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Best Clubs with Live Music in Los Angeles

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The Smell

You know that any club featuring bands called Vomit Bomb and The Pukers on the same night probably isn't a place to take the parents. The Smell is a small, bare-bones warehouse showcasing the best of underground art and music. The club name possibly derives from the musty aroma that hangs in the air as a result of many sweaty people jammed into such limited space, or perhaps it's a reference to the less-than-glamorous location. Leave your delicate sensibilities at home and enjoy fresh talent. Shows are for all ages, so alcohol isn't on the menu but vegan snacks and tea are!

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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The Echo

The Echo is a great spot for new grooves and you would find the punk crowd from the East side of Los Angeles hanging out at this joint. This place is about fresh sounds. Every DJ-oriented night is different, and offers an opportunity to witness groundbreaking styles and music. The vibrant vibe creates an abstract ambiance where anything can, and does happen on the stage and the dance floor. In short, expect the unexpected!

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Avalon

Avalon Hollywood began its life as a theater in 1927, and ever since has undergone numerous name changes, and staged several theatrical events and musical concerts, such as: 'Caesar & Cleopatra', and 'The Vagabond King'. This venue is also home to the first ever American Music Awards, and has held concerts for Nirvana, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, and the Beastie Boys. It is a club. venue, a host to special events, restaurant and more.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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The Sayers Club

This alluring Hollywood venue is one of the premier establishments for live music in the Los Angeles area. A celebrity haunt by nature of location, The Sayers Club features leather couches, exposed steelwork, vintage lighting, Afghan rugs and rough wood accents that make for an appealing and inviting environment. Some of the well-known names to play here include Goyte, Questlove and Nelly Furtado. The pub food and gourmet pizza pair nicely with the hand crafted cocktails.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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The Viper Room

Once owned by actor Johnny Depp, this notorious ultra-hot bar is known for its cutting-edge music and celebrity-studded scene. Depp and his co-owners continue to book major music acts and intriguing unknowns to entertain the glitzy crowd. Be prepared to wait in line unless you are famous. Viper Room is one of the brightest (dark) spots in West Hollywood, and one which any self-respecting club-goer would put high on their list. Cover varies; check the calendar for occasional discount passwords.

West Hollywood, CA, United States
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Whisky a Go Go

Whisky a Go Go is truly steeped in the very roots of rock history. In addition to being the joint that spawned the term "Go-Go Girl," legendary acts like The Doors, Janis Joplin and Buffalo Springfield used to play here. Rock 'n' Rollers still, to this day, flock to this modern-day mecca. It is not an overstatement to call this the premier rock club in Los Angeles, if not the entire world. Try the upstairs area to get away from the crowd and to get a different vantage point.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Alex's Bar

Long Beach is known for its buzzing nightlife scene, and Alex's Bar is one of the most happening places here. Both local and touring bands perform here through the week. The booked calendar is ample proof of its popularity. Cover charges for shows vary. Through the week, the club has theme nights like karaoke every Tuesday and a special barbecue and drinks special on every Sunday. Age restrictions apply for entry.

Long Beach, CA, United States
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