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A Blast from the Past on The Sunset Strip

A Blast from the Past on The Sunset Strip

With things finally going back to normal, what better time to plan a trip than now? Make the most out of your vacation and visit the most luxurious city in the west. Take a trip down memory lane in West Hollywood – all the way back to the ’60s and ’70s when times were all about groovin’ and shakin’, in the place that birthed some of history’s most famous and well-known stars. 

The Sunset Strip is a world-famous, 1.5-mile stretch that runs from Hollywood to the Beverly Hills border and through the northwest corner of West Hollywood. The Strip is home to iconic food spots, live music and entertainment, boutique hotels, and beckoning bars including celebrity favourites and hangouts! Don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered:

For diner classics and late-night munchies

Mel’s Drive-In is a Sunset Strip classic – the perfect spot to grab a shake with extra whipped cream, put on some tunes, and order a classic burger to have a night out like your parents (or grandparents) did.

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The building was previously home to Ben Franks, the iconic coffee shop that was a famous hangout for rockers in the ’60s and ’70s after gigs, and the headquarters for teens during the Sunset Strip Riots. A quarter-century later and Mel’s Sunset continues to be an ideal place for celebrity spotting and people watching. A favourite for locals and tourists alike, this location boasts an outdoor patio with a full view of the Strip and a large, airy dining room inside where you can play your favourite tunes on the tableside jukeboxes.

 

Ben Frank’s (before it became Mel’s Drive-In) – Credit: Charles Phoenix’s Library Archive

 

The Historic Whisky A Go-Go is Still Go Going Strong

After all these years, the Whisky A Go-Go still rocks and every Monday night is Ultimate ’80s night. The pure energy and commitment from the bands and the audience can be felt by everyone, leading to an electric night. Relive the energy, outfits, and Rock ‘n Roll for an unforgettable and timeless night out.

 

Credit: Visit West Hollywood

 

Credit: Vintage Los Angeles

 

What was once one of the centers of the Sunset Strip police riots is now one of the most famous rock ‘n’ roll landmarks in the United States and has played an important role in many musical careers. It has even been called the first real American discothèque.

 

Good laughs and even better memories

Want to hang out with your favourite comedian? Grab a drink at the Comedy Store bar after a show. The Comedy Store is home to some of the best comedians of all time. On any given night, a famous comedian might stop by for an impromptu set, so be ready for anything!

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Before it was the Comedy Store, it started as a celebrity hotspot and nightclub called Ciro’s, then became a rock venue known for launching rock band The Byrds. For half a century, iconic comedians have graced the stage including Robin Williams, Whoopie Goldberg, Ali Wong, Sarah Silverman, and more. Who knows who could be up next!

 

Robin Williams at The Comedy Store, 1978 – Credit: Wynn Miller/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

 

When planning your next trip to West Hollywood, you can’t miss out on the Sunset Strip – it’s full of influential history, iconic celebrity spots, and Instagram-worthy backdrops!

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