1. Academy – Hollywood
The former home of Create, Academy’s neon hue, sleek lounge areas, and glossy finishes make sure it is one of the most modern and elegant warehouse-style nightclub designs in the world. It is the Hollywood home of Insomniac – the same company that brought you the biggest Las Vegas EDM festival: Electric Daisy Carnival / EDC. The 20,000 square feet venue can hold over 2,000 partygoers, and the recurring presence of A-list DJs along with a giant LED ceiling (yes, we said ceiling not wall) means Academy is a can’t-miss venue always spinning out the best tunes and vibes, and there is an Asian-themed outdoor patio area behind the main stage allows guests to take a breather whenever things get too hot on the floor.
2. Sound Nightclub – Hollywood
Sound Nightclub showcases a variety of EDM genres, from deep house music to techno to industrial to progressive house. Set in an intimate, dimly lit, and meticulously decorated space, Sound brings in house music promotions companies to throw parties regularly For example, Tuesday nights features weekly Space Yacht event with an eclectic mix of sounds incorporating more bass, while Friday and Saturday nights bring more deep and tech house to Sound. Discotech usually has guest list, so you can get access to free entry by signing up.
3. Exchange LA – Downtown LA
Since its reopening in 2010 after being the former home of the Los Angeles Stock Exchange, Exchange LA has established itself as one of the top EDM clubs in the world. A multi-level venue that has a 1,500 capacity, six bars spreading over four floors, and many top DJs such as Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin, Don Diablo, and more. The general admission line stretches around both sides of the building on a good night, so we usually recommend getting on the guest list and arriving early, or getting tickets in advance.
4. Avalon – Hollywood
Avalon’s major makeover in 2003 has turned the club from a musical performance theatre to one of the best dance spaces in town. Regular 18+/19+ nights attract a younger crowd than most other clubs in the area, and lines form deep into the Spanish colonial facade almost every night. A long bar offers drinks on either side of the room to keep it going for partygoers. DJ rosters are getting better by the week with its ever growing fanbase. Be sure to check out the place if you’re in town, especially after its million dollar renovation. Use promo code DISCO to save 20% on all tickets purchased through Discotech.
Also Read: Top Las Vegas EDM Clubs
5. Raspoutine – West Hollywood
First established in Paris in 1965, the Raspoutine brand boasts locations in Rome, Marrakesh, Monaco, and – as of 2018 – Los Angeles. Each location takes on the same dark, mysterious, Russian parlor theme; Hollywood A-listers have been attracted to the high-end charms of each venue for decades, from the Rita Hayworths of the 1970s to the Ariana Grande and other modern day celebs. Unlike the European locations, the Los Angeles chapter of Raspoutine serves no food: it is purely a Euro-house nightclub and drinking destination with cocktails, vodka, and French champagne. The 1,600 square foot split-level room oozes blood red walls and floors, banquettes, accented tables, plushy walls, with large matroshka dolls scattered throughout. In fact, Raspoutine is so all-in on the Russian spirit that it feels as though a double-spy character from a Tolstoy novel might burst in at any moment to order celebratory shots of vodka at the bar.
6. Station 1640 – Hollywood
From the moment you walk through the doors, Station 1640 feels futuristic in every sense of the word. The EDM music fills every corner of the 4,000 sq ft indoor and 3,000 sq ft outdoor space of the venue. Station 1640 perfectly intertwines art, music, and nightlife in a brand new way that is like magic to behold, and they combine it all with top tier DJ’s that make it a can’t miss venue for those who can’t get enough of EDM. You can get 10% off tickets or purchase bottle service to Station 1640 here.
7. Palladium – Hollywood
One of the most iconic concert halls in all of America, the Hollywood Palladium is a large concert venue that hosts EDM artists but also features artists from countless other musical genres. It was built in a Streamline Modern, Art Deco style and includes an 11,200 square foot (1040 m²) dance floor with a roomy mezzanine and second-floor level with room for up to 4,000 people. The theater was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016, and chances are your concert-loving parents (and even grandparents) can regale you with stories of catching a show there once upon a time.
8. Winston House – Venice
Winston started out as a small grassroots organization that just wanted to provide a creative space to artists to grow, but after seeing massive support from the local community, it quickly transformed into a live show venue that showcases both up-and-coming and famous performers in an effort to bring more live music to Venice. This fan favorite restaurant, bar, and live music joint is free to get into and continues to hold a special place in the hearts of locals and newcomers alike.
9. Shrine – Downtown LA
The Shrine Auditorium is a concert hall right next to USC in downtown Los Angeles. They have top talent performing regularly, including EDM DJ’s and Hip Hop artists. It’s a huge venue that packs a ton of people and throws one heck of a party. There is no bottle service here, but there are four bars spread out around the place – two on the main floor and two more upstairs on the balcony section. The lighting production is state-of-the-art here and is definitely a sight to see.
10. 1720 – Downtown LA
1720, located near Downtown LA, is a multipurpose venue that hosts live music, concerts, and special events that perfectly combine with their best-in-class production, craft cocktails/beer, and in-house catering from LA acclaimed KTCHN DTLA. This mega-club is the an excellent options to step up your nightlife game with the best EDM that you’ll find anywhere in LA, and for a limited time you can get 10% off tickets to shows and performances at 1720. This is a nightclub that should be on every EDM fans list of can’t miss venue destinations.
LA Nightclubs FAQ
What time do Los Angeles nightclubs usually open?
Nightclubs in Los Angeles usually open around 10:00 PM to 10:30 PM. If you want to avoid lines, we recommend arriving by 10:00 PM.
What time do Los Angeles nightclubs typically close?
Most Los Angeles nightclubs will close at 2:00AM. The EDM venues typically stay open past 2, but last call for alcohol is always 2:00 AM.
What is the dress code like at Los Angeles clubs?
For guys, we suggest to play it safe – wear collared shirts, nice jeans, dress shoes. If you’re getting bottle service, you can get away with a more casual look (blazer + tshirt, etc). For nightclubs that are on the elegant side, most girls will be wearing heels and dresses.
How can I get into Los Angeles nightclubs for free?
If you’re looking for free clubs near me, some Los Angeles clubs have a free guest list, some have a discounted list. Keep in mind that many Los Angeles nightclubs are more exclusive and require bottle service to get in.
Which Los Angeles nightclubs play Hip-Hop?
Avenue, Warwick, Nightingale, Elevate, Bootsy Bellows, Doheny Room.
Which Los Angeles nightclubs play EDM (Electronic Dance Music)?
If you’re looking to party at an EDM club, Avalon, Exchange, Sound, and Academy are great options. There are also many EDM options for clubs in Koreatown.
What LA pool parties are open?
You can find a complete list of the top pool parties in Los Angeles here.