Night Life Guide for Expats:
If you are in Los Angeles, and in the mood for some exciting night life, you are in for a treat. The city has lots in store for you and you can pick any style or ‘flavor’ you want — you can explore and experiment to your heart’s desire. If, however, you want to start slowly with something that is familiar to you, there are many ways to meet expats from your mother country or from other parts of the world, as well as the LA locals. Whether you feel like singing your heart out with Karaoke or chilling out at a jazz club alone, partying up with friends at a dance club or grabbing late night tapas with a nice glass of wine, you can always find plenty of choices. Check the Resources website often, since the nightlife scene changes very often and quickly.
Facebook: If you ever get home sick and crave for some conversation in your own language, Facebook provides a useful forum for finding your compatriots. For example, Brits in LA, has more than eight hundred British and American fans (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=22215942184&ref=ts). You can find your preferred group by logging in to http://www.facebook.com, click on “Groups” and type in your key word into the Search box.
Here are other some other expat groups:
- Australian Singles: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=121139231230481
- French in LA: http://www.facebook.com/groups/becomefrenchinla/
- Europeans in Los Angeles: http://www.facebook.com/groups/2625016289/
- Chinese in Los Angeles: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=33269939248
Expat Contact: Website hosts expat events in Los Angeles for professionals from all over the world. http://www.expatcontact.com
Meet-Up: Meet-Up is online meet up group network with hundreds of groups for every taste. http://expat.meetup.com/cities/us/ca/los_angeles/ If you can’t find what you are looking for, start your own.
- Los Angeles Times Bar and Clubs section: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/findlocal/bars-and-clubs/
- LA Weekly Bar and Club section: http://www.laweekly.com/directory/bar-club/
- Yelp Bar section: http://www.yelp.com/c/la/bars
The World famous Conga Room is the Mecca for the Latin dancers. Offers great live music and also accompanied by Pan Latin tapas restaurant Boca.
Conga Room at LA Live
800 W Olympic Blvd # 235, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Big music venue as well as a dance club, the Key Club hosts many music shows. Check website for the event info.
9039 West Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069-1828
The Highlands Hollywood
Inside the Hollywood and Highland complex, the club is open till 3am, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
6801 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 433
Hollywood, CA 90028
Big nightclub Avalon hosts music concerts as well as special events. Spanish colonial style architecture has some history in Hollywood, formerly known as The Hollywood Playhouse, then The Hollywood Place. Check website for events.
1735 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Popular Bars, Lounges and Pubs
J Restaurant and Lounge is located in downtown, the restaurant is open from brunch to dinner with an excellent wine list.
1119 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles
Aqua Lounge is an upscale lounge/restaurant in the famous zip code area of 91210.
424 N Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Neighborhood: Beverly Hills
Firefly is discrete and hard to find from the outside Ventura Blvd, but once you step inside, you’ll be amazed by the flare this place offers. Old English style lounge is easy and relaxed although often crowded with the Studio city show biz crowd and alike. Restaurant also offers great food.
11720 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604-2615
The Cat & Fiddle on Sunset Boulevard is by far one of the most popular expat meeting places located in the heart of Hollywood. The pub is popular with the locals, too, and its outdoor seating area is enough alone to warrant a return visit. The pub is also a popular meeting place for writers and screenwriters groups. Traditional English pub grub, American food, and TV sports games keep the expats and locals happy. Jazz on every Sunday at 7pm.
6530 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Cock ‘n Bull Pub is a British pub that is packed to the rafters with British expats. British food, beer on tap, and plenty of televised football to keep the fans happy.
2947 Lincoln Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
O’Brien’s Irish Pub and Restaurant – Irish owners of this ten year old pub have mixed traditional British pub sensibilities with a Santa Monica community vibe. British food, ales, and sports on offer.
2226 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
If you don’t mind a little energy and noise, here is a small gem hidden in the middle of Studio city. Local favorite ‘Gastro-bar’ has excellent bar food to accompany your drinks.
11938 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604