Sounds of the City: The Best Places for Live Music in LA

Los Angeles is world-renowned for its ability to attract talented people from all around the world. Finding great entertainment in the city is as simple as walking into your favorite bar, as the surplus of skilled artists leaves guests with a variety of options. Music lovers will have no problem finding a good time in visiting these destinations whose live acts are known to impress.

 

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Delilah

Take an elegant night out when you reserve a table at Delilah—a nostalgic space for an intimate experience. Sultry performances from music artists and burlesque dancers keep up the seductive vibe.

 

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Photo: Delilah LA

The Sayers Club

Stop by this sleek Hollywood lounge for inventive performances from LA’s favorite musicians. You never know who you’ll see take the stage at this A-list favorite hot spot.

 

Photo: The Sayers Club

Photo: The Sayers Club

Harvard & Stone

Try out this beloved neighborhood bar where you can grab a quality cocktail while watching some of the best local bands in the city. Their 60s-inspired industrial space makes for a laid back place to hang out and mingle with the East Hollywood crowd.

 

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Photo: Harvard & Stone

Academy LA

Previously Create Nightclub, the newly re-imagined Academy is the perfect place for EDM lovers to get their fill. Alongside local favorites, international DJs show up to treat audiences to a performance to remember.

 

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Photo: Academy LA

Villains Tavern

Head to the Downtown Arts District to try out this indoor and outdoor cocktail bar. Their stage is perfect for local bands to show off their skills in the rustic, artsy locale.

 

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Photo: Villains Tavern

Harvelles Blues Club

Quality musicians display their talents at this classic Santa Monica destination—the oldest music venue on the Westside. With occasional help from burlesque dancers, live bands bring the genre alive while guests drink and dance the night away.

 

Photo: Harvelle’s Blues Club

Photo: Harvelle’s Blue Club

Dirty Laundry

Take the stairs underground to enter into this former Hollywood speakeasy for cocktails and plenty of room to dance. Explore the space to discover something for everyone as live bands and DJs take the stage within the maze of rooms.

 

Photo: Dirty Laundry

Photo: Dirty Laundry

The Peppermint Club

The vintage feel of this West Hollywood lounge draws in sophisticated patrons who appreciate a quality performance. Music lovers admire this chic and exclusive setting for an intimate night out.

 

Photo: The Peppermint Club

Photo: The Peppermint Club

Zebulon

This spacious Silver Lake cocktail bar doubles as a music venue with nightly DJ sets and live bands for your entertainment. From local independent rockers to up-and-coming buzz bands, you’ll hear plenty of talented acts while grabbing a drink inside or on their patio.

 

Photo: Zebulon

Photo: Zebulon

Viva Hollywood

If you’re in the mood for salsa dancing, Viva provides guests the perfect place to show off their moves.  This sexy hot spot gives you dinner with a show—live performances go hand in hand with the delicious Mexican cuisine and quality cocktails.

 

Photo: Viva Hollywood

Photo: Viva Hollywood

Clifton’s

This historic Downtown destination has remained a staple in the nightlife scene with its multi-level decadence. Guests are known to dress to the nines in the style of the classic venue for their live jazz and swing performances.

 

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Photo: Clifton’s LA

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10 LA Estate Rentals for an Escape to Luxury

People visit Los Angeles from all over the world looking to indulge in the creative culture, beautiful weather, and lavish surroundings. Splurging on a luxurious hotel room is one way to dive into the perks of the city, but an estate rental may also take your trip to the next level of extravagance. Your LA vacation will be one to remember when you see what it’s like to live in one of these breathtaking rentals.

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Sunset Hideaway Estate

An acre of land North of Sunset Boulevard will be yours if you rent this modern, Beverly Hills property. The designer kitchen is perfect for cooking up a meal with a view of the swimming pool and jacuzzi out of the floor-to-ceiling windows. The gated entry and lush landscaping create an air of privacy for you and your guests to enjoy your luxury hideaway.

 

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Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Hollywood Marvel

You’ll have everything you need when you rent this impressive property with a retro, modern design. Large enough for eight guests, the picturesque view of the Los Angeles skyline makes this space in the Mt. Olympus community a great place for group entertainment. Previously in an Elvis Presley film and a Beyonce music video, you’ll be able to have a classic LA getaway at this Hollywood Hills escape.

 

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Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Oceanside Malibu Villa

This Tuscan-inspired villa will be the secret to a relaxing vacation with its crystal clear views of the Pacific. Take in the Malibu sunshine with a private swimming pool, hot tub, fire pit and outdoor kitchen that creates the perfect entertainment space. Move the party inside to find a wet bar, billiard table and walk-in wine cave in the bright, airy environment.

 

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Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Seaside Estate Malibu

You’ll live in the lap of luxury in this five-bedroom estate overlooking the shoreline in a gated Zuma Beach community. The expansive backyard comes complete with a swimming pool, jacuzzi and barbecue space to treat your guests to a rustic evening under the stars. The modern furnishings, large wine cellar and no less than 17 fireplaces will keep you comfortable along with optional Ferrari and yacht rentals as upgrades.

 

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Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Zen Oasis

Relaxation is inevitable in this artsy, Beverly Hills estate located in the Trousdale community. The décor boasts a mix of modern and traditional with an array of eccentric design elements. Take a dip in the expansive swimming pool or lounge in the spacious, indoor living areas with help from a personal housekeeper to cater to your every need.

 

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Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Birds Eye Estate

Get lost in paradise at this stunning property with unobstructed views that span from Downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. Located at the top of a bluff in the Hollywood Hills, the Italian-inspired home is full of elaborate details such as a sun deck, poolside cabana, and sculptures by well-established artists. You’ll never want to leave this 67,000 square foot lot that acts as the perfect stay for up to 14 of your closest friends.

 

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Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Nusa Dua Resort

Escape to an ocean paradise in this Bali-inspired, beachfront estate. The outdoors are just a button away as the glass walls can be opened to bring nature right into your home. The smart home amenities, top-of-the-line kitchen and access to a private beach cove make this five-bedroom rental one of the best on the water.

 

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Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Overlook Villa

Head to the top of a secluded, Beverly Hills canyon to live in this architectural work of art with unparalleled landscape views. The high ceilings and luxurious furnishings create a lavish atmosphere where you’ll spend your time in the private movie theater, wine bar, game room and sauna. The outdoor pavilion will keep guests entertained as you take a dive in the pool while watching the one-of-a-kind sunset.

 

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Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Regal Paradise Estate

This newly remodeled estate brings elements of warmth and style to the prime, Beverly Hills location. The private, gated entry gives way to a 12,000 square foot property complete with a screening room, state-of-the-art appliances and an elevator to move easily between floors. Head outside to enjoy the customized swimming pool and see stunning views of the hillside as the backdrop to your stay.

 

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Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Hollywood Vista Estate

You’ll live like a star at this exclusive estate in the Hollywood Hills’ OutPost Estates. You’ll get two homes in one at this property which features lavish furnishings, a game room, and two heated pools. The sweeping views of the city create a serene atmosphere as you settle into your own private oasis.

 

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Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

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Dance in the Desert at The Neon Carnival

Over the years, the annual Neon Carnival has blossomed into becoming one of Coachella’s most highly-coveted party wristbands. The A-list guest list limited to celebrities, influencers, and industry insiders creates an incredible night as guests indulge in carnival games, rides, and unforgettable live performances in the middle of the desert. This highly sought-after invite grants you exclusive access to experience the social event of the year.

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Neon Carnival presented by Levis and Don Julio

The carnival is held late on the Saturday night of weekend one each year, managed by nightlife impresario Brent Bolthouse—the creative behind Santa Monica and Huntington Beach’s well-admired Bungalow bars. His impact in the industry spans decades, leading his company Bolthouse Productions to continuously impress with their creativity, detail, and knack for orchestrating a memorable time.

 

Photo: Brent Bolthouse and Alessandra Ambrosio at Neon Carnival – Getty Images

 

In the early Neon Carnival days, the party was a somehow even more exclusive indoor event at the Barker Hangar in Thermal, CA. It was a party fully-stocked with Hollywood elites as a private place to escape to after the festival with only a few-hundred guests invited at the time. The outdoor carnival aspect didn’t come into play until 2010, inspired by another of Bolthouse’s famous private parties held at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Each year the Neon Carnival has grown, with the event moving locations in 2018 to HITS Desert Horse Park, a larger space for an increased guest list of 8,000 attendees.

 

 

Past events are well-known for drawing in a kaleidoscope of A-listers. It may be no surprise that attendees have included regulars like Drake, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Alessandra Ambrosio, but when Hollywood royalty like Leonardo Dicaprio and Clint Eastwood also show up for the festivities, the carnival’s status is cemented as being the best of the best.

 

Photo: Neon Carnival – Jesse Grant/Getty Images

The Neon Carnival is an invite-only event.

The big question hopeful attendees have each year is, “How do you get a wristband?” Bolthouse cites close-knit industry relationships as being the number one source for the guest list. Invites go out to talent agencies, record labels, and the number of nightlife connections Bolthouse has developed over the years. The curated selection of invitees are given a time and place for advanced check-in where they pick up their wristbands within the weeks prior to the event. The sale of knock-offs online are a given for an event of this prominence, but Bolthouse ensures that the official wristbands can’t be removed for resale. Entry for the priceless event can’t be purchased, where even the extremely limited number of bottle service tables are quickly reserved by invited VIPs. Anyone with a dream of waltzing into the event is best off getting to know Brent Bolthouse himself through one of his many bar and nightlife ventures.

 

Photo: Neon Carnival – Donovan Justin Gonzalez

 

The 2018 event will be bringing back their resident DJs Ruckus, Politik, Kayper and Jesse Marco to take the stage. The Carnival has never been directly affiliated with the festival and has always been an event for post-Coachella, which has helped cultivate a friendship rather than competition between the two events.

 

Photo: Donovan Justin Gonzalez

 

Whether you’re one of the lucky invited guests, or a spectator hoping to make it to the list one day, excitement mounts as all eyes will be on the Neon Carnival this Coachella season. Its ninth installment will be sure to bring new surprises as guests party until the sun comes up at one of the hottest social events of the year.

 

Photo: Neon Carnival – Getty / Jonathan Leibson

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Embrace Elegance at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Santa Monica is a picturesque city with palm tree-lined streets, flawless weather, and an ocean shoreline perfect for a beach vacation. When it comes time to choose your stay for business or pleasure, Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows lets you take advantage of the city’s offerings along with its own quality amenities that will make you feel right at home.

Photo: Santa Monica by Christian Horan

 

Rooms

Step into a space built for relaxation as the casually elegant atmosphere of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel provides you a warm welcome to Southern California. The 302-room hotel features luxurious suites, traditional rooms, and 32 garden bungalows for you to choose the perfect accommodations fit for your trip. The contemporary design elements mixed with a touch of tropical refinement are just a few of the reasons guests continue to retreat to this beachfront paradise.

 

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FIG

A sophisticated dining experience is guaranteed at the hotel’s renowned FIG restaurant. Guests are treated to a menu of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine made with a wood burning oven and grill. Organic, seasonal ingredients are a part of the prep as the local Santa Monica Farmer’s Market provides fresh options to be incorporated into flavorful dishes.

 

Photo: FIG at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows by Christian Horan

Exhale Mind Body Spa

The on-site Exhale Spa helps you reach the pinnacle of relaxation through mind body programs to elevate your senses. Unwind through therapeutic massages, energy therapies, and more in this sanctuary for positive transformation. Book an appointment to escape your everyday travel stresses through their variety of elegant spa services.

 

Photo: Exhale Spa at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Lloyds Barbershop

Searching for a quality haircut in a new city can often be a challenge. The Fairmont Miramar has a simple solution with Lloyd’s—their premiere men’s barbershop on the ground floor of the hotel. Stop in to be pampered with a complimentary Bourbon, Cognac, or Scotch as your grooming experience rises above expectations, leaving you prepared to tackle any meeting or gathering with a fresh cut.

 

Photo: Lloyd’s Barbershop at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Glam&Go

The ladies also have their own on-site hair solution with the Glam&Go blow dry bar. Hotel guests and locals drop in for their signature 30-minute blowouts and trendy styling options for both business and vacation looks. One of ten locations across the US, you’ll get a glamorous, luxury experience without ever having to leave your hotel.

 

Photo: Glam&Go at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

The Bungalow

A local hot spot for drinks and lounging, The Bungalow Santa Monica bar is connected to the Fairmont Miramar with just a short walk away. No need to hunt for a place to grab a cocktail when one of the best bars in Santa Monica is right in your own backyard. The Bungalow boasts a kitschy, cabin feel with an outdoor patio that overlooks the Santa Monica shoreline. Live performances and DJs stop in to help the trendy crowd mix and mingle at this bustling locale. With ping pong, billiards, and TV screens during big sports games, The Bungalow offers something for everyone, satisfying all your entertainment needs.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

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Photo: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

 

The Best Bars to Enjoy a Craft Beer in LA

We’ve all had those days when you just want to kick back, relax, and crack open a beer with a few friends. With unique, craft beers becoming a necessary addition to drink menus across the country, there are plenty of places to choose from when you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind brew with a unique twist. The next time you’re at any of these LA watering holes, take the opportunity to try out a quality beer that will leave you buzzed and satisfied.

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Arts District Brewing Co.

This brewpub is a destination sure to keep you entertained. With over thirty beers brewed on-site, you can taste the variety of flavors until you find the perfect fit for your palate. Their entertainment area with classic bar games will bring out your inner child as you sip your brew.

 

Photo: Arts District Brewing Co.

Caseys Irish Pub

This go-to spot in a historical LA building is a great place to go for authentic, Irish drinks. Whiskey isn’t the only thing on the menu, as their Irish craft beers are also a great option. Live music performances are also an occasional event sure to keep you entertained while you have an authentic Irish beer in hand.

 

Photo: Casey’s Irish Pub

The Normandie Club

The Hotel Normandie plays host to this sleek, vintage cocktail lounge in Koreatown. Cocktails may be their specialty, but their menu also provides some great beer choices for anyone searching for quality ale. From ciders to stouts, beer lovers will feel right at home at this laid back venue.

 

Photo: The Normandie Club

Harlowe

If you’re in the area, stop in to this vintage bar that celebrates the Golden Age of Hollywood. Their booth seating is perfect for sipping on one of their many craft beer selections. From Oregon to Colorado to California, their variety is large enough for you to choose the perfect fit for your taste buds.

 

Photo: Harlowe

Stout Burgers and Beer

With a few locations around LA, Stout is a great place to grab a burger along with a quality craft beer. Their numerous options each pair with their burger menu to create the perfect combination of flavors. This gastropub is sure to satisfy at any of their Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Studio City locations.

 

Photo: Stout Burgers and Beer

BiergartenLA

What do you get when you mix Korean food with German beer? You’ll find out if you visit this unique K-Town venue. Their extensive list of craft beers gives you plenty of options that go great with their one-of-a-kind food menu.

 

Photo: BiergartenLA Koreatown

The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse

This British pub-style brewhouse has an on-site craft brewery with a range of eclectic options. With British bites served all day long, you can eat, drink and be merry in this vintage, West LA space.

 

Photo: The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse

Spring St. Bar

With 26 beers on tap, head downtown to try out the multitude of flavors they have to offer. This neighborhood bar offers build-your-own beer flights to let you try out any of their options. Order a signature sandwich from their menu to get the full Spring St. experience.

 

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Wurstkuche

This go-to sausage place is a favorite for anyone who lives near one of their two LA locations. The exotic meats are a draw for some, while others enjoy the extensive craft, German beer on tap. Try out something new as their unique brews are sure to please your palate.

 

Photo: Wurstkuche

Mikkeller Bar

Check out this beer hall if you’re a fan of ambers, IPAs, and everything in between. Their rotating menu of craft and imported selections allows you to always find something new at this Downtown locale. Their food menu is also sure to please with plenty of options to go with your cold, glass of brew.

 

Photo: Mikkeller Bar

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