Sunset Boulevard is one of the most famous streets in the world. You can find everything from grunge bars to the newest hot spots and more than you could ever imagine in between. Chic, mysterious, historic and tempting, with all that it has to offer one cannot resist the Sunset Strip. Here are the top 5 places to get you acquainted.
The Key Club
The Key Club is a venue that can easily unlock the party within and satisfy one’s every nightlife need. Located on the west end of the Sunset Strip, The Key Club is surrounded by such legendary hot spots as The Roxy, The Viper Room, Whiskey a Go-Go and The Rainbow Room. The Key Club has 3 Levels: The perfectly cozy Plush Lounge is on the bottom floor and perfect for a private event or party. The main level includes a performance stage and is for standing room only. This is where the most of the clubgoers claim a spot at one of two bars unless they decide to get table service, which will then allow them to enjoy a clear view from a booth which surrounds the stage. The 3rd Level is strictly VIP. Here one can indulge in a diverse dinner menu and see the stage from every angle. The Key Club hosts today’s top spinning DJ’s to hard rock, punk rock, cover bands like the 1980’s Spazmatics and everything in between. There is a drum to beat for everyone from all walks of life at The Key Club.
This is the Happy Hour of all Happy Hours. Boa, part of The Innovative Dining Group, is not only a restaurant favorite but the best Happy Hour in town. Boa mixes up super yummy cocktails like the BlackBerry Smash, BOA 405 and The Clean. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? As far as the appetizers go, the Boneless Sweet Thai Chili Wings is a must-try as they will melt in your mouth. The BOA Burger Sliders and Ahi Tacos are old favorites with a twist that will leave one wanting for more. Make it there before 7pm and the check will be fair enough. Arrive after 7pm…good luck!
The ambiance is Hollywood Hip and then some. The music gives it a cool vibe and the décor is modern elegance. As far as celebrity sightings go…BOA delivers. Stars are plentiful as is the paparazzi salivating at the front doors. It is such a scene and so much fun! Dress to impress. The shorter the dress the more eyes, but regardless – the clientele is stylish.
Favorite server: Basil.
Favorite bartender: McSwain.
Favorite Bar Manager: Josh
Favorite manager: Trent.
Drop by and have a cocktail. Tell them Sharla sent you.
The Rainbow Bar and Grill
The Rainbow Bar and Grill, affectionately known as the The Rainbow Room, is indisputably the greatest place on the strip to rock it. This goes for the food, the bars, the bands and most importantly the patrons. The restaurant first opened on April 16, 1972 with a party for Elton John and soon became a happening hang out for many a celebrity. The food is all homemade and just like your Nona would serve back in the day. Old fashioned spaghetti, meatballs, house salads and garlic bread are just a few of the menu items that deserve applause.
There are two bars. One inside, which is dark and intimate and the other outside, which is loud and festive. Up the steep and narrow stairs to the top floor there is a comfy little club called “Over the Rainbow” which offers a full bar, dance floor, and DJ booth. Although all of these perks make the Rainbow Room an enjoyable place to spend an evening, it’s the pictures, gold records and memorabilia of rockers past and present hanging on every wall that make it so entertaining. Oh, and let’s not forget the real live rockers that call the Rainbow Bar and Grill home. They are the ultimate reason one would want to experience this staple on Sunset Boulevard.
The House of Blues
The House of Blues is the most unique architectural structure lining the Sunset Strip. The building itself is covered in metal, framed with a wooden fence and landmark chimney stack which proudly shouts its name, making it impossible to drive past without turning one’s head. The House of Blues has a jam-packed concert calendar, a members-only club located on the top floor called The Foundation Room, plenty of space to host private events from 50-500 guests, and Crossroads Restaurant. Food Network Star Celebrity Chef Aaron Sanchez is the resident chef at Crossroads. His signature specialties are appealing, many dishes flirting with tastes of the South. If you would like to lift your spirits make sure you attend the House of Blues world famous Gospel Brunch. This production will inspire you at the deepest level and leave you walking on air.
Sky Bar at The Mondrian Hotel
Sky Bar anyone? Long, flowing drapes, soft cushions for your ultimate comfort, views of Sunset Boulevard, the glistening pool below and the sparkling stars of Los Angeles above. This open air luxury lounge will make you feel free and relaxed just like when you are on vacation, even if you’re not. The signature restaurant,
Asian De Cuba, is a beautiful Philippe Starck design – white on white décor, Latin accents, spectacular city views, indoor or patio seating. The red-sugar-rimmed Raspberry Pina and Calamari Salad are simply divine – to finish off your meal try a treat off the chef’s selection dessert tray. For a more casual experience you can enjoy the communal table at ADCB. This is located in the front lobby making it a fun spot to people watch while you order sushi and sip sake. Chic. Hip. Happening. Still, after all these years.