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Academy LA

Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Capacity: 1,500

Academy LA’s rooftop veranda, The Patio, has always been one of its best features. During the pandemic, it became the venue’s lifesaver. The Patio’s choice location atop Hollywood, with both artificial and natural illumination, hosted outdoor dining experiences. Following sanitation regulations and pandemic mandates, The Patio was open for dinner and ‘house’ brunch every weekend. Accompanying your meal and aiding digestion were local DJs — who are some of the world’s best — and Insomniac-themed cocktails.

Like its sister venue, Exchange LA, Academy reopened in summer 2021 with Steve Aoki, JSTJR, Nora En Pure, Aly & Fila, and more. For its weekly Fridays and Saturdays, Academy teams up with Insomniac brands Bassrush, Dreamstate and Basscon for heavy-hitting talent. Having undergone a recent remodel, the club is upping the ante with its Funktion-One sound, 55 moving lights, 145 customisable LED curved ceiling panels, CO2 cannons and two patios, inside and out.

The venue’s summer Day Trip series takes advantage of the aforementioned The Patio. Every Sunday daytime Academy features top talent such as LP Giobbi, Mikey Lion, Walker & Royce, J. Worra and Claptone. Day Trip is planning to continue with Mr. Carmack, Township Rebellion, Eli & Fur, Will Clarke, and many more.