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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 shake a tail feather. We’ve compiled a list of clubs and lounges where dancing is not only welcome, it’s encouraged.
AVALON Hollywood (formerly known as The Palace) is a converted theater with an EAW sound system. They cater to EDM, house, and trance mostly. But if you’re looking for something a little more mainstream, you might want to check them out on Thursdays for their Tigerheat party where the DJs spin Top 40 hits.
AVALON Hollywood, 1735 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 323 462 8900
Boulevard3 is massive upscale club complete with an outdoor garden and a four-sided balcony that overlooks the dance floor. They pride themselves on providing unique entertainment experiences, so don’t be surprised if there are aerial performers flying above your head while you’re tearing it up on the dance floor.
Boulevard3, 6523 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 323 466 2144
Dirty Laundry, a bar tucked neatly underground just off Hollywood Boulevard, is one of the few places that hosts soul and hip-hop music nights. Their Super Soul Monday is well-known and has even welcomed Black Thought of The Roots. On Wednesdays, hip hop is on the menu and being on the guest list is a requirement.
Dirty Laundry, 1725 North Hudson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 323 462 6531
The Echo in Echo Park plays host to indie bands and artists most nights of the week, but their Funky Sole party on Saturday’s ushers people to the dance floor. The DJs spin soul and funk from the 1970s, which brings out the b-boys and girls to show off their moves.
The Echo, 1822 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 213 413 8200
Underneath The Echo is The Echoplex, which hosts Dub Club on Wednesday nights. Dub Club is a reggae party, but DJs have been known to spin Afrobeat and cumbia as well.
The Echoplex, 1822 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 213 413 8200
Exchange LA is one of the biggest clubs in Los Angeles, hosting four floors of bass-thumping music. The former home of the Los Angeles stock exchange (hence the name), the club hosts trance, house, and techno DJs. Big names from across the pond, like Giuseppe Ottaviani and Maya Jane Coles, have spun there.
Exchange LA, 618 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 213 627 8070
The Granada is one of the few clubs in L.A. dedicated to salsa dancing. Don’t know how to dance salsa? Don’t fret. For a small cover, you can show up early in the evening for lessons. And if you don’t have a partner, that’s okay too. The rule is that partners rotate every song.
The Granada LA, 17 South First Street, Alhambra, CA, USA +1 626 227 2572
In addition to the rockabilly themed happy hour they host, La Cita may offer the most eclectic variety of music. They host a party called Punky Reggae, where the DJ spins punk, ska, reggae, post-punk, and mutant disco.
La Cita Bar, 336 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 213 687 7111
Montana’s offers a great space for line dancing aficionados to show off their moves. Located in nearby San Dimas, the bar offers a spacious dance floor and even lessons for those of you wanting to learn the hottest new line dance or just a simple two step.
Montana’s, 657 West Arrow Highway, San Dimas, CA, USA +1 909 592 2211
At The Room, DJs spin hip-hop and R&B from the ’90s, 2000s, and today. 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 them out on a Wednesday or Thursday. Note: they’re only open from Wednesday to Sunday.
The Room, 1626 North Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 866 687 4499
The Satellite is a heavy hitter in the indie music game. The Silverlake club also plays host to the weekly Dance Yourself Clean party. This Saturday night dance party serves up indie dance-pop music guaranteed to make you sweat through your clothes.
The Satellite, 1717 Silver Lake Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 323 661 4380
Sound Nightclub is all about the music. They boast a Pioneer sound system, which will make you feel the music – literally. If you love house or EDM, this is definitely the place for you.
Sound Nightclub, 1642 North Las Palmas Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 323 962 9000
The Standard DTLA Rooftop
The rooftop bar at The Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles is two floors of awesomeness. While you can take in the amazing views from the roof, the lower level is where you can get your dance on. Promoters throw parties there throughout the summer months, but the rotating DJs are sure to please year-round.
The Standard Hotel, Downtown LA, 550 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 213 892 8080
The Virgil, a low-key bar with a speakeasy feel, is known for its live shows that involve a rotating list of DJs and bands, and, as always, dancing thanks to the patrons who frequent the bar for just this purpose. Thursday night they host Funkmosphere, which they describe as “LA’s longest-running party for 80’s-based funk, boogie, electro and italo disco.”
The Virgil, 4519 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 323 660 4540