Completed in 1927, this cavernous theater remains L.A.’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 L.A. 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. Factor in its sheer size and its custom sound system—which delivers one of the most delightfully chest-thumping experiences in L.A.—and you’ve got a legendary space that’s ready to party whenever you are. Play with the pop tarts at Tigerheat, the Thursday night jam for the 18 and over, polysexual set. Or hit up Control on Fridays for more underground-driven house and drum and bass sounds. 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.
This flashy neighborhood can often get a bad rap from serious music lovers. But our list of the best clubs in Hollywood is the cream of the party-spot crop, whether you’re looking for a chill after-hours locale to wind down with a cocktail, a vibrant gay party laced with free drinks or a massive dance getdown where pretense is checked with the coats. Read on, party people.
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