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Top 10 Hollywood Rock & Roll Hot Spots
1. The Rainbow Bar & Grill
The Rainbow is, by far, my favorite rock and roll bar in all of Hollywood. Located in the heart of the Sunset Strip (and right next door to The Roxy), The Rainbow is lined with red leather booths, rock posters, and Christmas lights galore. You'll typically see Ron Jeremy on any given night, as well as many famous rock stars. And the pizza is to die for.
9015 West Sunset Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90069
2. Bar 1200
Located inside the Sunset Marquis Hotel (directly off the Sunset Strip), Bar 1200 is what I'd like to think of as a classy version of the Rainbow. Black leather booths, black and white autographed musician portraits, and a frequented celeb hangout (as traveling musicians often stay at the Marquis). And the drinks are great too!
1200 Alta Loma RoadWest Hollywood, CA
3. Toi Rockin' Thai Food
Talk about awesome thai food with a great atmosphere! Confession: I'm a vegetarian, and I never liked tofu until I ate here. I ordered the tofu pad thai and it was incredible. As are the cool rock posters on the walls!
Also conveniently located on the Sunset Strip.
7505 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90046
4. Barney's Beanery
Located on Santa Monica Blvd, Barney's was the legendary hangouts for rock star icons such as Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin. You can even spot Janis's signature on the wooden tables.
Barney's is fully equipped with rainbow colored booths, pool tables, and lots of motorcycle décor.
8447 Santa Monica Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90069
5. Laurel Canyon Country Store
A great little hidden rock & roll gem. The Laurel Canyon Country Store is a market that contains an outdoor patio where you can order coffee, muffins and other breakfast items. It is also located on Laurel Canyon, in front of Jim Morrison's old house. A frequented rock & roll spot back in the day, and many current rock stars are still spotted there.
2108 Laurel Canyon Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90046
6. Chateau Marmont
The infamous Chateau Marmont is a legendary rock and roll destination, where music icons such as Led Zeppelin and Jim Morrison frequently shacked up.
Bar Marmont, located inside the Chateau, has a very quaint 1920s feel to it, with dim lighting and peacocks and butterflies lining the ceiling.
8221 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90046
7. Burgundy Room
The Burgundy Room has no lighting, only red candles. The tables are giant Ouija boards, and the loud rock music is always great. A lovely rock and roll gem located on Hollywood and Cahuenga.
Enter if you dare...
1621 North Cahuenga Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028
8. Angels and Kings
Another cool rocking Hollywood spot where there's always loud music and your typical leathered, tattooed Rainbow crowd. My personal favorite is the giant mugshot collage on the wall that holds everyone from Frank Sinatra to Elvis.
1708 North Las Palmas Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90028
Loaded is a teeny rock bar on Hollywood Blvd - if you blink, you just might miss it. But if you listen, you'll find your way.
6377 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028
10. Rock N' Brews
We're venturing outside of the Hollywood vicinity for this last one. Rock N' Brews is a hidden gem located in El Segundo (down the street from the LAX airport). Owned by Kiss legend Gene Simmons, Rock N' Brews is a fun, outdoor rock bar with lots of great beers, picnic benches and music memorabilia. And they play music videos too!
143 Main Street El Segundo, CA 90245
(And of course, be sure to check out the legendary music venues on the Sunset Strip: Whiskey a Go-Go, The Roxy and The Viper Room!)