Great Nights Out: Hollywood

Think you’ve outgrown this nightlife capital? We surveyed what’s out there and discovered haunts that’ll please the most fickle fun seekers

If you are in your 20s:

The next self-referential club from David Judaken (he also owns MyHouse) features the same superluxe design that’s been the nightlife impresario’s trademark but on a more intimate scale. Gold-studded black leather banquettes are a home away from home for scenesters and The Hills alums. 6623 Hollywood Blvd., 323-960-3300.

The brief shelf life of most local hot spots makes this club—celebrating its seventh anniversary this month—something of a granddaddy. Still, the 2,000-capacity space has remained a dance scene fixture because of its stellar DJs, from big headliners (Erick Morillo, Steve Angello) to rising stars (Grum, L.A. Riots). 1735 N. Vine St., 323-467-4571.

Also stop by:

  • The Colony
    1743 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 
  • Parlour Room of Hollywood
    6423 Yucca St.  
  • Las Palmas
    1714 N. Las Palmas Ave. 
  • Drai’s Hollywood
    6250 Hollywood Blvd.

If you are in your 30s:

UCBUpright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre
The queue along Franklin Avenue outside the UCB Theatre rivals those at Hollywood’s most popular nightclubs and for good reason: The improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy shows at the 95-seat venue are consistently hilarious—and cheap ($5 to $10). 5919 Franklin Ave., 323-908-8702.


bodegaBodega Wine Bar
Watch Sunset Boulevard through the floor-to-ceiling windows at the third (and newest) outpost of the local minichain. The global selection of well-priced reds and whites includes Bodega’s house label, which uses grapes from Paso Robles and Santa Ynez. 6290 W. Sunset Blvd., 323-464-3400. 


Also stop by:

  • Lotería Grill Hollywood
    6627 Hollywood Blvd. 
  • Bowery Bar & Bistro
    6268 W. Sunset Blvd. 
  • Vintage Enoteca
    7554 W. Sunset Blvd. 
  • Capitol City Sports Grill
    1615 N. Cahuenga Blvd.


If you are 40+:

egyptiantheatreEgyptian Theatre
The American Cinematheque programming at this 616-seat theater includes classics (Chaplin, Kubrick) and big-screen schlock (B-caliber horror). During special events, crowds spill into the courtyard—a highlight of the 1922 Sid Grauman movie house—
to mingle with guests like Robert Downey Jr. 6712 Hollywood Blvd., 323-461-2020.

The fluorescent glare of the adjoining Laundromat makes stepping into this restaurant a sophisticated surprise. Owner Lou Amdur seeks out obscure wines, remembers your favorite pours, and gladly suggests a pairing for any of the menu’s cheese offerings or seasonal small plates. A communal table encourages that rarest of L.A. experiences: talking to strangers. 724 N. Vine St., 323-962-6369.

Also stop by:

  • Musso & Frank Grill
    6667 Hollywood Blvd. 
  • Theater Row
    Various locations
  • Catalina Jazz Club
    6725 W. Sunset Blvd. 
  • Yamashiro: Pagoda Bar
    1999 N. Sycamore Ave.

If you are in your 20s or 30s:

  • Tea Room at h.wood
    1738 N. Orange Dr.  
  • Amoeba Music’s live shows
    6400 W. Sunset Blvd.


If you are in your 30s or 40+:

  • Blue Palms brewHouse
    6124 Hollywood Blvd. 
  • Beso
    6350 Hollywood Blvd.


If you are in your 20s, 30s, or 40+:

  • Hollywood Bowl
    2301 N. Highland Ave. 
  • Second City Hollywood
    6560 Hollywood Blvd.
  • ArcLight Hollywood
    6360 W. Sunset Blvd. 
  • District
    6600 W. Sunset Blvd.

Photographs by MyStudio: Donald Traill; Avalon: Drew Ressler; Egyptian Theatre: Margot Gerber; UCB Theatre, Bodega: Forest Casey