THE SUNSET STRIP: DECADES OF COOL

We’re going to do things a bit differently today, friends. I’m going to give you the 4-1-1 on the Sunset Strip and if you decide it’s a place you want to call home, you get out there and pound the pavement (or perhaps go on the internet or call a real estate agent…) and find that dream home in this hippest of strips. Before moving onto covering the scene itself, let me first say that yes, there are homes available in short walking distance to this storied stretch of Los Angeles, so don’t think it could never be your home stretch.
And even if you don’t want to live around here, I’ll bet you want to visit. You certainly won’t be bored…

Historically, this area has rocked hard. From The Doors in the 60s through Guns n’ Roses in the 90s and to the lively bar, convert venue, night club, etc. scene of today, there is always something going on along The Sunset Strip.


What you will find more of along this piece of Sunset Boulevard (which runs clear to the ocean, for those not from around here) today that may not have been so prevalent when Jim Morrison was shocking the square community is fine dining and high end retail. Don’t worry, the cool is still there. But you can get a great steak and an evening gown, also.
What say we toss out some of the things to do at night, starting east at Crescent Heights Blvd. and heading toward the Pacific. First off…
THE LAUGH FACTORY – yep, you guessed it: it’s a comedy club. The Laugh Factory hosts the biggest names in comedy getting back to their stand up roots and it hosts improve nights for folks just starting to cut their comedic teeth (which can be gut wrenching to watch, believe me). If you like comedy and slightly over priced drinks, stop by. Then head down the street to the…
SADDLE RANCH CHOP HOUSE – a fine place to grab a bite but, let’s be honest… you’re here for some drinks, maybe to shoot pool, to mingle and to watch people fall off the mechanical bull. And that’s fine! Have fun and then head on to…
HOUSE OF BLUES – again, you nailed it! Music, some of it with a bluesy tint (I love that “bluesy” is a real word, by the way!). Actually, to be honest, the blues aren’t exactly the mainstay of this place… it’s kind of just a venue for all types of tunes, from metal to Motown. But a fine venue at that! Farther west down the street – and maybe call it a night after this – we find…
MEL’S DRIVE IN – don’t worry, you can walk in, too. And sit down. Great food, great drinks (yes, cocktails… this is not your grandfather’s diner) and a fun environment in this L.A. staple. Fill up, cool down, then head on home. Tomorrow we’ll start with…
SUNSET PLAZA SHOPPING CENTER – um… some boutiques, some little cafes and such. Not as “Sunset Strip” as we’re going for here. So grab a coffee and some designer glasses and let’s head on to…
THE WHISKEY A GO GO – this, friends, is quintessential Sunset Strip. It’s rock n’ roll and has been since the term was cool. This was the home of The Doors (I mean literally… they were the “house band” playing there night after night, defining their sound and their audience), this was where you heard Buffalo Springfield, They Byrds, this is the venue from which Dustin Hoffman’s character Benjamin follows the girl he has insulted in The Graduate… this is the place. And it has been for years. Wait for your favorite bands to come through or just show up, grab a drink, and hang on for the ride.

And if you still need something else to do or you’re tired of your ears ringing, walk across the street and one block back east and check out Book Soup. “A bookstore!?” you ask quizzically. “That’s not very ‘Sunset Strip.’” Don’t worry – this is no ordinary book store. It is… superlative. From everything out today to first editions of our greatest writers, somehow indeed this book store manages to be rock n’ roll.

So there you have it, friends! Your evening is planned! What? Oh, right… high end dining and retail like I mentioned…Tell you what – just grab a steak at Boa Steakhouse or a little snack at La Petit Four and check back with me later. I’ll cover dining and retail soon, but for now, I spent all my money on drinks at Mel’s and old copies of Hemingway novels at Book Soup.

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