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, Creem, 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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6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Located on the iconic Hollywood Boulevard in the Hollywood & Highland complex, you’ll want to dress to impress when attending this nightclub. Level 3’s First Class Fridays and Club DV8 held on Saturday nights have made this trendy third floor hangout a popular hotspot for those 18 and over. Directly outside the venue on the famed Hollywood Boulevard, club goers can see stars on the sidewalk honoring celebrities that include Sean P. Diddy Combs. VIP tables are available for parties of 10, and for special events, a VIP room is also available if arrangements are negotiated in advance.
1154 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
The Echo and Echoplex are in the Silver Lake area of of Los Angeles. Notable performers that have played shows at Echoplex include The Mars Volta, Beck and NIN. Jane’s Addiction once held a secret show there, and Stevie Wonder has even been among its surprise drop-ins. The venues laid back, but 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.
5951 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Since it first opened in 1938, names like Madonna, Marilyn and Elvis have been among those to have hit Florentine Gardens’ dance floor. Open on Saturday nights for the 18 and up crowd, new school club goers are attracted to the club’s 10,000 square foot dance floor and its 50,000 watt sound system that blasts electronic, pop, top 40, hip hop and Latin.
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4067 W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, Ca 90019
Das Bunker is located Mid-City and is open on Friday and Saturday nights. With 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 trendsetting venue will be playing your song. 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.
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