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Troubadour 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. Los Angeles United States 34.0814872 -118.3892713
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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

  • Hours:

    Daily 8pm–2am, with occasional dark nights

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Troubadour Videos

Brandon Flowers (The Killers) Crossfire (Live @ the Troubadour Los Angeles, CA)
Brandon Flowers (The Killers) Crossfire (Live @ the Troubadour Los Angeles, CA)
Pelican - Ephemeral (Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA)
Sia - Breathe Me (live in LA @ the Troubadour, April 2006)
Steve Earle - Hard-core Troubadour
Chris Cornell - When I'm Down - Troubadour, January 29 2010

Party Earth Troubadour Review

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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.

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

Many shows sell out, so be sure to either buy tickets in advance or check the website for sellout notifications.

  • Crowd

    Knowledgeable music aficionados, hipsters, aspiring musicians, rockers, and label reps, mostly 20s and 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu includes pressed panini, burgers, flatbread pizza, and a hummus plate, served until last act performs. Cash only at box office.

  • Prices

    Tickets $13–$25, occasionally higher. Sandwiches $5–$9, pizza $8, hummus $9. Beer $6.50+, wine $8, mixed drinks $8+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: t-shirts, jeans, sneakers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any time a band of interest is playing, though there’s a good crowd just about any night.

Troubadour User Reviews

Average rating:
Small and intimate, with great acoustics
Evelyn N. Aug 9, 2013
The Troubadour provides a unique listening experience. Home to many bands and performers, the small setting makes it easier to rock out with bands such as Foster the People and FIDLAR. Alternatively, the above seating area provides a comfortable spot to enjoy dinner and the show, though it is not required to order food to sit in this area. The best part, tickets are fairly cheap, so enjoy a guilt free performance.
Great Experience
Kelela P. Jun 10, 2013
Your favorite artists are great but the venue can make it even better. Located on Santa Monica Blvd, on the cusp of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, there is never a lack of anything. The nearest self parking lot is a mile and a half down by the West hollywood library and good luck to find street parking. There is a valet service for the venue but the prices fluctuate depending on the popularity of the artist. The lines get long and they start on the street so check the weather before heading to the venue. A intimate venue with great acoustics so no matter where you sit, it's still the best seat in the house.
Incredible Concert Hall
Gerard Nash G. Jun 3, 2013
This has got to be one of the best venues I've been to so far. I came here to Bettye LaVette perform, and I would say that I was definitely blow away. The line was a bit long, but once we got inside, we got a pretty good spot, right in front of the auditorium. It's a very intimate venue with a good view no matter where you are. There are no barricades and no security guards keeping you off the stage, which can be a curse or a blessing. The sound system isn't that bad either and the place is nice and cool. The biggest downside to this place is the parking. Be prepared to pay around 10 bucks for parking. Other than that, I would recommend this to any of my friends and family who are looking for a fun concert experience.
Historic Venue
Annie L. Apr 15, 2013
This landmark hosts many musical acts. I like how it's a smaller venue. You won't be charged an arm and leg for great entertainment and a good time. It's a great location and a great building.
Historic Venue
Shawna W. Mar 26, 2013
The Troubadour is known mostly for its legacy. Most bands that play here are relatively unknown, but sometimes more popular artists will play a show here because of the venue's history. The venue itself is not that great in the way that the stage and main standing area are set up, but the balcony with tables overlooking the stage is definitely a plus if you want to avoid the mosh pit and enjoy a drink while watching your show. Overall, this venue can definitely be a fun and energetic atmosphere to see lesser known bands or even the occasional larger one at low prices.
Small Concert Venue
Kate K. Mar 21, 2013
This is a small venue where many legends have gotten their start. Many smaller bands perform here, but if you keep your eye on the calendar, there are some great shows! I saw Good Old War here and it was a great experience, I feel like I got to see them up-close while avoiding the mosh pit. There is standing room right in front of the stage, but there is also a balcony with benches up above. It is a really fun atmosphere and you can enjoy a beer while also being up close to the stage. The shows are also very inexpensive, typically around $15, which is awesome.
LA's Musical Grandfather
Laurel D. Feb 25, 2013
Wandering down Santa Monica, it took me a few tries to find LA's edgy musical grandfather: Troubadour. It's built on a history of tradition while simultaneously toeing-the-line of artistic renegade, and from the moment you see that neon sign you know it's going to tell you some good stories. Chances are, by the end of the show, you'll become part of one yourself. Over its many years, Troubadour has managed a compromise that has kept the venue alive and legendary: it nods to old friends (Built to Spill is on April's calendar and already sold out) while supporting a steady line of up-and-comers. For that reason it attracts a well-mixed crowd of music lovers any night of the week. I saw Sons of Fathers and Rose's Pawn Shop on a Wednesday night and the audience was solid in number, everyone absolutely exhilarated by the rush of Americana on-stage. Shows at Troubadour obviously revolve around the music, but it's the crowd, all fired-up and ready to make history, that feed its essence. It goes without saying that the acoustics of Troubadour are incredible. There's comfortable upstairs seating that gives a phenomenal view of the stage, but I recommend staying ground level to fully appreciate the feel of bassline meeting aging venue foundation. "That drum is making my knees shake good," breathed the middle-aged biker standing next to me during the Sons of Fathers set. Agreed. There's a reason Troubadour has been a steady part of the music scene since the 50's, and it hasn't lost sight of that: fame and glory aside, it keeps one hand on the guitar and the other on LA's musical pulse. The venue is legendary, sure, but it doesn't want to fade away and become a myth. Like all stories grandfather's tell, there's a moral and the Troubadour has a good one: Play on, Los Angeles, play on.
An Iconic Sound
Cristina M. Feb 22, 2013
A staple in the Los Angeles music scene since 1957, this mainstay is still one of the best spots to catch a live show. This quaint venue hosts an eclectic array of music acts from indie rock, soulful blues to experimental electronic. Helping launch the careers of some notable musicians, it still known to host inspiring artists new to the music scene and surprise shows from beloved yet aged favorites like Bad Religion and Built to Spill. You can see for yourself the long and captivating history of the Troubador with signed pictures and albums adorning the walls in the front bar. Young hipsters and music connoisseurs flock to this place for the music as well as the historic bar. The humble bar boasts a shabby-chic atmosphere complete with leather booth seating and cheap tall boys. The upstairs area provides more seating but if you really want to experience the intense percussion and jolt of the music, opt for downstairs close to the stage and intimidating sound system. The beauty of this place is no matter where you are standing or sitting, you have a great view of the stage. Regardless of the venue’s rich history and popular headliners, the Troubador still maintains a local edge complete with neon show fliers and record label stickers resting near the entrance door. The intimate yet hip vibe makes for a comfortable ambience where anyone can relish in the amazing acoustics and rub elbows with the rocking crowd.
History, intimacy & a great sound system - welcome to the Troubadour
Adrian G. Feb 21, 2013
I've lived in L.A. for almost 5 years now, and I can easily say that the Troubadour is my favorite venue. It's really small, which makes for intimate, sometimes emotional concert experiences. Its sound system is fantastic, too - everything is usually clear, crisp, and efficient. If you like eating at shows, there's a kitchen back by the bar serving up burgers, pizza, and other foods of that nature. Not a fan of standing at gigs? Go upstairs (early) and snag one of the spots on the benches. If you end up in the front, you have a perfect, dead-center view without sweaty bros bobbing around in front of you. Parking around the Troub can be somewhat rough, since it's right in the Beverly Hills area, but if you are dedicated enough you should be able to find a sweet spot somewhere on the street. Or, you could just throw down some cash and do the valet thing. The Troubadour routinely books solid, popular acts and up-and-comers, and the tiny (and battle-tested) size of the place makes the hottest shows even more resonant. Sight lines can be difficult, especially for the sold-out shows, but that's usually the case anywhere. In short - the Troubadour is one of L.A. and Hollywood's best venues, and you owe it to yourself to make it to a show there if you like live music.
Where modern meets history
John J. Feb 20, 2013
Even if you attend a show and the music is dreadful, even though today's music scene is not the same (ie the insanity and debauchery doesn't take place nearly as much as it once did) still can't help but to feel the history of the old school crazy Sunset Strip scene when you walk through the doors. The vibe lives on...and hopefully won't ever fade. Some major historical musical heavyweights played some of their earliest gigs at places like the Troubadour, Whisky, Roxy and others in the area. It's not easy to come out of this place and say you had a bad night. Besides the history, part of the allure of catching a show here is you may be able to say "I saw these guys at the Troubadour before they made it big!" Does the venue look like it's old and about ready to tip over at any second? Sure, but that sort of adds to the character and coolness. Checking out a show here is definitely a Bucket List item if you enjoy catching live music in LA...
Be a Part of History
Chase K. Feb 4, 2013
I recently attended a concert at the Troubadour in West Hollywood and was mesmerized by the historic venue. For two hours I stood in a building that had helped launch the careers of some the most successful and influential contemporary musicians and performers in history. This was bound to be an exciting night. As soon as I walked through the front door, I found myself surrounded by hipsters and families alike gathering themselves close to the elevated stage or grabbing a quick bite to eat at the bar. I was captivated by the assortment of old concert fliers and promotional posters that covered the wooden walls as I waited for the show to begin. It seemed to me like every major band and artist in history had at one time performed in this room. My attention soon drifted towards the stage as the first artist began to perform. Music began to fill the entire room and the artist had captured the attention of the entire audience. Four bands performed that night each with their own unique style and sound giving every single member of the audience the opportunity to hear something they would enjoy. I left the venue feeling extremely satisfied with the show and the overall ambience of the place. The excellent sound quality, diverse audience, and vintage character of the building made my trip to the Troubadour one of the most memorable concert experiences of my life. Because of its illustrious history, the Troubadour still attracts major recording artists and maintains its reputation as one of the best places to listen to live music in Los Angeles.
Troubadour: An Experience Untouched by Mainstream LA
Shelby G. Jan 9, 2013
Troubadour is truly a step in time, whisking audiences back to the three fundamentals of a concert: the musician, the audience and some good music. As the birthplace of rock n’ roll, Troubadour has been home to musical royalty, from Elton John to Van Morrison and many others since 1957. The musical history of Troubadour collides with today’s popular bands, such as Dashboard Confessional or Coldplay, relieving audiences from mainstream music which floods today’s major venues. Once inside, a casually chic bar adorned with posters of music legends and beer signs welcomes audiences, adding to the edgy scene. After grabbing a drink, music goers drift through the crowds of similar fans all expecting an exceptional show that Troubadour has been giving the LA area since its inception. Although the venue has mostly standing room, with seats on a small second story balcony, in Troubadour, there is not a bad place to get a great view. The intimate stage setting allows for audiences to connect with the performer sans the jumbo-trons with fancy lighting. The “come as you are” mentality of Troubadour and its patrons allows for an eclectic mix, all united by the music which they love. In a city that is constantly searching for the next big thing, Troubadour is certainly a great place to start.
Fun to see this historic venue!
Alexis M. Dec 3, 2012
I didn't know what to expect from this place but I was thrilled with what I found when I got there! What a fantastic venue. The band playing the night was called "White Denim" and had a great vibe going. I didn't know anything about the band but something about watching them live that made me love them! The music may have been too loud so I couldn't hear the lyrics well. The audience was great too so it made the experience a lot better as well. I'm not sure I would go back to this spot often but I had to see it once and I am so glad I did. It has been around since 1957 and my sister and I have wondered what it's about for a very long time.
The Personal Venue
Boris V. Nov 30, 2012
Troubadour is an amazing warm and home feel spot in West Hollywood. It is the heart of all kinds of beautiful and inspiring music. There are up and coming indie rock musicians such Walk of the Earth, which I can't wait to see today. This is a perfect size venue for the new bands to get a taste of the fans one on one, on a personal level. You become connected with the musicians, you feel like as though it is a personal journey of your soul. Many famous artists come through as well, to get closer to their fans, such as Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Coldplay. Its a great way to get away from your own problems into another world of peace and beautiful freedom. The prices are cheap as well as the food. If you want a to listen to true passionate heartfelt music, this is the place for you. Its heart beat is unique with a spirited vibration. The world needs more of these venues in the world.
Close and personal
Molida T. Nov 23, 2012
I went to see Thao and Mirah here and it was amazing! I usually fight to the front, but I didn't have to here because it's such a small venue that you could practically stand anywhere and have a good view! I recommend it. I even got to get the setlist!
Always a Great Show, But Come Early
Angelica A. Nov 15, 2012
This venue is legend. It's known for putting on some of the biggest names in music of all genres. I'm always impressed by the groups this place puts on because it's a medium sized venue. Still, every shows I've been to here is always intimate, and draws music lovers of all sorts. The stage is kind of weirdly angled in the center so I'd say get to the front or you will have a poor chance of getting a good view. Also, buy your tickets early from this place because it's not uncommon for shows to sell-out, and I would also recommend getting here early because finding parking in West Hollywood can get ridiculous.
Historic Hollywood Venue Worth The Stop!
britt w. Nov 8, 2012
Although The Troubador is located just off the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, it carries the same legacy as historic sister venues such as The Whiskey, The Roxy, and The Viper Room. Setting itself apart, The Troubador has a progressive attitude and comfortable interior. Hosting everyone from rockstars like The Foo Fighters to local bands and even secret shows, The Troubador is as versatile musically as its patrons, providing a space that can be as intimate as you like against the stage, relaxed in an upstairs balcony or even on a live TV screen in the front bar. The Troubador gets even better with moderately priced drinks along with a kitchen that serves sandwiches and pizza. Most importantly, the venue's sound engineers make sure everything is balanced and appropriately gauged to ensure the best listening experience that doesn't blow your ear drums. The Troubador sustains its reputation as a trustworthy destination for industry professionals and music lovers by keeping a steady roster of well-known headliners and talent. Mural-painted wooden walls set a vintage tone that makes this venue feel richly historic and being primarily all-ages, there is no excuse not to visit this space.
Anthony M. Nov 1, 2012
Something about going here makes me re-believe in the magic that is live music shows. it is unbelievably intimate, small yet packs big with crowds (not to crowded, they do a very good job making sure it isn't out of hand, over the top packed), their bar is amazing and reasonable for LA pricing and their surround system is amazing! I have been to many venues around the LA area and even some in other states, and none of them live up to what the Troubadour has to offer. Even standing at the bar, you are still less then 20 ft away from your favorite band or musician. All the big bands have once played here before, so it is rich with history, plus the location is amazing with tons of stuff to do around the venue for pre or post show festivities. My recommendation? Catch a show here at least once, you wont regret it!
The Jewel of the LA Concert Scene
Brett C. Oct 30, 2012
The Troubadour is hands-down my favorite place to see a show in Los Angeles. The combination of intimacy, history, and a good sound system make it the best concert-going experience in the city. The Troubadour attracts a wide range of bands from up-and-comers just starting to get attention to Grammy-winning icons. When a major band like the Red Hot Chili Peppers want to play in front of a more intimate crowd or a buzz band isn’t quite ready for the Fonda or the Palladium yet, the Troubadour is often where they are booked. If you read Rolling Stone and NME or have ever been to Coachella, chances are you’ll recognize a good portion of the bands booked to play here. Needless to say, I’ve seen some amazing acts here that are sure to be playing bigger rooms the next time they are in town like Biffy Clyro (who sell out arenas across Europe), The Vaccines, and The Horrible Crowes (Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem’s side project). Try to get there early, as they tend to book some great local talent as openers. The Troubadour tickets through TicketFly rather than Ticket Master, so the service fees are lower and tickets to most shows end up being under $30. There’s also plenty of free street parking around the corner on Doheny.
One of the best small venues in Los Angeles!
Adam M. Oct 22, 2012
I have seen concerts at just about every venue in Los Angeles and the Troubadour is by far one of my favorites. Capacity is about 400 people, so its the perfect size for an intimate show. Some really great bands perform here so chances of seeing one before they get big are excellent. Lots of well known bands also play secret or impromptu shows here and the fact that they only sell tickets through makes it much easier for fans to attend. I recently saw Deftones play here and it was one of the most memorable shows i have ever seen. Drinks and food are very reasonably priced and the staff are all really friendly. There is definitely a laid back vibe here, no pretentious Hollywood crowd. If you are coming to the Troubadour it's to see a great show, not to be seen.
An Intimate Venue with a Great System
Daniel B. Oct 19, 2012
The Troubadour's sound guys actually pay attention. Whether it's Ray LaMontagne stealing the spotlight or an indie showcase with emerging local bands like Tapioca and the Flea, your ears are sure to be happy here. But, if you're not so into people squeezing you in from all sides you might want to stay home for some of the bigger headlining acts. With such a small space, the Troubadour can sometimes feel like an outdoor festival, with swarms of hipsters pushing their way to the front of the stage (you know, right by the monitors, where the audio is prime). If underground music is more your thing, then the smaller space works to your advantage (nothing's better than seeing a local band play in front of a packed out enthusiastic crowd).
Favorite Small venue
latanya d. Oct 17, 2012
Saw Stars here and it was a great experience! It's so small and intimate, you can't beat it. I don't know what type of crowd goes here usually, but for the Stars show it was an older crowd so everyone was respectful. They were singing and dancing along just getting into it. I don't drink so I can't rate the bartenders. The bouncers were cool and you're allowed to go in and out if you're over 21 (this is a huge plus for me!). The sound was great, the lighting is just right and you can actually see the performers no matter where you're standing in the venue!
Intimate Concert Setting - Great for a Date
Sarah C. Oct 15, 2012
The Troubadour is a small historic venue that offers a more intimate concert setting. I saw Lana Del Rey here for her first LA concert (before she was famous) and it was great because we got to get really close and it felt like she was singing right to us. This place is known for launching the careers of artists so it’s only fitting that my only experience here was to see an up-and-comer. Inside, the vintage décor is welcoming and warm and the trendy. The crowd consists of trendy, 20 and 30-something hipsters. This is a great venue to take a date to see a show. The drinks aren’t overwhelmingly overpriced (I think I paid $8 for a vodka tonic) and it’s not so loud that you can’t hold a conversation in between sets. Overall, an excellent experience.
An LA Staple
Stacy F. Oct 5, 2012
I love the Troubadour. If you’re an Angeleno, you must go here to see a band at least once in your life. It’s an historic club located in West Hollywood that’s been instrumental in the early careers of legends like Carole King, Carly Simon, Elton John, Springsteen, Guns N’ Roses, and the list goes on…and on and on and on. Aside from its history, it’s just a great place to see a show. It’s dark, dank, smoky, cramped, and perfect for a show. There’s nothing pretentious about it. Tiny bar with crappy bar food. But a full bar to keep you entertained while you wait for 2hrs when the band you’re seeing shows up late. It’s all ages so expect all kinds of music lovers in this crowd. Wristbands for the old folk and no in/out privileges for the minors.
Awesome Bands play here! Definitely worth checking out
Deepak H. Oct 4, 2012
Ok. So I went to one of the concerts just 2 days back. Yukon Blonde and The Jezabels were playing and boy did I have an awesome time. Since I went on a weekend, I was able to stand right in front of the stage and that was my first time ever . It was awesome. The acoustics in the room are very good. So where ever you are, you can certainly enjoy the music. They do sell food at the place. French Fries and Hot dogs are around $5 and the sandwiches around $10-$12. Many bands who have played here have gone on to become mainstream. Definitely worth checking out!!
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