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King King

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Photograph: Courtesy King King
King King
Hollywood

King King descends from a legendary, smoke-filled Chinese restaurant on S La Brea Avenue that used to host MC battles, acid jazz bands and DJ-driven parties that felt as illicit as they were artistic. It was a place of reprieve from a (then) metal-heavy Hollywood. The red-lit Hollywood reincarnation is larger and more mainstream, but is still billed an intimate, single-room space, complete with backdoor entrance, that retains its Chinese heritage via lucky red and black decor. The King King has become a go-to space for cabaret, theatre and live music performances, but we love it most for the DJs and electronic music nights its features. Legendary house music pioneers like Miguel Migs and Mark Farina drop in to play house and Detroit techno sets at stalwart parties like DJ Marques Wyatt’s Deep and West Coast Soul Events. Of course, the music comprises only half of what makes a magical night out: Thanks to King King’s friendly staff, wallet-friendly covers and rare-in-Hollywood, come-one-come-all inclusive door policy (Dude rolling solo? Come on in. Not-so-svelte house music lover in a t-shirt and sneakers? You’re good to go), the crowd it attracts keeps an old legend energized with packed dancefloors and friendly vibes.

Venue name: King King
Address: 6555 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles

Venue phone: 323-960-9234
Website: http://www.kingkinghollywood.com
Opening hours: 9pm-2am most nights, varies
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