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Silver Lake nightlife guide to hipster hangouts, live music venues, funky bars and dance clubs (includes Echo Park and Los Feliz)

Find Los Angeles' most eclectic nightlife when you visit the neighborhoods of Silver Lake, Los Feliz and Echo Park. Known for an artsy hipster population, one-of-a-kind venues and cutting-edge live music performances, this coveted destination is diverse, youthful and proud. You'll also find late-night food trucks, organic restaurants and an unconventional attitude - this area is the opposite of Hollywood glam.

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Silver Lake, Echo Park

With off-beat bars, funky dance clubs and an artsy aesthetic throughout, this northeast area of Los Angeles has been ranked the #1 hipster neighborhood in the country by Forbes magazine. Featuring a population of musicians, artists, writers and yoga instructors, the trendy area of Silver Lake is one of the best destinations for nightlife in Los Angeles. From dogs with blue fauxhawks and organic vegan eateries to record store performances and food trucks galore, this unique artist enclave is a thrill to discover.

Right above Silver Lake is Los Feliz, a more affluent area favored by celebrities for its historic homes and unique collection of bars, restaurants and theaters. Nightlife is concentrated along Vermont Avenue and the Hillhurst corridor. Top venues include The Dresden Room and the Greek Theatre, both famous from their appearances in Hollywood movies.

South towards downtown you'll find Echo Park, a diverse destination that has only begun to be gentrified. Home to working class Angelenos, Latino families and starving artists, this neighborhood feels less pretentious than Silver Lake and Los Feliz. Explore a wide range of restaurants, bars and live music venues, including the sister nightclubs of The Echo and The Echoplex. - Shilo Urban

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Venues

Live Music Venue

The Echo

  • 1822 W Sunset Blvd

Nestled in the heart of Echo Park, The Echo, is your go-to spot for the some of best live music experience in Los Angeles.

Lounge

The Virgil

  • 4519 Santa Monica Blvd

Order a Caipirinha to quench your thirst while grooving to the soulfully eclectic sounds of everything from Afro-Cuban rhythms to hip hop soul classics provided by your favorite DJ's and bands.

Bar

The Airliner

  • 2419 N Broadway

For cutting-edge electronic music, instrumental hip hop and "LA beats," head to The Airliner and let the magic of this grimy dive bar wash over you along with the massive bass from the mega-watt sound

Bar

Thirsty Crow

  • 2939 W Sunset Blvd

Strap on your best hipster suspenders and wade into this whiskey lover's paradise this weekend.

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Bar

Red Lion Tavern

  • 2366 Glendale Blvd
    Los Angeles CA 90039

At Red Lion Tavern embrace joviality with frothy brews, hearty German cuisine, cozy Bavarian decor, raucous, friendly crowds and a unique beer garden atmosphere

Bar

Ye Rustic Inn

  • 1831 Hillhurst Ave.
    Los Angeles CA 90027

Ye Rustic Inn is a charming, rustic-themed bar in Los Angeles, serving delicious food and drinks in a lively, warm atmosphere perfect for upbeat socializing

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Verdugo Bar

  • 3408 Verdugo Rd
    Los Angeles CA 90065

Bar

Silverlake Lounge

  • 2906 W Sunset Blvd
    Los Angeles CA 90026

Silverlake Lounge is a cozy LA music venue best known for indie rock and eclectic sounds, comedy nights, and its selection of brews and cocktails

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American Restaurant

Good Microbrew

  • 3725 Sunset Blvd
    Silver Lake CA 90026

French Restaurant

Figaro Bistro

  • 1802 N Vermont Ave
    Los Angeles CA 90027

Figaro Bistro is a charming Los Angeles French restaurant, offering traditional cuisine, including crepes and escargot, in a romantic, vintage Paris-like setting with outdoor seating.

Restaurant

El Cid Restaurant

  • 4212 W Sunset Blvd
    Los Angeles CA 90029

El Cid Restaurant in Los Angeles offers flavorful Spanish cuisine in a vibrant atmosphere, accompanied by live flamenco performances, tantalizing burlesque shows or lively music that will transport you to a world of pure indulgence

Restaurant

The Oinkster

  • 2005 Colorado Blvd
    Eagle Rock CA 90041

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Live Music Venue

Live Music Venue

Greek Theatre

  • 2700 N Vermont Ave
    Los Angeles CA 90027

A stage for the harmonious collision of melodic storytelling and ecstatic live performances amidst breathtaking nature

Live Music Venue

The Dresden Room

  • 1760 N Vermont Ave
    Los Angeles CA 90027

The Dresden Room in Los Angeles is a retro-style lounge known for its old Hollywood glamour, live jazz music, and iconic martinis

Live Music Venue

The Echoplex

  • 1154 Glendale Blvd
    Los Angeles CA 90026

Mid-size music venue in LA's hip Silver Lake neighborhood. It's the perfect spot to catch indie and up-and-coming acts.

Live Music Venue

Zebulon

  • 2478 Fletcher Dr
    Los Angeles CA 90039

Zebulon is a vibrant and eclectic gathering spot located in Frogtown where cutting-edge musicians and artists congregate. Admission to the dance floor is free after the shows.

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Silver Lake, Echo Park Nightlife

Interesting Facts

Silver Lake is actually one of the oldest areas of Los Angeles. You can recognize the neighborhood's hills in black-and-white Charlie Chaplin movies, and Gelson's Market on Hyperion was once the site of the studio where Walt Disney dreamed up Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

Tips

Nightlife hot spots in Silver Lake are divided into authentic bo-ho hangouts (Cha Cha Lounge, Red Lion, Tiki-Ti, The Satellite) and upscale newcomers riding the rising rents (Mixville, Barbrix, Stella, Thirsty Crow). Know what you're getting into and dress appropriately – and don’t expect to find easy parking anywhere.

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