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Whisky A Go-Go

Map & Directions 8901 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
  • Daily 8pm-2am
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Accepted
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking


LA Weekly's Description

Of all the clubs on the Sunset Strip, the Whisky a Go-Go has the longest history and the most impressive roster of legendary musicians who've played there. Johnny Rivers christened the room with its first live performance in 1964, and the two-level club was soon the main hangout for such influential local bands as the Byrds, Love, the Doors, Buffalo Springfield and a young Alice Cooper, as well as up-and-coming out-of-town acts like Led Zeppelin, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Velvet Underground, Cream and the late Otis Redding, who recorded a classic live album there. In the late 1970s, the club expanded its booking policy to encompass punk, new wave, power pop and heavy metal groups, including the Ramones, X, the Germs, the Alley Cats, Blondie, the Last, XTC, Dead Kennedys, the Quick, Van Halen, the Plimsouls and Quiet Riot. The Whisky was shuttered for several years in the early 1980s before reinventing itself once again, this time as a hot spot for the growing hair-metal scene, with bands like Guns N' Roses and Motley Crue and, later on, such grunge outfits as Mudhoney and Nirvana and punk veterans like Vice Squad. These days, various promoters use the site to book mostly new and unknown performers, with occasional visitations from bigger-name artists. While the cages that used to enclose its namesake go-go dancers above the stage are long gone, the Whisky a Go-Go still has much of the same layout as it did in the 1960s, with standing room on the dance floor and small tables in the upstairs balcony. Unlike so many local music venues, the nightclub has always had a powerful PA, making it one of the best places to hear live music in the city. There are two full bars, and most nights admission is available to people of all ages. Paid parking is available in the lot behind the club.

Member Reviews

  • jamiebeemanfans
    jamiebeemanfans wrote a review for Whisky A Go-Go
    on 03/12/14

    Jamie Beeman plays live in concert at Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood CA on May 07 at 8 PM, 8901 West Hollywood Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069. #WhiskyaGoGo #SunsetStrip #Hollywood #HollywoodCA #JamieBeeman

  • aljones76 wrote a review for Whisky A Go-Go
    on 02/07/12

    Killer show! Had no idea what to expect and I was blown away! I usually don't write reviews but I had to after seeing this show. It was like seeing Van Halen back at the Whisky!!

  • These Arms Alone wrote a review for Whisky A Go-Go
    on 03/02/10

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  • Hard Rock on 05/13/11

    Is there a more legendary Rock 'n' Roll venue in the United States than the Whisky A-Go-Go? No - there is not. Since 1964, the Whisky has been the gold standard for rock action.

  • LA Weekly on 01/11/13

    Of all the Sunset Strip clubs, this place has the longest history & most impressive roster of legendary musicians who've played there. Great sound system and most nights are all ages! 50 years today!

  • The Doors on 01/28/11

    The Doors were the house band here in 1966, until Jim's famous performance of the "Oedipal section" at the end of "The End" got them fired.

  • The Doors on 07/25/12

    The Doors became the house band here for a week in 1966 where they were discovered by Jac Holzman for Elektra records. Among others, The Doors played with Them, Captain Beefheart, Van Morrison & more!

  • The Doors on 03/10/11

    The Doors also opened for Van Morrison at the Whiskey during his two week residency in June of 1966.

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