1822 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9002634.077701 -118.259700
Monday 11:00 AM - 10:15 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 10:15 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 10:15 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 10:15 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 11:15 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 11:15 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM - 10:15 PM
Neighborhoods: Echo Park, East LA
Although it may have a hipster reputation, it IS actually one of LA's cooler, slightly smaller music venues. A great place to discover up-and-coming bands that you might see at Coachella in a few years.
Yes, this place is known for its indie music scene, but look at the listings closely to discover other fun acts. I caught a sock puppet theater troupe recreating an episode of Three's Company onstage recently. That was hilarious. The Echoplex downstairs hosts The Moth storytelling finals each month, too.
The Echo (and Echoplex) are fantastic places to see a band play and have a few drinks. The sound is usually excellent, and you can expect a lot of locals. The bar selection isn't the best, but that's not what you're here for.
Eh. – Weird crowd, but at least there's no pressure to gussy up, right? As long as you don't go more than once every few months, you won't get too tired of the awkward-hipster crowd and endless replays of The Smiths and Blur. Cheap, too. Bring a warm coat so you can sit outside and smoke with your friends all night.
bad bartenders – you know..i was having fun until i looked at my bank statement and saw they over charged me $20!! and when i tried to call them to fix the problem no answer and no machine to leave a message!!
Like yelling into the abyss – The most disorganized place to see a band ever. Do not go here unless you REALLY REALLY love the band.
Just one of many examples: A secret show. Website says "Get here early. First come first served, so do not get out of line." We get there an hour and a half early. Get in line. Do not get out of line. Wait 2 hours in line. Make it to the front of line. Are told: Only people with wristbands will be allowed in." People walk up with wristbands they've received earlier in the day. They walk around us and are let in! I'm not saying we should have been ahead of them. I'm saying that a venue that actually cares about it's customers is going to makes sure people aren't wasting their time in line for no reason. To top it off, the skanky girl behind us was being "helpful" (read: a douche) with quips such as "Oh, I know. Stupid secret shows. Stupid venues that host them." Cocky because she had a wristband and slept with the band leader when she was lucky enough to meet him when he was drunk enough to actually be interested. Going to the Echo is just like being that girl. Drink enough and you might be able to plug your nose and pretend you're enjoying being used and disregarded.
One question: Why? – Cutting music, okay. But what I was listening to my first time at the Echo was not music. More like "noise." And it was hip hop night, for God's sake. There was a dance floor but NOBODY danced. The tv screens against the walls flickered with disturbing images. Everything was just really abstract that night, and not in a cool way. In a boring way. After a while people did get up to dance, but really by themselves, to the beat-bopping rapper on stage. There were absolutely no beats though...just...words and noise, again. Definitely NOT a place to go with a big group who are ready to shake and jiggy.
Best 5 spot i ever spent – You never forget your first time..... My first time at the "spot" as my buds cal it was about a month back. A good friend of mine came back from Spain, and we rustled up some old random friends and made the trek from San Pedro, ca about 45 mins out. I was supposed to not go, cuz i was the guy just out off work, being the grump not bringing any extra clothes for myself, so i rocked the suit, felt a bit odd, but i stepped off the back patio, and all my worries faded to green,. purple, and blue, but needless to say i had no probs after that! I have been back twice since, and always dig everything the whole thing, the club is the perfect spot to meet and listen to quality music, and meet quality people. Being from a small city like san pedro, finding another nook somewhere out there where you can just vibe, is awesome. I know the sunken city sweaters will be seen all throgh the "spot" from now on
New Years... – ...at the Echo was a drag. The headline band that we went to see was only allowed to play four songs before the djs tookover during a break and never let them back on. If this was the idea all along, it wasn't advertised that way. No sign of the alleged complimentary champagne at midnight, and the bouncers stood by idly while a skinhead-looking character moshed into a couple in front of him to drive them away. Not cool.
With a little better management this could be a great venue for live music, but the guys in charge seem to take the crowds for granted - we'll take our boozing elsewhere.
Reggae is Freakin Awesome & Don't Miss the Mashups – I've been to DUB CLUB on Wed. night and BOOTIE L.A. every first Saturday of the Month and they are both different vibes but totally awesome. DUB CLUB has great reggae live preformers and the vibe is totally relaxed , great to unwind on a weekday w/ some jammin music and Red Stripe Beer. BOOTIE L.A. what can I say ? Freakin Awesome, the music is great , they "mash" together all type s of songs like AC/DC and Beyonce. Carefree fun time w/ none of that Hollywood attitude or cheesiness.
Excellent music/dancing on Wednesday nights (Dub Club) – Nothing but dub/roots reggae. Come here to skank, boogie on down, whatever. No dress code, the crowd is chill and integrated (much unlike the rest of LA). The doorman is an a-hole, but other than that, I can't think of any negatives. Get in line before 10:30, or you'll be waiting for an hour. Regardless, the cover is $5 past 10pm. You can always find free parking in the two adjacent lots about a half block down the street.
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