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The Best Dance Clubs In L.A. (That Don't Suck)

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Keeping tabs on the nightlife scene in L.A. can mean you end up sounding a heckuva lot like SNL's Stefon Meyers. If you don't want to look like a total tool describing your Saturday night, you can head out to one of these dance clubs, where there's DJ talent aplenty and less douchey vibes than your average Hollywood hotspot.


Photo courtesy of Create on Facebook

When SBE announced the partnership with Insomniac to overhaul the Vanguard nightclub, EDM enthusiasts rejoiced. And rightfully so. The team has been bringing in some of the world's heaviest hitting acts since the venue's reopening in May. Upcoming DJs in the lineup include house legend Cedric Gervais and Australian-based Stafford Brothers.

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Create is located at 6021 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, (323) 463-3331

A Club Called Rhonda

Sex, drugs, and glam rule at this polysexual dance club housed at Los Globos in Silverlake. The anything-goes night was founded 2008 by longtime friends and party aficionados Gregory Alexander and Loren Granic, and it's since become a staple in the underground scene for those looking for a break from the typical EDM scene. Major talent has been known to drop in for too; LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy just spun a set there last week.

A Club Called Rhonda is located at 333 S Boylston Street, Los Angeles, (213) 482-2313

Exchange LA

Exchange LA has become the place to get down. HARD throws their after festival's after parties on their Downtown dance floors, Stones Throw Records regularly comes through, and Insomniac hosts Saturday night residencies. Upcoming acts include Richard Vission, Ferry Corsten, and Claude Von Stroke.

Exchangeis located at 618 S Spring Street, Downtown LA, (213) 627-8070

Sayers Club

SBE's Sayers Club just got a menu revamp, and has been seeing some serious talent come through. We were lucky enough to pop in on the night that Rumer Willis, who is currently starring in the Baz Luhrmann show at The Vermont, performed a sultry blues set. Grab a bite at the bar beforehand and be ready for surprise performances just like that.

Sayers Club is located at 1645 Wilcox Avenue, Hollywood, (323) 871-8416

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This place can be just as douchey as any other Hollywood nightclub, but if you happen to hit it up on their Private Label nights where there's a dedicated dance act you'll get a different crowd. Upcoming gigs include The Knocks and soulful disco dance group Treasure Fingers. (Better believe we'll be there for the latter.)

Lure is located at 1439 Ivar Avenue, Hollywood, (323) 463-0004

Funky Sole at the Echo

Ready to be taken down to Funkytown? Then throw on some old school Adidas sneaks and head to the Echo, where you'll find one of the cheapest (and most chill) dance nights in L.A. B-boys and girls bust out their moves to grooves from the '60s and early '70s, throwing it back to a time when dancing didn't include the fist bump.

Funky Sole at the Echo is located at 1154 Glendale Boulvard, Echo Park, (213) 413-8200

Keep An Eye Out For These Non-Sucky Openings:

Hakkasan will be opening up an L.A. outpost of their ultra-swank Asian restaurant/nightclub later this month.

Cardiff Giant hospitality group will be opening a nightclub later this fall at 7969 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood, CA in old Voyeur space

Honorable mentions:


AV Nightclub

Hooray Henry's

Bootsy Bellows