Top Choice Blues in Santa Monica


This dark blues grotto has been packing 'em in since 1931 but somehow still manages to feel like a well-kept secret. There are no big-name acts here, but the quality is usually high. Sunday’s Toledo Show mixes soul,…
Top Choice Live Music in Silver Lake & Echo Park


Eastsiders hungry for an eclectic alchemy of sounds pack this funky-town dive that’s basically a sweaty bar with a stage and a smoking patio. It books indie bands, and also has regular club nights. Their Funky Sole …
Top Choice Comedy in Hollywood

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

Founded in New York by SNL alums Amy Poehler and Ian Roberts along with Matt Besser and Matt Walsh, this sketch-comedy group cloned itself in Hollywood in 2005 and is arguably the best improv theater in town. Most s…
Top Choice Live Music in Los Feliz & Griffith Park

Greek Theatre

A more intimate version of the Hollywood Bowl, this 5800-seat outdoor amphitheater tucked into a woodsy hillside of Griffith Park is much beloved for its vibe and variety – Los Lobos to MGMT to Willie Nelson. Parkin…
Orchestra in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Los Angeles Philharmonic

The world-class LA Phil performs classics and cutting-edge works at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, under the baton of Venezuelan phenom Gustavo Dudamel.
Comedy in Hollywood

Improv Olympic West

Second only to the Upright Citizens Brigade in the frequency and quality of shows. It has at least three daily, starting on the hour. The Armando Show ($5) on Monday nights is hosted by a celebrity guest (someone li…
Concert Venue in Hollywood

Ford Amphitheatre

Every seat is within 100ft of the stage at this up-close-and-personal outdoor amphitheater. With the Hollywood Hills as a backdrop, catch indie bands, foreign movies and dance troupes from June to October. Picnics w…
Theater in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Los Angeles Theater Center

Housed in the Old Pacific Stock Exchange building, built in 1915, the downstairs gallery rotates exhibitions curated by the Latino Museum of Art, while the excellent stage shows, produced by the Latino Theater Compa…
Concert Venue in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Saturdays Off the 405

Concert Venue in Hollywood

Fonda Theatre

The old Henry Fonda theatre has been restored, and remains one of Hollywood’s best venues for live music. It’s an intimate, general-admission space with an open dance floor and balcony seating. It books progressive …