Party Earth Review Although Sunset Boulevard runs all the way from Downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean, the most famous stretch of this road is the roughly mile-and-a-half span through West Hollywood known as The Sunset Strip. A nightlife... ... read full review
Sunset Boulevard roughly from
Sierra Drive on the west and
North Crescent Heights Boulevard on the East
West Hollywood, CA 90046
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West Hollywood, Los Angeles –
Although Sunset Boulevard runs all the way from Downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean, the most famous stretch of this road is the roughly mile-and-a-half span through West Hollywood known as The Sunset Strip.
A nightlife hotspot as far back as the 1920s, The Strip today packs in a massive collection of high-end boutiques, glitzy eateries, swanky hotels, hopping bars, pulsing live music venues, velvet-rope clubs, and plenty of chances to spy a celebrity at practically any hour.
Massive billboards cover nearly every building along this stretch, and probably nowhere else in the country are visitors more likely to spot the model they see in one of those billboards walking out of the shop below it.
By day, LA’s notoriously fashion-conscious consumers keep their credit cards smoking at dozens upon dozens of high-end stores like BCBG, Club Monaco, KIN, and the Armani Exchange, though not even the runway collection at Catherine Malandrino holds a candle to the price tags on the cars at Hornburg Jaguar – or probably even on an oil change.
The two blocks that make up the Sunset Plaza are packed with more fashionable boutiques, as well as a large concentration of trendy bistros and outdoor cafés where wide-eyed tourists share a table with “that guy” and everyone enjoys the always vibrant people-watching opportunities along the bustling sidewalks.
As night falls, the area truly comes alive, with diehard music fans flooding industry stalwarts with names even the tone deaf would recognize – The Viper Room, Key Club, House of Blues, Whisky A Go Go, The Roxy Theatre – as more pretty people line up outside chic lounges like Soho House and Hyde Lounge, or join the glitzy revelry at Skybar.
Of course, the Strip isn’t all about the see-and-be-seen scene, as casual dens like the aptly named Den of Hollywood and Western-themed drinking haven Saddle Ranch Chop House continue to keep young revelers’ wallets from bleeding out, and finding a barebones burger or a basic sandwich that wasn’t prepared by some master chef from the CIA is hardly a chore.
Yet even celebrities get a hankering for junk food, so visitors shouldn’t be surprised to see an A-lister – fresh from a stay at the famous Chateau Marmont Hotel – scarfing down a few fries at the local McDonald’s behind the cozy privacy of a massive pair of sunglasses.
Welcome to The Sunset Strip!
Scenesters, models, celebrities, wannabe celebrities, fashionistas, socialites, wealthy businessmen, women who brunch, shopping fiends, diehard music fans, students, agents, other Hollywood types, and loads of tourists. All ages.
Live music at:
The Viper Room (8852 Sunset Boulevard)
Key Club (9039 Sunset Boulevard)
House of Blues (8430 Sunset Boulevard)
Whisky A Go Go (8901 Sunset Boulevard)
The Roxy Theatre (9009 Sunset Boulevard)
Live laughs at:
Laugh Factory (8001 Sunset Boulevard)
The Comedy Store (8433 Sunset Boulevard)
High-end bars and clubs include:
Bar Marmont (8171 Sunset Boulevard)
On The Rox (9009 Sunset Boulevard)
Hyde Lounge (8029 Sunset Boulevard)
Skybar (8440 Sunset Boulevard)
Soho House (9200 Sunset Boulevard)
Budget-friendly bars and clubs include:
Den of Hollywood (8226 Sunset Boulevard)
Red Rock (8782 Sunset Boulevard)
Saddle Ranch Chop House (8371 Sunset Boulevard)
High-end shopping options include:
A/X Armani Exchange (8700 Sunset Boulevard)
BCBG Max Azria (8634 Sunset Boulevard)
Club Monaco (8569 Sunset Boulevard)
KIN (8555 Sunset Boulevard)
Budget-friendly shopping options include:
Book Soup (8818 Sunset Boulevard)
Hippocampus (8870 Sunset Boulevard)
Aahs (8878 Sunset Boulevard)
Don’t-tell-your-mom-about shopping options include:
Hustler Hollywood (8920 Sunset Boulevard)
Dining options abound from budget-conscious to fuhgedaboutit.
Pricey highlights include:
Amarone Kitchen & Wine (8868 Sunset Boulevard)
Asia De Cuba (8440 Sunset Boulevard)
Boa (9200 Sunset Boulevard)
BLT Steak (8720 Sunset Boulevard)
Le Clafoutis (8630 Sunset Boulevard)
Budget-friendly highlights include:
Cabo Cantina (8301 Sunset Boulevard)
Carney’s (8351 Sunset Boulevard)
Coney Dog (8873 Sunset Boulevard)
Duke’s West Hollywood (8909 Sunset Boulevard)
Mel’s Drive-In (8585 Sunset Boulevard)
Parking is notoriously difficult along The Strip, especially when night falls.
Food and drink prices run the gamut, from $5 tacos to $50 fusion corn-wrapped all-natural Spanish-style crispy bites (also known as “tacos”).
Anything goes: dress to impress to grunge rocker to hungover-actor-in-pajamas on the weekends.
Any day for people-watching and shopping. Weekends obviously draw a bigger natural crowd, but any night promises lots to do and see.
Up North Doheny Drive near the western edge of the strip is a maze of hilly streets that are home to some of the world’s most famous celebrities. Even if celebrity hunting doesn’t entice, the views from up here are some of the best in the city.