The Sunset Strip

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    The Sunset Strip

    The Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA
    ••• The Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA. Photo © 2012 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The Sunset Strip in Los Angeles is a 1.6 mile stretch of Sunset Boulevard that is technically in the city of West Hollywood, CA, bordered by the Hollywood neighborhood of LA across Havenhurst Drive to the east and the city of Beverly Hills across Doheny Road to the west. This 1.6 mile stretch is best known for the rock n' roll history of it's many live music clubs and bars and the dense collection of giant billboards towering over the street. It was also immortalized in the TV show in the 1950s and 60s named for the fictitious address 77 Sunset Strip.

    Along this stretch you'll also find high end shopping and casual and fine dining establishments that spill out onto the sidewalk and some of the trendiest hotels in the area.

    In the next pages take a photo tour and learn about the history, live music venues and attractions on the Sunset Strip.

    You Are on the Sunset Strip Photo Tour >>>History of the Sunset Strip & the Sunset Strip Riots

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    History of the Sunset Strip

    Ciro's on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, 1955
    ••• Ciro's on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, 1955. Archive Photos/Getty Images

    The Sunset Strip or "The Strip" predates the incorporation of the city of West Hollywood by a good six decades. In the 1920s, this was an unincorporated island of land surrounded by the City of Los Angeles. Not being subject to the city's zoning laws or law enforcement, The Strip drew a variety of salacious businesses from gambling halls to speakeasies.

    The speakeasies gave way to glamorous nightclubs like the Players Club and Cafe Trocadero in the 1920s and 30s, which drew the Hollywood elite. You might have found Lana Turner, Sonja Henie, Robert Taylor, Tyrone Power, Fred Astaire, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Henry Fonda and William Powell at "The Troc," jitterbugging across the dance floor or maybe playing high stakes poker with studio executives in the back room. The club's Sunday Night Amateur Hour drew Hollywood hopefuls like Judy Garland, Phil Silvers and Jackie Gleason.

    In the 1940s, the place to see and be seen was Ciro's (now the Comedy...MORE Store), a favorite hangout of Marilyn Monroe, Jimmy Stewart, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Cary Grant, Jack Benny, Lucille Ball and Nat King Cole. The jazz club The Melody Room also opened in the 1940s at the location where the Viper Room now stands. Like the Trocadero, it is reputed to have been a gambling haven for gangsters like Mickey Cohen and Bugsy Siegel, who had an apartment for a while at the Sunset Tower down the street.

    After a bit of a slump in the 1950's, the Sunset Strip was revived in the 1960s with the opening of teen clubs Pandora's Box in 1962, Whisky A Go-Go in 1964, modeled after the Chicago club of the same name, and Rose Deitch's Galaxy the same year. The Roxy Theatre and The London Fog opened in 1966.

    The Sunset Strip Riots

    By 1966, there were over a dozen music clubs on the Sunset Strip. The density of clubs on this short stretch of Sunset Boulevard, especially Pandora's Box which was on a traffic triangle in the middle of Sunset at Crescent Heights, resulted in late night crowds of young people that disturbed the neighbors and backed up traffic resulting in LA County Sheriffs enforcing a long-ignored 10 pm curfew for teens under 18, which had been on the books since 1939.

    To incite matters further, Pandora's Box was forced to close (and eventually demolished to realign the street). On November 12, 1966, a protest was organized, bringing over 1000 people out into the street protesting the curfew and the closing of Pandora's Box. Jack Nicholson was reportedly on the scene. Peter Fonda was handcuffed by LA County Sheriffs but was released after he explained he was just there filming. Protests continued for six consecutive weekends.

    The Sunset Strip protests, which are sometimes mistakenly reported as anti-war riots (which was certainly a secondary movement going on within the protests), inspired Stephen Stills' song with Buffalo Springfield For What It's Worth, which was played for the first time when Pandora's Box opened for one final performance on Christmas Day 1966. Sonny Bono and Cher also came out to support the protesters on a number of occasions, releasing the song We Have as Much Right to Be Here as Anyone about the situation.

    After the protests, the LA County Board of Supervisors rescinded the "youth permits" for clubs on the Sunset Strip, requiring a minimum age of 21.

    Upping the age limit didn't halt the music on the Sunset Strip. In 1967, Gazzari's opened at the address now occupied by the 1Oak. Jim Morrison and The Doors and Van Halen both did long stints as house bands at Gazzari's, the former in the 60s, the latter in the late 70s.

    The Rainbow Bar & Grill, with their upstairs live music venue, also opened in 1967, replacing the Villa Nova restaurant, where Vincente Minelli proposed to Judy Garland, and where Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe had their first date.

    The Comedy Store was founded in 1972 where Ciro's stood before. The Roxy Theatre joined the line up in 1973, opening with Neil Young and the Santa Monica Flyers, followed shortly thereafter by the original Genesis with Peter Gabriel.

    Continue on the following pages to learn more about the landmark nightlife venues you can visit on the Sunset Strip today heading west on the north side of the street and returning east on the south side of the street.

    Sunset Strip Intro<<<- You Are on the Sunset Strip Photo Tour ->>>Pink Taco

    References:
    http://thesunsetstrip.com/info/sunset-strip-history
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunset_Boulevard
    Sunset Strip Riots, LA Times
    London Fog on Facebook
    http://wikimapia.org/10352364/Pandora-s-Box-1962-1966

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    Pink Taco on the Sunset Strip

    Pink Taco in West Hollywood
    ••• Pink Taco on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Photo courtesy of Pink Taco

    In 2012 Harry Morton, owner of the Viper Room, opened the second LA location of his popular Pink Taco rock 'n roll Mexican restaurant in the former home of the 1940s Players Club (more recently Miyagi Restaurant) on the corner of Roxbury Road at the eastern edge of the Sunset Strip.

    The restaurant is three stories with multiple rooms, all decorated in various versions of Mexican over-the-top kitsch. The first level, which is open for lunch and dinner, includes a large outdoor patio and a 30-foot indoor bar lined with religious figurines.

    The three dining rooms on the second level are a combination of Mexican colonial and 1940s supperclub with an emphasis on everything tequila. The DeLeon room is lined with glowing tequila bottles, while aged tequila barrels outfit the upstairs "Tequila Cellar." The second floor terrace dining room overlooks the kitchen and the Sunset Strip.

    Pink Taco is best known for its Yukatan pink tacos made with corn tortillas stuffed with pinto beans and...MORE topped with arbol salsa, grilled chicken, pickled pink onions and avocado and serving strawberry margaritas in hollowed out pineapples.

    The Sunset Strip location also includes the Pink Taqueria take-out window which sells a limited selection of tacos. Pink Taco has another location in Century City.

    Pink Taco
    8225 Sunset Boulevard
    West Hollywood, CA 90046
    (323) 380-7474
    www.pinktaco.com
    Open daily
    1st Floor - lunch & dinner 11:30 am to 2 am
    2nd floor - dinner only 5 pm - 2 am
    Pink Taqueria window service 11 am - 2 am

    Sunset Strip History<<< You Are on the Sunset Strip Photo Tour >>>Carney's Train Restaurant

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    Carney's on Sunset

    Carney's Restaurant in West Hollywood, CA
    ••• Carney's Restaurant in West Hollywood, CA. Photo © 2016 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Carney's is a Los Angeles landmark burger and hot dog joint in a converted train car on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.

    Carney's opened on Sunset Boulevard in i975 in an old Pacific Railroad passenger train. The family-owned restaurant has hosted its share of famous personalities stopping in for a bite. It's not as well-known as Pink's in Hollywood, but many people consider the hot dogs better, with the added benefit of seating, being in a cool train car and they take credit cards.

    Carney's
    8351 W Sunset Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90069
    (323)654-8300
    www.carneytrain.com
    Hours:
    Mon-Thu 11am-midnight
    Fri-Sun 11am-3am
    Read Yelp Reviews

    There is a second Carney's location in Studio City, also in a train car.

    Pink Taco<<<- You Are on the Sunset Strip Photo Tour ->>>Saddle Ranch Chop House

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    Saddle Ranch Chop House

    Saddle Ranch Chop House on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA
    ••• Saddle Ranch Chop House on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA. Photo © 2005 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The Saddle Ranch Chop House opened on the Sunset Strip in 1999 with the theme of "steaks - bull - rock n'roll," drawing crowds for down home cooking in a western saloon environment with a mechanical bull at the heart of the restaurant. The patio is equipped with fire pits for toasting marshmallows and making s'mores.

    The original Saddle Ranch Chop House has been featured in Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives, American Idol, Six Feet Under, VH1’s Rock of Love and many other TV shows and movies.

    There is a second location at Universal CityWalk.

    Saddle Ranch Chop House
    8371 Sunset Blvd.
    West Hollywood, CA 90069
    (323) 656-2007
    http://www.srrestaurants.com/sunset
    Hours:
    7 Days a Week- 365 Days per Year
    Monday through Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

    Carney's Train Restaurant<<<- You Are on the Sunset Strip Photo Tour ->>>Mel's Drive-In

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    Mel's Drive-In on Sunset

    Mel's Drive-In on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood
    ••• Mel's Drive-In on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA. L. Cohen/WireImage/GettyImages

    Even though drive-ins and car-hops were first associated with Los Angeles, Mel's Drive-Ins were born in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1947, created by Mel Weiss and Harold Dobbs, who at one time ran 11 drive-ins. In 1972 the craze had died out and George Lucas used the last remaining original Mel's Drive-In as the set for American Grafitti, after which it was demolished. In 1985 Mel's son Steven resurrected the nostalgic diners, now operating four in the Bay Area and four in the Los Angeles area, including the one on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.

    The 50s-feel diner sports table-side jukeboxes and a traditional burger and fries menu in a "Googie"-style building that was once Ben Frank's restaurant, a popular 24-hour coffee shop where rockers frequently gathered after gigs on the Strip.

    Historic Moment: It's rumored that musicians Stephen Stills and Richie Furay were driving down Sunset Blvd with producer Barry Friedmen when they spotted Neil Young's Po...MOREntiac hearse driving the other direction. They flagged him down and they all pulled into the parking lot of Ben Frank's where they discussed forming the band that was to become Buffalo Springfield.

    Despite the Drive-In name, Mel's doesn't actually provide car-hop service.

    Mel's Drive-In
    8585 Sunset Blvd
    West Hollywood, CA 90069
    (310) 854-7201
    Take-out orders: (310) 854- 7200
    www.melsdrive-in.com
    Open 24 hours

    Saddle Ranch Chop House<<<- You Are on the Sunset Strip Photo Tour ->>>Whisky A Go-Go

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    Whisky A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip

    Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood
    ••• Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Of all the live music venues currently operating on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, the Whisky A Go-Go was the first to open its doors in 1964. Its stage has hosted a who's who of rock n' roll legends, such as Neil Young and Stephen Stills in the early Buffalo Springfield Days, Jim Morrison and the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and so many more...

    Read more about the Whisky A Go-Go

    Mel's Drive-In<<<- You Are on the Sunset Strip Photo Tour ->>>Rock and Reilly's Irish Pub

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    Rock and Reilly's Irish Pub

    Rock and Reilly's Irish Pub
    ••• Rock and Reilly's Irish Pub in West Hollywood. Photo © 2012 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Rock and Reilly's Irish Pub is one of the newer kids on the block on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, but it was discovered quickly by the likes of Kate Beckinsale, Carrie Underwood, Zac Efron, Gerard Butler, The Black Keys and other A-listers.

    The traditional pub, with decor transported from the motherland, is in a building that once housed the Galaxy dance club (not London Fog, which was next door). The building got a complete makeover before emerging in its present incarnation in late 2011.

    Fifty seven Irish whiskeys and a dozen gourmet brews are the highlights of the drinks menu. The food menu changes seasonally. I recommend the crab cakes and chicken skewers, but really it's the chocolate bread pudding I can't get off my mind. One of my favorite chocolate experiences in LA.

    Expect a background of classic rock, not Irish jigs, coming from the live DJ and you might be surprised by the occasional impromptu live performance. The Wanted, Darren Criss, Kevin Farley, and...MORE others made appearances in the pub's first year.

    There's an upstairs lounge and a few tables out back. Beware the moving walls across from the bar. You might be leaning on the sliding doors to the restrooms. If you want to test your drunk coordination, try your hand at the hook and ring bar game just inside the front window.

    Rock and Reilly's has taken over the space next door that was most recently Duke's Coffee Shop (1987-2012 at this location) and will be expanding and opening an upstairs patio in late 2012.

    Rock and Reilly's Irish Pub
    8911 Sunset Blvd
    West Hollywood, CA
    (310) 360-1400
    www.rnrpub.com
    Valet parking available, lots available behind the pub off Clark Street or above Coney Dog.

    Whisky A Go-Go<<<- You Are on the Sunset Strip Photo Tour ->>>The Roxy

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    The Roxy Theatre

    The Roxy on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood
    ••• The Roxy on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA. Photo © 2012 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The Roxy Theatre was was one of the new venues to open in a musical resurgence on Sunset Boulevard not too long after the Sunset Strip Curfew Riots of 1966. It has remained at the forefront of cutting edge music from rock to metal to punk to grunge to hip hop and continues to host an eclectic line-up of up-and-comers.

    The Roxy Theatre won the 2012 Los Angeles Readers Choice Award for Best LA Live Music Club.

    Read more about The Roxy Theatre

    Rock and Reilly's Irish Pub<<<- You Are on the Sunset Strip Photo Tour ->>>Rainbow Bar & Grill

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    Rainbow Bar & Grill

    The Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip
    ••• The Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA. Photo © 2012 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    The Rainbow Bar & Grill, more commonly known as just The Rainbow or The Bow, opened on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood in 1972 and is the oldest continually operating restaurant and club on the Strip. There's a live music bar, Over the Rainbow, upstairs, but the restaurant downstairs is the place for day and night people watching.

    Read more about The Rainbow Bar & Grill

    The Roxy<<<- You Are on the Sunset Strip Photo Tour ->>>1Oak

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    1Oak  (formerly The Key Club)

    1Oak on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood
    ••• 1Oak on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    1AOK took over the old Key Club location in 2014. It is located on a the corner of Sunset and North Weatherly Drive that was once home to legendary Gazzari's, which launched the careers of many a rock star from the 1960s to 1993. After being damaged in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, the old building was demolished. The new club opened in 1996 as Billboard Live, and changed names to the Key Club in 1998. It was barely being used as a rental venue before 1Oak took over, did a complete remodel and turned it into an exclusive DJ dance club.

    I say exclusive in the true sense that they exclude most people from enterting if you don't have bottle service or you aren't a known celebrity. If you don't know someone and arent's springing for a bottle, you might want to save yourself the disappointment and just go someplace else.

    1Oak
    9039 West Sunset Boulevard
    West Hollywood, CA 90069
    (310) 274-5800 ‎
    1oakla.com​
    Read Yelp Reviews

    Rainbow Bar & Grill<<<- You Are on the Sunset...MORE Strip Photo Tour ->>>Shamrock Social Club

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    Shamrock Social Club

    Shamrock Social Club tattoo parlor in West Hollywood
    ••• Mark Mahoney's Shamrock Social Club tattoo parlor on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA. Photo © 2012 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    Tattoo artist Mark Mahoney borrowed his shop's slogan "Where the elite and the underworld meet," from a turn of the century tattoo parlor in England. At his Shamrock Tattoo also known as the Shamrock Social Club on the Sunset Strip, across from the Key Club, that motto holds true for the stream of big name celebrities and local gang bangers that pass through the doors.

    "One of the things about Sunset is that everybody comes here eventually," says Mahonney, "I mean besides tourists from all over the world - it's one of the few places in LA where the rich and poor - everybody comes to sooner or later. Everybody comes to the Strip."

    The Boston Irish artist, who emulates the dapper zoot suit gangster style of the 1940s with his slicked back hair, pointy-toed shes and long duster coat, has inked Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Rihanna, Cher and David Beckham, and many other famous bodies.

    The "Social Club" part of the name comes from the...MORE front waiting area with a pool table where customers are encouraged to hang out, as well as from the tattoo artist's role as confidante and therapist. Mahoney takes pride in creating the right tattoo for the personality of each customer. This is why, for example, Johnny Depp's sparrow tattoo flies in the opposite direction from that of his character, Captain Jack Sparrow.

    "When I went to get the sparrow tattooed on my arm for my boy," says Depp in a documentary about the Shamrock Social Club, " Mark said, 'Oh, Man, no wait a minute...the sparrow's flying away from you. You can't have that man. You can't have that. He's gotta be flying towards you.' So we flipped it around and he zapped it on to me then with the sparrow flying toward me. It made all the sense in the world, but I hadn't thought of that."

    Shamrock Social Club now has a full stable of tattoo experts specializing in different kinds of tattoos. People travel from around the world for body art from this famous Sunset Strip landmark.

    Shamrock Tattoo
    9026 West Sunset Boulevard
    West Hollywood, CA 90069
    (310) 271-9664
    www.shamrocktattoo.com

    1Oak<<<- You Are on the Sunset Strip Photo Tour ->>>The Viper Room

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    The Viper Room

    David Flores' mural of Johnny Cash on the Viper Room in West Hollywood
    ••• David Flores' mural of Johnny Cash on the Viper Room on the sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The Viper Room, on the south side of Sunset Boulevard is one of the younger clubs on the Sunset Strip, having opened in 1993. It is best known for being partly owned by Johnny Depp when it opened and for the overdose death of actor River Phoenix that occurred on the sidewalk out front in October 1993.

    There are two concert venues inside the club, the main stage upstairs and the tiny Downstairs at the Viper Room, which is obviously down in the basement.

    This cool Johnny Cash mural by David Flores was added on the outside in 2013.The Viper room got a total interior remodel in 2015.  Johnny Cash played a solo show at the Viper room on December 3, 1993. Johnny Depp spoke of it as a cleansing of the dark cloud that was hanging over the club after Phoenix's death. 

    Read more about The Viper Room.

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    The Eveleigh

    Eveleigh Restaurant on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood
    ••• Eveleigh Restaurant on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA. Photo © 2012 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The Eveleigh, pronounced 'everly,' is a popular West Hollywood restaurant and bar on the Sunset Strip. It's casual in a hip - West Hollywood way, with decent food and drinks at about 3 out of 4 on the price scale for this neighborhood and lots of pretty people to watch.

    It's a tricky location to spot. The entrance and front patio are covered in green vines. With wooden floors and an exposed wood beam ceiling, the atmosphere at Eveleigh is cozy and country but loud with sound bouncing off all those hard surfaces.

    The Eveleigh
    8752 W Sunset Blvd
    West Hollywood, CA 90069
    Neighborhood: West Hollywood
    (424) 239-1630
    theeveleigh.com
    Read Yelp Reviews

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    State Social House (formerly Red Rock Bar & Eatery)

    State Social House on the Sunset Strip
    ••• State Social House on the Sunset Strip. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    State Social House took over the building that was previously Red Rock Bar & Eatery in 2013.

    It got a makeover to overcome its previous dive bar status but remains a casual West Hollywood hangout on the Sunset Strip where locals go to eat comfort food like a $16 veggie pizza or $11 fried chicken po' boy with a $6 side of truffle garlic tater tots or to hang out at the rail outside and people watch. 

    The Backroom, which has a separate entrance, is a cigar bar and smokers lounge.

    There's also an upstairs area that has very loud live music four nights a week.

    State Social House
    8782 Sunset Blvd
    West Hollywood, CA 90069
    (310) 854-0710
    Hours: Daily 11 am - 2 am, full food menu until 1 am
    Happy Hour: Daily, 3-7 pm and late night Sun - Thu 11 pm - midnight.
    statesocialhouse.com
    Read Yelp Reviews

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    House of Blues Los Angeles

    House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood
    ••• House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Photo © 2012 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    After 21 years on the Sunset Strip, The House of Blues closed in 2015 to make way for a new development. Unfortunately, the new project, which was to feature a new hotel, apartments and retail, ran into an environmental glitch, and they have to go back to the drawing board. 

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    The House of Blues, founded in Cambridge, Mass, opened on the Sunset Strip in 1994. The rustic building with it's iconic water tower was covered in tin from a gin mill "that was just 500 feet away from the Delta crossroads — the mystical field where Robert Johnson created his famous partnership with the Devil for his soul."

    Whereas most of the Sunset Strip music venues have their roots in hardcore rock n' roll, the House of Blues really dedicated a certain amount of stage time to Blues artists as well as Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Jazz and Roots-based Rock & Roll. But you could find just about any kind of music on this LA stage, including some big names. Notably, House of Blues hosted the last...MORE live performance by Tupac Shakur and Prince with Maceo Parker.

    The House of Blues still has a location open in Anaheim.

    House of Blues Los Angeles
    8430 Sunset Blvd.
    West Hollywood, CA 90069
    (323) 848–5100

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    Famous Hotel Bars on the Sunset Strip

    Bar 1200 at the Sunset Marquis Hotel
    ••• Bar 1200 at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood, CA. Photo © 2012 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Some of the craziest rock n' roll history on the Sunset Strip happened off stage in the bars of Sunset Strip hotels, and they're still a good place for spotting touring rockers as well as other celebrities. Many of the hotels also host periodic live music series at their bars, restaurants or pool decks.

    Bar 1200 at the Sunset Marquis is lined with autographed portraits of celebrities, mostly musicians, who have stayed or partied here in the years since they opened in 1963. The photo exhibit continues throughout the hotel. I ran into Ron Wood in the lobby and Mick Jagger getting out of his limo when the Rolling Stones were in town.

    The RH Bar in the Andaz Hotel is a recent reincarnation of the bar at the former Riot Hyatt, where stoned rockers partied off of balconies (that are now enclosed). The hotel is still popular with entertainers, but the bar scene is more hip scenesters than acid-tripping musicians.

    The Tower Bar at the historic Art Deco Sunset Tower Hotel was once gangster...MORE Bugsy Siegel's apartment. The Tower Bar was voted Favorite A-List Bar in the 2012 LA Travel Readers' Choice Awards.

    Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel, owned by Cindy Crawford's husband, Randy Gerber, may only have a short history, but has attracted regulars like the Smashing Pumpkins, Guns N Roses, Public Enemy, Hole (with Courtney Love), The Who, Poison, the Cranberries, the Gypsy Kings and a host of big names from TV and movies.

    The Rooftop Lounge at The Standard Hollywood seems to have lost a lot of its A-list crowd, but went through s super-hip phase, and was featured in Sex and the City.

    Check out the Top West Hollywood Hotels

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    Parking on the Sunset Strip

    Public Parking in West Hollywood, CA
    ••• Public Parking in West Hollywood, CA. Photo © 2012 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    People are constantly complaining about the expensive parking at Sunset Strip clubs, and if you park in the club lots or valets, it is quit pricey, usually around $20. But there are plenty of more affordable lots in the neighborhood if you know where to look.

    There are three City parking lots on The Strip:

    1. 9056 Sunset lot located at Sunset and Doheny (across the street from the Key Club; near the Roxy & Rainbow) has parking available for $1 an hour, 8 am – 2 am

    2. 8755 Sunset Boulevard (across the street from Red Rock, Eveleigh, Mirabelle) offers a $4 flat rate after 5 pm Sunday – Thursday and a $6 flat rate after 5 pm Friday and Saturday nights.

    3. 8459 Sunset lot at Sunset and Queens (near The Comedy Store, House of Blues, Katana) offers parking for $2 an hour after 6 p.m. but with a maximum of two hours.

    The Sunset Plaza offers free parking for patrons of their retail shops and restaurants (this includes BLT Steak, who has an amazing $5 happy hour from 5-7 p.m., as well as Chin...MORE Chin, Le Petit Four, Claufotis, Code C, Nicole Miller, Oliver Peoples). There are clear signs designating when you leave Sunset Plaza and they're very strict about parking being only for people frequenting Plaza businesses.

    8560 Sunset Boulevard (located at Sunset and Alta Loma near The Comedy Store, House of Blues, Katana, Mondrian), offers a $10 flat rate after 6 p.m.

    The parking lots located at 9040 Sunset Boulevard and 9000 Sunset Boulevard (near the Roxy, Key Club, Rainbow and Whisky A Go-Go and a short 2-3 block walk to the Viper Room) have $5 parking Sunday – Thursday and $7 parking on the weekends.

    There's an interactive online map that lists the parking lots on the boulevard as well as pricing. (Click the map image to activate the interactive map. You can scroll through the Parking icons to see the rates.)

    There's a printable PDF of The Sunset Strip parking locations at http://thesunsetstrip.com/info/PDFS/The_Sunset_Strip_MAP_Printable.pdf

    This information was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change at any time. Check the parking website above for the most current information.

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