If you came to the City of Angels for standout rock clubs and concert venues, you’re in the right city. LA is home base to so many music genres, rock stars, and equally esteemed establishments that it’s astonishing. Check out The Troubadour for an iconic rock hall that has hosted an array of seasoned and up-and-coming musicians and bands. Head to The Wiltern for a stunning and renovated Art Deco aesthetic, and if you’re in the mood for a cheap, grungier scene, don’t miss The Smell. LA certainly has enough rock clubs to go around, so check our SELECT’s list of 10 of the best rock clubs and concert venues to get the party started right, and quickly.
This West Hollywood space is one of the most legendary rock clubs in the country. Thanks to its impressive lists of acts who performed early in their careers (like James Taylor and Elton John), The Troubadour is known for hosting up-and-coming talent as well as established names in its intimate setting.
The Echo is an unpretentious venue on the Strip that showcases consistently good punk rock in a space well-suited for music from every angle. You can’t downplay the importance of a main room that enhances sounds rather than muffles or alters it.
Owned by the famous-in-his-own-right Lou Adler and son Nic, The Roxy has hosted countless musicians and bands. The Roxy has become a staple in L.A. rock and concert life since Neil Young graced the stage at its inaugural show back in the early ’70s.
This L.A. spot for live music is a favorite among locals for its consistently electric atmosphere and solid indie and rock artists. With several bars throughout this intimate venue, you’ll have your choice of drinks with a terrific view of the stage.
This venue was restored in 2002 to make it a modern concert hall with all of the fun of the Roaring ’20s. In the summer, sip a cocktail on the roof, which is cued in to the concert via livestream, so you’ll know when to head in for the main act.
The Wiltern is an Art Deco concert hall that you shouldn’t miss. The exterior, which is decorated in an old-school, black-and-white letterboard advertising the night’s act, is coupled with an opulent golden ceiling to impress visitors from the get-go.
Known for its great indie acts, The Satellite (formerly Spaceland) is an intimate, hip venue … but not too hip. Try going on Monday nights, which often feature free performances. If you love music, you’ll love free music even more.
The Viper Room earned its stripes during its heyday in the ’90s. thanks to former co-owner Johnny Depp. Even without Depp at the helm, it’s a great venue for live music. Visitors will enjoy the cozy downstairs lounge and intimate atmosphere.
If you’re looking for mainstream, you won’t find it at The Smell. However, if you like live music at a grungy, exciting venue known for its punk and experimental rock, then this stopover is for you. Shows are cheap (hint: about a third of the cost of a typical L.A. cocktail), so you’ll have enough coin to load up at their vegan snack bar.
This landmark (a former movie palace) now hosts a variety of concerts and dance parties. Decorated in the same vein as a Mayan palace, this multilevel venue offers historical fun and soul paired with some outrageously great acts.
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Freelance writer Lauren Paley is an avid writer and traveler. She has lived in Morocco, France, Tel Aviv and Prague, and has traveled to over 25 countries. Her interests include banh mi sandwiches, Boo the dog, trying (and failing) at languages, and outdoor movie theaters.