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The Viper Room

Map & Directions 8852 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
  • Daily 8pm-2am
  • Dance Floor


LA Weekly's Description

Although the Viper Room is no longer owned by actor Johnny Depp, the West Hollywood nightclub remains a popular destination on the Sunset Strip for both live-music fans and starstruck tourists alike. Depp and his partners took over the longtime bar the Central in 1993, refurbishing it with a sleek, black interior, and renamed it the Viper Room. When it first opened, the club pulled in many of Depp's celebrity pals, ranging from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Counting Crows (whose singer, Adam Duritz, briefly toiled as its bartender) to Cher, Jennifer Aniston, the Pogues' Shane Macgowan and, sadly, River Phoenix, who died outside the room on Halloween. There are still occasional celebrity sightings at the Viper Room, which is currently owned by Pink Taco CEO Harry Morton, but the club is now more of a hangout for indie and hard-rock bands. When it gets too crowded in the upstairs main room, clubgoers can repair to the more-intimate downstairs lounge, where acoustic singer-songwriters strum and warble confessional ballads. Both rooms feature full bars. Ages 21 & over.

Member Reviews

  • rcox1 wrote a review for The Viper Room
    on 03/30/10

    You never know what music act might hit the stage, or what celebrity you might see here. Parking is simple, but can be expensive depending on what day you come here or what show is going on at the House of Blues Sunset across the street. If there is a show, it's cramped, but super intimate. You'll never see a band like you would at The Viper room (not a bad thing). One draw back... More >>

  • alldigitalsolution wrote a review for The Viper Room
    on 02/21/10

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  • RiptInPieces wrote a review for The Viper Room
    on 07/09/09

    The upstairs has great shows and a really cool vibe. If you can get a booth that's the best. Downstairs is always a whole other event with it's own DJ's. It's much smaller and usually less loud. One time we ran into a shirtless Iggy Pop.

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  • 987LA on 06/24/10

    This club is so dark it feels like it’s always nighttime, even if you’re in there at 11am (which we have been). Perfect for checking out up-and-comers up close and personal.

  • LA Weekly on 01/25/13

    No longer owned by Johnny Depp, this nightclub remains a popular destination for live-music fans. Sadly, River Phoenix died outside on Halloween 1993. Check out the intimate lounge downstairs. 21+

  • The Standard on 06/13/11

    CA (See) - The Viper Room is the place of rock star royalty. Always a good time, guaranteed!

  • Johnny P. on 08/09/10

    Johnny Depp River Phoenix

  • Trina G. on 01/24/10

    If I have to tell you about this place...okay, fine. There's music. There are libations. There are scantily clad women. There are unusual sightings within and without. Did I mention there's music?

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