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Top 10 L.A. Club Nights of 2011

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Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 3:30 AM

click to enlarge LINA LECARO
  • Lina Lecaro
It was another great year for nightlife in Los Angeles. Despite the economy, party vibes inside the clubs were as creative and crazy as ever. From hip-hop haps to gay grinders, electro-a-go-go's to arty parties, the energy was contagious. Sure, many of Hollywood's swankier spots struggled to sell enough bottles, but those aren't our focus anyway. The club nights that kept us coming back never rested on their laurels. They sought to book the best DJs and attract the most bodacious crowds. Here, then, are the ten best Los Angeles club nights of the year.

click to enlarge Bowie night at PTP - LINA LECARO
  • Lina Lecaro
  • Bowie night at PTP
10. Part Time Punks

Part Time Punks has been going strong for several years, and in 2011 the indie/punk party offered plenty of relevant bands (both new and old), a memorable vaudevillian-style performance by David J, and many packed tribute nights. The Smiths night were always stellar but we never expected the ode to David Bowie to be so out of this world. We should have. Michael Stock may have created Part Time Punks as a sort of homage to the Manchester Factory scene, but it's transcended the peg, and it's well on its way to being just as legendary.

click to enlarge KRS-One at AFEX - LINA LECARO
  • Lina Lecaro
  • KRS-One at AFEX

Adam 12 is one half of She Wants Revenge and Obamas' L.A. DJ. He's also been throwing one of the dopest old school hip-hop hangs in town for a couple years now. But it wasn't without controversy in 2011, after it moved from a dive bar to the velvet-roped haven Colony. After a brief stint at Los Globos, it's now found a happy home at Room 86 -- formerly Paul & Andre/Cinespace, and 12's deckstar pals continue to pop in for surprise sets.

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