Are you having severe No-chella and No-EDC withdrawals and missing all the “UNTZ UNTZ” due to this pandemic quarantine? No worries, we’re here to help you out, and to prepare you for that glorious day in the near future when your favorite nightclubs reopen. Check out our guide below to the hottest electronic music nightclub venues in the City of Angels, updated for 2020.
What are the best EDM clubs / venues in Los Angeles in 2020?
Looking to go on an epic bass-dropping night out at one of the best EDM nightclubs in Los Angeles? We’ve got you covered. A global destination and meeting point to blend together the best of world’s diverse cultures, as well as one of the music industry capitals of the world, Los Angeles is home to some of the top electronic nightclubs in the nation. Here are the ten best ones that you MUST check out.
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 all of 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. An Asian-themed outdoor patio area behind the main stage allows guests to take a breather whenever things get too hot on the floor. Book tables and sign up for guestlist at Academy! We often have Academy promo codes for certain shows.
2. 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 1500 capacity, six bars spreading over four floors and reportedly the most restrooms in a nightclub in the city, many top DJs such as Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin and Don Diablo have graced its stage. The GA line stretches long 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. We often have promo codes for Exchange available here. Book tables and sign up for free guestlist at Exchange here.
3. 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 frequently has guest list for Sound events before 11:00PM. Sound stays open until 3 or 4am on the weekends and until 2am on Tuesdays – you can sign up for the free guestlists and book tables directly on our webapp or mobile app.
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 10% on all tickets purchased at AvalonHollywood.com. Book tables and sign up for discounted guestlist for Avalon on our mobile app or webapp.
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 Grandes of the 2020s. 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. Nameless – Santa Monica
Not much has been written about this place… just yet. Nameless is a relatively new techno bar/lounge in Santa Monica that’s rapidly growing in popularity. Why? First off, few places in LA truly cater to crowds searching for underground sounds: some of the best deep house and underground scene DJs in LA have spun here with little fanfare. Second, there are few house music spots west of the 405, and none as classy or as spacious as Nameless (although TBH it’s still much smaller than any of the Hollywood house spots). Nameless has a dedicated dance floor space for househeads and offers bottle service and cheap entry on most nights. However, it’s best perk is that it is located on the same Main Street drag as many other popular bars in Santa Monica, which makes it a great place to start, continue, or end a barhopping night on the Westside. As a result, the crowd at Nameless usually skews younger, drawing in the college and recent post-graduate scene.
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. The Palladium does offer bottle service on their VIP balcony for electronic music shows, and you can reserve a prime-view table for your favorite artist’s upcoming show in our app here.
8. Shrine – Downtown LA
The Shrine Auditorium is a concert hall right next to USC in downtown Los Angeles. They have top talent performing regularly from EDM DJ’s to 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. Check the Discotech webapp for a list of upcoming events and DJs at The Shrine.
9. The Buffalo Club – Santa Monica
A decade or more before the speakeasy fad, gourmet comfort food craze, London private club vogue and mixology ubiquitousness…. there was The Buffalo Club. Ahead of its time and now perfect for the times, The Buffalo Club remains above the fray yet magically still under the radar. Numerous film, TV, music, and tech companies in L.A. have moved into their now-gentrified Santa Monica neighborhood, driving business upward and thus allowing the restaurant/lounge to extend its primary restaurant dining format into late-night house music ultra-lounge on weekends. Still, The Buffalo Club has steadfastly maintained its intimate Prohibition-era allure, all while adding modern amenities like plush seating and VIP bottle service to introduce a younger, hipper generation to its timeless L.A. charms.
10. Belasco – Downtown LA
Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the Belasco is a spectacular multi-room event and entertainment complex. Thanks to a recent $12 million restoration, the Belasco Theater was able to retain most of its original dramatic architecture and detailing, and management has invested in putting on numerous show dates with mid-tier and top-tier music talent across all genres. The venue houses the largest D&B Audiotechnik Sound System in Southern California as well as a state-of-the art lighting system, which makes its live production creative potential for large-scale electronic music gatherings immense. For this reason – and because it is a ticketing-friendly 18-and-over venue – some of the notable EDM genre event production outfits with cult followings (e.g. Bassrush, Desert Hearts, Minimal Effort) host their touring events here when they drop in to the City of Angels.
Honorable Mention: Avalon Bardot (Hollywood) – afterhours
Avalon Bardot is the after ours spot located above Avalon Hollywood. The after party starts at 2 AM. Book tables and sign up for discounted guestlist for Avalon on our mobile app or webapp.
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 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). The dress code for girls is less strict but every nightclub is different. 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?
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, 1OAK, Nightingale, Highlight Room, Elevate, Bootsy Bellows, Doheny Room.
Which Los Angeles nightclubs play EDM (Electronic Dance Music)?
Avalon, Exchange, Sound, and Academy are the EDM clubs in LA.