Los Angeles is famous for its party scene, and its celebrities shine the spotlight on this fact. Worldwide, millions watch nightly televised entertainment news shows and read celebrity gossip columns that further underscore the high profile scene of L.A. after dark. While the under 21 crowd comprises much of the city’s famed nightlife, their access is somewhat limited due to the fact that the majority of the city’s night clubs are for those 21 and over. However, this far from precludes underage revelers from living it up in the city that is distinctly synonymous with the Hollywood lifestyle. While it is not uncommon to see famed recording artists and Hollywood actors in these 18 and up venues, the under 21 set already knows to keep their cool around the rich and famous. For a night out on the town here in Los Angeles, here are five of the best nightlife spots for those under 21.
The Whisky A Go Go
8901 W. Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Located on the world-famous Sunset Strip, The Whisky A Go Go has been an iconic fixture in rock and roll history since 1964. Despite the fact that Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Nirvana, The Runaways and other iconic rock legends have graced its stage, this venue is not merely about nostalgia. Upcoming new bands still perform here, catering to a new generation of rockers at this all ages venue. Download the club’s wickedly hip, free Whisky A Go Go app to keep up with its latest happenings.
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Hollywood & Highland
6801 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Situated in the heart of Hollywood at Hollywood & Highlands famed complex is one of the areas most exciting clubs to go to for those under 21 and those over 21. OHM Nightclub gives partygoers the chance to let loose on its massive dance floor as DJ’s spin the latest music. Along with state of the art lighting with over 150 LED screens, the club offers go go dancers, bottle service (for those over 21 of course) and much more. Aside from the massive dance floor, there are other areas to explore in this spacious club including a great outdoor patio. This club stands out as one of the best for the under 21 crowd to come to and enjoy a night out with friends.
1154 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Situated in the Silver Lake region of L.A., The Echo and Echoplex are notable under 21 spots as they draw top performers like The Mars Volta, Beck and NIN, just to name a few. Jane’s Addiction once held a secret show there too, and Stevie Wonder has even been among its surprise drop-ins. The venue is laid back, but the cutting edge atmosphere adds to the excitement of this establishment, in part due to its hipper-than-thou clientele. There is no seating, so wear comfortable heels (if there is such a thing) or flats when coming to this exhilarating club. Some nights are 18 and over, while others are 21 and over so be sure to check the club’s schedule.
9081 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
The Troubadour, an all ages venue, is full of musical history. For instance this is the where Elton John made his American performance debut, and its stage has been graced by an endless list of who’s who of icons, including Bob Dylan, Carol King, James Taylor, The Byrds, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. The 80’s witnessed Motley Crue and the top tier of L.A.’s heavy metal royalty gig at this beloved club. It was Guns N Roses’ appearance here that got them signed to Geffen Records, and a very smashed John Lennon was bounced out of the club one evening in 1974. So if you’re looking to hear some amazing tunes in a building that’s rich with musical history, The Troubadour is your spot.
1735 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Best known for their Thursday nights at Tiger Heat where revelers get to dance the night away, The Avalon is a great spot in the heart of Hollywood. As one of the quintessential Hollywood clubs to visit, DJ’s here spin all types of music including hip-hop, old-school, trance, and house to name a few. You’ll find yourself in the middle of an electric crowd that will be fist bumping along to the music and will have an unforgettable experience.
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4067 W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, Ca 90019
Located in the Mid-City, Das Bunker is open on Friday and Saturday nights and offers three dance floors, three bars, three floors and house DJs spinning a dizzying array of music ranging from industrial to dance to hip hop to power noise, soul and R&B. This club specializes in volume, primarily industrial and power noise. Check the schedule to see which other nights might be open in addition to Fridays and Saturdays to those under 21. As Nirvana once sang, “Come As You Are.” From combat boots to ripped-up fishnets, wild attire is welcome, so whether in dreads or goth, patrons feel at home here.
Phyllis Pollack is a freelance writer covering all things Los Angeles. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.