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The Bungalow – Santa Monica’s Best Beach Cocktail Bar

From hospitality visionary Brent Bolthouse comes The Bungalow; is a paradigm in romantic socializing and creative meeting space for the Westside of Los Angeles The Bungalow is a space that evokes a breezy, beachside Baja lifestyle. The place feels more like a home than a bar, with mismatched tables, chairs and couches. In addition to the front deck with its fire pits, lush foliage and twinkling tree lanterns, the Bungalow also has a laid-back game room with a pool table, a private dining room, a back garden and a large main bar with high raftered ceilings. Moroccan tile work, Mexican blankets, multiple fireplaces, whitewashed walls, French doors and custom brickwork complete the scene.

This is what you thought LA would be—an endless summer where the margaritas are always flowing and the ocean is just steps away. Brent Bolthouse’s newest (and first Westside) venture is also his most casual. The Bungalow—an actual bungalow on the grounds of Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar—is a boho retreat decorated in Baja-Cali style, making a night of drinks feel like a house party. Order one of the potent mezcal creations at the outdoor bar and hang out by the fire pit or head inside to lounge on one of the Mexican blanket-wrapped couches. If you’re feeling active (or competitive), there’s an outdoor ping pong table and indoor pool table. Though the hotel boasts a star chef, Fig’s Ray Garcia, the menu is still limited to appetizers like chips and guac ($7).

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Good for: Without a doubt, time your arrival to sunset. There’s nothing like a round of drinks downed while watching the sky turn a gorgeous pink-gold. So what if we owe the colors to the city’s smoggy atmosphere?

The Scene: The Bungalow has a split personality. Tuesday through Thursday, it’s an all-ages—21+, of course—assortment of Westside locals and casual good vibes, but come Friday and Saturday, Hollywood-style lines—with the crowd to match—spill across the courtyard.  Our vote? Lazy Sundays.

The Playlist: Just as changeable as the crowd. You’ll get anything from mellow surf tunes to classic Hendrix. Bolthouse himself occasionally makes an appearance on the turn tables.

Drink This: If they’re going to call it Bitchin’ Sangria ($10) it had better be good. This tasty concoction is elevated by a seasonal mix of fruits from the nearby Santa Monica Farmers Market and the addition of pisco.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 5:00pm – 2:00am
Saturdays: 12:00pm – 2:00am
Sunday: 12:00pm – 10:00pm

Markus Schulz at Avalon LA Promo Code

Markus Schulz will be taking the stage at Avalon Hollywood for an Open to Close set on Saturday September 2, 2017!

Limited time promotion – use promo code Disco to get 10% off your ticket purchase here.

This code is only valid for the first 200 uses – if the code is no longer working that means more than 200 tickets have been purchased.

We will not have a free guest list for this night, so if you’re definitely interested in going we highly recommend buying tickets. Set it off!

Best Pool Parties in Los Angeles 2017

Nothing quite captures the summer season more than swimsuits, rooftop bars and poolside soirees (though outdoor adventures and ice cream take a close second). When it comes to Vegas-style pool parties and laid-back, rooftop gatherings, L.A.’s buzzy social events calendar has enough lively happenings to keep you entertained all summer long. The season events have officially kicked off with a splash of pool parties thrown at shindig-friendly hotels around town, from the heart of Hollywood to the rooftops of Downtown Los Angeles. If you’re looking to lounge (or dance) by the pool, music in ear and cocktail in hand, be prepared to arrive early or grab a hotel room the night before, as most parties cap out at 500 people. Of course, the fastest way to a coveted cabana or table space is via bottle service packages, which can run hundreds of dollars, but you’ll buy the best seat in the house. Book bottle service, buy tickets, and sign up for guestlist directly on our free mobile app. Here are some of the best summer pool party options in LA:

SLS Beverly Hills

Sure, the ultra-modern SLS Beverly Hills offers an incredible spa, dining options and amenities, but the true gem of the hotel is the Altitude Pool. Nestled on the hotel rooftop, the pool area offers breathtaking views of Los Angeles, along with poolside service, refreshing cocktails and light bites from chef José Andrés. Starting the first week of May, Altitude Pool turns into a swanky day lounge complete with a live DJ, who will set the musical backdrop from 1pm-5pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The pool is open to hotel guests only unless you reserve a cabana (for a pretty penny). Of course, you could also book a weekend staycation for the rooftop pool itself. Fergie had her baby shower there—just sayin’.

W Hollywood

Who said a pool party can’t also be a workout? This summer, the W Hollywood rooftop pool and bar, aptly dubbed Wet, is hosting a weekly series called Get Fit with Brit Middleton, Eryt and Hot 8 Yoga. Guests can head to the Wet Deck at 10am for a different kind of pool party where they’ll swap out the boozy bashes for a lively workout with great tunes and an incredible view of the city. The best part? It’s completely free. Enjoy a cocktail by the bar or hang by the pool for a well-deserved post-workout treat. As for the rest of the weekend, DJs will be spinning from 1pm to 5pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Though the Wet deck is primarily reserved for hotel guests, daybeds and cabanas can be reserved for non-guests with food and beverage spending minimums.

Mondrian

The Mondrian hotel, West Hollywood’s luxury boutique getaway, is home to the ever-popular Skybar, a pool and bar that offers one of the best views in L.A. From May 5th to June 9th, Angelenos can head to the rooftop for the ultimate pre-weekend pool party, aptly dubbed Just Ditch Fridays. Let loose and lounge poolside every Friday from 1-6pm to spins from DJ Arron Colbert, while toasting to the freaking weekend. Plus, be on the lookout for upcoming pool parties like the returning Wicked Paradise, which will hold court at Skybar on Saturday, May 27—just in time for Memorial Day weekend. The premier pool party event is kicking off the summer season with Dirtybird Records, J.Philip and more.

The Standard, Downtown Los Angeles

The Downtown version of the Sunset Strip shag pad pokes fun at jet-setting ’60s bachelors, with the lobby setting the swinger-style tone. Rooms come equipped with platform beds, tubs for two and peek-a-boo showers. Complete with DJs, vibrating waterbeds and views, the rooftop pool bar can be a tough ticket on weekends for non-guests (must meet a $35 food and beverage minimum), but it’s totally worth it for a weekend day rager. Plus, the Paradise Unlimited Swim Club is taking over the rooftop pool on May 13 from 3pm to 9pm, featuring DJ Dino Soccio, Colour Vision and a string of special guests. Check out the hotel’s event calendar for a full listing of poolside soirees this summer.

Tropicana

If you’re looking to party poolside in the heart of Hollywood, this longstanding hotel is your perfect go-to. After a 2003 restoration by designer Dodd Mitchell, this 1927 landmark, a beautiful example of Spanish colonial design, once more welcomed the A-listers who frequented it during Hollywood’s heyday. On the weekends, you’ll often find Tinseltown’s It crowd at the often-buzzing bar scene and mingling on the open-air lounge chairs by the pool. Speaking of the pool, it also features a restored underwater mural by renowned illustrator David Hockney. While every Saturday night is a pool party within itself, you can go big and head to Tropicana Sundays grand opening bash on May 7 from 2pm to 7pm, which will feature L.A.’s top DJs. Plus, check out the upcoming ADLT SWM party on May 14 and PROPER, a monthly swim series at the Hollywood Roosevelt. Sip on cocktails, dance and enjoy a dose of L.A. sunshine by the pool.

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

On the hunt for a trendy rooftop scene, tasty cocktails by the pool, and an insane view of Downtown L.A.’s city skyline? You’ll want to head to the ever-popular Ace Hotel. While guests won’t exactly be doing a canon ball into the small pool that’s more like a large hot tub, the Ace rooftop bar and pool lounge is the perfect spot for prime nightlife entertainment and late-night cocktails. Bonus? The hotel is constantly bringing in some of L.A.’s best DJs and live bands to set the tunes while you bop your head and take in the city views—cocktail in hand. Every Sunday, Dublab will present a rotating mix of DJs at “Dublab Vibing Time” from 1pm to 6pm. Check the hotel calendar for a full list of events and DJs hitting the rooftop this summer. If you’re really hankering for a Vegas-style pool party, head to the Ace Hotel’s Palm Springs branch to catch the recurring Swim Club bash.

Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach

Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach is holding rooftop pool parties this summer. They are the first Sunday of each month, with the dates being June 5, July 3 (yes, on Fourth of July weekend!), Aug. 7 and Sept. 4. They are held on the hotel’s Skydeck and features a bar, DJ and a special menu provided by the hotel’s fun-loving chef Ashley Oats. It goes from 1 p.m.-dusk (sunsets are at approximately 7:30) and there is no admission charge. This is open to anyone and it’s a rare treat, as the rooftop is normally reserved for hotel guests and special events. There are also not very many pools in the South Bay, so that’s different, as well. Yes, we have a beach here but not any pools open to the public. Here, you can wear your bikinis or board shorts and go for a swim without having to dodge surfers, kids and ocean waves.

Bonus: Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs

While it’s a bit of a trek from L.A. to Palm Springs, the Ace Hotel’s buzzy pool parties make a weekend getaway well worth your while. The desert locale is home to the Swim Club, which hosts a variety of pool parties throughout summer. Kicking off the summer pool party season (though it’s practically year-round) is Memorial Day weekend with the third annual Desert Days event running from May 24th to May 28th. Prepare for a mix of DJs, live music, stand-up comedians, pool parties, R-rated bingo, arts & crafts and more. Be on the lookout for more daytime pool parties on the Ace Hotel’s event calendar, which are sure to roll out during the sumer.

Create Nightclub Free Earlybird Ticket Promo Code

Update 12/11/17 – Create is no longer using promo codes. You can sign up for discounted guestlist for Create here, or buy tickets to upcoming Create shows here

Create Nightclub Hollywood often releases limited number of free earlybird (free before 11 PM) tickets.

To check to see if Create is offering free earlybird tickets, use the following steps:

  1. Go to createnightclub.com and click on the show you are interested in
  2. Add two earlybird tickets to your cart
  3. Add promo code DISCO – if the offer is active you should see a 100% discount
  4. If the free earlybird ticket promo is not active, you will see a 20% discount.

They will also sometimes run a Buy One Get One Free promo for regular GA tickets. In order to check to see if the BOGO promo is available, add two regular tickets to your cart and use promo code DISCO. If the BOGO promo is active you will see the total price decrease by 50%. If it’s not, you’ll see the total price decrease by 20%, which is the standard discount.

You can sign up for free guestlist and book bottle service for Create directly on our free mobile app!

Control Fridays Monthly Pass (Avalon) Promo Code

Avalon Hollywood is announcing a new monthly club pass which give you access to the following CONTROL shows at Avalon every Friday in July. Use promo code DISCO to get 10% off your monthly pass.

Buy this July monthly pass to gain access to the following CONTROL shows: 

FRI 7/7 w/ Hoodboi, Electric Mantis, Jon Mon
FRI 7/14 w/ TM88, Nessly, NCS
FRI 7/21 w/ Crankdat, ATliens, Castor Troy, RWDY
FRI 7/28 w/ Bare Noize, Far Too Loud, Xilent, Jon Mon

  • CONTROL is the longest running nightlife party in the United States, running for 8 years since 2008.
  • CONTROL LA has been the home to hundreds of “debut performances.”
  • Over 4,000 different bands and DJs have performed on the CONTROL stages on the West Coast.

Book bottle service and sign up for Avalon guestlist directly on our free mobile app!

Couture (LA) Promo Code

We do not currently have a promo code for Couture. You can buy presale tickets to events at Couture here.

Buying presale tickets at Couture ensures that you’ll get in – ticket holders also get expedited entry.

You can book table service / cabanas and sign up for free guestlist directly on our free mobile app, or on our webapp.

Union (LA) Promo Code

We do not currently have a promo code for Union. You can buy presale tickets to events at Union here.

Buying presale tickets at Union ensures that you’ll get in – ticket holders also get expedited entry.

You can book table service / cabanas and sign up for free guestlist directly on our free mobile app, or on our webapp.

Sound (LA) Promo Code

We do not currently have a promo code for Sound. You can buy presale tickets to events at Sound here.

Buying presale tickets at Sound ensures that you’ll get in – ticket holders also get expedited entry.

You can book table service / cabanas and sign up for free guestlist directly on our free mobile app, or on our webapp.

Best Hip Hop Clubs in Los Angeles

EDM might be the biggest story in the nightlife scene at the moment, but let’s not forget about the other genres that can get your night turnt up. Who doesn’t love the sound of Hip Hop classics like “In Da Club” and “Get Low”? While EDM has come up in a big way, Hip Hop remains just as important to any DJ and club-goer. Check out the best Hip Hop venues in the City of Angels for you:

 

1 Oak LA – $$$$

9039 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Good Hip Hop clubs are fewer and fewer as the EDM scene grows, but rest assured, 1 OAK will not be one of those places. With expanding locations across America, 1 OAK has established their name as a stalwart in the nightclub industry. Timeless designs and unparalleled hospitality make sure your experience in 1 OAK will be one of your best night outs. While the newest and most flashy locations garner the most interest in the industry, 1 Oak stay true to its mission to bring extravagancy and style to its guests. Better yet, A-list celebrity sightings occur on a weekly basis. If you want to enjoy good Hip Hop dance music and you are a big movie fan, don’t hesitate to make 1 Oak your next stop on the coming weekend.

Argyle – $$$

1600 N Argyle Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028

A hybrid of a nightclub and cocktail bar, Argyle assumes the former location of the Tru club at Selma and Argyle. Snakeskin booths for bottle services surround a large dance floor in the middle. colored lights cover the ceiling along with a large black chandelier. Upstairs is where all the fun happens in the nightclub section of the venue. Grab a drink at the bar downstairs to get in the mood or if you have to take a break from dancing. “Down here we want people to slow down drinking a little and really think about the flavors, “Chris Hewes, the bar’s head of the cocktail program, says. Good Hip Hop music and a great cocktail selection, Argyle is your place to go.

 

Bootsy Bellows – $$$$

9229 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Formerly known as the Trousdale Lounge, actor David Arquette turned this space into a nightclub and named it after his mother. Bootsy Bellows is a luxurious celerity hotspot that has a swanky vintage style to it. After a brief renovation over the winter months of 2015, the club reopens with an upscale bachelor pad from Rat Pack era, draped in walnut and gold-framed mirroring with long wraparound golden banquettes and more. Another very good place for celebrity sighting but if you’re a guy, be prepared to pay big bucks for bottle services as it will be an uphill task to get in.

 

Elevate Lounge – $

811 Wilshire Blvd
Ste 2100
Los Angeles, CA 90017

The view alone is enough reason for you to try out the experience Elevate Lounge has to offer. Sitting 21 floors up in a skyscraper on Wilshire Boulevard, the club offers a breathtaking panorama view over the coveted Hollywood Hills and all the way along the Downtown Los Angeles skyline. A clean and modern design complements a spacious and open venue, allowing guests to immerse themselves in an authentic LA experience. Outdoor patios are available if you need to take a break from dancing and a guestlist for free admission is available before 10:30pm. Elevate’s bottle service is also one of the best deals in town.

 

Hyde Sunset Lounge – $$$$

8117 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

 A high-end dinner spot from 6-10pm, Hyde transforms into a top go to place for celebrities and affluent club-goers when the clock strikes 12. Its capacity is relatively smaller at only 500 and due to that, it can get pretty selective at the door. However, it doesn’t stop this place from being one of the best Hip Hop venues in town. Monday is Hip Hop night where a mix of classics and new songs will be played and on weekends big name Hip Hop artists take the stage. This place is truly a heaven for all Hip Hop followers. Please note that this venue does not charge cover and only does bottle service. As this is a high-end venue, make sure to dress up appropriately as well.

 

Nightingale Plaza – $$$$

643 N La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069

The latest SBE concept in the former Greystone Manor space, Nightingale is an avant-garde nightclub named after Hollywood’s after-party-rich Bird Streets. The first thing you’ll see upon entering is an elegant lounge with surreal wallpaper strewn with phantom limbs, flower with eyes and even dinosaurs designed by the acclaimed Rockwell Group. Four distinct areas allow guests to freely dine, lounge or dance in. A photo booth is also installed in line with the wallpaper to let up to 8 people capture their unforgettable memories in the club. Where refined elegance meets crafted technology, this venue is poised to be the next A-lister go to place.

 

 

Project LA – $$

6356 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

Huddled in between Hemingway’s and Beso, Project London comes to LA in the former Roxbury space with this new hotspot. A Boulevard Nightlife Group owned and operated venue, Project LA was designed by integrated architecture, planning and consulting firm Gensler. Boasting a 8500-square foot main room and outdoor patio, Project LA attracts a sophisticated yet sexy and fun crowd of energetic people including celebrities, musicians and famous DJs around the world to regularly party here. Blindingly neon color schemes and top notch Hip Hop music provides the perfect atmosphere and vibe for guests to have a great night out.

 

Villa Lounge – $$$

8623 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069

“There’s sort of an overtone of a bordello,” says Villa’s lead designer and architect, Lionel Ohayon, of the bar. “The general idea is that it’s a residential house . . . but an eccentric Hollywood Hills home. Things seem very familiar, but a little off-center at the same time.” While some may be lost on the design of Villa Lounge includes high-concept interior, the whole approach bets on the feeling of being in someone’s home. Since this venue is probably one of the most exclusive spots in town, such a conception perfectly complements its door policy. The management even created a personalized door key card for regulars to access entry seamlessly. Due to its high exclusivity, you’ll either have to get bottle service or you’ll need to know someone. On top of everything, the club does play good Hip Hop music so it would be worth to visit at least once.

 

Warwick – $$$

6507 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Take the typical Hollywood Club, give it a rough, indie feel, and you have Warwick. In the shape of a warehouse with exposed bricks, fireplaces and unfinished ceilings, Warwick actually offers top quality cocktails made from better booze and quality ingredients. The layout of the club is tailor-made to table/bottle services but the bar program, run by Jason Bran and Damian Windsor, is still a very good option for those who prefer to keep their money in their pockets. Once again, guys might have to go for bottle services for entry if you don’t know anyone. Occasionally, big name Hip Hop artists do appear at the venue so keep your eyes open for those events.

 

California Senate Passes Bill Allowing Last Call to Extend to 4 AM

Early this year, California Senator Scott Wiener began a campaign for the ‘Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night Act’, which proposed that each municipality within the state be given authority to choose their last call hour, possibly pushing it back to as late as 4AM.

Previously, all venues throughout the entire state were limited to a 2AM last call for alcohol services. “Nightlife matters a lot, culturally and economically, and it’s time to allow local communities more flexibility,” Senator Scott Wiener argued.

The Senator’s efforts have paid off as his proposed 4AM nightlife bill has officially passed in the Senate, allowing it to now move to Assembly for a review and a vote before reaching the governor for final word to “allow but not require local communities to let their bars and nightclubs serve alcohol until 4AM”.

This is a huge move that will affect party hotspots in the state like Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco if it passes through the next phase.