How magical would it be to instantly trade the sidewalks and steel of an urban downtown for a woodland utopia? Clifton's spanned 16,000-square-feet of faux redwoods, frolicking forest creatures, scenic murals, a brook babbling with limeade and a 20-foot waterfall cascading over artificial rocks. To say that Clifton’s was unique is like saying LeBron James is a pretty decent basketball player. Imagine a larger-than-life diorama designed by Walt Disney on a Pine Sol-fueled bender. Simply put, it was unlike any other restaurant in Los Angeles.
The speakeasy bar concept is no secret to Los Angeles nightlife, but it can be hard to keep track of all the hidden entrances, secret passwords and changing menu themes. While there are plenty of bars to visit, each space is a worthwhile venue to crack the code - whether it’s to drink, dance and much more. Visit them all to collect each of their unique perspectives on imbibing in L.A., because not only does each place regularly rotate their cocktail menu, they all have their own unexpected twist. Whether it's karaoke, cigars, a glowing dance floor, or simply a hard-to-find entrance, these bars have surprises waiting for you.
Whether you’re staring out at a sunset over the Pacific or gazing at the skyline of Downtown Los Angeles, nothing beats a cool, refreshing drink with a view. The added ambiance that comes with a spectacular setting enhances the mood, a conversation between friends, and is the cherry on top of a delicious evening. Here are the top 10 Los Angeles bars with a view.
The electronic music scene, nightlife and DJ culture in Los Angeles have come a long way in a relatively short time. Once the Wild West compared to New York's well-established nightclub culture, Los Angeles has long been known for warehouse parties, underground events and full-moon desert parties. The echoes of the 80s and 90s underground scene are still heard at Moontribe and secretive events in Downtown L.A. with ever-changing locations, but legitimate nightclubs that fully embraced electronic music had a ways to go. Then around 2000, the “super club” craze caught on like lightning in a bottle, captured at clubs like Giant and Spundae. The exposure was massive and the underground suddenly started bubbling to the surface.
The after-effects are still being felt today, and the Los Angeles dance music scene has morphed into something strange, beautiful and vital. There are venues throughout the city where you can take part in the culture or just get your groove on and have a lost weekend. Read on for some of L.A.’s best clubs for electronic music.
Just because a bar hosts a trivia night doesn’t mean the experience has to be trivial. Learn about 10 of the best trivia nights in L.A., which all serve something great to eat or drink, and not just a flurry of questions. Even if you don’t claim a prize, you can still win big.
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LGBTQ nightlife in Los Angeles is incredibly diverse and offers something for everyone, whether you check out the hot spots in West Hollywood, explore the historic Silver Lake area, or feel the energy of Downtown L.A. Discover these can't-miss, LGBTQ-friendly favorites and tell your friends back home that there's no place like LGBTQ Los Angeles.