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The Sunset Strip

A night guide to the scene's clubs, bars and restaurants (daylight options listed too!)
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1.3 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  No tourist trip to Los Angeles would be complete without taking in the sights of the Sunset Strip--especially if you're looking to... more »

Tips:  Most people on Sunset Strip are dressed in their finest fashion-conscious clothing and looking to look good. If you come through in an... more »

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Points of Interest

The night starts with drinks and dinner at the this "rock 'n' roll Eatery," which features a restaurant on the first floor, and a club on the second floor called Over the Rainbow, which has a bar, dance floor and DJs.

The Rainbow isn't really known for its food, but for the celebrity activity over the years. Founded in 1972, it opened by... More

This place is a landmark in rocker and celebrity history. Opened in 1973, the Roxy, as it's popularly called, was formerly a strip club called the Largo. Since its inception, it's seen a number of iconic performers come through its doors. The first run of the stage version of the "Rocky Horror Show" in 1974 (before it was made into the film) and... More

If you don't choose to end your evening at the Chateau Marmont (last stop on this tour), why not wrap up an epic night in West Hollywood at the greasy spoon of choice among Sunset Strip celebrities?

Dukes opened in 1968 on Santa Monica Boulevard as part of the Tropicana Motel. In 1987 it moved to its current location and has served celebrity... More

Why is it called "A Go-Go?" This is where go-go dancing became popular, that's why. Legend is that one night in the 1960s a short-skirted DJ at the club began dancing during a live set led by a guy named Johnny Rivers (who wrote "Secret Agent Man") and the people in the crowd mistook it for part of the show. The rest is history. The go-go dancing... More

In addition to a great reputation, rooftop views and pool service, the London West Hollywood boasts celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. His name is on everything--from breakfast to Bloody Marys. The Rooftop drinks menu features beer, wine and several London signature cocktails such as Wimbledon, made of Pimm's Cup No. 1 with fresh citrus, cucumber and... More

The Viper Room is a nightclub that might be a familiar name--in the early hours of Halloween (October 31) in 1993, actor River Phoenix, who received an Academy Award for best supporting Actor nomination for his role in "Running on Empty," died of a "speedball" overdose mix of heroin and cocaine on the sidewalk out front.

The venue was partially ... More

Serving the L.A. community since 1975, Book Soup is located in the center of Hollywood nightlife and shopping. The store features author events and signings nearly every night and has more than 60,000 titles in stock specializing in art, film, photography, music, controversial nonfiction and literary fiction.

With floor-to-ceiling shelves to get ... More

8. Live! On Sunset clothing (option)

As they say on the website, "LIVE! On Sunset is the Los Angeles-born, 8,000-square-foot-plus space filled with pieces from more than 200 cutting-edge and unique fashion, accessory and lifestyle brands for women and men."

It's a huge floor space filled with the latest trendy clothing for young men and women. If you're looking to pick up a few fun ... More

9. Sunset and Holloway billboard

Sunset has many billboards that line the strip with ads for new movies soon to come out, clothing brands, hotels, you name it. At Sunset and Holloway going eastbound there is one of the most prominent billboards on the strip, usually with a gorgeous model or two showing off Georgio Armani ware or Calvin Klein underwear or something of the sort.

Open 24 hours, this greasy spoon diner is perfect if you're out at the clubs at 3am and need a little something to snack on before the trek home. On a personal note, this will forever be known as the place I once ate at a table next to singer-songwriter Lionel Richie, famous for his No. 1 hit "Truly."

This location in particular has an iconic... More

11. H&M Clothing (Option)

If you're looking for something inexpensive to wear to the club, this is the perfect stop. High on fashion and low on prices, H&M is taking over the nation's youth fashion sense and guiding the trends. This H&M is one of the biggest stores of in chain.
8570 W. Sunset Blvd. # 2
West Hollywood
Monday-Wednesday 10am-7pm
... More

The bar is small and dark but filled with celebrity ghosts past and present. At last check, it was permissible to take drinks outside and by the pool. The hotel, restaurant and spa openly celebrate the colored events that have gone down on the property, and its famous guests seem to share in the tongue-in-cheek storytelling.

Case in point, the... More

13. Viewpoint of Los Angeles

On top of Sunset, looking south on La Cienega Boulevard, you'll see a beautiful panoramic view of the city, stretched nearly out all the way to the ocean in Santa Monica. Bring your camera.

Opening in 1994, House of Blues is a live music venue that also features a restaurant upstairs with southern-style food, such as jambalaya, shrimp and grits, and buttermilk fried chicken. The venue is covered in tin that is from a gin mill just 500 feet away from the Delta crossroads -- the mystical field where Robert Johnson created his famous... More

Andaz is a concept hotel for Hyatt. It has an on-site restaurant called RH, which includes a bar that is open to visitors (hours listed below). The hotel also has a rooftop bar called the Sundeck, which features a pool and views of the city, but is reserved for guests of the hotel.

The dress code at RH allows for jeans, but most people go for a... More

If you're looking to ride, or rather, attempt to ride a mechanical bull, and maybe have a steak too, this is your kind of restaurant. Touting itself as a "rock meets Western" establishment, Saddle Ranch opened its doors in 1999 and has since been featured in many a TV show, including "Sex and the City."

The walls are decorated with Western props... More

The Standard is a hotel known for its funky, hip crowd, avante-garde decor and after-hours bar scene. The poolside lounge serves food from the restaurant with an "al fresco twist" and features unique cobalt blue miniature golf-style astroturf, beautiful views of the city and great people-watching fun. In the evenings DJs play music by the poolside... More

The first person to perform at the Laugh Factory was stand-up comedian, actor, social critic and writer Richard Pryor, who legend has it, refused the $100 payment at the end of the night, insisting the owner, Jamie Masada, use it to pay rent.

Masada is known for his work in casting the controversial Fox comedy show "In Living Color" in the early... More

"Touched with scandal and commemorated in literature," says the Los Angeles Times of the Chateau Marmont. Modeled after the royal residence in France's Loire Valley, this hotel has seen so many celebrities and has been the origin of so many tmz.com stories that it's impossible to count. With a guest list ranging from writer F. Scott Fitzgerald ... More