“We love The Satellite. They curate great shows, treat you well, and the back area is great if you just want to chat with friends for a bit. Plus, $2 beer flights on Monday nights are hard to beat!” – Aloud
Recommended in the San Francisco edition of the Waterloo Sparkling Sessions, presented by Waterloo Sparkling Water.
Hip neighborhood mainstay for local & established indie bands often presents free shows.
The El Rey Theatre is a live music venue located on Miracle Mile. This art deco building was designed by Clifford A. Balch in 1936 and still retains much of its art deco roots.
Low-key venue draws a crowd with eclectic programming, including reggae, burlesque & DJ nights.
Designed by architect Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall (WDCH) is an internationally recognized architectural landmark and one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world.
Music venue and nightclub in Echo Park known for their punk rock shows and monthly dance parties like the popular Emo Nite, which attract long lines of fans.
The Smell is an all-ages, alcohol and drug-free, punk
rock/noise/experimental venue in Downtown Los Angeles, California. The
Smell, notable for its DIY ethic, is home to many of the area’s
avant-garde performers and artists.
“I love the Bootleg. Every show I’ve seen there had great sound. Sound is important for me to open my heart up to a venue. When it’s good, I’m sold.” – Alicia Blue
“The Bootleg rocks and that’s really the only correct answer. A great view and sound experience no matter where you are. I once hit on what I thought was a gay couple at the bar and they were like ‘what’s up, bro,’ so I think I misread that one, but other than that, always a lovely time. Also the booker has impeccable taste. LA slaps pretty hard when it comes to music venues, though. Moroccan Lounge is another great one.” – Tolliver
Popular venue which pays host to indie bands, as well as theater, spoken-word, and poetry events.
Home of the alternative comedy troupe that launched many well-known TV & film stars’ careers.
Popular concert venue in Hollywood. Designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival Style, the 31,000-square-foot theater has hosted live events, films, and radio broadcasts.
The Roxy Theatre is a famous nightclub, on the Sunset Strip, in
West Hollywood, California. The Roxy is owned by Lou Adler and Adler’s
son, Nic, who operates the club.
“Malibu for a swim, Griffith Park for a hike, Highland Park for tennis courts, the Eastside to see a show — if we’re lucky it’s at Bob Baker Marionette Theater.” – The Paranoyds
The Bob Baker Marionette Theater, founded by Bob Baker and Alton Wood in 1963, is the oldest children’s theater company in Los Angeles. In June 2009, the theater was designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.
The Hollywood Bowl is a world-famous amphitheater that hosts performances of jazz, classical, and modern orchestral and vocal music.
“It’s big, it’s beautiful, it’s outdoors, it’s filled with music, and you can bring your own booze.” — BRÅVES
The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles, and is the final resting place of some of the city’s most significant cultural icons. The cemetery also hosts many cultural events, including music concerts and summer movie screenings.
“We saw Bon Iver perform here at dawn. Everyone stayed the night in the cemetery and then Justin and co. took the stage at dawn. There’s something unsettling yet surprisingly chill about sleeping amongst the dead and waking to a life-bringing force such as music.” — BRÅVES
“It sounds great. The sight lines are great. If the opener sucks you can enjoy a conversation with a friend in one of the two front bars.” – Wires on Fires
General admission-only live-music venue with multiple bars presenting big-name rock & indie bands.
Quirky neighborhood fixture offering tapas, paella, and weekend flamenco shows, plus live-music nights.
Dimly lit nightspot serving inventive craft cocktails in a rustic-chic setting with outdoor space.
Chic locale featuring creative comfort food, specialty cocktails, and a regular line-up of local bands.
Old-school country-western bar offers a variety of handcrafted well drinks and karaoke amid quirky decor.
Cozy music venue and bar that offers intimate live performances and tasty comfort food.
“They book good music, the patio is nice, and my friends are always there!” – Moaning
“They have an eclectic variety of quality musical events, local and international acts and everything they promote is artistic and unique. They have a nice atmosphere inside with space for dancing, an outdoor patio under the stars, two bars, one in the club and another in the front parlor where you can also get some delicious, healthy, decadent artisanal food.” — Diana Purim & Eyedentity
“I recently saw Irontom at El Cid, and it was small and amazing. It is a really cool place to see a more intimate show, and feel like your at an underground club in Tijuana.” — Awolnation
“It’s so cozy, sweaty, vibey and seems to attract people that aren’t really too worried about how cool or hipstered out they are, but that just want to shake it hard and get lost in the music. Loads of KCRW acts , amazing DJ’s, and the owners are super sweet too.” – Shana Halligan
“Amazing sound, spacious green room, friendly staff, unique decor, and best of all, it’s attached to Checker Hall which provides free booze and Mediterranean food.” – Aaron Shadrow
Recommended in the Los Angeles edition of the Waterloo Sparkling Sessions, presented by Waterloo Sparkling Water