Los Angeles is a huge, sprawling city, so there are plenty of locations that feature live music on a near-nightly basis. If you’re looking for a place to catch some live music in the city, here is part two of the Guide To Los Angeles Live Music Venues, organized by area.
El Cid: El Cid is a tapas bar and restaurant as well as a live music theater. The restaurant has a flamenco dinner every Friday and Saturday night that costs $42 for dinner, desert and a flamenco show. It also hosts live music most nights of the week, including jazz, hip-hop and rock music.
White Slave Trade: A provocative name and elusive online information characterize this trendy Echo Park bar and music venue.
The Satellite: Silverlake Blvd. property occupant and Sunset Junction Festival participant The Satellite is a venue vital to the youthful Silverlake/Echo Park scene. The Satellite features many acts geared towards the indie crowd.
Bootleg Theater: Although The Bootleg Theater primarily features plays, it also hosts fairly prominent live music performances. The venue’s boarded walls and relatively tiny dimensions force an intimately close proximity between bands and the fans that pay to see them.
Genghis Cohen: Ghengis Cohen is a restaurant, bar and live music venue with one of the city’s most hilariously clever names. The restaurant regularly features live music (fairly often acoustic acts) as well as stand up comedy.
West Los Angeles
Good Hurt: Good Hurt nightclub is located on Venice Blvd. in West Los Angeles. Like a trendier Hooters, Good Hurt derives its name from its scantily clad bartenders that dress as “Naughty Nurses.” The club features DJs almost every night of the week as well as other widely varying live acts.
Rusty’s Surf Ranch: Located on the famous Santa Monica Pier, Rusty’s Surf Ranch doubles as both a restaurant and live music venue. Those visiting the area or living nearby should definitely visit the unique location.
Zanzibar: Zanzibar is one of Santa Monica’s premier destinations for live music and DJs. The club is a well-designed spot for an entertaining night out.
Hotel Cafe: The Hotel Cafe sounds like a tiny coffee shop in, say, a Hilton, but it’s actually one of the city’s best locations for live music.
Saint Rocke: Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach features an eclectic calendar of live music. Every monday is Country Night at the venue, where you get in free if you wear a cowboy hat or cowboy boots.
Lighthouse Cafe: Located just a short stroll from the Pacific, Hermosa Beach’s Lighthouse Cafe is one of Los Angeles’s most historic jazz clubs. While the venue still regularly features jazz music, it also hosts reggae, rock and other types of bands.
Brixton: Brixton is one of Redondo Beach’s premier venues. It features a spacious dance floor and a packed calendar of diverse live music.
Pomona is about a 30 minute drive east from central L.A., but many exciting bands pass through the artsy college town.
Glass House: The Glass House is an all ages venue that caters to, well, people of all ages and fans of all genres.
Fox Theatre: The Fox Theatre is Pomona’s largest venue, and it steadily brings in an impressive lineup of bands for such a relatively small city.
The Mint: The Mint is located in the center of Los Angeles, and the historic club holds affordable shows almost every night of the week. Check the venue’s calendar carefully if you’re considering attending a show, because the age minimum varies from night to night.
Fais Do-Do: Located just off the 10 freeway on West Adams Blvd., Club Fais Do-Do offers live music from a cornucopia of different cultures. The venue features jazz, Cajun music, Brazilian music and sounds from all different sorts of ethnicities.
There are numerous other live music venues scattered throughout the city, including smaller jazz clubs and DJ dance clubs. If you feel as if your favorite venue has been overlooked, please let us know in the comments section.