Many of the nightclubs in Los Angeles have a long and storied past. This is especially true of the ones on the Sunset Strip
, as that neighborhood has been a major center of the rock and roll universe for decades now.
is one of the older clubs on the Strip and is notable for remaining a hip spot that continues to showcase up-and-coming bands. This nightclub was founded in 1957 and in its early years was home to a lot of folk music and singer-songwriters. The Troubadour has played an important role in the careersof many musicians-so many big stars have played here-as well as comedians like Cheech & Chong and Steve Martin. In the 80s this club became huge on the metal scene. . . Guns N' Roses was "discovered" by a Geffen A&R guy after a show here. Don't worry the Troubadour has rolled with the times and is no longer a metal haven; current acts range from UK bands to punk to modern singer/songwriters.
The Whiskey A Go-Go
opened on January 16, 1964 and in 1965 the tradition of having mini-skirt clad "go go" girls dancing in a cage above the stage began. During the 60s, bands like The Doors, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and Love were regulars here. Then in the late 70s and early 80s the Whiskey presented bands from the New Wave and punk (and metal) scene such as The Germs, The Runaways, X, Motley Crue, and Van Halen, as well as visiting bands like the Ramones, Blondie, the Talking Heads, and Elvis Costello. The club closed for 4 years in 80s; since reopening its business model has changed as it is now a venue that is rented out by promoters.
Another venerable Sunset Strip club is The Roxy
, which opened in 1973 . This club has been the site of a lot of star-studded debauchery; for example the exclusive"On the Rox" bar above the club was the scene of John Belushi's final night of partying. Like the Troubadour and the Whiskey, the Roxy remains a rock and roll performance Mecca.
So far this description has just covered the historic Sunset Strip Clubs. By all means, the Los Angeles scene extends far beyond this one cluster of clubs. As the entertainment capital of the world, who would expect anything different from the City of Angels?
9081 Santa Monica Boulevard
1822 West Sunset Boulevard
Echo Park nightclub; with the Echoplex downstairs...
9009 West Sunset Boulevard
4212 Sunset Boulevard
5 Blocks East of Vermont
8901 Sunset Blvd
8852 Sunset Blvd
1735 N. Vine Ave