Hottest Clubs and Lounge in Koreatown LA

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You’re finishing up the workweek, and your friends are texting in the group chat asking what the plan is on a Friday night. You go through the list of your usual spots and you’re not really feeling any of them. Then you remember, Koreatown after dark is Los Angeles nightlife’s best-kept secret hidden in plain sight.
This is where we come in. So pick a DD for the night or order an Uber, and start (or end) your weekend off right from one or all of the spots below.
LA County now requires proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to enter indoor bars, nightclubs, and other venues (as of November 6, 2021). Cover charges may vary.
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Intercrew

3330 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
https://intercrewla.com/
(213) 878-1201
 

Intercrew Lounge just opened back in July and is already one of the most popular and glamorous destinations in Koreatown. Backed by Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin and more, this two-story space is attracting a crowd with its Asian-European cuisine and elevated cocktail menu. Splurge a little this weekend, drink in hand, friends nearby and a serving of wagyu, seafood paella, and other favorites you’ll find. 

Open Tuesday-Sunday from 6pm-12am
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

3531 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
http://kisskissbangbangla.com/
(213) 381-7411
 

From the twins that already run the 80s-themed speakeasy, Breakroom 86, the Houston brothers’ Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of Koreatown’s new additions to the nightlife scene located inside the LINE Hotel. Think disco meets the roaring 20s. Enjoy nightly live entertainment, a retro dance floor, and elevated cocktails.

Open Wednesday from 7pm-12am (with live band and $20 cover charge) and Friday-Saturday from 9:30pm-2:30am 
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Terra Cotta

3760 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
https://www.terracottala.com/
(213) 365-1077
 

Located just a few steps away from the Wiltern, Terra Cotta is a prime destination for nightlife entertainment in Koreatown with live DJ sets every weekend. Come early to pregame for the rest of the night or come after a show at the Wiltern. Don’t let the line outside discourage you!

Open Friday-Saturday from 9:30pm-2am 
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Catch One

4067 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
http://catch.one/
(323) 737-1159
 

Catch One is ONE of Los Angeles’ leading multi-purpose venues and ONE of the oldest black-owned discos in America. With four different rooms each holding different capacities and genres of live entertainment, there will never be a dull night for you to come. If your favorite rappers and/or DJs are not among the list of past performers here, find news one with the growing list of emerging artists playing here. 

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Apt 503

3680 Wilshire Blvd, 5th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90010
https://apt503.business.site/
(213) 674-7061
 

Hidden in an office building on Wilshire, you’d never guess that this playful lounge is on the 5th floor. Known for its cartoon-like interior and selection of hip-hop and R&B music every weekend, Apt 503 will feel like a friend’s house party. Did we mention it’s near the train station so you can save money on an Uber if you want?

Open Thursday-Saturday from 10pm-2am 
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Breakroom 86

630 S Ardmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90010
http://www.breakroom86.com/
(213) 368-3056
 

Featured in Speakeasies in Koreatown, Breakroom 86 is a 80s dream you’ll never want to end. If Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is not your vibe, this initial venture from the Houston brothers might be the one for you. Take the secret entrance on the side of the LINE Hotel and take yourself back in time with karaoke, arcade games, and more at this 80s lounge and bar.

Open Tuesday-Saturday from 9pm-2am 
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Mama Lion

601 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
https://www.mamalion.com/
(213) 377-5277
 

You can’t go wrong with Mama Lion for a casual drink or a milestone celebration. Featured by CBS as one of the best bars and clubs for bottle service in LA, this lounge offers a unique experience with its crafted menu. Dress to impress,  and enjoy their art installations and live entertainment throughout the week, ranging from smooth jazz to some of LA’s hottest DJs.

Open Thursday from 7pm-1am, and Friday-Saturday from 10pm-2am
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Arena

3319 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
https://www.arenaktown.com/
(323) 455-4218
 

Who do you do it for? If you’re familiar with the nightlife scene in Koreatown, you already know about Arena and their infamous Instagrammable sign, “I do it for the ratchets.” If you’re looking to dance all night to hip-hop hits, then spend your night here. What also sets Arena apart from other clubs in Koreatown is its 18+ Thursdays.

Open Thursday-Saturday from 9pm-2am 
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Lock & Key

239 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004
https://www.instagram.com/lockandkeyla/
(213) 389-5625
 

Last, but not least, and one of LA’s not-so-secret speakeasies, Lock & Key is back and as lively as ever despite what it went through during the beginning of the pandemic. Their cocktail menu, deep-dish pizzas, and beautiful indoor and outdoor patio bar are enough to make you want to come, but it’s the chic, vintage ambiance you will appreciate when you step in that will make you want to stay.

Don’t forget to check out our Best Late-Night Restaurants list to find where you should close out the night. 

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