Birds & Bees

The Best Underground Bars in Downtown L.A.

12/12/2017

Hope Ewing

There are so many fun bars in L.A. but there is something about descending below-ground that conjures feelings of mystery and adventure - just ask Alice. In few places is this more true than the underground bar. Secret entrances, darkened staircases, being in the know are all part of the appeal.

There's no better place to enjoy this feeling than Downtown Los Angeles. Early 20th-century architectural gems have been revived right and left since the start of the 21st - and with them the basement bars, dance clubs and jazz lounges that once served the booming city’s movers and shakers. Bank vaults, a power plant and historic speakeasies are being redesigned for the thriving Downtown L.A. nightlife scene. If you’re searching for the best underground bars Downtown read on for Downtown L.A.’s finest in subterranean drinking, dining and dancing.

"The Vortex" at Exchange LA

The Best New Year's Eve Parties at Los Angeles Bars & Clubs

12/09/2015

Discover Los Angeles

Raise a glass to 2019 and dance the night away to world-class DJs! Read on for our guide to New Year’s Eve events taking place at L.A.’s top bars, lounges and dance clubs. All events are 21 and over unless otherwise noted.

Go Metro: all Metro Rail lines, plus Orange and Silver Lines, will run 24 hours on New Year's Eve with free fares from 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 2 a.m. on Jan. 1.

"The Vortex" at Exchange LA

The Best Dance Clubs in Los Angeles

03/26/2015

Matt Schantz

The electronic music scene, nightlife and DJ culture in Los Angeles have come a long way in a relatively short time. Once the Wild West compared to New York's well-established nightclub culture, Los Angeles has long been known for warehouse parties, underground events and full-moon desert parties. The echoes of the 80s and 90s underground scene are still heard at Moontribe and secretive events in Downtown L.A. with ever-changing locations, but legitimate nightclubs that fully embraced electronic music had a ways to go. Then around 2000, the “super club” craze caught on like lightning in a bottle, captured at clubs like Giant and Spundae. The exposure was massive and the underground suddenly started bubbling to the surface.

The after-effects are still being felt today, and the Los Angeles dance music scene has morphed into something strange, beautiful and vital. There are venues throughout the city where you can take part in the culture or just get your groove on and have a lost weekend. Read on for some of L.A.’s best clubs for electronic music.

Where to Find Nightlife in L.A.

10/12/2012

Rachael Rollins

Dance clubs, live music and comedy venues, cocktail lounges and sports bars — the list of places to enjoy after-dark excitement in Los Angeles is endless, so head out tonight and experience the best of nightlife!

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Gay Los Angeles: West Hollywood

09/25/2012

Discover Los Angeles

West Hollywood is the thumping heart of Southern California’s gay community. L.A.’s Gay Pride Parade and Festival takes place here each June, and half a million people gather for the annual Halloween Carnaval. The rest of the year, it’s busy day and night with cafés, gyms, restaurants, bars and dance clubs.