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Top 10 Places to Spot Celebrities in L.A.

Updated on September 11, 2012

When I first moved to L.A. a few years ago, my goal was the same as every other newbie's goal: to spot a celebrity! I made the mistake of going to cliché places like Rodeo Drive, etc. - the places that I suspect celebrities actually avoid because they know that tourists go there with the specific purpose of celebrity sighting.

What I actually found was that celebrities are often found in places you wouldn't expect. Or if they do happen to visit a well-known celebrity hangout, don't expect it to be on a weekend night. Weeknights are probably your best bet.

So, if you're traveling to Los Angeles in the near future and hoping to see a celeb, then keep reading...

1. Skybar

Located in the Mondrian Hotel (8440 Sunset Blvd) is Skybar, a poolside bar with beds and cabanas. Every Sunday during the summer, Skybar hosts pool parties, where you're most likely to spot a celeb or two.

2. The Rainbow Bar and Grill

The Rainbow is and always will be a celebrity hot spot, but unfortunately these may not be the type of celebs you're looking to see. Every time I am there, Ron Jeremy is there, and he's always wearing the same pair of purple crocs. I've also hung out with members of Cypress Hill, Kiss, and the ever-so-famous wrestler, Chyna.

Again, not exactly A-list type celebs, but they're there if you want 'em.

You can find the Rainbow at 9015 Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood. It's decked out with red leather couches and rock star posters on the walls. And the pizza is to die for.

3. Chateau Marmont

Bar Marmont is located at the Chateau Marmont Hotel at 8221 Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, The first time I went to Bar Marmont I hung out with Russell Brand and his entire English posse. It was also a Tuesday night. As I mentioned above, don't expect celebs to be at the hot-spots on weekend nights. That's when you'll find them at the exclusive, hard-to-get-into clubs such as The Beverly.

4. The House of Blues

The House of Blues is also located on the Sunset Strip at 8430 Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood

The first time I went to the HOB, it was to see a band called Pygmy Love Circus that featured Danny Carey, the drummer from Tool. The HOB is a great place to spot rock stars supporting other rock stars. Among the audience was Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters and Morrissey from The Smiths.

5. Sushi Row - Studio City

Many people who are unfamiliar with Los Angeles believe that movies are filmed in Hollywood. They are not. They are typically filmed in Studio City (hence the name), Universal City or Burbank (where the Warner Bros studio lots are located).

Since many actors and actresses work in Studio City, they typically take their lunch break on Ventura Blvd, or "Sushi Row" as it's referred to by the locals. Sushi row is a strip of sushi restaurants that are located from 11000-13000 Ventura Blvd. My friends have seen George Clooney frequenting Katsuyah at 11680 Ventura. Many actors also hit the bars on Ventura after work, and I've spotted Denzel Washington at the Firefly Lounge at 11720 Ventura, and Khloe Kardashian at Casa Vega at 13301 Ventura (technically this end of Ventura is in Sherman Oaks.)

7. The W Hotel

Every Sunday night is Jazz night at the W Hotel in Hollywood! The band always has special guest appearances every week. Last week was Stevie Wonder, the week before was Florence and the Machine. And the Jonas Brothers were spotted there last week, too. It's a fun time.

6250 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA

8. Laurel Canyon Country Store

I love this little hidden gem. The Laurel Canyon Country Store is right in front of Jim Morrison's old wooden house, and has an outdoor patio where you can get coffee, muffins or breakfast sandwiches and dine outside, and it also has an indoor market. My friend spotted Steven Tyler dining there a few months ago, and I've heard that celebs such as Jessica Biel and Pam Anderson who live near Laurel Canyon frequent it also.

2108 Laurel Canyon Blvd, LA.

9. Sunset Marquis Hotel - Bar 1200

When famous rock stars are in town, many of them stay at the Sunset Marquis Hotel at 1200 Alta Loma Rd (right off Sunset) And they are also frequent the bar inside the hotel, Bar 1200, which is lined with autographed musician portraits, black leather couches and dim lighting. A very cute spot for celeb sighting.

10. Nobu Malibu

If you're looking to spot more up-scale celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Megan Fox, Malibu is the place. Nobu Malibu is frequented by many A-list celebs who are located away from the Hollywood scene.

3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu.


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      John Hollywood 4 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Interesting and informative! Love what you have here. Four stars.

      - Mister Hollywood

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      Fasgion1235 4 years ago

      Alecia - I can tell you exactly what that's like - while modeling in LA for a very popular rum brand, we met Russell Brand. He approached us. Apparently he was interested in my friend whom was there with me. Within an hour, we were invited to drink with him at his hotel. I was married and not interested in homewrecking, but my girl friend was young, single, and didn't care. Shortly after having a few drinks, my friend and Russell went to his room for a while. Yeah. He was still with Katy Perry at the time. We both knew that they weren't going to stay in contact or anything. It was literally the most groupie/star moment I had ever witnessed first hand. To each their own. I assumed it would only be a matter of time before Katy and Russell split. I was correct. I've never spoken on a public forum about this because I didn't want to create problems for him, but he's divorced now, so I don't think it could hurt anything.

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      Madalyn 4 years ago

      The last time I was in Cali I went to the Sushi Row and ate at one of the restaurants and saw Mathew Scott Montgomery. I can't remember which one it was but it was VERY small (I was legit sitting to where I could touch Mathew) and LOTS of people were there. Behind me were some screen writers and managers and in pretty sure there was a director at one of the tables near me.

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      nonceleb 4 years ago

      i just work on t.v. and in films.. spot them often ;)

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      wvugirl2007 4 years ago from Virginia

      This is a cool article. As a tabloid junkie I would love to run into some celebrities. If I ever make it to the west coast I will keep this information in mind.

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      tsueblanton 5 years ago from Philadelphia

      I have family members who eat at Nobu fairly regularly and have witnessed "common folk" actually going right up to the celebs (who are eating dinner!!!) and ask for autographs. Seriously? Another spot they said that is hot for celeb sightings is the Ivy around lunchtime. They said they've seen lots of A-listers there!

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      iholland95 6 years ago from USA

      Great content!

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      Alecia Murphy 6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I can't imagine what it'd be like to meet Russell Brand. But that's pretty cool. I don't live in LA but if I ever visited, at least I know where to go now. Awesome hub!