Sunset Strip Lifestyle Guide
Easily recognizable by its wide assortment of large and bright billboards, Sunset Strip is a particularly well-lit segment of the famous Sunset Boulevard of West Hollywood. The 1.5 mile-long strip between N. Crescent Heights Boulevard and Doheny Drive is home to great nightlife, with a number of high-end clubs, restaurants, bars, and legendary rock clubs.
A Storied History
At the height of its glory, throngs of movie legends and starlets, industry men, and power brokers flocked to the Strip to play after a hard day’s work. Later on, musicians found their footing in this revered nightlife mecca and were launched into rock stardom. Sunset Strip was also the core of counterculture protests in the 1960s.
The Sunset Strip of today retains its status as a center of nightlife and good living. On the hills overlooking it lie luxurious residential properties owned by the who’s who of Tinseltown.
Although office buildings have sprung up here and there, some of the most legendary establishments of the Strip still stand, one of which is Whiskey-A-Go-Go. This celebrated nightclub has been around since the 1950s, and was the launching ground for iconic bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Doors, and Guns ’N Roses. Other music establishments are the House of Blues and Viper Room (previously owned by A-list actor Johnny Depp).
Shop, Dine, Stay
East of La Cienega is The Comedy Store, which has featured many stand-up comedians. The walls of this Sunset Strip institution are like a high school yearbook, with signatures of countless comedians scrawled all over. Celebrated hotels have also been revitalized.
The Hyatt West Hollywood, famously known as the Riot Hyatt, is now Andaz West Hollywood and is one of the top hotels in the area. For drinks, drop in at Mondrian LA Hotel, which houses the beautiful Sky Bar, which offers splendid views of the Strip and the Los Angeles Basin.