Sunset Strip

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Sunset Strip The Sunset Strip in West Hollywood is a famous road packed with live music, bars, clubs, shopping, & more. Join the WeHo scensters at Party Earth. Los Angeles United States 34.0908094750225 -118.383092880249
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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

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  • Address:

    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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  • Hours:

    24/7; Last call is 2am in Los Angeles

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Sunset Strip Review

The Scene

The Sunset Strip in West Hollywood is a famous road packed with live music, bars, clubs, shopping, & more. Join the WeHo scensters at Party Earth.

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!

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Tip from Emma:

In LA you almost always need a car to go anywhere. But with so much to see and do packed into such a relatively short distance, The Strip is the perfect spot to contradict the old adage – people really DO walk in LA!

  • Crowd

    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.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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)

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    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”).

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: dress to impress to grunge rocker to hungover-actor-in-pajamas on the weekends.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any day for people-watching and shopping. Weekends obviously draw a bigger natural crowd, but any night promises lots to do and see.

  • Close By

    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.

Sunset Strip User Reviews

Average rating:
The 'It' Spot
Jen D. Jul 24, 2013
The rating speaks for itself… The Sunset Strip is the perfect location to hit up while out cruising throughout sunny, West Hollywood. This area has a lot of history and consists of a variety of different restaurants, shopping boutiques, concert venues, nightclubs, etc. Whether you are a tourist or a local, an adult or younger, The Sunset Strip is a place for people of all ages and also for those with diverse interests. The Sunset Strip is full of city-life appeal, with billboards of upcoming movie and desirable brand name products displayed throughout the town, and a reputation of being a place to spot famous celebrities. During the day, shopping addicts can be found wearing a smile upon their face, and come night, the city comes alive where club-goers and music enthusiasts fill the sidewalks forming lines to enter some of the most popular venues of existence. The Viper Room, House of Blues Sunset, Whisky A Go-Go, and The Roxy Theatre are among some of the many nighttime crowd pleasers in the area. Let’s not leave out the food. The Sunset Strip has numerous food amenities to offer. Whether you are looking for a fancy sit-down restaurant or something quick and easy, The Sunset Strip has it all. One of the public’s favorite parts about the strip is that certain food facilities located near the concert venues and clubs stay open later for those partiers left with the munchies after a night of fun in the vivacious venues. Overall, The Sunset Strip has much to offer and is seen as an iconic experience in West Hollywood. Stop by and enjoy your stay in WeHo.
Historic and Alive
Kristen D. May 20, 2013
This place is really a sight to see. Although it is not the same as it was in its hay day back in the 60s, the sunset strip is still a very interesting place with lots of places to see. Just a drive down sunset will provide you with sights like no other. The places are so colorful and awesome to see. It is great to see. Additionally, if you are an avid music lover, this is the place for you. There are so many smaller venues along the strip. From places like the Roxy to many more, sunset provides so many clubs and small venues for a intimate music experience. Great place to visit and a place to check out for a fun crazy evening. You never know what you will see on the Sunset Strip.
A Sight to See
Taylor W. Mar 5, 2013
If you've never been to Los Angeles or a big city in general, or if you just aren't used to it, The Sunset Strip is seriously incredible just to see. There are billboards all over the place, and huge multi-story buildings with ads for clothing lines taking up the entire side from the roof to the ground. There are neon lights, all kinds of crazy and ornate-looking restaurants and venues, and LA icons. The first time I ever saw the strip I was driving to a specific destination, and I found myself slowing down in my car looking out the window and marveling at all the sights! Everything looks so cool, and every storefront has intrigue. You pass by famous venues like the Laugh Factory, the Roxy and the Whisky A Go Go as well as more interesting fare like Hustler Hollywood. The Strip, and in fact the entire length of Sunset, has a lot to offer!
Amazing!!! Don't miss it!
Swasti S. Jan 22, 2013
Sunset Blvd is an amazing place which encompasses everything anyone would do for entertainment. There are places to shop, plenty of restaurants and fast food places to eat at, and a wide variety of clubs and bars. If you're an entertainment enthusiast looking for something fun to do, this place is always a great option during any time of the day! Side note: I absolutely love Mel's diner. Their curly fries and shakes are to die for!
Classic LA
Julie T. Dec 8, 2012
If traffic isn't too bad (although that is quite often) I will take Sunset Blvd because I love looking at all the excitement around- the billboards, the lights, the concerts, bars, and upscale stores (depending on what part of the strip you are on). I have not really gone out on Sunset to go barhopping and get drunk, but I have gone to several concert venues (The Viper Room, and The Roxy) for various concerts, had delicious pizza at a place next to Whiskey A Go Go, just walked to enjoy the scenery, and I have enjoyed every memory there. I find Hollywood a bit sketchy, especially Hollywood and Vine, but to go check out local/favorite bands and to go have a drink, Sunset Blvd is a great place to go.
Must-see
Zoë C. Dec 3, 2012
Despite the negative reviews about Sunset Strip, I think this mile and a half section of Sunset Boulevard is a must see! If you’ve never been, the first time you see those gigantic billboards covering the sides of buildings and advertising everything from new or upcoming movies to luxury cars, you can’t help but say “Wow” in amazement. My favorite restaurant on the strip is Mel’s Drive-In – kind-of chessy I know, but they are always open and the food is really good. I usually go there for breakfast and they can cook up a great southern meal. Also, it’s never to early in the day to enjoy a hand spun homemade milkshake!
Happening
Sydnie S. Dec 3, 2012
The Sunset strip is a very popular attraction for tourists and locals! Every time I have visited this mile and a half road, it is always so crowded! Unfortunately parking is extremely tough and tends to get a little pricey. I once waited about 30 minutes to find a parking spot here! However, the shopping and restaurants are all high quality. As a non-LA native, I definitely recommend all tourists to come visit here.
Fun!
Eleni S. Dec 3, 2012
The Sunset strip is a definite must see if you are ever coming to Los Angeles to visit. However, if you are a southern california native, it is nothing too special and nobody really goes out of there way to go to the sunset strip frequently. It is a very touristy location and it tends to be very crowded. The shopping on the sunset strip is okay and there are some good restaurants. Parking is kind of a pain so i recommend taking a cab! There are several cool venues on the sunset strip. I have been to a few sorority/fraternity parties there! If you are not an LA native and want to learn more about Hollywood etc, then go to the sunset strip!
Bars and Clubs are fun!
Audriana L. Nov 30, 2012
Sunset is a very touristy and honestly I'd avoid it if it weren't for the fun nightlife. Parking and traffic is a pain, so my friends and I always take cabs. The music venues on Sunset are really fun small shows, and I've been quite a few times for this kind of entertainment. Mostly its fun to scope out the occasional celebs and has decent shopping. The actual strip itself is fun, but the crowd can definitely make or break the environment. Its an iconic spot, but I'd definitely recommend avoiding if you're looking for a relaxing time during the day. Recommend for going out at night-but beware of obnoxious tourists at all times. Overall, nothing special for the LA Native as a few of my predecessors have noted.
Stays Open Late
Georgina S. Nov 29, 2012
I am an LA Native, and while I agree with the post below that it really isn't something special, I still always have a good time when I go! I get my facials at a spa on the Sunset strip, and I'd recommend it to anyone. The crowd is kind of annoying because everyone seems to be trying too hard, but that's pretty easy to ignore. I love that everything stays open super late, so you can come at 3 am and expect Mel's diner or Mirabella to still be serving. I love all the lights and liveliness very late at night, so the Sunset Strip is a good spot to go to after a party as a fun night cap. There's also pretty nice shopping, like BCBG, but unfortunately there's also a few super pretentious spots that sell low quality clothing for WAY more than it's worth. Oh well. This is LA, I guess you can't expect much less.
Typical Hollywood
Rachel S. Nov 29, 2012
For any LA local the Sunset strip is nothing special. We come here for the bars and clubs but not for the touristy attractions. It is filled with tourists so I don’t think it is that much fun anymore It is still fun to come here sometimes but I would rather go downtown or to Santa Monica. However, if you are a tourist you have to go to the Sunset strip. It is a great way to see and learn about Hollywood. Tourists will have a blast here at day or night. Definitely not putting down its importance, it is just not my favorite place to be.
Super fun for tourists!
Aarti C. Nov 29, 2012
I'll admit, residents are probably not as thrilled to go to Sunset Boulevard as much as tourists are. I first visited Sunset Boulevard when I was on a family vacation and we stayed at one of the hotels on the boulevard itself. It was exciting, vibrant, and full of people and for tourists such as ourselves, it made for a great experience with lots of food options, shopping venues, and attractions like museums and famous hotels like the Chateau Marmont. Residents most likely have better places to go and will find the noise and crowds of Sunset Boulevard to be overwhelming; however, I would not be surprised if they frequented the restaurants and nightclubs in the area since they happen to be the best in town. Overall, its an exciting place to spend a shopping day or a fun night out!
Sunset Strip
Sarah B. Nov 28, 2012
Parking and traffic can be pricey and dicey but it is worth the trip. It is a place for tourists and locals to hear great music and find great restaurants. You'll keep coming back!
Sunset Strip
Rachel G. Nov 17, 2012
Main hub for all that is music and nightlife on The Sunset Boulevard. I usually am on Sunset when I am either driving through or going to see a show at the House of Blues. Though this street is a total tourist magnet, for the locals it is one of the most frequent places they visit. I would love to not visit the tourist attractions, but all of my favorite bands play at the venues along Sunset Boulevard. That is the love hate relationship with this street. You want to hate it and be away from it, but you can't because historically it is one of the most hopping places to be at night in LA.
FUN
Allie H. Nov 15, 2012
I do not go to this Sunset strip enough! It has great bars and clubs and restaurants. Pretty much every event I have gone to from high school dances to sorority or fraternity invites, the venue was on sunset. It is a great place for young people. Parking again is just a huge nightmare. I suggest taking a cab because their is limited street parking that is always full. It gets pretty hectic too at the prime night hours. You should go the strip multiple times in your life to get the feeling of Los Angeles living. Definitely go check it out. Recommend!
All-in-One
D1ΔИΔ Ø. Oct 4, 2012
The strip is a love and hate relationship for me! Why I love it: You've got live entertainment, shopping and food throughout a good stretch of Sunset. It is sure to accomodate anyone, except a cheap date ha! I mostly frequent the live music venues: Whiskey A Go-Go, H.O.B., The Viper Room. All which offer local bands and well known musicians/bands. Tickets are also cheap compaired to larger venues. Other venues I like are the Comedy Store and Laugh Factory. Laugh Factory usually has very good headliners and awesome seats. Their main show which is the 10 o'clock usually sells out fast, so expect a long line if you didn't order tickets online. Also another awesome music scene can be found at the Mondrain Boutique Hotel. They usually host indie bands and djs for a free show, but you must R.S.V.P. via their website. Last time I went I saw the Cults, pretty awesome show too. What's also nice about this place is that they have a really intimate pool side restaurant. So you can enjoy a fancy dinner and watch the sunset. For a more casual experience with a larger party, I usually will go to the Saddle Ranch. Cons: Parking and Traffic Because Sunset Blvd. is such a long stretch of businesses, and little parking, expect slow moving traffic. Residential parking is strictly for residents with a parking permit. There are meters, and lots and valet that can range anywhere up to $15-$20
Tourist drek
Paul F. Oct 1, 2012
Yes it's iconic. Yes, there are tons of bars, clubs, and restaurants. And yes, there are tourists everywhere. The Strip is of course famous for a myriad of reasons. The music venues The Viper, Whiskey, House of Blues, Roxy, and Key Club are musical nirvana's to both up and comers and established groups. Two of the most famous comedy clubs on the planet The Laugh Factory and Comedy Store are there. And then you have big name bars and clubs like Hyde, Chateau Marmont, Bar Marmont, Skybar, Saddle Ranch, Bootsy Bellows, and the Soho House. There's certainly no shortage of things to do or see, whether it's ogling the gigantic suggestive billboards or eating the day away at Sunset Plaza. But in reality, the Strip is a tourist magnet, and as such, it's often an over-crowded, impossible to park, rubber-necking mess of a street that I try to avoid at almost all cost. The gems in and around the strip are places like Pali House, the Sunset Marquis, and Boa Steakhouse.
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