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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. Make sure you get the free Discotech App to browse upcoming events, buy tickets, and book tables at the best hip hop clubs in LA, or check out our best nightclubs in Los Angeles guide. Check out the best Hip Hop venues in the City of Angels:

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. No guest list or general admission at Warwick – bottle service only.

 

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. Bottle service here.

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. Table service and guestlist available here.

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. Bootsy Bellows bottle service available here.

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 packages are definitely the cheapest and best value table service options in LA. Sign up for free or discounted guestlist here.

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. Hyde Sunset bottle service here.

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. You’ll want to get bottle service here – Nightingale does not do general admission.

Most Exclusive Upscale Nightclubs in Los Angeles

These exclusive Los Angeles nightclubs are not for the faint of heart. Packed full nearly every night of the week with local scenesters, beautiful trust fund babies and Los Angeles’ elites, there’s even a good chance that you run into a celebrity grinding on the dance floor, or catch an artist dropping in for a quick performance. All in a night’s work for places where the ultra expensive table minimum start in the thousands. Have your status and cash at the ready to get past the doorman at these night-time playgrounds of the rich and the famous – you’ll be rubbing shoulders with the most well heeled selection of LA high society, and they like to party hard. Most of these upscale venues do not do general admission – admission for ladies is at the door’s discretion, admission for guys requires bottle service. These are the most expensive nightclubs in LA:

Warwick

Part rustic cocktail lounge part Hollywood club, Warwick (formerly Club L), a warehouse of exposed brick, fireplaces, and unfinished ceilings, opens October 5. The idea here is a simple one, but not always easy to execute. Take the typical Hollywood club, but give it more of a rough, indie feel, and vastly upgrade the alcoholic options to seasonal craft cocktails made with better booze and quality ingredients. As one can see from the layout, it’s a space suited to table/bottle service, but in this case the bar program, and yes, there’s a “bar program,” is executed by top talent Jason Bran and Damian Windsor who have likely liquored you up in the past four years at The Roger Room.

While one can always order a drink from the venue’s multiple bars, here’s how tableside cocktail service will work. Those who reserve a table score a personal cocktail attendant to make drinks throughout the night. A table might come with a choice spirit, fresh squeezed juice, housemade syrup or bitters, seasonal garnishes, housemade “foams,” and depending on the drink, fancy ice like this.

Hollywood // 10 PM – 2 AM // Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat

Avenue

It’s not every day that a hot new club opens in Hollywood, but the Tao Group brings one of their most reliable nightlife concepts, Avenue, to the heart of Tinseltown starting tomorrow evening. A celebrity-riddled place in New York City, the Hollywood outlet is sure to bring in the same kind of A-list clientele as the Manhattan original, with a David Rockwell-designed space that spans a mere 4,000 square feet just outside the new Dream Hotel project.

Not massive, but just enough room to unleash some unabashed revelry. The place looks like a “grand estate frozen in time,” with plenty of custom design points and a lounge-style seating array. Expect world-class DJs spinning beats while the drink offerings are classic club-style booze: bottles and easy mixers. And when you get hungry, just pop over to Alvin Cailan’s pizza joint, Luchini, for slices and more. Tao, Beauty & Essex, and rooftop pool bar The Highlight Room will join Avenue for a NYC-style free for all in Hollywood.

Hollywood // 10 PM – 2AM // Tues, Fri, Sat

Nightingale Plaza

Nightingale Plaza is sbe’s latest nightclub concept located in the former Greystone Manor space, which is being reimagined as an avant-garde, nightclub named after Hollywood’s after-party-rich Bird Streets.

The entrance leads to an elegant lounge with surreal wallpaper strewn with phantom limbs, flowers with eyes and the occasional extraterrestrial dinosaur. sbe enlisted the renowned Rockwell Group for the design. Inside, guests can lounge, dine, or dance in four distinct environments. Between a sculpted fire place, mid-century banquettes and the state-of-the-art kinetic ceiling covered in 15 folding mirrored panels over the dance floor, there is something for everyone. The ceiling starts in a closed position and over the course of the evening, as the energy builds, the mirrored planes gradually unfold revealing a digital light show above creating a dramatic reflective landscape.

The most Instagrammable feature is the Rockwell Group-designed wallpaper, inspired by exotic foliage and magical surrealism. Plus, there’s a photo booth, lined in the wallpaper, that can easily fit eight-plus people. But have a game plan upon entering, because mastering the boomerang-like gif setup can take a minute. It’s only a matter of time before Nightingale gains mention in a hip-hop song, just like Drake and the Game did for its predecessor, Greystone Manor.

West Hollywood // 10 PM – 2 AM // Wed, Sat, Sun

Bootsy Bellows

Get a taste of tinseltown at Bootsy Bellows in WeHo, an original nighclub by David Arquette and the H.Wood group (Santa Monica’s Shore Bar). The ultimate LA hotspot boasts plush banquettes to lounge, while sipping specialty cocktails and taking in the a-list clientele. Hang out for live performances, burlesque shows, wild costume parties and dinner theatre spectacles. Snap a candid in the photo booth and capture one of the wildest parties the West has to offer.

West Hollywood // 10 PM – 2 AM // Tues, Fri, Sat

Villa Lounge

What is it, exactly, that keeps stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Kanye West, Demi Moore, Javier Bardem and even 70-year-old Dustin Hoffman (his son DJs there) coming back to Villa night after night despite the near-constant presence of paparazzi?

It starts with the design.

“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.”

Which brings us back to the concept of creating a club that feels like someone’s (slightly bawdy) home. “You have to know someone in order to come in,” says the lounge’s owner, former SBE heavyweight Reza Roohi.

The best person to know at Villa? Roohi himself.

“I just created a ‘Villa black card,’ ” he says of the radio-frequency identification VIP cards that will go into operation in the next few weeks. “Certain clients, people like Michael Bay, will get these. If the door guy doesn’t recognize you when you pull up at valet, it will send a [radio] signal to a hand-held device with the door man, with the customer’s picture and vital stats.”

Such is one of the most exclusive spots in LA.

West Hollywood // 10 PM – 2 AM // Tues & Fri

Hyde Sunset

Meet Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails, the huger, patio-wrapped-restaurant reincarnation of SBE’s infamous celebrity hideout, now with former Whist/41 Ocean chef Chris Crary in the kitchen—opening Sunday at the old XIV space in West Hollywood.

It looks like a great dinner-date spot in here. A moody room of raw woods, Eastern carpets and hanging metal sprockets that all cultivate a breezy, arty Beachwood Canyon cabin vibe. For, well, a this-section-of-Sunset crowd.

But your ultimate aim is a rustic wooden table out on the patio, under trees and a graffiti-scrawled mural by the wood-burning fireplace. That’s what industry experts call a clincher. Then comes the fried-chicken-and-kimchi buttermilk-biscuit sliders, sambuca mussels, a ribeye and, if the occasion requires, a four-pound lobster.

Soon, they’ll open the lounge back near the entrance, full of the old bottle-service shenanigans.

West Hollywood // 10:30 PM – 2 AM // Thurs, Fri, Sat 

Highlight Room

The Dream Hollywood’s final concept is here, and boy it’s beauty. The Highlight Room takes over the rooftop and poolside at the mod hotel, which officially opens tonight with some of the sweetest views in Hollywood. With clear cut vistas looking out to Hollywood and beyond, it’s clearly outfitted to become an evening party space, what with speakers galore, two DJ booths, and bottle service.

The far corner of the rooftop contains a decent number of dinner tables, where they’ll have full service. Think hamachi crudo, lobster toast, chopped chicken salad, and grilled prawns, with some amazing views to boot.

The southern stretch of the space feels more like a nightclub, with low-flung tables and and pricey cocktails (Ace of Spade bottles run a cool $1K, for the ballers out there). Revelers looking to relax by the pool, which takes the center of the rooftop, could sip on a boozy watermelon lemonade while taking bites of wagyu sliders and pea hummus. Cabanas require reservations, and the entire roof is only available to hotel guests during the day. Starting at 6 p.m. on weekdays, things open up to the public, except on weekends when the rooftop opens at 1 p.m. for everyone.

Hollywood – 10:30 – 2 AM, Wed – Sat

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Vignette Returns as Villa Lounge in WeHo

What’s old is new again, as it appears that Vignette lounge in West Hollywood has re-transitioned back into Villa Lounge, the more popular club iteration on that site. It’s a rare triple-flip for owner Reza Roohi, who ran the first go-round of Villa Lounge in the late 2000’s before turning the place into Vignette and, now, back into Villa Lounge.

A passing tipster first noticed the reheat on some signage out front, which had transitioned back into Villa Lounge status. The long-defunct Facebook page for the nightlife spot is also back up and running, showing off lines around the block again and a few key shots of the interior. Still keeping it’s red-hued bordello feel, the bi-level space has loads of room for table service, plus a small main mingling space downstairs.

Not much else is known about the Villa Lounge resurrection at the moment, as the about face seems only a couple of weeks old. Still, it’s already become something of a celebrity hotspot once again with Leo DeCaprio spotted partying there this past Wednesday.