In its 30-plus years as a Sunset Strip stalwart, the Roxy has been both a major player (hosting early Springsteen and Guns n' Roses shows) and a disappointing has-been (insert name of horrible '80s hair band here). Now that the Roxy has settled comfortably into middle age, the club offers metal, punk, indie rock, singer-songwriters and the occasional local up-and-comer. The tables offer the best views, but the sightlines from the standing risers are fine—and closer to the bar.
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As the city's mid-sized venues go, The Roxy certainly has an important place, as an elder statesman if nothing else. For the right kind of band, the Sunset Strip setting seems just about right, but the unusual shape of the venue (imagine a tiny baseball diamond with the stage on home plate to get an idea) can make for difficult sight-lines unless you secure just the right spot on one of the elevated tiers.
For me, this is a cool venue to go see a show as long as it's not an uber popular band. The place fills up quickly, so unless you're OK with a bunch of sweaty people elbowing you around, I'd choose who you see here wisely—or maybe I'm just getting old.