Clifton’s Cafeteria – A Menagerie of Delights

Clifton's Cafeteria

Clifton’s Cafeteria is 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.

The Barkley

The Barkley is a neighborhood restaurant in South Pasadena which recently started having some very good bands to Swing dance to.  Some people remarked that it feels kind of like a “slightly upscale Joe’s Bar”, which is a pretty good…

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Disneyland Fantasy Faire

Disney Fantasy Faire

There is Swing dancing inside the park every Saturday night at Fantasy Faire! Sometimes there is dancing at Tomorrowland Terrace as well. Here’s a look at the crowd: There is a dedicated group of Swing dancing regulars with season passes that…

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Casa Del Mar

Casa del Mar

Casa Del Mar is an upscale beachfront hotel in Santa Monica. They have a beautiful vintage lobby which sometimes hosts bands like Barbara Morrison and Leftover Cuties. There is no dance floor, but management doesn’t seem to mind people dancing…

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Joe’s Great American Bar and Grill

Joe's Bar

Neighborhood bar with an emphasis on live music, including roots, blues, swinging jazz, country, Americana. Happy Feet Mondays Monday features mostly faster Bal / Shag music from the 20’s and 30’s. Lorenzo’s “Happy Feet Mondays” has some of the best…

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LindyGroove

Lindygroove

This is the largest and most popular weekly Swing dance event in Southern California (and perhaps the whole country?). It is the place to go swing dancing on Thursday nights. People drive from as far away as San Diego and Santa…

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Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association (PBDA)

Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association

The Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association (PBDA) is a large, friendly, non-intimidating, family-run weekly event that has been going on for years. There are plenty of partners of varying skill levels. The people here are novice to intermediate dancers with a…

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Third Saturday Swing

Third Saturday Swing

Third Saturday Swing is Back is one of the best places to find lots of Swing dance partners of all levels. You definitely don’t need to bring a partner. Ben and Sheri are prominent local dancers/instructors/competitors run this popular event with…

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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…

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The Edison

The Edison

This is one of the most incredible spaces in LA. Built in a renovated 1910’s era power generator station, The Edison has an Steampunk feel that transports you back to a time before fluorescent lights. They have DJ’d swing music…

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The Grove/Fairfax Farmer’s Market

Fairfax Farmer's Market

The Fairfax Farmer’s Market occasionally has danceable bands during the summer. The bands usually play somewhere in the Farmer’s market dining area. There is sometimes a small dance floor.  The ambiance is great. Bring a partner, though, because these events are often…

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Camp Hollywood

Camp Hollywood

Camp Hollywood is the biggest and best annual Swing dance event in Southern California. Dancers and instructors come from around the world to attend this celebration of Swing dancing, Balboa, Blues, and more. The popularity of Camp Hollywood has not diminished over time,…

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Rusty’s Rhythm Club

Rusty's Rhythm Club

This is one of the few weekly options for Swing dancing on the West side of L.A.   Rusty’s has been going on since 1998 and always features live music. Crowd is friendly with very wide range of age groups…

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UCLA Ballroom Dance Club

UCLA Kerckhoff Grand Salon

UCLA has a ballroom dance club that holds swing dances about once per quarter, usually with a live band, Swing Inc. These usually have mostly students and staff of UCLA, with a few West Side locals. Go if you’re nearby…

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Lindy Hop Stop

Lindy Hop Stop

If you are looking for a wide variety of fun music to dance to, then this is the place for you. Big band, rock and roll, jump blues and of course some Frank, Dean and Louis. Lindy Hop Stop has…

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Atomic Ballroom Irvine

Atomic Ballroom Irvine is one of the cornerstone swing dance venues of Orange County! This venue is attended by dancers of a variety of skill levels. On Tuesdays, there’s the Tuesday Night Sock Hope plus the Balboa Room, with lessons…

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Downtown Disney

Rumble King at Downtown Disney

Almost every week, there are danceable bands that play outside at Downtown Disney. I will list “Downtown Disney” (which is outside the park and doesn’t require admission) separately from “Disney Fantasy Faire” (which is inside the park and requires admission) in…

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Strutter’s Ball

This is a popular Orange County venue usually featuring DJ’d music, but they sometimes have live bands. If you want to go dancing in Orange County on a Wednesday night, this is the place to be. Plenty of partners available,…

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Do Something Blue

Do Something Blue

If you are into Blues dancing, this monthly event in Pasadena the place to be at. As a swing dancer primarily, I was skeptical about Blues because I tend to like fast music, but the DJ’s here play some great…

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