Starting a music venue is tough. Keeping one alive is tougher. Doing both in Los Angeles? Nearly impossible. This is no surprise to show-going and music-making Angelenos. Venues disappear as quickly as they arrive, leaving many local musicians and music lovers scratching their heads and wondering why. So when Highland Park’s Hi-Hat opened in 2016, locals were justifiably skeptical of the new venue’s longevity.
It’s been a little over a year since The Hi-Hat first opened and, against all odds, it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere any time soon. It has quickly become one of LA’s premier venues for local music, boasting a short, but rich show history whose lineups read like a who’s who of local music. LA’s DIY scene, hailing from legendary venues like The Smell and Pehrspace, is well-represented here, as well as the occasional national touring act, making the venue a good primer for the city’s diverse musical landscape.
The Hi-Hat also features a bar and a couple of pool tables for a full evening of entertainment, as well as an iteration of Burgerlords, LA’s premier burger joint, just in case patrons get a little hungry.
Venues often come and go in this city, but the Hi-Hat seems different, special, even. For the city’s musicians and showgoers, one hopes it is.
Official website: http://hihat.la (pull relevant photos from the website if possible)
Location: 5043 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042