Nightlife in Universal City

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For more than 43 years, Oil Can Harry's has teemed with disco dancers, cocktail drinkers, and socialites who arrive nightly to bask in the club’s rollicking atmosphere. Owner Bob Tomasino left behind his career as a math teacher to turn up the volume at the lively nightspot, which hosts a myriad of diversions and special events that include spirited line dances, Diana Ross impersonators, and the annual Mr. Oil Can Leatherman competition. Cocktails and bottles of domestic beer clink to the beats of show tunes and karaoke ballads in the upstairs lounge, and complimentary snacks line the bar during weekday happy hours. An all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch—complete with a glass of champagne—staves off appetites worked up while dancing at Oil Can Harry's Saturday-night disco parties or attempting to outrun the sun at dawn.

11502 Ventura Blvd
Studio City,
CA
US

Servers hoisting skewers circulate continuously through Samba Brazilian Steakhouse, pausing tableside to carve mesquite-grilled morsels of brazilian sausage, bacon-wrapped chicken, and sirloin steak. Clusters of mod white couches stand out against glowing orange walls, which contain plenty of nooks for groups to squeeze into. Brunch hours offer a consortium of all-you-can-eat meats such as marinated beef and pork. The main course is complemented by unlimited trips to the salad- and Brazilian side dish-buffet, as well as your choice of mimosa, champagne, and sangria. At night, a chorus of smooth-limbed showgirls catalyzes the party with a slight assist from the caipirinha bar's more than 20 versions of Brazil's national cocktail.

1000 Universal Studios Blvd.
Universal City,
CA
US

At Jillian's, a colorful, 10-lane alley, a nightclub ambiance pairs with modern d?cor and ample entertainment to host parties. A restaurant sates between-set hunger pains with a menu of American eats such as hot wings, burgers, and pizzas. On Fridays and Saturdays, Jillian's hosts club nights, during which a sound system pumps music. Four billiard tables draw pool sharks, and guests can also enjoy an arcade of 84 electronic games between songs or bowling frames. For birthday parties, a private suite hosts up to 50 people who can play Wii games on a giant projector screen. The venue itself can accommodate anywhere from ten to 1,200 guests and also provides catering.

1000 Universal Studios Blvd.
Universal City,
CA
US

As dancers step into The Choreography House’s sleek red-and-white studio, they’ll quickly realize that the vertical chrome poles are not structural supports. Instead, they’ll learn how to twist, climb, and pass a tetherball around these cylindrical columns under the supervision of instructors who have spent years gracefully entangling themselves around these very poles. Their classes train both aspiring professionals and those in search of a body-bettering hobby from a packed weekly schedule that hosts sessions Sunday–Thursday from late morning to late evening.

11136 Chandler Blvd
North Hollywood,
CA
US

One of California’s largest venues, Gibson Amphitheatre lives up to its reputation as a go-to entertainment destination by welcoming sought-after acts into its sprawling confines. More than 6,000 seats on two levels angle toward the stage to grant easy, unobstructed views. A state-of-the-art sound system allows visitors to rock out to dynamic tunes, or hear even the softest whispers between an encouraging roadie and a nervous guitar making its debut performance.

100 Universal City Plz
North Hollywood,
CA
US

Infusion Lounge's menu of savory appetizers fuels energetic bouts of dancing on two distinct dance floors, each featuring the sound stylings of a rotating cast of DJs. The hoisin mayo of Hawaiian rolls disguises seasoned pork from overly flirtatious taste buds in the Pan-Asian sliders ($7), and wasabi-infused spinach dip adds zing to wonton strips ($5). Meanwhile, slow-cooked short ribs marinated in a Thai dry rub ($21) combine to form a house-specialty plate that pairs well with a glass of wine. Before stepping out on the dance floor or wandering into the sunset, sip one of Infusion Lounge's nine specialty cocktails, such as the refreshing ginger lemon drop ($12) or the Veev-Acai-accented Fountain of Youth ($11).

1000 Universal Studios Blvd
Universal City,
CA
US