas from the bar. Don’t let the casual environment fool you – the acoustics are nothing but pro. Head down to The Echo at the start of the week for the free Monday Night Music residency and the chance to see artists before they become the next big thing – The Airborne Toxic Event and Foster the People are among the names to have got their start here.

Exchange LA

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Exchange LA is one of the biggest dance clubs in the city, hosting four floors of bass-thumping music in a renovated Art Deco building. The former home of the Los Angeles Stock Exchange (hence the name), the club hosts trance, house and techno DJs. Big names from as far afield as Europe, including Giuseppe Ottaviani and Maya Jane Coles, have spun here.

La Cita Bar

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La Cita is a Downtown Los Angeles mainstay with strong drinks, live bands and a rotating roster of high-profile DJs. With an indoor bar and an outdoor space dubbed El Patio, La Cita is a great low-key option that provides guests with unparalleled views of Downtown LA. Hosting events that feature a range of performers, from national touring acts to local favorite DJ IVY, La Cita is sure to delight a crowd any night of the week.

The Room Hollywood

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A luxurious lounge with an intimate dance floor, The Room hosts killer DJs who keep the floor pulsing with hip-hop. For a break from dancing, retire to one of the bar’s cozy booths. Top tip: it can get pretty crowded in the lounge on Fridays and Saturdays, so if you need lots of space to show off your moves, check The Room out on a Wednesday or Thursday.

Sound Nightclub

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Sound Nightclub is all about the music. It boasts a state-of-the-art sound system, which will make you feel the music – quite literally. If you love house or EDM, this is definitely the place for you. In addition to pumping music, you can expect art installations and street food-inspired bites.

The Rooftop at The Standard Hotel

Bar, American, Pub Grub, $$$
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View from Rooftop Bar | © ollie harridge/Flickr
Combine dancing, drinks and sunbathing on a visit to The Rooftop at The Standard Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles – a true staple of the the city’s nightlife scene. While you can take in amazing views from the roof – which also features a heated pool – the lower level is where you can get your dance on. Promoters throw parties here throughout the summer months, but the rotating DJs are sure to please all year round.

The Virgil

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub
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Easy Hollywood spot The Virgil became drag bar Bleu Bleu for the film | Courtesy of The Virgil
The Virgil, a friendly, family-owned bar with a speakeasy feel, is known both for its innovative cocktails and eclectic variety of live shows – from DJs and live bands to comedy and dancing. The venue’s B Side bar offers a cozy, low-key alternative hang-out away from the action.
These recommendations were updated on June 24, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.