Everyone can use a low key party experience once in a while. While there’s a certain kind of glamour associated with clubbing in LA, like dressing to the nines at the hottest nightclubs around and rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous. But this illusion is more or less broken after a few nights waiting in line for an hour and a half followed by being shunted around a sweaty crowded dance floor (and you’re not rubbing shoulders with celebrities so much as rubbing shoulders with the bouncer who’s tasked with keeping you out of the VIP booths). We’re here to help you step away from the bland pretentiousness of the usual clubs and find experiences that celebrate unique personalities. So here are the 5 best low key nightclubs in LA that you may or may not have ever heard of (in no particular order):
Funky Sole at the Echo
With a name like Funky Sole, the Echo on Saturday promises nothing but good vibes and old school goodness. It’s the perfect retreat from the pretension you may find at some more popular venues. Let loose to late 60s/70s soul funk with DJs Miles, Clifton, and Chico. Even if you’re not a funk fanatic, you can still enjoy the laid-back energy, cheap drinks, and getting down with your bad self. Get more info here, you funky animals.
Low End Theory
Take a look at our recent blog post on Low End Theory and its general awesomeness. They celebrated their 8th anniversary on Oct 15, which is pretty rare to come by in a weekly club event. Regulars know that if you show up at the Airliner, you’re here for the great music and good vibes all around. Low End Theory functions as a home for experimental, beat driven tracks and has played a part in the success of artists such as The Glitch Mob, Daedelus, Nosaj Thing and Flying Lotus. Underground artists that play here aren’t guaranteed to be underground for long. Interested? Check out their page here!
Making Shapes is all about free spirit. With a lineup of DJs that’s used to spinning for crowds of thousands of people, Making Shapes combines international talent with the gritty independent feel of an underground warehouse party. Artists from Kim Ann Foxmann to Benoit and Sergio have graced their halls. Even through the event has grown from semi-secret warehouse parties to larger, permitted venues, a lot of work goes into keeping the event free of pretention and in keeping with their original counterculture spirit. You’ll find everyone from LA’s upper crust fashionistas to hipsters and drag queens partying under one roof in an atmosphere that’s almost unbelievably friendly for LA. Get more info on their Facebook page here.
Lights down Low
Lights down Low, started by Corey Sleazemore and Richard Panic in a basement, has been growing steadily for the past 7 years. If there are two things you can expect from LDL, its awesome music and really, really hard partying. Sleazemore and Panic boldly mix genres and cultures, and only at venues with the best sound systems. Past acts paint a diverse array of genres, like Disclosure, James Blake, Blaqstarr, and Simian Mobile Disco. As for the atmosphere, you’re not going to find anything chill about this secret basement party writ large. With a crowd made up of “hardcore freaks, party monsters, vogue children, cross dressers, and hedonistic house heads” you can expect things to get wild. LDL cycles between venues in SF and LA, so don’t miss them the next time they’re in town! If you want to get low with LDL, just pick up tickets at their website.
A club called Rhonda
House. Disco. Hedonism. If you’re looking for an out-of-the-box clubbing experience, nobody does it quite like Rhonda. A self-described mecca for “polysexual hard partying,” Rhonda revels in fresh conceptual décor and wild irreverence of what a nightclub should behave like. Dress daringly or walk in off the street: Rhonda will take you into its underground nightclub haven and spit you back out in the early morning wanting more. Check out Rhonda’s website here.
Have you been to any of these underground club events? Do you know of any others? Let us know in the comments below!