Where: Downtown Los Angeles
For: Ages 21+
Ethan and I love going to Mayan to end our nights in Downtown Los Angeles. After a night of cocktail sipping at different restaurants and bars, we dance the night away into the early hours of the morning at this three-story themed nightclub.
The Main Floor
When you walk into Mayan through the themed double doors, you’re greeted with a huge dance and bar area. The Main Floor spans the length of the venue and is a few feet below the raised stage. There is a main bar that tends to get busy throughout the night, and cocktail tables line the area before a few stairs lead you to the floor. The floor can also get crowded throughout the night. Guests can hear all the music played from the Stage on the Main Floor.
The Main Bar
The main floor can also be viewed from a Terrace on the second floor of Mayan. The Terrace is accessible through a double stairway on the back-left side of the club. This is more of a viewing area that contains stage seating and a small bar at the top of the seating area. We go to the Terrace to watch any of the live bands that come onto the stage from a bird’s eye view or to beat the crowds at the main bar (hardly anyone goes to the Terrace to buy drinks, which makes it a quick in and out when you need a refill).
The Terrace View of the Main Stage.
On Fridays and Saturdays, The Stage is open for guests to dance on. VIP Lounges line the sides of the stage, and a full bar to the left offers guests drinks while they dance the night away. Periodically there are salsa or mariachi bands playing for the crowd in between sets of modern music and light shows. It’s very entertaining to watch some of the guests dancing to the music, as it feels like we’re watching a private salsa show with professional dancers. The stage can get hot at the end of the night from the sheer amount of people that want to dance by the DJ booth.
The Main Stage
The Mezzanine is a floor below the main stage down stairs in towards the entrance part of Mayan. It is a long and skinny dance floor with a raised DJ booth on the right and small bar in the back corner. It is fairly hard to get to the bar because of its small size. Since the Mezzanine is so skinny, when we walked anywhere we ended up consistently running into people. The music is all in Spanish and there is a packed-in club atmosphere in this area.
The Basement is also a floor below the main stage on the opposite side of the Mezzanine. This bar plays a mixture of Pop, Hip Hop and R&B music for guests. A larger bar is on one wall of the Basement with a few tables opposite of the bar with bar stools for seating. Screens play videos corresponding to the music. The bar is very accessible, and this is the bathroom in the club that is easiest to use as it is hardly ever crowded.
There is a strict dress code on Mayan’s website that guests must abide by or risk being turned away at the door. Guests lists are available for Fridays and Saturdays with reservations made online or by phone Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The Main Floor, Stage, Terrace and Mezzanine have guests that like to dance to a mixture of Pop, Top Hits, Latin and Salsa music. The Basement contains patrons that like Pop, Hip Hop and R&B.
The Stage Bar
Depending on if there is an event and the time that you are going into Mayan, cover charges range from $10 to $20 per person. There are weekend memberships available for six month spans that cost $100 for one person or $150 for two people. If you go to Mayan a lot then it would help to cover for the $10 to $20 cover charge (depending on the event). However, at this rate you would have to go at least four times to make up the cost of the membership. Drinks are $12-$15 each and full bars are available.
1038 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015
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