Today, some might take this historic strip for granted to parade the streets for a good club-crawl. But those that have experienced this chic strip with all its mystery and history will never forget its value. The Strip was once the Hollywood playground to the familiar faces of Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, and Clark Gable. Not to mention, the home of infamous nightclubs and bars. Today, across 1.6 miles of strip, there lie at least five bars and clubs that were, and still are, the top five.
The Bar Marmont, at the famous Chateau Marmont hotel, is one of the most legendary bars in Los Angeles for locals and celebrities alike. Drinks can be expensive, but nothing beats a treat to yourself and the likely chance to spot some of Hollywood’s A List celebrities. Aside from the bar, the hotel offers a small restaurant, which serves gourmet California cuisine. Bar Marmont is located on 8171 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046.
Whisky A Go Go is definitely a Hollywood landmark and without a doubt Sunset Boulevards most famous establishment. This bar and club venue first opened its doors in 1964 and, for the past 70 years, has hosted the greatest musical icons. Artists such as Led Zeppelin, The Foo Fighters, The Doors, and every other band you can think of, have graced the stage at Whisky A Go Go. If you’re in the mood for a good show, The Whisky is the place to go; located on 8901 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069.
The Sky Bar is ideal for a luxury lounge scene. The bar wraps you in long flowing drapes, soft cushions, views of Sunset Boulevard, and a sparkling pool, all nestled under the stars above. The open-air bar will make you feel liberated and relaxed; as if you’re on an exotic vacation. Sky Bar may not be as historically established as the other venues, but it certainly has made a popular name for itself over the years. If you arrive during the later hours, getting past the doorman can be difficult. The Sky Bar is located on 8440 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069.
House of Blues is architecturally unique in its structure. The building is covered with metal, framed by a wooden fence, and has a landmark chimneystack. The House of Blues has an intense, action-packed concert calendar, a members-only club known as The Foundation Room, and ample space to host private events up to 500 guests. And if all this isn’t enough, take a seat and dine at the Crossroads Restaurant. The House of Blues is located on 8430 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069.
The Rainbow Bar and Grill, also known as The Rainbow Room, first opened on April 16th, 1972 with a party for Elton John. From there, the restaurant became a frequent celebrity hang out. The food is homemade offering old-fashioned spaghetti meatballs, house salads, and garlic bread to name a few favorites. There are two bars: one inside (dark and broody), and one outside (loud and fun). If neither bar tickles your fancy, walk up the steps to a cozy club called “Over the Rainbow,” where you’ll find a full bar, dance floor, and DJ booth. On the walls are gold records, pictures, and memorabilia of rockers from the past. The Rainbow Room has been a main contributor to the exciting history of Sunset Boulevard. It is located on 9015 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90069.