The host of bars, clubs, coffeehouses, theatres, cinemas and any other venue you can think of on offer in LA is mindboggling and certainly demands that you save some of your energy while you’re trekking about the sights of the city so that you can partake of some evening entertainment.
For the pick of the city’s nightclubs head to Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade or the famous Sunset Strip. Many places will require that you purchase tickets in advance and you will have to do this through Ticketmaster. Others won’t require tickets but you will find that queues for the more popular venues are very long so get there early. As well as this, the cover charge for such establishments are pricier but usually include at least one free drink.
One really popular form of entertainment in Los Angeles is its comedy clubs. As well as featuring the best in up and coming talent, however, they are also renowned for their surprise visits from legends in the world of comedy. So, if you are in to this type of thing LA is certainly the place to check it out.
Finally, to keep fully up to date with all the goings on in the city try to get your hands on the LA Weekly, a free newspaper available in shops, restaurants and at most newsstands. This is a really good publication for those of you interested in cinema and playhouses as well as museums and live music. Other good sources of information are is the Sunday ‘Calendar’ supplement and the ‘Weekend’ pull out in the Los Angeles Times. The latter comes out every Thursday so try to get your hands on either to ensure you don’t miss out.
1652 North Cherokee Ave, Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA
You know, Hollywood isn't all about looking beautiful. Here and there are bars without the velvet rope and cardboard doormen. Boardners is one of those bars. Refreshingly unpretentious, here you can down a beer in peace, and its cozy booths are perfect for catching up with others you meet on your travels.
Open daily from 4pm-2am.
8240 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA
Yes you can even find a little piece of the Ireland on Sunset Boulevard where this pub has been built in true Gaelic style. Serves mainly as a sports bar thanks to the fifteen satellites which receive sporting events from all over the world. Also features karaoke and comedy on Tuesday nights if you’re up for having a laugh or being laughed at – the choice is yours.
256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, USA
Located at the end of the pier Rusty’s draws a very mixed fun loving crowd. From beachgoers to passers by the allure of the place lies in its friendliness. With a beer garden and an outdoor bar as well as live music several times a week it’s a really good place to unwind after a hard day’s sightseeing.
7307 Melrose Place, Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA
Widely regarded as the best stand up and improvised comedy venue in town, this theatre has been in operation for over two decades and remains infinitely popular. Sketches only change on an annual basis but there are different twists and turns every night. Reservations are essential so get booking because this is one place you don’t want to miss.
5364 Wilshire Boulevard, Mid Wilshire, Los Angeles, USA
While the cover charge can be as high as $20 to get into the Conga Room, everyone agrees that it is well worth it once you are in there. One of the best salsa and Latin clubs in this part of the city with live music most nights be prepared to shake your booty as you simply can’t resist.
4658 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA
Ultra popular hip-hop, rap and r n’ b establishment offering the perfect combination of chill out and dance areas where you can listen to a variety of live music and DJs. Entry fee is $10 which is a little bit pricier than some other places but it’s hardly going to stretch your budget too much so we recommend that you go for it.
5630 West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA
In a city full of classy establishments full of posers, this place provides a refreshing alternative. A traditional English style pub in typical LA surroundings the Cat N’ Fiddle is a great bar to chill out in while playing darts or selecting tunes on the jukebox. Also has a lovely outdoor courtyard complete with fountain.
1006 Seward Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA
Originally opened by Bette Davis in the 1940’s this place has recently been refurbished and transformed into one of the better clubs in Hollywood. With wonderful décor which includes an old train carriage, real grass on the floors and a fish tank which houses a shark you just know this place will hold your interest.
1026 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, USA
Pub with hints of bohemian chic, this place is frequented by people of all ages and from all walks of life. Live music most nights with DJs on the nights there isn’t. Also has movies which are shown before the music begins on Mondays. Oh the martinis come highly recommended too so give them a try.
2310 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, USA
Another down to earth purveyor of alcohol attracting a crowd who want to keep it exactly as it is. Come here to sip on a quiet pint and play the number of games on offer including foosball, shuffleboard, pool and darts while the jukebox belts out the classics.