Do you enjoy going out and really feeling a city’s vibe through its night scene? There are a great many types of places to spend your evenings in Hollywood.
Whether you are planning a visit Hollywood, or if you live here but haven’t taken the time to take in these architectural sites to see in Hollywood, this list is for you. In our research to develop a Tourist Scavenger Hunt in Hollywood, we’ve come across much information, some of which can only be gleaned when doing the actual scavenger hunt.
However, we also wanted to share some of that information with you for your visit planning. Here are recommendations for 9 evenings in Hollywood for drinks, dancing and laughter.
This article was updated on 2 August 2019.
9 evenings in Hollywood
- Magic Castle
- The Magic Castle is a nightclub for magicians and magic enthusiasts, as well as the clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts. It bills itself as “the most unusual private club in the world.” It was established in 1962.
- Nestled at the top of Orange Drive, the Magic Castle stands on Franklin, one block north of Hollywood Blvd.
- Frolic Room
- Located next to the Pantages Theatre, the Frolic Room’s jukebox style no-frills bar will impress you with its walls covered with signed movie star photos.
- The Second City
- The Second City started in Chicago in 1959 and has locations here and in Toronto. They’ve produced comedy television shows such as SCTV and Saturday Night Live. They’ve also produced such comedic greats as Bill Murray, John Candy, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, and Stephen Colbert.
- The Second City sits on Hollywood Blvd at Schrader. Ticketing depends on the event.
- Boulevard3 stands on Sunset Blvd, also at Schrader (2 blocks south of The Second City) in the original Hollywood Athletic Club building.
- How about taking in a tiki bar? Lono on Hollywood at Whitley has you covered! Tiki drinks here are strong!
- Avalon Hollywood
- Completed in 1927, this theater remains one of L.A.’s premier superclubs. As a matter of fact, this is the only club in Los Angeles to have a 24-hour license. It also attracts globally recognized and loved DJs.
- Avalon Hollywood stands across the street from the Capitol Records Building on Vine, just north of Hollywood Blvd.
- The Woods
- The Woods looks like a hunting lodge-style bar in a strip-mall on La Brea Ave at Lanewood, south of Hollywood Blvd. Correspondingly, it serves specialty drinks under antler chandeliers.
- iO West
- This is Los Angeles’ branch of an original Chicago institution. It presents nightly improv & sketch comedy in theatres.
- You will find iO West on Hollywood Blvd at Cosmo St.
- Mama Shelter Bar
- Mama Shelter Bar sits atop the six-story Mama Shelter hotel on Selma Ave at Wilcox. Indeed, it offers outstanding views of Hollywood and solid cocktails. However, it is very hard to get into.
Furthermore, there are many other nightclubs to check out such as The Sayers Club, Sound Nightclub, Create Nightclub as well as the Bardot.
We invite you to try our Hollywood Tourist Scavenger Hunt. It is a 2-hour guided walking tour throughout the heart of Hollywood you do on your mobile phone (how it works). It only costs $30 for your group. Moreover, you will enjoy your spotting these iconic nightclubs, bars and much more while completing challenges and learning about Hollywood’s history. Who knows, you might return to them later in the days for your evenings in Hollywood.