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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.
Some of the folks involved with the long-running Point Break Live! have regrouped to present another live spoof of a popular movie, this time putting everyone's favorite action ham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in their sights. The interactive stage... More »
Yesterday afternoon, before a crowd of media types and clean-cut Sunset Strip'd hard rockers at the Viper Room, Kiss debuted their new book, Kiss Monster. It is huge -- 3 feet x 2.5 feet, and nearly 5... More »
I recently meet up with local rap sensation Wax, whose raunchy hit "Rosana" is all over radio and YouTube. (Its equally raunchy video is below.) We're at Melgard Public House, and I'm informed that I ... More »
nice and small... dark enough to think that the wannabe hollywood model that we all run into in hollywood, actually looks good. Added bonus, right next to a liquor store so you can visit the best bar of all... the parking lot bar.
When out-of-towners visit, give them a quick, entirely free, tour of the Sunset Strip and surrounding areas in West Hollywood filled with dead celebrity haunts. Peer at the gorgeous, historic Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard, where you can startle people with the grand announcement that John Belushi died there from a drug overdose in 1982. Everyone always wants to know what killed him. Correct answer: "a speedball," which is a toxic mix of cocaine and heroin. Things go downhill as you... More »
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