RESERVATIONS: Day Month Year # of Nights

THE CONGA ROOM
Attracting such Latin-music luminaries as Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers, this one-tim health club on the Miracle Mile has quickly become the nightspot for live salsa and merengue. Break up the evening of heart-melting, sexy Latin dancing with a trip to the dining room, where the chef serves up savory Cuban fare in a setting that conjures the romance of pre-Coastro Cuba, or indulge yourself in the Conga Room's stylish cigar lounge. 5364 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angles. 323-938-1696 www.congaroom.com.
BASQUE
Recently remodeled to the tune of $1.5 million, this club oozes divine decadence. Visitors can enjoy the outside patio, dance on the glass-enclosed floor, or ogle the "eye-dancers" who float overhead in glass boxes. A maze of mirrors leads to the dance floor; nearby are the roped-off VIP rooms that served as walk-in refrigerators in a past life but now hold Hollywood's glitterati. 1707 N. Vine St., Hollywood
THE DERBY
This class-A east-of-Hollywood club has been at ground zero of the swing revival since the very beginning. Located at a former Brown Derby site, the club was restoredto its original luster and detailed with a heavy 1940s edge. With Bib Bad Voodoo Daddy as the one-time house band and regular visits from Royal Crown Revue, hep guys and dolls knew that the Derby was money even before Swingers transformed it into one of the city's most happenin' hangs. But if you come on the weekends, expect a wait to get in, and once you're inside, dance space is at a premium. 4500 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Feliz. 323-871-8612. Cover $10 .
EL FLORDITA
This tiny Cuban restaurant-and-salsa club is hot, hot, hot. Despite its modest strip-lot locale, it draws the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock, Jimmy Smits, and Jack Nicholson, in addition to a festive crowd of Latin-dance devotees who grove well into the night. The hippest nights continue to be Mondays, when Johnny Polanco and his swinging New York-flavored salsa band get the dance floor jumpin'. 1253 N. Vine St., Hollywood. 323-871-8612. Cover $10.
HOLLYWOOD ATHLETIC CLUB
Built in 1924, this pool hall, restaurant, and nightclub is home to some groovin' dance clubs. Saturdays feature a lively mix of progressive house music spun by DJs Drew Down and Dave Aude. On Sundays, the sounds of Latin house, merengue, hip-hop, and salsa fill the air. The Hollywood Athletic Club also hosts concerts from internationally known DJs and bands as diverse as Mono and the Wu Tang Clan. 6525 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. 323-462-6262. Cover $10-$20.
NACIONAL
At what is quickly becoming Hollywood's most desirable dance floor, you'll find a hip and gorgeious crowd engaging in an orgiastic celebration of youth. It also has a well-designed balcony where you can watch all the flirting in a lively outdoor smoking area. So grab a mojito and mingle amoung the young, beautiful, and unshakably self-assured, and remember, even the rest of us can have fun here. 1645 Wilcox Ave., Hollywood. 323-962-7712.
SUGAR
Wednesday through Saturday, club-goers pack this popular Santa Monica spot for its great dance clubs. If you're into funky house or soul lounge, try Lollipop or Chocolate on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively; hip-hop and funk are the musical fare on Friday at In the Raw; or you can escape to the world of progressive house, trance, and Euro electronica at Pure on Saturday. 814 Broadway, Santa Monica. 310-899-1989. www.clubsugar.com. Cover $10.
VIPER ROOM
Every Tuesday night, this live music hot spot hostzs Atmosphere, featuring the sounds of trance, drum and bass, garage, techno, and hip-hop spun by an eclectic assemblage of DJs, MCs, and mix masters. On Mondays, a head-baning tribute to '80s metal/hard rock shakes the walls. 8852 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 310-358-1881. www. viperroom.com. Cover $10.

Other Hollywood Hot-spots:
  • Lava Lounge - funky
  • Garden of Eden - Dance/Trendy
  • Yamashiro - Best view of LA
  • El Coyote - Great Margaritas
  • House of Blues - Live Music
  • Rainbow Bar & Grill - Rock
  • Roxy - Live Music
  • Whisky a Go Go - Live Music
  • Bar Marmont - Great little bar/Trendy
  • Sky Bar - Great Bar/very trendy
  • Key Club - Live music & Dance
  • Miyagi's - Great sushi(3 sushi bars)
  • Dublin's - Irish pub
  • Barney's Beanery - Great selection of beer
  • Cat & Fiddle - "sort of" English Pub
  • Hollywood Palace - Live Music
  • Hollywood Palladium - Live music
  • Crush Club - 70's Dance music
  • Sunset Room - dance/very trendy
  • The Standard - Small bar, trendy
  • Mel's Diner - Good for breakfast/lunch and the occasional movie star sighting
  • Pink's - oldest & best hot dogs
  • Carney's - down-to-earth chili dogs and burger
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