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Here it is… my Los Angeles Goth guide! A list of LA Gothic, industrial, fetish and alt club nights (most of which are in Hollywood), along with shopping and dining recommendations!

If you’re planning a Tokyo trip, do check out my Gothic Lolita shopping guide and Japanese Goth club guide. If you have questions about anything, leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to reply.

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RECOMMENDED LA GOTH / FETISH / INDUSTRIAL PARTIES
† The two biggest and arguably best nights are Bar Sinister and Das Bunker. Read my extensive 2012 report and tell them I sent you!
Circus Disco Batcave – a huge monthly party with five rooms, a patio, performances and a colorful crowd.
Das Bunker at Catch One: Goth, industrial, power noise rooms. Live bands such as Combichrist and Apoptygma Berzerk.
Bar Sinister – an elegant two-floor club decorated like Dracula’s lair. Hosts special Gothic events, such as the Alice in Wonderland party.
Wolfpak/MRX: minimal, synth, electro, Goth DJs and bands. Always a fabulous, well-dressed turnout.

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OTHER GOTH / FETISH / INDUSTRIAL / ALT EVENTS IN LA
Perversion: A large industrial room and smaller Goth 1980s floor at Evil Club Empire in Hollywood.
Club Hell at The Ivar, Hollywood. Fetish shows, Goth and cyber music.
Ruin Hollywood at the Monte Cristo. Old school Goths, absinthe bar, torture room.
Burlesque performers at Bordello – a red-velvet-plush downtown bar with classic cocktails.

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GAY / LGBT CLUB NIGHTS IN LA
Mr Black – gay-friendly glamor every Monday night at Bardot Hollywood.
Rupaul’s Drag Race viewing party – episode screenings and live performances by the contestants, Mondays at Micky’s West Hollywood.

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SHOPPING FOR GOTH, ALTERNATIVE, VINTAGE CLOTHES IN LOS ANGELES
† Check out this blog post about Melrose shopping. Some of the stores are hit-and-miss, but you’ll find Goth stores such as Shrine, Congregation of the Forgotten Saints (they carry Lip Service), and a new corset shop. Visit Voom, Slow Vintage and Timeless, which carries Japanese/Korean labels.
Heavy Red is a LA-based designer of Gothic clothing for men and women. I wore a black and red corset from this label here.
† Fairfax Village (Fairfax between Melrose and Beverly) has a great selection of inexpensive vintage, including Out of the Closet.
† Burbank’s costume and vintage stores are fantastic.
† If you take a trip to Disneyland, stop by Halloween Town on the way back for costumes and props.
† For Goth paintings, spooky gifts and serial killer art, you must go to Hyaena Gallery in Burbank.

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BEST RESTAURANT IN LA: M CAFE DE CHAYA
There’s healthy, yummy food all over LA, but I always make a stop at M Cafe de Chaya. The soy lattes, eggplant inari, peanut butter kale, chocolate cake, strawberry cupcakes… ahh! You can see more photos here; this is macrobiotic food at its best.

What are your favorite LA shopping, clubbing and eating spots? My Japan LA guide (maid cafes, Visual Kei stores, Jpop parties) is coming right up!

If you’re planning a Tokyo trip, do check out my Gothic Lolita shopping guide and Japanese Goth club guide. If you have questions about anything, leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to reply.

† WHO IS LA CARMINA? † I am a professional Goth/subcultures blogger, travel TV host and arranger, author of 3 books (Penguin USA and Random House), designer and CNNGo.com writer. My popular blog on Japan Gothic Lolita fashion / Visual Kei – www.lacarmina.com/blog – has been featured in major publications (The New Yorker, Washington Post, WWD, Village Voice, Time Out New York, LA Times). I’ve appeared on The Today Show and co-hosted an episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern for Travel Channel, which airs in 75 countries. NHK Japan filmed a documentary about my work; recent TV hosting and arranging credits include Dutch Pepsi, Sony Australia, Canal Plus France, and CNN International in Tokyo. I will be the Asia host for educational travel TV series, Project Explorer.
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  • Mmy

    Mmmm, Ruin Hollywood looks like it would be my favorite. Black! Black! Black! Anise! I sometimes wish I lived in LA, just for the club nights! <3

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      haha after a while, you see the same people and it gets kind of same-y…. but I love going every once in a while. :)

      • Mmy

        Alas, that doesn’t do much to dissuade me, as long as they’re fun people… I’m afraid I’m the sort of goth who would be content to cheer the same five friends, drink the same drink, dance to the same songs, and age slowly into oblivion. ;)

        • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

          Mmm I admit that’s how it is for Tokyo… I never get tired!

  • http://twitter.com/blackfeathers sɹǝɥʇɐǝɟʞɔɐןq

    lip service’a bargain basement at their downtown headquarters has deals on closeouts + free swag.

    quite a ways from los angeles, at fullerton, there’s some finds at the old ipso facto shoppe. it’s been in business for a long time & even outlived the taco bell next door. lol

    and don’t forget, there’s a few costume, uniform, & military surplus shops around town that also have interesting finds. :)

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Ohh Ipso Facto shop! I’ve been meaning to visit there…

  • Mmy

    Mmmm, Ruin Hollywood looks like it would be my favorite. Black! Black! Black! Anise! I sometimes wish I lived in LA, just for the club nights! <3

  • http://twitter.com/blackfeathers sɹǝɥʇɐǝɟʞɔɐןq

    lip service'a bargain basement at their downtown headquarters has deals on closeouts + free swag.

    quite a ways from los angeles, at fullerton, there's some finds at the old ipso facto shoppe. it's been in business for a long time & even outlived the taco bell next door. lol

    and don't forget, there's a few costume, uniform, & military surplus shops around town that also have interesting finds. :)

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  • Paula

    thank you for posting this :)

  • September Design

    The first thing that comes to mind is Kyūketsuki Miyu. I don’t even think of Dracula first! ^_^

  • Lysandra

    Kyuuketsuki~ 吸血鬼

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      >:)

  • Moon Maiden 90

    very informative…very helpful if I ever am able to get to LA.
    lol
    I luv that cute little skeleton bunny thing hanging from ur clothes!
    ^-^

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      #^___^# !!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    haha after a while, you see the same people and it gets kind of same-y…. but I love going every once in a while. :)

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Ohh Ipso Facto shop! I've been meaning to visit there…

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    Løve much〜♥♥♥!

  • Paula

    thank you for posting this :)

  • September Design

    The first thing that comes to mind is Kyūketsuki Miyu. I don't even think of Dracula first! ^_^

  • Lysandra

    Kyuuketsuki~ 吸血鬼

  • Moon Maiden 90

    very informative…very helpful if I ever am able to get to LA.
    lol
    I luv that cute little skeleton bunny thing hanging from ur clothes!
    ^-^

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    >:)

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    #^___^# !!

  • Mmy

    Alas, that doesn't do much to dissuade me, as long as they're fun people… I'm afraid I'm the sort of goth who would be content to cheer the same five friends, drink the same drink, dance to the same songs, and age slowly into oblivion. ;)

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Mmm I admit that's how it is for Tokyo… I never get tired!

  • Anonymous

    Soy lattes are so good…. urahhh!! They don’t have that type of stuff here in Florida >_<++
    I'm going to find you and eat with you one day..

    Yes, I'm quite aware that sounds creepy but I don't care. xD
    I also want to know if the LGBT community hangs around the goth/industrial/alt. club scene as well because normal LGBT areas just don't do it for me.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Really? I thought even Starbucks make soy lattes…
      :)

  • stillprince

    Soy lattes are so good…. urahhh!! They don't have that type of stuff here in Florida >_<++
    I'm going to find you and eat with you one day..

    Yes, I'm quite aware that sounds creepy but I don't care. xD
    I also want to know if the LGBT community hangs around the goth/industrial/alt. club scene as well because normal LGBT areas just don't do it for me.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Really? I thought even Starbucks make soy lattes…
    :)

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    Great blog and overall resource! You’ve got the club scene covered in LA but you might want to consider adding DJ Xian’s other clubs to the list besides Ruin. She has Disko Nekro which is a bi-monthly night at Dragonfly in Hollywood which features (3) rooms of old school goth, industrial, deathrock and punk rock. And then she has Malediction Society every Sunday at The Monte Cristo in Koreatown that focuses on Industrial, Aggrotech, and Futurepop. Check out: http://www.ladead.com

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Thanks! I’m in LA right now. Got any events happening from now to Jan 10?

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    I love your blog- thanks for letting me know the best goth places in LA. :)

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      Aww thank you so much!

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