Sometimes it’s nice to want to rock out with a huge crowd. Sharing musical moments with thousands of like-minded people is definitely a unique and powerful experience – but it’s certainly not the only way to enjoy live music.
Seeing shows in smaller, more intimate settings can allow you to appreciate the music in an entirely different way. Furthermore, you’ll be able to actually communicate and connect with the people around you, rather than just screaming over the speakers in a vain effort to be heard.
That’s just one of the reasons that it’s often preferable to hunker down in a smaller setting to hear your favorite bands. In this article, we’re going to tell you about a few of the best venues in L.A. for people who like to get their musical fix up-close and personal.
Located near Silver Lake, a small drive away from West LA, Hyperion Tavern is about as close as it gets to a futuristic tavern that you might find on another world. Hyperion features unique DJs, electronic music, indie bands, and obscure (read: obnoxious?) noise music.
Hyperion hosts a number of regular events, such as the Black Lodge night which happens on the first Saturday of any given month. This event focuses on providing unique and exciting electronic music that pushes the boundaries of what the genre is known for.
Located in the fantastic Frogtown district, Zebulon is known for providing an absolutely insane variety of experiences for its patrons. They host artists from all around the world, and you’re just as likely to find a mosh of reggaeton here as you would psychedelic rock from East Asia.
Zebulon hasn’t been around for a long time, but in the short while it’s been around it’s earned itself an impressive reputation. The venue is capable of holding a crowd just big enough to provide a good-sized showtime atmosphere without sacrificing any intimacy.
Located in the Arts District of downtown LA, Resident’s humble exterior hides a charming and exciting interior. Food inside is served from a food truck, and your thirsts can be quenched by ordering drinks from one of two separate bars.
Most of the music here is indie and electronic, which suits the club-style feel of the indoor bar. The leather couches adorning Resident allow for plenty of intimate conversations and downtime between dance sessions.
The Smell is one of the most well-known venues in all of Los Angeles, and many people believe that you haven’t really seen a show in LA until you’ve seen one at The Smell.
That’s not to say that The Smell always hosts the most high-end and well-known acts – quite the opposite, in fact. The Smell is a DIY venue that has provided an alcohol-free space for people of all ages to merge together and enjoy music and socializing.
Since it’s an all-ages venue, you’ll also be exposed to a wide range of bands and artists that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see at 21+ venues.