The Best Clubs in L.A., 2012
Our Best Of issue just hit stands! We found our fairy tale, and now we present it to you: 435 of the most fabulous things in all of Los Angeles. From the city's most amazing restaurants to its tawdriest dive bars, from its edgiest art exhibits to the top spots for live music, we've got it all covered. It truly is the Best of L.A. -- and, in a city this awesome, that's really saying something.
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Below, peep our choices from the issue for best after-hours spot, best blues club, best all-ages venue, best all-ages venue (East L.A. edition), best country venue, best club changeover, and best folk club.
Best Club Changeover
We're delightfully surprised to report that El Cid has been rocking harder than ever lately under new ownership. Much credit goes to booking manager Kelly Spencer, who has filled the room with everything from garage favorites to cabaret to metal. While some of the acts can be seen at other local venues, there's something about this Silver Lake spot that lends itself to particularly visceral music. Sure, due to capacity issues El Cid doesn't pack 'em in the way it used to, but that can make for a more pleasant experience: You can be sure that everyone else who got in is serious about music. As always, it's still putting on those famed dinner shows, and the sound and sight lines are first-rate. Further, the outdoor patio provides a welcome respite when the music gets too loud. 4212 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake. (323) 668-0318, elcidla.com.