Los Angeles is filled with an eclectic array of music venues featuring live performances from all sorts of local artists, bands, musicians and DJs. No matter your musical taste, LA certainly has something for everyone. Get lost in the music at an affordable price when you visit any one of the best cheap live music venues in LA.
1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Originally a coffee shop, Hotel Cafe is a cozy little live music venue in Hollywood that has become almost a rite of passage for emerging talent you’re likely to hear on radio stations. The entrance is located through an obscure back alley where the front door is actually the back door so it’s real easy to miss when passing by on the streets. The stage itself is small with only enough room for the instrumental essentials, but the acoustics are strikingly clear. The best part about this live music venue is that the tickets are cheap and there’s usually more than one performer on any given night so tickets are usually good for multiple artists even though you only purchased tickets to see one.
9009 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
From The Red Hot Chili Peppers to Janes Addiction and The Foo Fighters, practically every band has played the world famous Roxy Theater. Located on the famed Sunset Strip, The Roxy opened its doors in 1973 and has become a great venue to see up and coming bands as well as those who will probably never make it. Prices to get in make it a very reasonable attraction for those looking to see a show at low costs. You might even catch a show for one of the next big band!
Low End Theory
2419 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Low End Theory is more of a dive bar than it is a live music venue, but it does have a couple of stages set up for the kind of live performances you’d typically see your friend’s boyfriend’s band playing in. The only reason The Airliner makes the list as one of the best cheap live music venues in Los Angeles is because of Low End Theory every Wednesday night. If you like dubstep or electronica music, then Wednesday nights are the best days to go for only $10. If you prefer hip-hop, then you can get your fix of cool LA beats during Urban Underground on Friday nights.
1735 Vine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
You haven’t really experienced all that LA’s nightlife has to offer until you’ve been to the Avalon at least once. This music venue happens to be an historical landmark, dating as far back as the 1940s when CBS used the space to host radio broadcasts. Back in the ’90s, many a bands headlined at the Avalon before it became driven by host DJs. Now, the Avalon has become a spotlight for electronic music in Los Angeles. General admission is usually $20 to $30 and is almost always cheaper when purchased in advance.
142 E. Pacific Coast Highway
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
For all the South Bay folks who would rather not get caught up in all the night-out traffic, St. Rocke in Hermosa Beach is bit closer to home and features live music almost every night of the week. In fact, St. Rocke is the No. 1 top-rated music venue among all of LA’s beach cities. St. Rocke features a lot of great tribute bands ranging in genre from reggae and rock to blues and hip-hop. Tickets are generally under $20, but the happy hour prices are what makes St. Rocke one of the best places in LA to enjoy live music without breaking the bank.
9081 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
While the venue itself may not be as old as the Avalon, the Troubadour is every bit as historic, serving as a launching pad for truly talented emerging musicians such as Elton John. For true music lovers, this is by far one of the best live music venues in Los Angeles because of its intimate set-up which enables you to really appreciate and enjoy the music. The ticket prices are more than reasonable, averaging $12 to $20. Be sure to buy tickets in advance because some events do sell out as early as one month before the show.
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