Grand Central Market DTLA

Vignes Rooftop Revival playing at Grand Central Market in 2018

Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles is probably the best and most famous food hall in Los Angeles, and definitely worth going to even if there is no Swing band playing there. But when there is Swing dancing there, it’s pretty awesome. In the past, premium bands such as Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five Featuring Hilary Alexander, The California Feetwarmers, and the Vignes Rooftop Revival have played there. Floor is smooth concrete and surprisingly danceable. The number of dancers that shows up varies depending on the band and on how well the event was publicized. The turnout was…

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Boomtown Brewery DTLA

Swing dancing at the Boomtown Brewery in the Arts District

The Boomtown Brewery is a really cool and unique space in the Arts District near Downtown Los Angeles. It’s really two large rooms: one for the taproom and one for the events space. The events space is where the Swing bands play. The floor is smooth concrete, totally fine to dance on. The event space is huge with really great airflow so it almost feels like you’re dancing outside. We had a great time when we went to see Dave Stuckey and the Hukilau Hotshots on 5/22/2022: The Swing bands are completely paid for by an organization called culturematters.org, which…

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Swingtronic at the Airliner

Swingtronic at the Airliner with the Mad Hat Hucksters

Swingtronic is a monthly Swing dance event featuring popular vintage bands in an upscale nightclub atmosphere. Originally emphasizing electro swing, Swingtronic now features regular Swing dancing (Lindy) and New Orleans jazz bands such as the Big Butter Jazz Band, Dave Stuckey, the Holy Crow Jazz Band, and Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five Featuring Hilary Alexander. DJ Professor Watson spins dance music between sets. “Dapper and Dolled” dress code is requested at all Swingtronic events to preserve the upscale vintage feel of this event. If you don’t have vintage clothing, at least dress up. There’s an outdoor patio where you…

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Clifton’s Republic

Swing Dancing at Clifton's

How would I describe Clifton’s Republic in Downtown LA?  It’s a cafeteria, vintage bar, and kitschy “natural history museum” all rolled into one amazing multi-level building. It’s one of the last remaining vestiges of golden-age Los Angeles charm. It’s an amazing Swing dance venue as well! History Clifford Clinton opened Clifton’s Cafeteria on 648 S.Broadway in 1935. It’s the oldest surviving cafeteria-style restaurant in Los Angeles. Established during the height of the Great Depression, Clifford Clinton had his restaurant serve millions of meals for free to needy patrons, as well as to paying ones. In 1938, Clinton re-decorated the facility, using…

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The Cicada Club

The Cicada Club

The Cicada Club in downtown LA is one of my favorite vintage swing dance venues. You really feel like you’re going back in time when you enter this amazing Art Deco space, which has been featured on many movies and TV shows. The bands on Swing nights are always authentic. This is primarily a restaurant and bar, not a dedicated Swing dance venue, although there are some great Swing dance nights there. Check the Lindy Calendar to see what nights have Swing dancing. Usually, it’s best to bring your own partner, but sometimes there can be many folks to dance with. There…

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