Breaking down the underage nightlife scene

For students who like to go out at night, but aren’t old enough for bars or clubs, it may seem like frat parties are the only option. Tiny houses packed with the same sweaty bodies can get tiring, but luckily there are several venues in the area that host events for those 18 and older.

 

FOCUS

Location: 8901 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Time: Tuesdays from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Admission: Varies by DJ but typically between $5 and $30, discounts for those who RSVP and attend before 10:30 p.m.

With a different DJ that specializes in house music every week, Focus hosts events for everyone from the age eighteen and older at The Circle Club every Tuesday night. For those who are of age, there is also a fully-stocked bar. The dress code is casual and parking is free if need be. For more information and to RSVP to their next event, click here.

 

Velvet Lounge

Location: 416 W 4th St., Santa Ana, CA 92701

Time: Sundays, main event begins at 10 p.m.

Admission: Varies by event and night but entrance may be free before 10:30 p.m. and tickets can go be as expensive as $99.

In the heart of Santa Ana’s Art District, Velvet Lounge is the new LGBT restaurant, bar and club. The club is typically open to all ages throughout the day, then closed off to anyone under 18 at 10 p.m. Some nights are specifically for those 21 and older, but Sundays’ Drageteria are always 18 and over.The Lounge not only offers food, drinks and music, but it also showcases state-of-the-art videos and art on special nights. To check out their weekly events, click here.

 

Florentine Gardens

Location: 5951 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Time: Fridays from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Admission: $5 before 10:30 with RSVP and $15 after 10:30 with RSVP

Florentine Gardens specializes in events for college students every Friday night in Hollywood. The club hosts two rooms for two different music genres; the first for Latin music and the second room for hip-hop and top hits. They advise to “dress to impress” and do not allow males with shorts or hats with sports logos on them.

 

OHM

Location: 6801 Hollywood Blvd. #433, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Time: Saturdays from 10:30 p.m to 2:30 a.m.

Admission: Tickets at the door are $25 for 18 to 20-year-olds and $20 for 21 and up. If bought online, there is a $5 discount and sales close at 9 p.m. Saturday

OHM hosts Saturday night events for 18 and up with DJs from KISS FM playing a mix of top 40, hip-hop, pop, and EDM. The club is famous for their balcony’s view of Hollywood Boulevard. Their formal dress code bans athletic clothing, hats, steel-toed boots, clothing with offensive language, torn clothing, open-toed shoes and plain colored T-shirts for men. To RSVP or check the upcoming events click here.

 

Avalon Hollywood

Location: 1735 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Time: Thursdays and Fridays from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Admission: Tickets range from $15 to $75 depending on the DJ and night, available for purchase online or at the box office the night of

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Open since 1927, the theater is a historic landmark in Hollywood and hosts events for 18 and up on Thursdays and 19 and up on Fridays. Their in-house club nights plays electronic music including house, trance and dubstep. Their dress code is casual, except sandals, hats and shorts for men are not allowed. To RSVP their upcoming events click here.

 

La Mirage

Location: 17104 Pioneer Blvd., Artesia, CA 90701

Time: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Admission: Varies by DJ and night, but before 10 p.m. can go from free to $10

La Mirage host events Thursdays through Saturday nights with two rooms and three different dance floors. Music varies from hip-hop, house and reggae. The dress code is smart casual and they ban hats, sunglasses, T-shirts, baggy or torn clothing and visible gang tattoos or appearance. To check their upcoming events and RSVP, click here.

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