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Avalon

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Photograph: Courtesy Avalon
Avalon

Completed in 1927, this cavernous theater remains LA's preeminent superclub. Avalon’s nearly 100-year run is a feat in itself—how on earth does such a space maintain its staying power? Most likely, by offering exclusive perks you can’t find anywhere else. To start, Avalon is the only club in LA to have a 24-hour license. That means a non-stop offering of weekend-long fiestas, and a bar that re-opens at 6am to reward those who danced all night. The club also has a stronghold when it comes to booking global DJ phenoms (Sasha and Marcus Schultz West Coast residencies were both forged here). Factor in its sheer size and its custom sound system—which delivers one of the most delightfully chest-thumping experiences in LA—and you’ve got a legendary space that’s ready to party whenever you are. Check out Saturday’s Avaland for powerhouse and trance EDM sets by full-time touring DJs like Paul Van Dyk, Beat Service and Lazy Rich. Play with the pop tarts at Tigerheat, the Thursday night jam for the 18 and over, polysexual set. Or hit up Control for more underground-driven house and drum and bass sounds from the likes of DJs Justin Martin, Photek and UZ. There's nary any trance, so leave the glow-sticks at home. And bring earplugs: the venue boasts the best sound system in the city, a floorshaking EAW Avalon Series set-up that cost a cool $1 million.

Venue name: Avalon
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Address: 1735 N Vine St
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Fri 9:30pm-5am; Sat 9:30pm-7am
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