Housed inside the former Los Angeles Stock Exchange building, Exchange LA serves as a clear indication of Downtown LA’s nightlife resurgence. With a multi level venue that fits over 1500, Exchange is Downtown LA’s go-to spot for electronic dance music.
The décor is a mix of restored Art Deco styles and distinctly modern touches, from the massive bronze doors out front to the intricately painted forty-foot ceilings and the eye-popping LED screen composed of more than one million bulbs.
There’s a sofa-lined hallway and adjoining lounge at street level, but most of the trendy guests head straight up to the Trading Floor – so named because that’s what it used to be – where they let loose to trance, house, or whatever other dance-friendly beats the DJ’s spinning that night.
Laser lights, wafer-thin house dancers, and pulsing fog machines are definitely not in short supply, but VIPs looking for a more intimate environment have several options, from the booths in the mezzanine to the chilled-out Rockefeller Room or the private dance floor in the top-level Sky Loft.
Six bars spread over four levels means grabbing a drink is less of a hassle than at other packed venues, and with reportedly more bathrooms than any other club in LA, getting rid of that drink is easier, too.
Exchange and Academy are the two EDM powerhouses in LA, with all the biggest names coming through one or the other. If you’re a fan of dance music we’d highly recommend you visit both!
- On busy nights it gets crazy at Exchange – the line wraps around the block. If it’s going to be a sold out show we would recommend arriving at 10.
- There’s a bar downstairs and a couple of them upstairs – the one downstairs comes in handy when you’re going out for a smoke break or a bathroom break.
- LA Cafe across the street is open 24 hours for late night munchies.
- On some nights we’ll have promos for lower minimums or bottle deals.
- We often have Exchange LA promo codes for ticket purchases on tixr.com.
Where is Exchange LA located?
Exchange LA is located in the old Los Angeles Stock Exchange building in Downtown LA at the cross section of 6th and Main.
How much is cover charge at Exchange LA?
General admission at the door ususally starts at $30 on regular nights – expect more on holidays and special events / top tier DJs.
How long will I have to wait at Exchange LA?
Wait times vary greatly depending on the DJ. For big DJs the line can stretch around the block and you might wait up to an hour. For nights with lesser known DJs the wait might be 10-15 minutes. As always getting there earlier means a shorter wait!
When is Exchange LA open?
ExchangeLA is open from 10 PM to 3/4 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. Closing time sometimes varies depending on the DJ and crowd. The bar closes at 2, as with all LA venues. Occasionally there will be special events on Sunday nights.
When does the DJ come on at Exchange?
The DJ usually comes on around midnight.
What are the best nights to go to Exchange LA?
Fridays and Saturdays.
What is the dress code at Exchange LA?
Exchange’s dress code is definitely more relaxed than many LA clubs. Guys are good with T-shirt and jeans. No sandals/shorts for guys.
Is there parking near Exchange?
There’s street parking if you get there early enough. There’s also a bunch of parking lots in the area that range from $5-10 on Spring Street. They tend to fill up by 10:30-11 though so the later you arrive the more limited your options will be.
How much do drinks cost at Exchange LA?
Cover $20+. Beer $8, cocktails $10–$14+, bottles start at $400.
Who are the resident DJs?
Exchange brings in new talent every week.
What kind of music do they play at Exchange LA?
Exchange is primarily electronic – house, dubstep, trance, deep house, etc – depends on the DJ.