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 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…
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 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 …
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…
Live Music in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood


The celebrated 1957 rock hall launched a thousand careers, including those of James Taylor and Tom Waits, and was central to John Lennon's "Lost Weekend in 1973". It’s still a great spot for catching tomorrow’s head…
Baseball in Silver Lake & Echo Park

Dodger Stadium

Few clubs can match the Dodgers when it comes to history (Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Kirk Gibson, and Vin Scully), success and fan loyalty. The club's newest owners bought the organization for roughly two billio…
Stadium in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Staples Center

The LA Lakers were down on their luck as of this writing, but the NBA's most successful organization still packs all 19,000 seats on a regular basis. Floor seats, like those filled by the ubiquitous Jack Nicholson, …
Live Music in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood


A Sunset fixture since 1973, the Roxy has presented everyone from Miles Davis to David Bowie to Jane’s Addiction, and still occasionally manages to book music that matters today. It’s a small venue, so you’ll be up …
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.