Between bachelorette parties, talkative drunks and two drink minimums, traditional comedy clubs can feel like the absolute worst place to see stand-up. We're not saying that all of LA's legendary comedy clubs are bad, just that sometimes we need a break from them. Some of LA's most exciting comedic talent has taken a break from club stages, too, and gravitated toward gastropubs, cafes and cocktail bar backrooms. If you're in the mood for a comedy show and looking for something a bit unconventional, consider these 17 comedy club alternatives.
Best Fish Taco in Ensenada
Every other Tuesday night, this hole-in-the-wall taco joint in Los Feliz hosts the likes of Brett Gelman, Kyle Kinane, Maria Bamford and more for Comedy Night at Best Fish Taco.
Some dude's East LA backyard
Whenever a comedian mentions the secret word, it's time to take a drink. That's the main gimmick of Brew HaHa, a backyard comedy show from producers Brad Silnutzer, Aaron Black and Marissa Gallant.
110 & Bellevue (Whole Foods in Pasadena)
Not only is there a gastropub on the second floor of the Whole Foods on Arroyo, but the bar hosts a free, squeaky clean comedy show the first Tuesday of each month.
A double-decker bus
A double-decker bus parked outside Pantages doesn't scream comedy, but nonetheless it's the home of comedian Nicol Paone's Riding with Nicol, a roving tour of all of her personal life mistakes in LA.