Fil-Am hip-hop inebriates the night at these Hollywood hotspots, hand picked by club kid Jep Martinez of the Braveharts street team. These clubs go balls out and have the sickest hip-hop beats in town. Jep digs DJ PJ and DJ Ren Jams, regulars at his top four picks. More DJs to look out for are DJ Refresh, DJ Twist, DJ Buzz and DJ Spee, among others. For all the clubs, guest list is $10 and $20 for general admission. How do you get in on the VIP action? Put your name on the list at www.mindsexentertainment.com.
Bring all yo’ home skillet to Jep’s favorite spot, Cinespace, where the only thing wilder than the line to get in is what’s going on inside. It’s Jep’s fave cuz of the kick-ass elegant ambience and diverse crowd — all types of people come out, bringing the community closer together. Tonight the theme is Mardi Gras, so bust out the beads and be prepared to party N’awlins style. Thursdays are 18+?. Cinespace, 6356 Hollywood Blvd., second level, Hlywd., (323) 817-3456 or www.cinespace.info.
Facade is crackin’ on Fridays and has more of a chill factor, with an upbeat, upscale crowd that makes this joint a good spot to meet new peeps. Upstairs is the place to be, with an all-glass-aquarium VIP lounge. Jep recommends getting there early; there hasn’t been one week where the crowd’s been down. Fridays are 21+. Facade, 6356 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd., (323) 465-4827.
Get your groove on at The Highland. Jep calls this spot a “nice-ass venue.” Besides its plush, leather furniture, it is an indoor/outdoor club with terraces looking out over the city. The joint is live, with nonstop action and partying. Dress to impress, because the club is known for having a sexy crowd and even sexier go-go dancers. Saturdays are 21+. The Highlands Hollywood, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 433, Hlywd., (323) 461-9800 or www.thehighlandshollywood.com.
Located between Gower and El Centro, Larchmont is fresh. The crowd is younger, fun and flirty. It’s one of the smaller clubs, fitting around 500 to 600, but that doesn’t put a damper on the fun. Check out the killer patio, with deejaying under the stars. Saturdays are 18+. Larchmont, 5657 Melrose Ave., Hlywd., (323) 360-8431.?