West Hollywood is centrally located a hop, skip, and jump away from the hot neighborhoods of Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Santa Monica. It’s not without its own charms, though—far from it. A walker’s paradise, it boasts dozens of fantastic places to eat, stay, play, and shop.
There are a lot of health nuts in West Hollywood, sure, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for carnivores to find a decadent meal of meat and potatoes. WeHo, as a matter of fact, happens to house one of the best steakhouses in LA—Oliver’s Prime, located in the Sunset Strip’s Grafton Hotel. Nestle into one of their intimate, modern twists on traditional leather booths, grab a glass of wine, and start off with an order of crispy brussels sprouts with basil pesto and balsamic glaze, or some melt-in-your-mouth seared scallops with corn, peas, and bacon before digging into one of Chef Greg Elkin’s signature dishes. The 35-day dry-aged New York strip steak, for example, is worth every penny.
The Troubadour began its life as a mere La Cienega Boulevard coffee shop in 1957; after a move to its current location in the ’60s, however, it quickly became one of the most legendary music venues in the world. The laundry list of entertainers who cut their teeth at the venue reads like a veritable who’s who of rock royalty. Pictures of them (and their gold records) line the walls in the cozy bar that flanks the venue’s main room. Sit down and relax with a beer there before catching a set performed by future rock royalty. (For the best view of the action, make sure to sit on the well-worn wooden benches located in the upstairs balcony.) The Troubadour vibe is decidedly low-key, so if you’re looking for Sunset Strip rowdiness, look elsewhere.
Looking to reboot your wardrobe? Look no further than TAGS, located in the old Tower Records building on Sunset. Its stark white exterior opens to a fresh, contemporary, loft-like interior—think of it as the future of department stores. The store’s huge collection of men and women’s designer clothing (including a massive Superdry section) is separated by designer brand, encouraging browsing, and its honest-to-goodness apothecary has everything from Voluspa fragrances to one-of-a-kind candles made by the Topanga Candle Company.
What the Troubadour is to rock music, the Improv is to comedy. Virtually every successful comedian for the past 40 years has either gotten their start in or performed at the venue, and nightly lineups are stacked with equal parts heavy hitters and up-and-comers. You never know who’ll drop in—some very big names show up unannounced to work on new material all the time.
Sunset Marquis Hotel
Tucked away on a Sunset Strip side street, the Sunset Marquis‘s Mediterranean-style villas have temporarily housed generations of rock n’ rollers, and their Whiskey Bar is still popular with music’s elite. Grab a stool, raise your glass, and party like a rock star.