BRING THE DAWN
Some of the Best Late Night Live Music Venues in Woodland Hills
When the sun goes down and the high heels are slipped on, L.A. exudes a distinctively electric, sophistication-infused personality unlike perhaps anywhere else in the country. From the myriad of Lamborghini and Bentley sightings on Rodeo Drive to the scantily-clad and dressed-to-the-nines patrons waiting outside the trendiest of nightspots on Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles teems with an unbridled energy on any given weekend…most notably when day turns into night, and just before a purplish glow sparkles on the horizon.
The Woodland Hills community is not immune from these charms, offering a plethora of after-dark spots that cater to all notions of “the ultimate night out.” Some of these venues take the concept to a whole different panache-endowed level, fusing live music with an almost hypnotic late night vibe. When searching for the perfect place to enjoy after-dark, live music in Woodland Hills, the following destinations stand out among the most memorable.
Pickwick’s Pub, located at 21010 Ventura Boulevard and established in 1974, is all about exuding a British pub-like atmosphere to the backdrop of exciting live music and events. Once the sun sets in beautiful Los Angeles, Pickwick’scomes to vivid life, offering an almost infinite selection of bottled beers, craft beers, draft beers and much more, while A-list singers such as Bruno Mars pop in every now and again for surprise performances. If that wasn’t enough,Pickwick’s satisfies the appetites of any after-dark crowd with a menu that’s sure to please.
Casey’s Tavern, located at 22029 Sherman Way in Canoga Park, is often called one of the most “amazing” bars in all of San Fernando Valley. With a diverse crowd from all walks of life, energetic bands and affordable cocktails, Casey’shas become quite the late night/live music in Woodland Hills venue amongst fans of this dive bar and jazz club, who refer to it as “Canoga Park’s best kept secret.” Young and old alike join in a friendly and home-esque environment to enjoy jazz music and each other’s company, as well as the way in which management preserves the non-aggressive vibe that “commands respect.”
Scotland Yard, located at 22041 Sherman Way in Canoga Park and named after the legendary British Isles law enforcement division, boasts some of the best bands in the Valley as well as a premium selection of beer, cider, hot sake and wines. From the charming, authentic hardwood floors to the innovative grooves of a live DJ’s set, Scotland Yard enthralls in a way difficult to describe without experiencing it personally. All the after-dark staples are here and on vivid display: Pool table, darts, an impressive beer roster and a bustling, hip crowd that often talks about Scotland Yard and its magnetism.
Though it has found its way into Woodland Hills Magazine before as an almost legendary dining spot, Monty’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, located at 5371 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, has also become renowned amongst L.A. socialites for its exciting events, happy hour specials and after-dark vibe. These events include performances by Rough’s Edge, performing “classic rock and beyond,” as well as sports broadcasting in the bar area on seven plasma HDTVs. Monty’s, recognized as a purveyor of fine wines and winning the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for boasting one of the most elaborate wine lists in the entire world, promises an intimate and relaxed late night experience that offers something different to local and visiting patrons.
Called one of the most unique dining and entertainment venues in the San Fernando Valley, The Rack, located at 6100 Topanga Canyon Boulevard #2150, features great music, a sports bar, 31 large HDTV screens, 11 elegantly-carved pool tables, a large temperature-controlled patio with fire bar and live entertainment nightly. A craft beer bar has been drawing beer enthusiasts to this hot spot for years, in addition to after-dark beverage sensations like wine, single malt scotches, tequilas, martinis and 26 beers on draft. With music blaring through a state-of-the-art sound system, The Rack is open for lunch and dinner, but it’s when the sun goes down that much of this venue comes to blistering life. Dining selections are offered from a fabulous menu created by executive chef Elon Kviatkovsky.
No matter how you define a premium night out, live music in Woodland Hills has never been quite like this. Any of the venues showcased in our roundup will undoubtedly equate to a fun time for all…especially when that gorgeous West Coast sun slips below the mountain ranges and L.A.’s electrifying after-dark scene throbs with a heartbeat all its own.