Let’s be real for a second. Los Angeles has some fantastic nightlife, but it sometimes feels like clubs are more for standing and observing others rather than actually dancing. Here at Loop, we are all for dancing like nobody’s watching and here are some spots that can help with that.
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Avalon Hollywood is one of LA’s largest and most historic clubs. The venue first opened doors in 1927 as The Hollywood Playhouse, the operating as The El Capitan Theatre, The Jerry Lewis Theater, the Hollywood Palace and simply Palace before becoming Avalon in 2002. Fun Fact: the Beatles played their first West Coast performance here back in 1964 and venue went on to become one of the first clubs in LA to embrace EDM music.
Today, the Hollywood/Vine hotspot is the place for epic themed nights, as it regularly hosts mega-popular party series including Emo Night and Gasolina and showcases the world’s best DJs year-round. Oh and the best part, Avalon is one of the few spots in the city often open past 6 a.m, making it a night owl’s dream.
1735 Vine St., Los Angeles, @avalonhollywood
Located right off Santa Monica Boulevard, The Abbey is a West Hollywood staple. Celebrating 32 years of pride, the indoor-outdoor venue plays primarily top 40 and pop hits. On hand to entertain guests are nightly are a slew of fun performers from celebrity drag queens to sexy go-go dancers.
This LGBTQ+ club welcomes everyone, but is known to be one of the most famous gay bars in the United States. Its sister spot, The Chapel at The Abbey, opened next door in 2016 and doubles the dancing fun.
692 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood @theabbeyweho
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Looking for luxury? Playhouse Hollywood is the answer. Occupying the space once known as the Fox Theatre, the massive 13,000-square-foot Vegas-style nightclub boasts a sexy circus theme and describes itself as a “celebrity-friendly luxury club with eclectic DJs, a vast dance floor and a party atmosphere.”
Any search of Playhouse on social media will immediately show sparkling bottles and confetti as the bottle service is top tier. However, it’s not a place where people just stand around and drink, as people also flock to the dance floor which is known for its state-of-the-art lighting and killer sound design.
6506 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles@playhousehw
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One might do a double take the first time going to The Victorian because it litterally looks like a white house. However, that’s part of the fun. The interior is a converted historic home, and the now club has three levels guests can explore.
Guests can drink from bars on each level and enjoy a different type of music on each floor. The basement undeniably gets the most crowded, but everyone feels hyped. The Victorian definitely caters to the younger crowd, as it can feel like an elevated frat house party. However, sometimes that’s the mood needed.
2640 Main St., Santa Monica@thevictoriansm
Hip-hop and reggaeton fans will love the reserve. Two rooms make up the downtown club, one dedicated to each genre of music. The nearly 7,000 sqft. venue is totally unique with one of the rooms being appropriately called “The Vault,” as The Reserve is located in the basement of a 1920s beaux arts bank. The Reserve is also known for its lit theme nights like the recent Drake tribute night celebrating the rapper’s new album and the Old School Vs. New School throwback party.
650 S Spring St., Los Angeles@thelareserve
The Short Stop takes no days off. This Echo Park club is open until 2 a.m. daily with dancing officially starting at 10 p.m.. Focusing on LA pride, The Short Stop also plans around Dodgers games. During the season, they open two hours before home games and offer drink specials. Boogie on for the boys in blue.
1455 Sunset Blvd. #3457, Los Angeles @theshortstopechopark
The Continental Club gives the best of both worlds. On regular nights, this downtown underground spot is a swanky jazz bar, but they also have themed nights centered around ’80s and ’90s hits for dancing. In the mood for a good drink? This is the place as the mixologists are known for their speciality and craft cocktails.
116 4th Street, Los Angeles @continentalclub
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