HOUSE OF BLUES, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Diversity is embraced in every way at this large-scale Sunset Strip venue, reflected in art, food and talent booked. The club might announce Mexico’s soccer scores in between Latino bands, bring in special chefs for Sufi Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan or book a Japanese act with a Brazilian one to encourage open-mindedness. (213) 650-1451.
LOUIS XIV, 606 N. La Brea, Hollywood. This intimate, all-too-hip French eatery attracts an eclectic international crowd, especially Monday nights for “Bud Bros. Present Monday Social,” with DJs Mick Cole and Freddy Be, who spin experimental electronic beats alongside international guest DJs. Food is excellent. (213) 934-5102.
THE PINK, 2810 Main St., Santa Monica. This small Westside bar is former home to tastemaker DJ Jason Bentley’s massively popular Bossa Nova, now it’s home of Science, where serious “jungle” connoisseurs find Urb magazine’s Raymond Roker spinning on Sunday night to a cross-cultural bunch (also broadcast on Groove Radio). (213) 960-1006.
LUNA PARK, 655 N. Robertson, West Hollywood. This stylish, unobtrusive club just off busy Santa Monica Boulevard is a hidden treasure offering an Afro-pop act one night and Sneaker Pimps the next. They do live performance, comedy and DJ nights. Style and appreciation of good art defines clientele more than any other factor. (213) 652-0611.
DOES YOUR MAMA KNOW, 3-9 a.m., Sunday at Coconut Teaszer, 8117 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. One of L.A.’s longest-running after-hours clubs, featuring house DJs Marques Wyatt and Tony Largo. Attracts anyone willing to groove in the wee hours of the morning. No gender, sexual preference or ethnic definitions exist to those coming strictly to dance at this rocker hang by day. (213) 957-4787.
MAYAN THEATER, 1038 S. Hill St., Los Angeles. The interior of this old downtown theater patterned after actual Mayan ruins transcends time and space, allowing clubs and bands of all forms and shapes to take up residence here. Recently it’s hosted global electronic acts the Orb and Prodigy. (213) 746-4287.
HOLLYWOOD ATHLETIC CLUB, 6525 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Each night of the week is dedicated to something different at this newly remodeled club — be it salsa, jazz, blues, swing dancing or the ever-popular scenester dance night, Saturday Night Large, featuring DJs and theme rooms including hip-hop, acid jazz and house. Don’t worry, the pool tables still are intact. (310) 962-6600.
MAGIC WEDNESDAYS at Diamond Club, 7070 Hollywood Blvd. For the all-ages raver crowd who dress to express. No boundaries exist here as top-notch trance, techno and trip-hop DJs spin. Psychedelic accessory and mix tape booths are offered along with “smart” drinks giving it a carnivallike feel for the young at heart. (213) 467-7070.