Avalon Hollywood Nightclub

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    Avalon Hollywood Nightclub - The Venue

    Avalon Nightclub in the old Palace Theatre
    Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Avalon nightclub in Hollywood is one of the city's most popular clubs, known for featuring top DJs and up and coming bands. It is located in a historic 1927 building near the corner of Hollywood and Vine that was once the Palace Theatre. Like many LA clubs, they seem to remodel every couple years to keep the venue fresh.

    The building includes Avalon nightclub downstairs and Bardot upstairs.

    Avalon is a large club space with a big dance floor and a full stage up front for live bands and DJs. VIP table service is available at booths on a mezzanine level at the opposite end of the stage overlooking the dance floor.

    There is a connected room with spacious leather booths and chandeliers with a second small dance floor with its own line-up of DJs.

    The after-hours club, After Dark, takes over the smaller space on Friday nights after 2 am. It can be confusing because Avalon overflows into the space before 2 am, then they close Avalon and make you pay another cover to get back in the same space through another door.

    On Saturdays, Avalon stays open through the night without closing.

    Avalon gives a name to each night, as is the trend in LA clubs. At this writing, Tiger Heat is the Thursday night gay night and Control is on Fridays, subject to change at any time. Same club, different name.

    The Avalon space hosts outside concerts and special events on other nights.

    Upstairs is Bardot, a restaurant, lounge and dance club with a much warmer and intimate atmosphere.

    Avalon Hollywood

    Address: 1735 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028, Map it
    Phone: (323) 462-8900
    Hours: Avalon Fri 10 pm - 4 am, Sat 10:30 pm - 8 am After Dark 2 am - 7 am, Bardot, Tue-Sun 7:30 pm - 2 am, Special events on other nights.
    Note: No alcohol is served between 2 am and 6 am.
    Cover Charge: Avalon $20-$35
    Bottle Service/Group Table Reservations: Honey, 323-462-8900, Avalon VIP Table Reservations: (323) 462-8900 
    Dress Code: At the discretion of the door
    Wait: can be long on Saturdays
    Website: avalonhollywood.com, check for upcoming Avalon concerts.

    Read the Review of Bardot

    This information was accurate at the time of publication. Please check with venue for the most current information.

    >>>The Crowd

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  • 02 of 04

    Avalon Hollywood - The Crowd

    Friday night crowd at Avalon Hollywood Nightclub
    Photo © 2010 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The crowd depends on the night, the bands and the DJs. At Avalon, Thursday is gay night. Fridays and Saturdays are a mixed bag, with Saturdays skewing heavily Asian.

    The music is mostly house, but DJs and bands bring their own fans. On my most recent Friday visit, although it was an 18+ night, the crowd was predominantly 21 to 30 with every ethnicity represented, with horn-rimmed glasses making a frequent appearance.

    Upstairs at the more loungy Bardot, the guest-list-only crowd is still diverse and accessible, but you're more likely to see A-list celebs pop in here, where they can be whisked out through secret exits, out of the view of the paparazzi. Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Carmen Electra, Paris Hilton, the Entourage cast, the Black Eyed Peas, Prince, Lindsay Lohan and Shane West are just a few of the Hollywood elite who are rumored to occasionally put in an appearance.

    >>>The Music

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    Avalon Hollywood - The Music

    Avalon Nightclub in Hollywood, CA
    Photo © 2012 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Avalon brings in bands and DJs that play house music, but there's a lot of diversity in that category, so check the website to see who is playing on the night you're thinking of going.

    There are two dance floors, so if you don't like what's on the main stage you can check out what's playing in the space shared by Avalon, Honey and Spider After Dark.

    Upstairs at Bardot, music style changes depending on what night it is with themes ranging from jazz to disco. A lot of rock musicians come in on Wednesday nights for LA BOUM and special guests.

    >>>Food and Drink at Avalon

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  • 04 of 04

    Bardot - Upstairs at Avalon

    The smoking lounge at Bardot nightclub in Hollywood
    Kayte Deioma

    Bardot is a restaurant, lounge and dance club located above the famed Avalon nightclub in Hollywood. It is smaller than Avalon, with a much warmer and intimate 1920's speakeasy atmosphere, and draws a more elite clientele.  

    Part of Bardot is an open air lounge where smoking is permitted. Unfortunately, the gaps in the covered roof really don't offer enough ventilation, and you have to walk through this smoky area to get to the interior lounge and dance floor. 

    On Monday evenings, they host “It’s A School” with KCRW from 8 pm - 1 am. On Thursday evenings, Bardot is open to VIPS for Tiger Heat from 10 pm to 2 am.  On Fridays and Saturdays, Bardot is typically open to accommodate overflow for the in-house club nights from 10 pm to 2 am. 

    Bardot is frequently used for private Hollywood parties, which may limit access to the general public, but sometimes the public is let in at the end of the party, giving ordinary folks the chance to rub shoulders with some famous faces.

    The Crowd

    Despite being guest-list-only, the crowd at Bardot is pretty laid back. You're more likely to see A-list celebs pop in here, where they can be whisked out through secret exits, out of the view of the paparazzi, but it's not an every night occurrence. If big names are in attendance, you'll' probably see the photographers camped out front.

    Bruno Mars, Danielle Panabaker, Chloe Moretz, Ian Somerhalder, Tyrese, Casey Affleck, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Carmen Electra, Paris Hilton, the Entourage cast, the Black Eyed Peas, Prince, Lindsey Lohan and Shane West are just a few of the Hollywood elite who have put in an appearance. Wednesdays and Sundays are rumored to be good star-sighting nights.

    Address:1735 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028, above Avalon, entrance on the right.

    Phone:(323) 462-1307
    Hours: Bardot, Mon 8 pm - 1 am Thu-Sat 10 pm - 2 am, may be closed for private parties.
    Cover Charge: varies
    Bottle Service/Table Reservations: (323) 462-8900
    Dress Code: At the discretion of the door
    Website: avalonhollywood.com/bardot/