CODA Los Angeles
That lone black-clad bouncer fronting a Sherman Oaks alley marks the oddball entrance to this lively and unpretentious club. Inside, it''s more like a pleasantly cramped downtown New York club, than a bunker-sized joint hidden among West Valley car dealerships. A long mirrored bar runs the length of one side of the club, and an elevated lounge area scattered with ottomans and booths makes for a shadowy spot perfect for canoodling. Keeping with the industrial-chic decor, the smoking lounge in back is actually a sleek tented patio. A funky metallic mural punctuates a small dance floor that''s typically packed with locals grooving to all things hip-hop--classic, old-school and current Top 40.