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Nightlife in Los Angeles

Hollywood is where stars are born, so there's no shortage of quality entertainment here. To party with the rock stars and celebrities nothing beats the Viper Room, House of Blues or Whisky A Go Go on West Hollywood's Sunset Strip. More dignified experiences include a picnic with the philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl or a Broadway show at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre. Everywhere is smoke-free, and most nightlife venues close at 2am sharp.

Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles. © Randall Michelson (2007) /LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau
Beauty Bar, Los Angeles. © Beauty Bar
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Beauty Bar

Cocktails and curling irons

Decorated with vintage salon gear with a trendy-retro vibe, this cocktail lounge/beauty salon in Hollywood is both camp and trendy. Where else but Beauty Bar can you get a manicure while sipping cocktails with names like Blue Rinse and Prell?



Address

1638, North Cahuenga Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles CA 90028, California

Telephone

+1 323 464 7676

Transport

Car or taxi

Website

Beauty Bar Website

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The Standard Downtown

Rooftop lounge

The Standard Downtown, a trendy rooftop bar located atop The Standard Hotel in Downtown L.A., is surrounded by office towers and helipads, and the view is magnificent. Enjoy exotic cocktails under the warm night sky amid waterbeds and bent-plastic loungers.



Address

The Standard Hotel, 550, South Flower Street, Los Angeles CA 90071

Telephone

+1 213 892 8080

Transport

Bus 16, 18, 316 or 720 to downtown area; 7th Street metro

Website

The Standard Hotel Website

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Trader Vic's

Polynesian party scene

This lively bar is famous for its Polynesian-Tiki decor, exotic drinks, pupu platters (meat-and-seafood appetisers) and movie industry clientele. Trader Vic's in Beverly Hills is part of Victor Bergron's chain of Tahitian-themed restaurants, the birthplace of mai tai cocktails.



Address

9876, Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles CA 90210

Telephone

+1 310 276 6345

Transport

Car or taxi

Website

Trader Vic's Website

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Skybar

Where the famous play

On Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, Skybar is a favourite meeting place for L.A.'s most fashionable and famous. If you can get in, you might get to rub elbows with some of the faces that regularly appear in People magazine.



Address

Mondrian Hotel, 8440 West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles CA 90048

Telephone

+1 323 848 6025

Transport

Bus 2, 218 or 302 to Hollywood/Sunset Strip

Website

Mondrian Hotel Website

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CineSpace

Dining, dramas and DJs

If your big night on the town involves dinner, a movie, DJs and dancing, CineSpace has got it all covered. This stylish, intimate Hollywood supper club serves dinner, shows a movie, then offers dancing until the early hours.



Address

6356, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles CA 90028

Telephone

+1 323 817 3456

Transport

Car or taxi

Website

CineSpace Website

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Harvelle's Blues Club

Local blues favourite

Open since 1931, this Santa Monica bastion of blues claims to be the oldest blues club in Los Angeles. Dark and sexy like a blues club should be, you can always rely on a good local band playing at Harvelle's.



Address

1432, 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90401

Telephone

+1 310 395 1676

Transport

Bus to 4th and Santa Monica

Website

Harvelle's Website

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The Dragonfly

Hollywood dance club

The Dragonfly is a popular Hollywood dance club that also books well known rock bands like Jane's Addiction. When you get overheated from dancing you'll enjoy the cool outdoor patio. Be sure to check their website to see who's performing.



Address

6510, Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles CA 90038

Telephone

+1 323 466 6111

Transport

Car or taxi

Website

The Dragonfly Website

Viper Room, Los Angeles
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Viper Room

Sunset Strip club

The world-famous Viper Room has been an icon on the Sunset Strip since it was opened by actor Johnny Depp in 1993. The intimate, star-filled club is known for late-night surprise performances from Iggy Pop, Tom Petty and Slash.



Address

8852, West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, Los Angeles CA 90069

Telephone

+1 310 358 1881

Transport

Bus 2, 218 or 302 to West Sunset Boulevard

Website

Viper Room Website

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Whisky A Go Go

Legendary rock venue

Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood is a legendary live music venue, host to the biggest names in rock since the 1960s. From Jim Morrison to Guns n' Roses and Beck, major rock music trends start at Whisky.



Address

8901, West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles CA 90069

Telephone

+1 310 652 4202

Transport

Bus 2, 218, or 302 to West Hollywood/West Sunset Boulevard

Website

Whisky A Go Go Website

ArcLight Cinemas, Los Angeles. &copy ArcLight Cinemas
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ArcLight Cinemas

Deluxe movie theatre

The ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood is the finest movie theatre in the US. The extra-cushy theatre seats can be reserved in advance, late arrivals are forbidden and there's even a bar and lounge where movie-themed cocktails are served with appetisers.



Address

6360, West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles CA 90028

Telephone

+1 323 464 4226

Transport

Car or taxi

Website

Arclight Cinemas Website

Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles. Photo by Michele & Tom Grimm, &copy LACVB
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Hollywood Bowl

Outdoor amphitheatre

Built in the early 1920s, the Hollywood Bowl is an elegant Greek-style natural outdoor amphitheatre that hosts world-class entertainment. Watching the Los Angeles Philharmonic while enjoying a picnic dinner and a bottle of wine is one of L.A.'s grandest traditions.



Address

2301, North Highland Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles CA 90068

Telephone

+1 323 850 2000

Transport

Car or taxi

Website

Hollywood Bowl Website

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House of Blues

Sunset Strip blues joint

House of Blues in West Hollywood offers nightly entertainment for music fans of all ages and ethnicity. Blues, R&B, funk, reggae, jazz, swing, Latin and rock 'n' roll are all on offer. The Sunday Gospel Brunch is a roof-raising experience.



Address

8430, West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles CA 90069

Telephone

+1 323 848 5100

Transport

Bus 2, 218 or 302 to West Hollywood

Website

House of Blues Website

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The Wiltern

Live music scene

Saved from the wrecking ball in the mid-1980s, the 1930s-era Art Deco Wiltern on Wilshire Boulevard is one of the most beautiful theatres in town. Countless national and international music and comedy acts like Beck and Audioslave have performed here.



Address

3790, Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles 90010-2807

Telephone

+1 213 380 5005

Transport

Subway to Wilshire/Western

Website

The Wiltern Website

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Laugh Factory

Comedy landmark

Just about every American comedian on TV has been a regular at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood: Rodney Dangerfield, Dave Chappelle, Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld among others. The best night to attend is the Friday All Star Comedy show.



Address

8001, West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles CA 90046

Telephone

+1 323 656 1336

Transport

Car or taxi

Website

Laugh Factory Website

Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles. &copy Randall Michelson (2007) /LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Pantages Theatre

Hollywood movie palace

Opened in 1930, this historical and cultural landmark in Hollywood was the first Art Deco movie palace in the US and site of the Academy Awards from 1949 to 1959. The theatre hosts major productions like Cats and Les Miserables.



Address

6233, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles CA 90028

Telephone

+1 323 468 1770

Transport

Car or taxi

Website

Pantages Theatre Website

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