The Top 10 Hollywood Nightclubs in LA

Dance the night away at the best nightclubs in Hollywood

Downlink at Control | Photo: Avalon Hollywood, Facebook
Downlink at Control | Photo: Avalon Hollywood, Facebook

From festival headliners to local record collectors, there are a lot of DJs dropping an eclectic mix of sounds throughout Hollywood. The neighborhood is home to internationally renowned dance clubs like Avalon and Sound, but that's not all you'll find here. We've compiled ten Hollywood dance spots that range from mega-clubs to intimate venues, with parties that range from house to goth to drum and bass. If you're unfamiliar with Hollywood, note that parking can be a challenge, particularly on the weekends, and a rideshare app might be your best option. You should also be aware that a number of these venues are within walking distance from each other, making it fairly easy to hit up multiple spots in one night.

Bassrush presents JSTJR at Academy | Photo: Academy LA, Facebook
Bassrush presents JSTJR at Academy | Photo: Academy LA, Facebook

Academy LA

Academy is the Hollywood home for Insomniac, the company best known for festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival. Parties here often spotlight niche styles of dance music through Insomniac brands like Bassrush (bass music), Dreamstate (trance) and Basscon (hard style). Recent events have included DJ sets from the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Morgan Page and DJ Snoopadelic. This summer, Academy is hosting a Sunday afternoon party on their ample patio. The venue does have a dress code, so check that out before you roll up to the door.

Downlink at Control | Photo: Avalon Hollywood, Facebook
Downlink at Control | Photo: Avalon Hollywood, Facebook

Avalon Hollywood

Located on Vine Street near Hollywood Boulevard, Avalon has a long and storied history in the neighborhood. It first opened in 1927 and has been known by a number of different names over the years. For decades, it served as a home for radio and television broadcasts, before morphing into the late 20th-century concert venue/dance club The Palace.

Renamed Avalon in the early 2000s, the venue has become a cornerstone of LA's emergence as a dance music capital in the 21st century. Thursdays are home to the pop-minded gay party TigerHeat. Long-running Friday night party Control has been at the forefront of dance music trends, having booked artists like Skrillex and DJ Snake before they were famous, and remains a home for up-and-coming talent. Saturday nights you'll catch the superstars on the decks.

Bardot Hollywood School Night
School Night at Bardot Hollywood | Photo: Bardot, Facebook


Situated on the upper level of Avalon, Bardot is best known for School Night, a long-running Monday night live music showcase. Those who like to dance all night, though, will want to head here on Fridays, when Bardot hosts the after-hours, Thirteenth Hour. Keep tabs through Instagram for other upcoming events at Bardot.

Black Hollywood cocktails
Cocktails at Black Hollywood | Photo: @blackhwood, Instagram

Black Hollywood

It's more bar than discotheque, but you can certainly catch a groove at Black. This stylish and spacious watering hole has DJs on the schedule throughout the week and on the weekends. Check the schedule marked on the front of the building to see what's in store. Black is a very short walk from Hollywood Forever Cemetery, making it an ideal spot to hit up after checking out a Cinespia screening. The vibe is casual and the drinks are quite reasonably priced for Hollywood.

Boardner's Rockers Ball girls
Rockers Ball at Boardner's | Photo: @boardners, Instagram


Boardner's is a classic L.A. bar - it dates back to 1942 - that's small and dark and makes you feel a bit like you're living in a noir film. Boardner's also boasts a dance club (technically called the B52 Club) that caters towards alternative tastes. Its flagship party is Bar Sinister, held on Saturday nights for 20+ years, that focuses on goth and industrial sounds. Another long-running party here is Blue Mondays, which starts the week with '80s jams in the main room and rotating themes on the patio. New to the venue is its goth and industrial hump day gathering, Wenzday's Party.

Gold Diggers band
Photo: Gold Diggers

Gold Diggers

In a past life, Gold Diggers was a bikini bar with a rep. That changed a few years ago when it was revamped as a bar/music venue, part of a complex that's also home to a hotel and a recording studio. The new Gold Diggers is home to both live music and DJ nights. With the latter, expect dance sounds that are outside of the mainstream. You might find DJs who specialize in styles like Italo disco or Armenian funk. Check Gold Diggers' Instagram for calendar updates. Also, note that parking here is very congested. Rideshares are ideal.

Playhouse Nightclub
Playhouse Nightclub | Photo: Playhouse Nightclub

Playhouse Nightclub

Hip-hop is on the soundtrack over at Playhouse. This 13,000 square-foot Hollywood Boulevard venue kicks off the weekends on Thursday nights with La Cultura, featuring a mix of reggaeton, Latin and hip-hop. Expect the hip-hop beats to pulse throughout the weekend with TBA Fridays and The Scene on Saturdays.

Sound Nightclub

Sound Nightclub

If you're heavy into dance music, you'll likely find a can't-miss event on Sound's calendar no matter when you're staying in Hollywood. This small, but mighty venue consistently books top talent across genres, with recent guests ranging from techno titan Chris Liebing to house star The Black Madonna. Sound is a fairly intimate space, particularly considering the caliber of the DJs it books, so you might want to get there on the early side if you're hankering for a prime spot on the dance floor.



Designed to look like New York's subways, Station1640 is a bar and dance club with a street art edge - peep the walls for work from renowned artists. Events here vary from night to night, but drum & bass fans should keep Thursdays clear for Respect, which has been keeping the genre going in Los Angeles since 1999.