LA After Party Scene
LA After-Party Scene
Between 1920 and 1933, Los Angeles was awash with speakeasy bars where individuals could drink alcohol and party the night away. These locales could only be found thanks to word of mouth from individuals ‘in the know’ due to restrictive prohibition laws on alcohol. Today, Los Angeles has a new style of speakeasy and it is growing in popularity among a specific generation of people. The LA after-party scene is the modern-day speakeasy where attendees party into the small hours of the morning.
LA is a city in which it feels like everything is magnified and seen by those who live there. Yet, the LA after-party scene takes place off the radar and gets going around 2 a.m. when the city’s bars let out. Club and bargoers that want to keep the night going seek out LA’s after parties and partake in all types of activities.
Although the LA after-party scene has been reported on by a new generation of partygoers in recent time, the New York Times published stories on the City of Angels’ after parties a decade ago. The parties fill the void created by bars that close and usher out people that want to keep going. The unlicensed dance clubs and pop-up parties have an allure that attracts locals and transplants to the city seeking to be a part of something promoted as unique.
Many of the parties take place in LA warehouses that have been taken over for the night. LA party promoters host many of the events and anyone that is familiar with the city’s rave scene will recognize the venues. Music is a major part of each after party as promoters fly in acts from all over the globe. The LA after-party scene has become a popular place to be seen for the city’s hip.
Underground fashion designers, artists, musicians, and celebrities show up at the after parties. Some to just get a bit of press and to be seen, others to enjoy a late night of music and drinking.
After parties typically have themes giving guests something to enjoy. Promoters know that the same party from week to week would turn individuals off. Having a variety of activities keeps partygoers coming back time and again.
The LA after-party scene isn’t just frequented by a few people who come back week after week. Thousands of partygoers turn out for the off-grind events making LA’s underground more sought out by people than some of the city’s top bars. Promoters mostly hold after parties on Fridays and Saturdays with a variety of amenities. Many of the parties are similar to clubs with professional promoters pulling on the tricks out of the bag to keep people happy.
LA’s population of 10 million people makes it possible for the underground to thrive. Social media’s influence enables organizers to promote events and attract a large following from around the city. In spite of promoters holding the parties and them moving around to various locations with partygoers only knowing where to show up hours prior, the police have worked to shutdown unlicensed events.
According to reports, unlike the 1990s when ecstasy and cocaine ran wild in the rave scene, the parties do not center on them. With promoters capable of making more than $20,000 for hosting a single party, it is likely these events will continue.