People come from far and wide to explore the city of Los Angeles. Sunset Strip is one of the most popular tourist spots in LA and we’ve got the complete visitor’s guide for you to delve into while you’re planning your trip to La-La Land.
If a place could tell a story, Sunset Strip would have a myriad of colorful ones to tell. Once home to celebrity-only nightclubs, casinos, and gangsters is now a tourist attraction with some of the most unique boutiques, eateries, and entertainment that Los Angeles has to offer.
During the 1920s when gambling was illegal in the city of L.A., Sunset Strip (lying within Los Angeles County) was a hot spot for gangsters and those looking for a good time. The strip consisted of nightclubs and casinos with speakeasies where patrons could secretly knock back a few in secret.
The ‘30s & ‘40s
While restaurants and clubs were still owned by shady characters, they began to attract a new clientele –celebrities. Movie stars like Frank Sinatra, Joan Crawford, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz (among other hot names) frequented the likes of Ciro’s and Mocambo for drinks and late-night dancing.
The ‘60s & ‘70s
During the 1960s became less star-struck and started to attract rock musicians and fans. Bands like Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, The Doors, and Blondie started performing regularly at new clubs like Pandora’s Box and Whisky a Go Go. In the 1970s, a shift in the music scene takes place as punk rock and new wave become popular.
The ‘80s & ‘90s
Sunset Strip clubs adopt a “pay to play” policy and became more of a showcase scene, thus ending the era of up-and-coming rock bands playing to get signed.
Today, Sunset Strip is still home to many nightclubs, rock clubs, eateries, boutique shops, and colorful billboards –a now-iconic place to visit while staying in L.A.
Night owls from all over the world flock to the Sunset Strip whether it’s to jam with a new band, lounge with a drink, or grab a late-night bite at a trendy restaurant.
Sunset strip has a variety of clubs, from lounge-style with a 40s vibe to dancing the night away with the hottest DJ.
9030 Sunset Blvd | (310) 274-2326
1 Oak is one of the hottest clubs in L.A. with up-and-coming DJs performing nightly and bottle service available for you and your squad.
9229 Sunset Blvd | (310) 859-1011
With its swanky decor and live entertainment, you’ll feel like a ‘40s starlette when you arrive at Bootsy Bellows.
8300 Sunset Blvd | (323) 650-9090
Things may get wild at MMHMMM, but you’ll certainly be entertained! This modern bar features live performances, custom cocktails, and an outdoor smoking lounge.
9009 Sunset Blvd
Probably the most iconic nightclub in L.A., The Roxy features shows by new artists and performers that will blow you away.
The Viper Room
8852 Sunset Blvd | (310) 358-1881
The Viper Room is the hot spot if you want to check out up-and-coming rock artists, though headliners have been known to pass through for an occasional performance.
Whiskey a Go Go
8901 Sunset Blvd | (310) 652-4202
A Sunset Boulevard historic gem, Whiskey a Go Go offers a 24-hour rock & hang environment for its guests.
Cocktail Bars & Lounges
Bar 20 on Sunset
8462 Sunset Blvd | (323) 491-9006
A great place to start any night, or begin any morning, Bar 20 offers cool vibes, great music, and savory cocktails for all its visitors.
The Tower Bar
8358 Sunset Blvd | (323) 848-6677
If you’re looking for an intimate yet sophisticated place to grab a nightcap, try one of the hand-crafted cocktails at the Tower Bar.
9201 Sunset Blvd | (310) 595-1091
East meets west at the Blind Dragon on Sunset Strip. Check it out for late-night karaoke and a mixology-inspired and driven menu.
8440 Sunset Blvd | (323) 848-6025
For incredible views, seductive ambiance, and world-class DJs head to Skybar rooftop bar and lounge.
The Den On Sunset
8226 Sunset Blvd | (323) 656-0336
Get lost in the laid back atmosphere of The Den On Sunset, offering draft beer, hand-made cocktails, and the perfect setting for great conversation.
Foodies know when they come to Los Angeles they are about to embark on an epic food journey, check out what the strip has to offer.
Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails
8117 Sunset Blvd | (323) 940-1650
At Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails, you can expect fresh Californian cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, delicious drinks, and nightlife vibes.
Rainbow Bar & Grill
9015 Sunset Blvd | (310) 278-4232
Can’t quite put a finger on your craving? Head over to Rainbow Bar & Grill for a variety of Italian and Mexican appetizers and entrees.
8280 Sunset Blvd | (323) 701-2062
Old-school Hollywood vibes with a hipster twist is what you’ll find when you dine at Sunset Trocadero. Their menu consists of classic American staples and a few items with some cultural flair.
8539 Sunset Blvd #20 | (310) 652-0523
This secret little sushi bar is tucked away on Sunset Boulevard. Sushi Park is a chef’s choice dining spot that even GOOP raves about.
Night + Market Weho
9043 Sunset Blvd | (310) 275-9724
Night + Market Weho serves up authentic Thai dishes family-style and is a James Beard Foundation Award of Excellence winner, that alone should be enough to want to dine here!
8500 Sunset Blvd Suite B | (310) 360-3866
If you’re looking for a great lunch spot where you can nibble on charcuterie board and sip French wine, check out Tesse.
8585 Sunset Blvd | (310) 854-7201
Open 24 hours, Mels Drive-In has a throwback diner feel with elevated eats like Creole Fried Chicken sandwich, Sunset Burger, and house-made smoothies.
7617 Sunset Blvd | (323) 850-5400
A cool European gastropub, The Pikey offers a variety of bites made from only organic and locally sourced ingredients and with a British flair.
Le Petit Four
8654 Sunset Blvd | (310) 652-3863
Cute and casual, Le Petit Four is a French Bistro that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner for the Sunset Boulevard passerby.
8752 Sunset Blvd | (424) 239-1630
Simplistic yet elevated European-inspired cuisine is what you’ll get at this rustic farm-to-table restaurant. Eveleigh offers a dining experience with ambience and laid back vibes.
The comedy scene in L.A. is huge and the Strip features a couple of comedy clubs to get your kicks in while in town. Among all the fun things to do in L.A. at night, checking out a comedy club is a favorite for visitors!
8001 Sunset Blvd | (323) 656-1336
Sunday-Thursday 9:30 AM – 11:30 PM, Friday-Saturday 9:30 – 1:30 AM
The comedians that have taken the stage at the Laugh Factory have had patrons doubling over since 1979. Some of the biggest names in comedy have performed here including Louie Anderson, Roseanne Barr, Dave Chappelle, Rodney Dangerfield. Today featured comedians like Chris D’elia, Daniel Tosh, and Tiffany Haddish can be found slinging their jokes from time to time. The Laugh Factory frequently hosts All-Star Comedy nights as well as other special events! Be sure to reserve tickets in advance during your stay in Los Angeles.
The Comedy Store
8433 Sunset Blvd | (323) 650-6268
Open Daily, 7 PM – 2 AM
Laugh your face off in one of the 3 rooms at one of the oldest comedy clubs in L.A., the Comedy Store. The who’s who of comedians have performed here including Tim Allen, Eddie Murphy, Sarah Silverman, Robin Willians – the list goes on! For those looking to have a night of laughs, there is a 2-drink minimum and a pub-grub style menu to order from. Check out which comedians are set to perform during your stay and book your tickets in advance!
Book & Comic Shops
Love a good book, graphic novel, or comic? Sunset strip has some of the best little book and comic shops in LA!
8818 Sunset Blvd | (310) 659-3110
Book Soup is a hip and rock-style book store on the busy Sunset Boulevard. Be sure to check out their calendar for events and in-store book signings.
8826 Sunset Blvd | (310) 657-5557
Mystery Pier Books is a quaint little shop specializing in first editions, uniquities, and a celebrity clientele that deserves bragging rights.
3817 Sunset Blvd | (323) 666-2228
Comic book nerds and graphic novel enthusiasts alike will find their groove (and some the books they love) at Secret Headquarters on Sunset.
1498 Sunset Blvd | (213) 537-0992
Escape your reality at Alternate Universe, a shop opened for adorning Comic fans.
Another favorite pass-time Los Angeles tourists look forward to, the shopping! Shop til’ you drop at these boutiques and malls on the strip.
3906 Sunset Blvd | (323) 741-0039 | 11 AM – 7 PM (6 PM on Sunday)
Chic & casual, The Odells boutique has women’s & men’s clothing, as well as goods and decor for the home.
Mohawk General Store
4011 Sunset Blvd | (323) 669-1601 | 11 AM – 7 PM
Trendy, yet unique, Mohawk General Store offers apparel and accessories for men & women.
2145 Sunset Blvd | (213) 908-6403 | 12-7 PM, Mon-Fri, 11 AM – 7 PM, Sat, and 11 AM – 6 PM, Sun
Passenger offers elegant and simple clothing, accessories, bags and more for women.
3910 Sunset Blvd | (323) 426-9391 | 12-6 PM, Mon, 11 AM – 7 PM, Tues-Thurs (10 AM Sat), 10 AM – 6 PM, Sun
You’ll get lost in a whirl of color at this little Scandinavian shop, Yolk. Yolk has apparel for adults and children, as well as toys and home goods.
Boot Star Los Angeles
8493 Sunset Blvd | (323) 650-0475 | 11 AM – 7 PM
Boot Star Los Angeles specializes in boots, belts, and accessories with a modern appeal.
NICO & BULLITT
2205 Sunset Blvd | (213) 674-7755 | 11 AM – 7 PM, Tuesday-Sunday
70s inspired apparel, accessories, decor, and more is what you’ll find at NICO & BULLITT boutique.
8000 Sunset Blvd | (323) 848-8510 | 8 AM – 10 PM, Mon-Fri, 9 AM – 6 PM, Sat, 10 AM – 6 PM, Sun
8000 Sunset claims, “It’s all here!” at this small shopping avenue. Here you can find three levels of stores and eateries including Trader Joe’s, CVS, Rock N Roll Sushi, AMC Theater, Starbucks, and more!