Ten years ago, when Avalon Hollywood burst onto the scene, a bespoke nightclub engineered for the electronic dance music revolution was rare here. Now, of course, L.A. clubland has been overrun with EDM venues, and it's hard to think of a Hollywood club that doesn't book superstar EDM jocks. But when L.A.'s A-list nightlife king, Sam Nazarian of SBE Entertainment Group, recently took over one of the city's most beloved EDM venues, the club formerly known as Vanguard, things went to a whole 'notha level. With nearly 1,400-clubgoer capacity, Create Nightclub is one of the largest dance clubs in town. Black banquettes surround the DJ stage for that Vegas effect. Superstar spinners get their own “green room” downstairs. The upgraded sound system is one of the best. Street art by Alec Monopoly graces plush VIP areas. There's even a smoking lounge within the comforts of the venue's four walls. Talent is booked via a partnership with Insomniac Events, the ruler of American EDM. As such, Create has set a new bar for clubbing in the City of Angels. It will be interesting to see how the competition responds. 6021 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 463-3331, createnightclub.com. —Dennis Romero

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