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The Hollywood Bowl

Music Venue, Performing Arts Venue, and Theater
Los Angeles
  • Lucy R.
    "My favorite venu in LA! Shuttles are the way to go here."(28 Tips)
    Gene C.
    "Cheapest venue in LA - you can bring your own grub and booze!"(7 Tips)
    Adam C.
    "One of the best places to see live music on the planet."(58 Tips)
    Christopher Q.
    "park at hollywood and highland if you dont mind the walk"(6 Tips)
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  • Ellen DeGeneres
    Ellen DeGeneresOctober 19, 2011
    I love Hollywood, & I love bowls, so this is 1 of my favorite places to see a concert. Make sure to bring something to keep you warm, 'cause it gets cold! Portia brought a blanket. I brought tequila.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Jason H.
    Jason H.August 23, 2015
    Amazing outdoor concert experience. See pretty much any performer and have a great time. Arrive early and bring or order dinner before the show. One of the best things to do in LA.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Dahlia
    DahliaAugust 31, 2014
    Amazing venue with unique amphitheatre view. Arrive 2hrs before the show, bring your own food, wine and cushion. You'll be thankful for all tips, trust me and enjoy!!
  • Kiana L.
    Kiana LynnSeptember 28, 2015
    Legendary venue for a reason other than its past artists. Beautiful. Con: I'm sure it's due for a fire code violation or 12. Holds 17k people with one exit, one shit show away from a stampede.
  • g o.
    g oconnorAugust 13, 2015
    The Rooftop Grill has Soju cocktails this season. A delightful alternative to vodka Soju is distilled from barley malt and is neutral in flavor. At 35% ETOH it is 70 proof.
  • Lauren :.
    Lauren :DOctober 22, 2015
    The best outdoor venue in the area. Highly recommend. I also recommend taking a shuttle instead of parking at the venue. I took one from the LA Zoo. Bring your food and beverages too!
  • Melissa P.
    Melissa PolinarSeptember 26, 2015
    Iconic venue in the greater Los Angeles area. Make sure to arrive extra early for parking, walking, and navigating through the vicinity. I'd highly recommend seeing established acts and/festivals.
  • Ilusha Z.
    Ilusha ZaritskiyAugust 30, 2014
    Byo...just about anything: beer, wine, hard stuff, glass is fine (just about every night) double check with the super friendly box office. Also try to get first row seats: to get a makeshift table.
  • laurie h.
    laurie hickeyAugust 2, 2013
    LOVE going to anything here! You can bring food and picnic on the grounds. Some shows allow you to bring food into the bowl. Great date place! Recommend taking advantage of shuttles and subway!
    HOTTAMAN ESCADAMANSeptember 1, 2015
    Anywhere is A great seat @Hollywoodbowl the ambiance is surreal sound quality is magnificent 5☆'s for this Los Angeles GEM I've seen ZAP MAMA , D 'ANGELO & ERYKAH BADU here to name A few #GreatVibes !
  • David B.
    David BradshawJune 16, 2014
    Acoustics were great even sitting in the middle section. Consider padding for sitting. Great view of Hollywood sign from middle seats. Parking easier than expected.
  • LAist
    LAistAugust 1, 2014
    This outdoor amphitheater is a gem in our city. What other venue can you sit outside and bring your own picnic basket and bottle(s) of wine? Plus, it sits right underneath the Hollywood sign Read more
  • Katie S.
    Katie SAugust 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Enjoy the music during a warm summer (aug) night over dinner/wine, it just might be the best way to take in a concert! ever. Tip: no outside glass allowed, so pack wine in a water bottle.
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiJanuary 27, 2015
    At least once in your life, you should enjoy a concert here. Outdoor, clear sky, bring your own food & wine and just listen to the great artists on stage. Best place in LA for a concert! <3
  • e*starLA
    e*starLAJune 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    People generally save on parking by parking at Hollywood & Highland & getting validation for 4 hrs from one of the businesses. The uphill walk is good for you-downhill after the show even better!
  • Hillary N.
    Hillary NoelleApril 13, 2015
    One of the few auditorium style concert venues that I enjoy. I saw 9 inch nails and Soundgarden here and had the best time. It goes without saying that the food and drinks are overpriced.
  • Joseph Q.
    Joseph QuintanaJuly 17, 2013
    Loved the Bowl, we could bring our own food and drinks in and even have inns and outs to meet the musicians. Very awesome experience.
  • Melanie
    MelanieMay 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The plastic water bottles they sell in the gift shop can hold a bottle of wine. Get one if you're at a leased event that doesn't allow wine bottles to sneak in your beverage of choice.
  • Biola University
    Biola UniversitySeptember 14, 2011
    One of the best concert venues in the area, the historic Hollywood Bowl is a great venue throughout the summer and fall. Bring a picnic meal, park at one of the satellite locations & enjoy the music!
  • Steve K.
    Steve KushnirApril 27, 2015
    they don't have events here that often that I go to see, but this is a historic landmark and the sound is always incredible. make sure you are per peer for an hour worth of traffic.
  • Jim S.
    Jim SepeMay 25, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Visit in the morning to wander around the Hollywood Bowl. Walk up the stairs to get a great view of the Hollywood sign!
  • Y-Lan N.
    Y-Lan NguyenAugust 25, 2015
    Lovely way to spend a summer evening. Feel free to bring wine and a picnic basket. Save yourself from the venue's awful stacked parking though by taking a shuttle.
  • Billboard
    BillboardAugust 16, 2013
    The perfect spot for a warm summer night concert! Bring a picnic and bottle of wine to avoid both extravagant costs and to maximize the romance of your date!
  • Connie C.
    Such a beautiful music venue with a sunset backdrop. Love that you can bring in food and sneak in wine ;) do park and ride for transportation.
  • James L.
    James LuiSeptember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Motorcycles/scooters - discnt pkng(currently $9) drive up the hill to Reserved parking and you'll be directed towards an area 100 ft from the entr. Drive on the RT curb ln on S Highland to get in qk!
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WinghamSeptember 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This is my favorite concert venue in the world! I've seen rock, jazz, country, musicals and more. It's totally an LA experience that everyone should do at least once...or 50 times like me!
    RCRD LBLApril 13, 2011
    A MUST music venue in LA if you have time - cheap seats on the back lawn and you can bring your own food & drink. Greats who have played here: The Beatles, Arcade Fire, Elton John and Kylie Minogue.
  • Joshua V.
    Joshua Van DykFebruary 22
    Joshua Van Dyk thinks this place is awesome for concerts. You can bring in your own drinks and snacks. Great for a date or a group of friends.
  • g o.
    g oconnorAugust 13, 2015
    The Rooftop Grill has new Soju Cocktails this season. This one, the Sparkling Spectacular is delightful when paired with the Gazpacho.
  • Peter Y.
    I highly recommend taking a bus to the Bowl because it is so easy, so comfortable and the bus drops people off right by the Bowl.
    Upvoted Aug 4
  • Anthony R.
    Anthony RequiaDecember 14, 2015
    Probably the best music venue in LA. The acoustics are unreal and there isn't a bad seat in the house. You can bring your own food and wine too!
  • Calysta
    CalystaOctober 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Saw Matt & Kim, My Chemical Romance, and Blink-182 here tonight!! Absolutely amazing! A great place to see bands! Just watch out for the head of security who will tell you to stop recording!
  • PRO-Keds
    PRO-KedsApril 27, 2011
    This is by far the best venue in California, if not the US. Nothing is better than coming here on a warm summer night with a basket of delicious treats and enjoying live music. If you haven't done s
  • James G.
    James GuberaOctober 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Park at Hollywood & Highland and take the shuttle up the hill; much easier way to transport your munchies. I would advise just walking back down though. The wait for the bus on the way back is brutal.
  • Cilt & Co.
    Cilt & Co.August 22, 2011
    If you like concerts and you like the outdoors, this is it. If you don't mind the walk, park at the Kodak center instead and take a stroll from there. And don't forget the picnic basket!
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha StewartAugust 17, 2011
    Any seat in this venue is awesome! You're allowed to bring food and wine to the event (make sure to check each event's policy), so load up a picnic basket and enjoy your show.
  • Roger V.
    Roger VadoczMay 1, 2015
    they only have a few shows a year that I would actually go to, it's usually the LA Philharmonic or something but it is a classic venue one of those places you need to see once
  • Dylan F.
    Dylan FarellaOctober 1, 2015
    Hands down the most unique and enjoyable venue to attend a concert. Get a bottle of rosé, your night can't go wrong.
  • Andrew S.
    Best place to see a concert, hands down. Scenic backdrop, amazing weather and sometimes you can BYOB. Couldn't ask for better
  • Jola B.
    Jola BolajiJuly 28, 2013
    A really fun experience! Great plays, even if you have far up seats there's TVs so you can still see - go with friends - and bring dinner too :)
  • DAN C.
    DAN COXSeptember 13, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Use the stacked parking! It's the perfect excuse to linger under the stars and spend time with special people! Your car will still be there when you arrive.
  • Nyki B.
    Nyki BellAugust 18, 2015
    Love this venue. I would definitely recommend that you side in the middle, so you can see everything + hear everything best as possible.
  • The Most Interesting Man in the World
    The Svetyorka Locomotive Philharmonic taught me being a conductor of both a train and an orchestra isn’t easy. Fortunately, the acoustics here should be much better than those on a moving train.
  • Zachary P.
    Zachary PenningtonMay 27
    Been here 10+ times
    Do yourself a favor and go to a regular bowl event. Pack a picnic lunch or dinner, get there early and bring some wine!
  • Melanie
    MelanieOctober 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    For leased events where alcohol is a no go: One of the Hollywood bowl sports bottles (which are allowed) can fit an entire bottle of wine. Or so I've been told...
  • Jean M.
    Jean MowerySeptember 1, 2013
    What a magical evening,, courtesy of our hosts Gary & Char Hodgson!! It was wonderful to have our dinner "al fresco" at the bowl, before enjoying John Williams and the LA Philharmonic!
  • Taylor
    TaylorOctober 5, 2013
    Just once during the show, walk all the way to the top to take it all in for a minute. And then go back to your seat and rock out.
  • Cindy K.
    Cindy KJuly 29, 2013
    Use picnic area in parking lot across the street or the gated park just south of the bowl. Then you can drop your food back at your car before climbing the hill!
  • Betty R.
    Betty RubeOctober 25, 2014
    Go up the side and around from the main entrance to another gate. Usually less crowded to get in. Exiting to the left of stage is usually faster.
  • lunani
    lunaniAugust 24, 2014
    Park for free at one of the ride and park metro lots and take the shuttle in. Present your Tap card for free shuttle (otherwise $5 each)
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