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Photograph: Courtesy Bardot

Located above dance powerhouse Avalon with a separate low-key entrance is its far classier sister lounge, Bardot. Decorated to look both upscale art deco and laid-back Moroccan harem, this intimate venue typically draws an attractive mix of hipsters and young west siders. The intimate spot makes for the perfect after-the-after-party landing pad: neither sprawling warehouse no dank drug den, this 300-capacity, indooor/outdoor space is a sweet setting to nurture your fragile afterhours party state into sunrise. Drop in for one-off parties that run from 4am to 7am (at that hour, crowds can’t afford to be pretentious and Bardot is as welcoming and good natured as they come). Catch the sunrise through views of the Capitol Records building via the club’s retractable roof or join the party at a more reasonable hour, with Friday’s Frenzy party (which brings veteran house DJs like Hipp-E and Halo) and the long-running School Night! on Saturdays. No matter the hour, Bardot attracts a musically educated, no-judgments crowd. Drinks are good yet pricey, and bouncers are relatively friendly considering the central Hollywood location.

Venue name: Bardot
Address: 1737 Vine St
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9:30pm-2:30am
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Michael J

Don't be fooled by its ties to Avalon—Bardot is nothing like that loud, huge club. Instead, Bardot is a classy, low-key place. The layout is a little weird: The space is broken up into a few small rooms separated by small staircases here and there. All of them are plush, handsome spaces. The first time I was there, there was this amazing moment halfway through the night when I realized the main room is actually outside. Go figure.