From Our Editors
Although small and unassuming from the outside, with nothing more than a simple bright blue painted wall and fluorescent sign, Blu Monkey Bar and Lounge doesn’t quite qualify as a dive bar. The interior is much too upscaled for that, sporting an exotic Moroccan theme, with colorful lanterns hanging from the ceiling and plush green couches with fuchsia and gold pillows. There’s even a small dance area in front of the deejay booth, and no cover at the door. While drinks are cheap and plentiful, folks come to Blue Monkey to dance, swerving between theme nights like The Bump, which features R&B, soul, funk, jazz and hip hop. Anyone seeking an atypical scene for a night out in Hollywood should look to this low-key loungey space along Hollywood Boulevard.