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3 out of 5 stars
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the mayan

In recent decades, this Downtown landmark has been the backdrop for many televised music performances, hosted some of the region's biggest salsa parties, and provided good vibes for spin sessions from the likes of John Digweed and Paul Van Dyk. Unfortunately, while its architecture is amazing, it hasn't been renovated since 1990 and could use a little nip-tuck. Security is hands-on and about as friendly as a New York City sanitation worker.


Venue name: Mayan
Address: 1038 S Hill St
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Varies
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The Mayan definitely wows on the architecture and ambiance front. It's a club that has a lot of style. Most recently I attended a performance of Lucha Va Voom there. While the show was modern, I enjoyed the vintage vibe of the club, including a bathroom attendant and two classic bars.

While they do not serve food, you can fill up on danger dogs right after your show. I counted 8-10 hot dog carts right outside after the show. 

Parking lots are plentiful in the area also.


Easily worth the price of admission just to enjoy the architecture, the Mayan Theatre is a theatre palace built in the 1920s that today hosts plenty of live events.  While it's rough around the edges and like many mid-range clubs can get a little gnarly in the corners, the Mayan/Aztec/Incan/Spanish mashup that comprises its design is a marvel to behold.  Go for a concert, wander the various bars and lounges, be transported to another era.