We think Los Angeles may just be the entertainment capital of the galaxy. Don’t you agree? If you’re a fan of America’s pastime, make time to catch a Dodgers game at the iconic Dodgers Stadium. Or for something really cool, check out the Los Angeles Kings, the NHL’s 2014 Stanley Cup Champions. In the mood to rock the night away? Check out who’s playing at the Hollywood Palladium, the House of Blues or the Dolby Theatre, just steps from our door. For even more nightlife, head to a club on the Sunset Strip or Hollywood Boulevard. No matter how you spend your time, you’re sure to enjoy the quintessential L.A. experience right here at the Loews Hollywood.
Los Angeles is home to a large number of schools with Division I collegiate athletics, including several with successful men’s basketball and football programs. UCLA is one of the true blue-bloods of college basketball, while USC fields a winning football team almost every year. The Rose Bowl is held in nearby Pasadena each January, along with the world-famous Rose Parade.
Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)—Staples Center
1111 S Figueroa St.
One of the most storied franchises in the NBA, the Lakers always seems to field an entertaining team. From past greats like Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to recent stars Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, the Lake Show never disappoints. Be sure to scan the crowd for stars—the best and brightest of L.A. tend to congregate courtside during Lakers’ games.
Los Angeles Clippers (NBA)—Staples Center
1111 S Figueroa St
For years, the Clippers have been considered the little brother of the dominant Lakers. But the franchise has transformed itself in recent years and emerged as a relevant contender in the Western Conference. Blake Griffin’s high-octane dunks alone are reason enough to stop by Staples Center for a Clips contest.
Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB)—Dodger Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Ave
When the Dodgers migrated across the country from Brooklyn in the 1950s, the team brought a rich history along, and it has added to that in the past half-century. The Dodgers’ iconic white and blue uniforms and wild success in the 1960s have solidified the franchise as one of the major leagues’ best. Dodger Stadium, located just outside Downtown L.A., provides a classic baseball-watching experience.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (MLB)—Angel Stadium of Anaheim
2000 East Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA
The Angels are the Dodgers’ younger sister team to the south. The perennial American League West contenders play their games in Anaheim, where they have enjoyed substantial success in recent years. The Angels boast a lively game-day atmosphere, featuring the Rally Monkey mascot and solid fan support.
Los Angeles Kings (NHL)—Staples Center
1111 S Figueroa St
The Kings, who date back to 1967, enjoyed relevance in the 1980s and early 1990s before falling into an extended stretch of mediocrity in the past decade. In 2012, they broke through, going on a magical ride and winning the Stanley Cup. And in 2014, they did it again.
Anaheim Ducks (NHL)—Honda Center
2695 East Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA
The hockey franchise originally founded by Disney is no laughing matter. The Ducks took home the Stanley Cup in 2007 under the leadership of all-time greats Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger and Teemu Selanne. The team plays its games at the Honda Center in Anaheim, just south of L.A.
Chivas USA (MLS)—The StubHub Center
18400 South Avalon Blvd, Carson, CA
The younger of SoCal’s two professional soccer clubs, Chivas USA has competed in the MLS since 2004. Chivas’ most successful season so far came in 2007, when Maykel Galindo led the squad to a 15-7-8 record and a first-place finish in the MLS West Division.
Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)—The StubHub Center
18400 South Avalon Blvd, Carson, CA
The Galaxy is the highest-profile team in MLS, thanks to the club’s consistent success following its banner signing of British soccer star David Beckham in 2007. Beckham boosted soccer’s popularity in L.A. and across the nation, while leading the team to three consecutive first-place finishes in the West Division.
2301 North Highland Ave
Perched high in the Hollywood Hills, this modern venue is the largest natural amphitheater in the United States. Seating nearly 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl has hosted some of the world’s most prestigious performers, including the Beatles, Elton John, Billie Holliday, and Radiohead.
TCL (formerly Grauman’s) Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd
Perhaps the single most iconic structure in Hollywood, TCL Chinese Theatre stands out on the historic Walk of Fame as the place for big-time movie premieres. Even if you can’t get yourself on the list, you can stop by and take a look at the celebrity footprints in the concrete outside of the theatre. The theatre, which shows first-run films, is adjacent to our hotel as part of Hollywood & Highland.
6801 Hollywood Blvd
Located in the same complex as Loews Hollywood Hotel, the Dolby Theatre is L.A.’s premier music and theatre venue. The theatre provides an intimate place for concerts, awards shows and other performances. Its most famous recurring show is the annual Academy Awards, and it also hosts the ESPY Awards, the BET Awards, American Idol and more.
6215 Sunset Blvd
This elegant Art Deco venue is more than one of Hollywood’s many must-see historic sights—it’s one of the city’s best active concert halls. From Frank Sinatra to Jimi Hendrix to Jay-Z, everyone who is anyone in the music business has played the Palladium.
House of Blues
8430 Sunset Blvd
This music venue, located in West Hollywood just minutes from our hotel, hosts a wide variety of up-and-coming and established artists. You can enjoy a delicious dinner at the in-house restaurant, settle in for their Gospel Brunch, or just enjoy a show in the club’s intimate environs.
El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd
Located across the street from the Hollywood and Highland Center, El Capitan is a fully restored 1920s-era theatre that stands as a great example of Hollywood’s trademark architectural elegance. The venue is currently owned by the Walt Disney Company and is an exclusive first-run theatre for Disney movies in addition to hosting live stage shows, world premieres and other special events.
2580 Cahuenga Blvd East
A miniature version of the nearby Hollywood Bowl, the Ford Amphitheatre hosts a wide variety of events, including dance performances, live music, film and family-friendly events. The Ford is nestled in the Hollywood Hills, providing a scenic backdrop for any occasion.
The Sunset Strip/West Hollywood
Once the breeding ground for bands such as Van Halen, Poison and Guns N’ Roses, the Sunset Strip is now a refined, if eclectic, collection of music venues, clubs and bars. Some of L.A.’s most exclusive nightspots and most exciting under-the-radar finds sit side-by-side on the 1.5-mile stretch of Sunset Boulevard that runs through West Hollywood. Spend an evening enjoying up-and-coming and established comedians at The Comedy Store, catch a show at the House of Blues, savor a true speakeasy experience at On the Rox, or settle in with a whiskey at the 26-foot oak bar at Rock & Reilly’s.
Hollywood & Highland
6801 Hollywood Blvd
You don’t need to travel far from our hotel to find some of the finest Hollywood nightlife destinations. Get the evening started with classic American dining and SoCal’s best bowling experience at Lucky Strike Lanes. Next, take your party to Level 3, a sleek 10,000-square-foot nightclub with a distinctly South Beach vibe. Make your next stop OHM Nightclub on the 4th floor, the hottest new club to open in Hollywood that routinely plays host to the top DJs in the world.
Countless other nightlife districts have sprung up throughout SoCal, but Tinseltown’s original drag is still the area’s go-to nightlife destination. Hollywood Boulevard is the center of the action each and every night, as a diverse collection of bars and restaurants cater to crowds of celebrities, visitors and locals. Just a short stroll from our hotel, you’ll find an immersive dinner-drinks-and-dance experience at Supperclub, the unique scene at Beauty Bar, and great live music at the Burgundy Room.
After sitting dormant while nearby neighborhoods flourished, Downtown L.A. has re-emerged as one of Southern California’s hottest nightlife destinations. Downtown offers a diverse range of nightlife options, including sports bars (The Down And Out), upscale lounges (Golden Gopher), whiskey bars (Seven Grand), and character-filled casual spots (Bar 107). Downtown L.A. is just eight miles southeast of Hollywood along the Hollywood Freeway.
This hidden gem of a neighborhood is tucked away just east of Hollywood, offering a low-key alternative to the amped-up nightlife along the Sunset Strip. Many of Silver Lake’s best bars offer much more than they seem to at first glance, as Silver Lake Lounge, Spaceland, and the Red Lion offer charming kitsch, and L.A.’s most exciting indie music.
Head west toward the Pacific for a refreshing dose of relaxed nightlife. Santa Monica might be a suburb, but it isn’t solely comprised of quiet residential streets. The city’s upscale downtown area features a wide array of bars, including the music-centric Barcopa, a great beer selection at Barney’s Beanery, and a refined atmosphere at Hillstone.