Four of L.A.’s hippest neighborhoods—Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Downtown, and Hollywood—are clustered together in central Los Angeles. Hang out in any of these areas to experience the hippest nightclubs and bars. Start off in Downtown L.A. area with a show or movie at the Downtown Independent, or catch a classical performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Frank Gehry’s stunning post-modern Walt Disney Concert Hall. Post-show, head to Villains Tavern for some classy craft cocktails made by the resident mixologist, or sample fine whiskies at Seven Grand. The Silver Lake area is hipster central; play pinball at Pins and Needles, sway to indie rock at The Echo or The Satellite, or just relax with the locals at popular Bigfoot Lodge or Red Lion Tavern.
Just up the road from Silver Lake lies Los Feliz, a laid-back, walkable neighborhood featuring some of L.A.’s greatest nightlife options. (It’s also home turf for a heavy dose of celebrities, including Mad Men’s John Hamm and sultry Eva Mendes.) Catch the classic lounge act of Marty & Elayne at The Dresden, sip mai tais at Tiki Ti bar, or enjoy cocktails and burlesque at Harvard and Stone. Finish up in Hollywood with improv by the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, catch a live, in-store performance by a national act at Amoeba Records, or enjoy an intimate singer-songwriter set at the tucked-away-in-a-back-alley feel of Hotel Cafe.