No one would ever claim that Los Angeles doesn’t have enough nightclubs or music venues, but it is rare in this town to find the perfect balance of both in once place to satisfy all your nightlife needs. But if you search hard enough (or let us do the work) what you will find are a few club venue hybrids that even the most discerning music connoisseurs can endorse. Check out some of the top nightclubs for music connoisseurs in Los Angeles and your ears (and friends) will thank you.
1735 Vine St
You need no introduction to Avalon. This is where the best house DJ's, drum and base, electro and... Well you get it, come to perform. Located in the heart of Hollywood, Avalon presents Avaland on Saturdays, Control on Fridays and Tigerheat on Thursdays. Tigerheat is usually reserved for CD release parties, last week Ke$ha came through and a week before the Black Eyed Peas had their "IMMA BE" single release party at the venue err club. Our favorite night is Control, where the best (mostly electronic) DJ's bring their A-game and you bring your stellar dance moves. Artists like James Zabiela, Steve Aoki, Designer Drugs and Rusko have performed at Control just in the last 6 weeks, so you know you can always count on Control when there is nothing else to do on a Friday night and you are so very bored f the typical club scene. Not to be forgotten is Avaland. Saturday night, the house centric crowd flock to Avalon for the best shows in town from guys like Laidback Luke, Oscar G, Bob Sinclar and Steve Angello who always play big raves but rarely stay up till 4am to perform small shows in Hollywood. Avalon is definitely one of the best clubs for music connoisseurs in LA and there is always something going on. Head there...NOW!
6356 Hollywood Blvd
If your New Year's resolution has you staying in and resting more, pick Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays as your key nights to go out solely for what Cinespace offers. Nestled above Hollywood Boulevard, Cinespace has a main bar area, patio and (if you snake your way to the back) a really amazing stage. John Frusciante frequents this spot, as do rockers, hipsters and just about every type of person you would want to spend a night with. Camerata Sundays celebrates art, film and music all in one night with performances on the patio and back stage and visual artists showcasing their work. The real treat is Dim Mak Tuesdays featuring Steve Aoki, Them Jeans, Dan Oh, The Cobrasnake and The Dim Mak Posse! Don’t worry, Cinespace hasn’t forgotten you hip hop heads! RnB Live Hollywood on Wednesdays are always packed and just recently RnB Live celebrated super music producers L.T. Hutton's birthday with Ashanti, Snoop Dogg and Ray J. Cinespace is small and personable, making it much easier to mix and mingle with Snoop and buy your girl Ashanti a beer.
Club Nokia at LA Live
800 West Olympic Blvd
Huge entertainment complex L.A. Live offers up anything you could want in an evening. Check out Club Nokia for small shows in an intimate environment or Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live for double the seats and big sound. To put it in perspective, Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live is the host of the Emmy’s and American Music Awards while Club Nokia hosts shows like moe., the upcoming Brazilian Carnival and Josh Turner. But wait, there’s more! L.A. Live is also home to The Conga Room, co-owned by Jimmy Smits, Jennifer Lopez, Trevor Ariza and will.i.iam to name just a few. The Conga Room is the smallest venue in the complex and a really fun change of pace. With funkier beats and lots more soul, The Conga Room brings in artists like Natalia Lafourcade and Soy Disco to entertain a crowd of sophisticated clientele. Keep the rowdy party at Club Nokia, they welcome it!
9039 West Sunset Blvd
While the Key Club is technically a music venue, after closing for a short time the KC is back and it has reinvented itself. You can still find great shows like the upcoming Digable Planets and Amerie, but now you can head to the legendary space for activities like salsa lessons with music spun by DJ Frank and Angel Lebron and more events that aren’t strictly concerts. The KC is still putting together their new and improved upcoming schedule, but keep checking in with us for all the updates. We are just happy the Key Club is back! THANK YOU MUSIC GOD!