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Moroccan Lounge

Music, Music venues Little Tokyo
3 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Moroccan Lounge
Photograph: Courtesy Matt Draper

Time Out says

Originally built in 1885, this Moorish-accented structure has worked a well-worn sense of history into its newest occupant: a 250-person Arts District concert venue. Unlike the area’s many stage-within-a-bar spaces, a partition separates the Moroccan’s full-service bar and restaurant from its intimate performance hall. It’s an astounding amount of polish for a venue so small, but it’s no surprise coming from the team behind New York’s Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge, as well as L.A.’s Teragram Ballroom, with which the smaller Moroccan works closely.



Address: 901 E 1st St
Los Angeles
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Tucked away just outside of the Arts District downtown, the Moroccan is a cozy venue with a large bar just adjacent.  Staff is friendly and the decor is intriguing, but minimal.  The main room has good sound wherever you're standing.  That said, if you're on the shorter side, this venue is incredibly difficult in which to get a good vantage point--unless you're standing at the very front.  At other venues, for instance, the Echo, there's a large bar off to the side, so people are constantly moving around to grab drinks.  At the Moroccan, the bar is in a totally different room from the stage, walled off except for a small set of double doors at the back.  That means people don't tend to leave once they're locked into this small concert room.  Additionally, there's no seating at the back, or slant to the floor, so if you're unlucky and either a) don't make it to the front b) have to leave the front (and are short) you will barely be able to see.

Parking is fairly easy on a weeknight due to the proximity of the Arts District, and how quiet the Arts District is on a weekday, but is more challenging on weekends--public transit or taxi/lyft is much easier then.