Best Smaller Music Venues in Los Angeles

August 9, 2012 9:00 AM

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We already know about the large music venues like the Hollywood Bowl or the Staples Center. But what about the little guys? These smaller music venues actually attract some great talent from a variety of genres: acoustic, rock, R&B, house, etc. What’s even better is that you aren’t stuck staring at the gigantic screens, but actually at the performers on the stage. These more intimate settings have shows all throughout the week. There is no shortage of great bands, singers, top DJ’s or other performers at great spots in Los Angeles.
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9081 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 276-6168
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If you have never been to the Troubadour, you have probably passed by multiple times. This venue has had some huge stars like Elton John through their doors and on their stages. With a great lineup and a small space, the Troubadour is one of the best places to see your favorite artists live.

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Hollywood Palladium

6215 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 962-7600
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Although this venue is larger compared to the others on this list, it’s still not a Staples Center size venue. Nevertheless, they bring in some big talent. After the show, you can grub on famous LA dirty dogs (bacon covered hot dogs) being sold right outside the gates.

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The Music Box

6126 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 464-0808
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Formally known as the Henry Fonda Theater, The Music Box may look very tiny from the outside but don’t let that fool you. The Music Box is a decent sized venue, not as large as the Hollywood Palladium, but it contains a sizeable dance floor, stage, bars and balcony seating.

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House of Blues Sunset Strip

8430 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 848–5100
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The House of Blues has an interesting past and is one of the most interesting historical venues in the City of Angels. You can dine and drink here while enjoying the show. Plus, if you have the right connections, you can get into the exclusive Foundation Room.

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Belasco Theater

1050 S. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 746-5670
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The original theater was built in 1904 and has come a long way since. In March 2011, the Belasco unveiled a grand $12 million restoration that took over 20 years to complete. The newly restored theater you see now is a great space with performances and the top DJ’s spinning electronic dance music.

Related: Best Live Music Clubs and Venues in LA (Big and Small)

Marian Bacol-Uba is a freelance writer, blogger and vlogger. You can follow her travel and culinary adventures on Marian the Foodie. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. “Life is too short not to Eat Well.”

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