Party Earth Review Opened in 1957, the historic Troubadour, which helped launch the careers of legends like Neil Diamond, Elton John, The Eagles, and Guns N’ Roses, is an important mainstay on LA’s live music scene. Not content to rest on... ... read full review
9081 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Daily 8pm–2am, with occasional dark nights
West Hollywood, Los Angeles –
Opened in 1957, the historic Troubadour, which helped launch the careers of legends like Neil Diamond, Elton John, The Eagles, and Guns N’ Roses, is an important mainstay on LA’s live music scene.
Not content to rest on its laurels, the venue is still the best spot in town for music aficionados to catch cutting-edge acts on the rise or rub elbows with bona fide rock stars like The Cure and Coldplay when they turn up for a surprise show.
As soon as the doors open, young hipsters in their vintage t-shirts grab pre-show drinks at the bar, where signed headshots and commemorative gold albums attest to the Troubadour’s long history.
Shabby wooden walls adorned with show fliers and beer signs create just the right touch of edge, as music lovers settle into leather booths and punks and rockers jostle for position next to the elevated stage to sway and dance to the beat of everything from hardcore to pop.
A balcony offers additional seating, though most of it is reserved for friends of the band and record label reps, while the real insiders slip into the VIP room to enjoy their own private bar and a great view of the action below.
An ultra-hip vibe and a cool clientele round out a night at the Troubadour, perfect for music lovers hoping to catch the next big thing inside a museum of Hollywood music history.
Knowledgeable music aficionados, hipsters, aspiring musicians, rockers, and label reps, mostly 20s and 30s.
Live music every night, including rock and roll, emerging UK artists, pop, punk/hardcore, and singer/songwriter showcases. Shows begin around 10pm with occasional openers at 8pm. Check the schedule above for current and upcoming events, as well as dark nights.
Menu includes pressed panini, burgers, flatbread pizza, and a hummus plate, served until last act performs. Cash only at box office.
Tickets $13–$25, occasionally higher. Sandwiches $5–$9, pizza $8, hummus $9. Beer $6.50+, wine $8, mixed drinks $8+.
Casual: t-shirts, jeans, sneakers.
Any time a band of interest is playing, though there’s a good crowd just about any night.