Four Historical West Hollywood Music Venues



One of the best things West Hollywood has to offer is a thriving music scene featuring excellent local bands, as well as many national acts.

After dinner at one of the fabulous restaurants the city has to offer, you might want to consider grabbing a drink and checking out some live music at one of these historic West Hollywood bars, many of which are located on the famous Sunset Strip.

The Viper Room

8852 West Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA.

Once owned by the actor Johnny Depp, and open since 1993, The Viper Room is a notorious party spot and eclectic musical venue that has been graced by the likes of Johnny Cash, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Hunter S. Thompson.

Surprise celebrity performances are not uncommon for this intimate venue with a 250 person maximum capacity, and there is a lounge away from the main room with a more intimate feel if you’re in the mood. Open 7 days a week, with no reservations required, The Viper Room is for the 21+ crowd. If there is a band playing, there will likely be a cover charge.

The Roxy Theatre

9009 West Sunset Blvd

West Hollywood, Ca.

With a grand opening in 1973 that featured Neil Young, The Roxy Theatre later became a favorite venue for performers such as David Bowie, Pearl Jam, Jane’s Addiction, Nirvana, and Foo Fighters.

Featuring cozy booth seating and a modest bar menu, The Roxy Theatre has recently added “brewery” to their list of accomplishments, offering their house brew, Roxy House Draft No. 1, which they describe as “a medium-bodied golden ale with toasted malt flavors and a dry citrus hop character.” Sold in 32. oz. growlers for $30 each, they offer a $5 discount when you bring back your bottle for a refill, making them ecologically friendly as well as delicious.

The Whisky a Go-Go

8901 Sunset Blvd

West Hollywood, CA.

Established in 1964, the Whisky a Go-Go played a large role in helping such bands as The Doors, Janis Joplin, Led Zepplin and Guns ‘N’ Roses develop a larger fan base and achieve the fame they were seeking. This crucial player in the formation of a Los Angeles rock scene is also available for filming, rentals, and party events.

The Whisky a Go-Go is also now all ages, all the time, which means that if you are visiting West Hollywood with children, and you find the music appropriate, you can bring your kids inside with you to enjoy the show.

The Troubador

9081 Santa Monica Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA.

The Troubador opened its doors in 1957 and holds the distinction of being the West Hollywood club where Sir Elton John first cut his musical teeth in America, as well as helping to launch the careers of James Taylor, The Eagles and Tom Waits. Musical luminaries like Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young all made their Los Angeles debut shows at The Troubador in the 60s.

In the 70s, Janis Joplin famously spent her last night alive at The Troubador, and Billy Joel played his debut show there. The 80s also featured the first headlining gig for the band Metallica. The history of the Troubador goes on and on, so if you’re looking to visit a Los Angeles musical landmark, this classic club is not to be missed.


From the 60s (The Doors), the 70s (Neal Young), the 80s (Guns ‘N’ Roses), through the 90s (Pearl Jam) and beyond, the West Hollywood area has been vital to music for almost the entire history of rock and roll. With an impressive roster of notorious bands and famous musicians who’ve graced their establishments, visiting these West Hollywood bars can be a great way to check out a few of the places where rock and roll history was made.