Party Earth Review Once owned by Johnny Depp and site of everything from the overdose of River Phoenix to performances by musicians like Iggy Pop, Courtney Love, and The Strokes, The Viper Room is a treasured live music landmark in the seedy... ... read full review
8852 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
West Hollywood, Los Angeles –
Once owned by Johnny Depp and site of everything from the overdose of River Phoenix to performances by musicians like Iggy Pop, Courtney Love, and The Strokes, The Viper Room is a treasured live music landmark in the seedy rock-and-roll history of the Sunset Strip.
Raucous gangs of rockers from well-dressed indie kids to black-clad metalhead roadies pile past the doormen and into an intimate one-room venue draped in black.
Before the show starts, eclectic cliques of young punks, groupies, and wannabe musicians stand around the bar or huddle in green leather booths to swill cans of cheap beer and trade concert stories, but once the amps turn on, all attention is focused on the stage, where local acts and underground legends play for the head-banging crowd.
A wild child vibe keeps ironic hipsters at bay, instead inspiring shouted toasts and friendly camaraderie among the enthusiastic young patrons.
For music lovers who can withstand its boundless energy, deafening tunes, and madcap crowd, the Viper Room is a dingy little slice of rock and roll heaven.
Band dependent, but usually urban, underground, punk, alternative, and indie types, 20s to 30s with some 40s.
Live local bands daily, and scheduled performances by well-known bands and artists. Genres include rock, punk, metal, acoustic, and indie. Check website for calendar of events and advance ticket sales, often cheaper than the door price.
Merchandise sold inside, including t-shirts, mugs, and shot glasses.
Cover charge $8–$25. Beer $4–$7, wine $7, mixed drinks $8–$9, shots $7–$11. Merchandise $10+. Valet $10.
Varies by concert: mod, punk, goth, urban, thrift-store trendy, alternative.
May depend on the music, but pretty much every night is a hot night for a rockin’ experience.
Rainbow Bar & Grill (9015 West Sunset Boulevard) is a great dive restaurant and bar steeped in history and full of musicians, roadies, and groupies.