Top A-List Nightclubs in Los Angeles

Bouncer granting couple access outside nightclub
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Los Angeles has lots of great nightclubs, but as much as the venue, it is the timing that determines the hot spot of the moment and they often have a very short life, not just on the A-list, but in existence. Every night is a different promoter, different music, a different crowd, and a completely different experience. Many of the best-known club nights are private parties. One of the things that most A-list clubs have in common is that they get terrible reviews from all the people who can't get in. The people in charge of keeping out the hoi polloi are often not very friendly about it. If you're not on the list, you're not getting in. And if you're eligible to be on the list, you already know where the party is. But if you want to try your luck, some A-List clubs of the moment are below.

  • 01 of 08
    Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel
    ••• Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel. Kayte Deioma

    Address: 8440 Sunset Blvd.
    Neighborhood: West Hollywood
    Phone: (323) 848-6025
    Top nights: Any night
    Guest List:  Guests of the hotel supposedly get priority. Hotel guests only until 1 pm.
    Buzz: The poolside bar at the Mondrian hotel - which is not on the rooftop, but has an open view across the LA Basin - is known to have one of the strictest bouncers in town. The determined still wait in line at midnight on a Saturday night to get a glimpse of the famous and almost famous who hang out at this establishment. Early on a weeknight, it's not usually an issue, but on a Friday or Saturday night, bottle service may be required to get in. The bar itself is on an elevated platform above the pool with a more club-like lounge and additional seating at multiple levels. In winter, they cover the area with a solarium roof to ward off the chill. They close for private parties, so check their calendar before stopping by.

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  • 02 of 08

    Tower Bar at Sunset Tower Hotel

    Address: 8358 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
    Neighborhood: West Hollywood
    Phone: (323) 848-6677
    Top nights: 
    Guest List:
    Buzz: Half of Hollywood's legendary stars have lived or stayed at the Sunset Tower Hotel and spent time in its Tower Bar in its storied history, and it continues to be a popular hang out for A-list celebs and industry movers and shakers. It's a classy joint that stays pretty true to its Art Deco roots.

  • 03 of 08
    1Oak on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood
    ••• 1Oak on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Kayte Deioma

    Address: 9039 W. sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
    Neighborhood: West Hollywood
    Phone: (310) 274-2326
    Top nights: 
    Guest List:
    Buzz: The latest spinoff of the New York and Las Vegas franchise, 1 Oak, took over the historic Key Club/Gazzarri's building on the Sunset Strip.  They transformed the space from rocker bare bones to designer elegance. The live bands have been predominantly replaced with top DJs and the return of the disco ball. There is a minimal bar food menu .

  • 04 of 08

    Address: 6507 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
    Neighborhood: Hollywood
    Phone: (323) 460-6667     
    Top nights: Wed, Fri, Sat
    Guest List:  (323) 460-6667 or
    Buzz: Celebs and other upscale clientele make themselves at home in this vast brick-walled warehouse with chandeliers hanging from wooden rafters and comfy sofas all over the place, but all the seating is basically bottle service. There's no real dance floor, but people dance between the sofas and around the DJ. There's also a more intimate lounge upstairs. 

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  • 05 of 08

    Address: 1600 N Argyle Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028
    Neighborhood: Hollywood
    Phone: (323) 461-1600     
    Top nights: Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat
    Guest List:, (909) 841-3289
    Buzz: The Argyle goes for old school mega-glam with huge chandeliers, Deco details and disco lights. It can be a zoo, and the zookeepers have a really strict door policy. Inside, they're casting the hottest party in town. If you don't have the look, you don't get in. Even really famous people over a certain age get turned away. There's a separate Cocktail Den if you want to escape the dancing. Upscale dress code strictly enforced.

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  • 06 of 08
    Sayers Club in Hollywood
    ••• Sayers Club in Hollywood. Kayte Deioma

    Address: 1645 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
    Phone: (323) 871-8233          
    Neighborhood: Hollywood
    Top Nights:  Thu, Fri, Sat
    Buzz: A crowded Hollywood bar with DJs and popular music acts, but no real dance floor. Not that an LA club needs a reason to keep the line from moving, but this place is so small and crowded that they really have to keep people out until someone else leaves.

  • 07 of 08

    Address: 8117 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
    Neighborhood: Hollywood/West Hollywood border
    Phone: (323) 940-1650     
    Top nights: Thu, Fri, Sat
    Guest List: Call for reservations and bottle service
    Buzz: Hyde Sunset is another SBE venue that prides itself on keeping the riff raff away from the A-List. It's a trendy, but inconsistent, restaurant with a "smart casual" dress code until 9 pm. Then it turns into a cocktail lounge at 10:30 where your favorite young celebs can hang out with their friends without being bothered by the likes of you or me. There are DJs spinning, but no dance floor. If you reserve for late dinner, you might get lucky and get access to the club afterward. If you reserve for an earlier dinner, they'll give you an hour and a half to give up your table, so no 3 hours of reminiscing. If you're just interested in the lounge, plan on bottle service, or don't bother. Since there's no dance floor, there's no place to be.

  • 08 of 08
    David Arquette at Bootsy Bellows
    ••• David Arquette holding court at Bootsy Bellows nightclub in West Hollywood. Kayte Deioma

    Address: 9229 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
    Neighborhood: West Hollywood
    Phone: (310) 274-7500     
    Top nights: Tue, Fri, Sat
    Guest List: know someone
    Buzz: A tribute to actor David Arquette's mother, who was a burlesque dancer and pinup model, Bootsy Bellows is an intimate 60s glam dance club with live music, DJs and creepy marionettes with the occasional quirky burlesque show.