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Viper Room

Clubs West Hollywood
3 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
The Viper Room
The Viper Room

Known as the Melody Room in the ’40s and frequented by Bugsy Siegel, the club became a biker bar before it became the Central, where bluesman Chuck E. Weiss held forth every Monday night. It was Weiss who suggested to Johnny Depp that the actor invest in the ailing club, and the Viper Room was born in 1993. Johnny Cash played here, and Hunter Thompson drank at the bar. While it no longer draws as many famous attendees or acts (perhaps because Depp is no longer affiliated with the club) it’s still a great intimate room to see a show. Recent bookings range from legendary drag performer Jayne County to Michael des Barres, a night of Elvis music and even a pole-dancing event with karaoke.

By: Hope Urban


Venue name: Viper Room
Address: 8852 W Sunset Blvd
at Larrabee St
Los Angeles

Price: free-$20.
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Average User Rating

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One of the bartenders at the Viper Room looked like he walked in the in 80s, and hasn’t seen the light of day since. For what it’s worth, this place is not as intimidating as you might think—a very mixed crowd—and I got to see a really fun show in an intimate setting. This area is not exactly my scene, but I enjoyed my experience.