Top 7 Best Nightclubs in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA [2020 GUIDE]

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With over 102 venues in Los Angeles, there are many places to choose from whether you're looking for a crazy night out or a lounge atmosphere. Don't worry! We're going to list out the best clubs in Santa Monica, Los Angeles that you should definitely check out.

31Ten Lounge

Best nightclub in Santa Monica, Los Angeles!
31Ten Lounge

Indulge yourself with delectable menu selections and your favorite libations while unwinding in our comfortable, lounge-style seating. 31Ten is located in Santa Monica and is open from 6pm-8pm from Thursday through Saturday.

  • 3110 Main St Los Angeles, CA 90405 United States
  • Santa Monica
  • 6 pm - 2 am Thu - Sat
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

41 Ocean

41 Ocean

41 Ocean is a destination venue that celebrates life without limits. A comfortable, upscale, inviting lounge, in the middle of everything, with an exclusive tucked away feel. 41 Ocean was created by Russo, the managing partner and director of memberships, and Jeremy Umland, also a managing partner, as a response to a lack of an exclusive club in Santa Monica. There are other such clubs in L.A. — Soho House in West Hollywood is perhaps the most notable, while other spots like Magic Castle and Cana Rum Bar are also similarly exclusive. But 41 Ocean — a Spanish-influenced spot with lounges, full service food and drink and the chance for members to light up a cigar — has the Santa Monica market cornered.

  • 1541 Ocean Ave Los Angeles, CA 90401 United States
  • Santa Monica
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$$

SHOREbar

SHOREbar

If Cape Cod was the epicenter of craft cocktails, Shorebar would be its premier yacht club. If that 75-ft custom-outfitted yacht is tied up in "equity or "dreams," Shorebar’s got you covered, boasting a beach-club inspired cozy space that features white wood paneling, blue and white nautical striped walls, comfy below-deck style booth seating, height-adjustable bar stools, and submarine-like lighting fixtures illuminating vintage—no Baywatch paraphernalia here—photos of local lifeguards. And if you’re into nautical memberships, ask about their upstairs private alcove and the benefits that come with—sorry, it's open to locals only here. Whatever you do, get ready to drown yourself in a sea of sophisticated cocktails, designed by Master Mixologist Vincenzo Marianella of Copa D' Ora. Though the h.wood.group's (Bootsy Bellows) first Westside endeavor is imagined for nearby nabe folk, it’s worth a trip for anyone living east of the 405.

  • 112 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402 Los Angeles, CA 90402 United States
  • Santa Monica
  • 7 PM - 1 AM Sun Tues Wed, 7 PM - 2 AM Thur Fri Sat
  • Dress Code: Button-downs, Jeans, Jeans and Heels, Trendy Casual
  • $

The Buffalo Club

The Buffalo Club

A good twenty years after their doors first opened, so much around us has changed. What seems like half the film, TV, music and internet companies in L.A. have moved into their now-gentrified neighborhood, many having discovered it through their first visit to the club. Around town, countless bars and restaurants have changed ownership, chefs, management, concepts or simply gone out of business; more than a few having tried to duplicate – with mixed results – the inimitable Prohibition-era allure of a certain establishment. Trends have come and trends have gone. And yet, some things remain the same. A decade or more before the speakeasy fad, gourmet comfort food craze, London private club vogue and mixology ubiquitousness…there was – and still is –The Buffalo Club: above the fray, under the radar, ahead of the curve.

  • 1520 Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90404 United States
  • Santa Monica
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$$

Nameless

Nameless

Nameless is the newest nightclub and bar to open on Main Street in Santa Monica.

  • 2810 Main St Los Angeles, CA 90405 United States
  • Santa Monica
  • 10 PM - 2 AM Thu - Sat
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

The Room Santa Monica

The Room Santa Monica

Planted in the middle of Santa Monica district, the mellow drinker will appreciate The Room Sm’s low-key vibe. Pair your food with a tasty beverage from the full bar at The Room Sm. For great tunes and lively moves, The Room Sm hosts a DJ and opens up the floor for dancing. Weekends are when crowds really head to The Room Sm, so plan accordingly. There are many generous parking options near The Room Sm, including street, valet and garage. The Room Sm makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.

  • 1325 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90404 United States
  • Santa Monica
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

Senator Jones

Senator Jones

Located in the westside of Los Angeles is Senator Jones. Senator Jones offers a new club in the city with a new interior. It consists of dark and ambient lighting to get party goers dancing. They offer EDM music on most Friday nights and an Open Format on Saturdays.

  • 2020 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90403 United States
  • Santa Monica
  • 10 pm - 2 am Fri - Sat
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

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Los Angeles Nightclubs FAQ

What time does the headlining DJ usually start performing in Los Angeles clubs?

The headlining DJ will usually start performing around 12:00 AM.

How long do DJs play in Los Angeles?

The headlining DJ or artist usually plays a 1 to 2 hour set.

What is the dress code like at Los Angeles nightclubs?

Guys can wear nice jeans and a form fitting plain t-shirt or a nice button down shirt. Girls can wear jeans or a comfortable but stylish dress if they prefer. Of course guys and girls can never go wrong with dressing up even more – there is no such thing as overdressing when it comes to clubs.

How can I get into Los Angeles nightclubs for free?

Some Los Angeles nightclubs have a free ladies guest list, and have a free even ratio guest list – free if you have the same number of girls (or more) in your party.

Keep in mind that many Los Angeles nightclubs are more exclusive and require bottle service to get in. You can sign up for the guest list on our events page.

How can I book bottle service for Los Angeles nightclubs?

You can book bottle service directly on Discotech by visiting the Los Angeles page.

How much is bottle service at Los Angeles clubs?

Bottle service and table minimums at nightclubs can get pretty expensive in Los Angeles, but every nightclub is different.

The best way to find out is to visit the events page and choose the event you're thinking of going.

Should I buy tickets to get into Los Angeles nightclubs?

If the nightclub has tickets, we recommend buying tickets during holiday weekends and for big name artists. The ticket line is generally faster and shorter than the guest list.

Many nightclubs in Los Angeles are bottle service only – meaning you must book a table reservation in order to get inside.

Which Los Angeles nightclubs play EDM and electronic music?

Check out the full list on our guide to the best EDM nightclubs in Los Angeles.

Which Los Angeles nightclubs play hip-hop?

Check out the full list on our guide to the best hip hop nightclubs in Los Angeles.