The "157" stands for this old Victorian house's ranking on the list of California Historical Landmarks, but when it comes to the best alternative entertainment -- live music, dance events (square dance socials!) and off-the-wall workshops -- HM ranks much higher. It's one of the most unusual locales in Los Angeles. Run by the groovy, good-vibrations-touting Church of Fashion group, 157 is essentially a living art space, with the bulk of its patrons and promoters coming from L.A.'s most creative communities. Many events here have a decidedly retro feel (vaudeville, old blues) and the layout lends itself to a variety of offerings. The indoor area is fully furnished, with a cozy, lived-in vibe, while the expansive outdoor patio offers great acoustics for live acts and plenty of space for stomping the house down.

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