Driving down the famous streets of West Hollywood, it’s easy to get lost in the lights and poorly dressed costumes of wannabe Spidermen and Transformer characters. Aside from the Walk of Fame and many other tourist attractions Hollywood has to offer, West Hollywood has some of the best concert venues in Los Angeles. Ranging from large capacity ballrooms to intimate coffee shop stages, anyone and everyone can have a shot at showing their stuff to L.A. natives. We’re got the top five best venues for you, in a city known for great entertainment, Los Angeles.
Top 5 Music Venues in West Hollywood, Los Angeles
1. The Roxy Theatre
A favorite for its small room capacity and cheap prices, snagging a ticket here will guarantee you a perfect view from anywhere you’re standing. The Roxy Theatre showcases great local talent, partnering up with KROQ for “Locals Only” shows, as well as staying on top of the social media scene thanks to current owner, Nic Adler.
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2. The Troubadour
Another venue on the smaller side with an added balcony on the second floor and a great-looking bar across from the stage, the historical Troubadour has housed debut shows for the likes of Elton John and Neil Young. The roster for this venue ranges from rock to bluegrass to indie and everything in between.
3. House of Blues on Sunset
One of thirteen House of Blues venues nationwide, the Sunset Boulevard location looks as cool as it sounds. All along the walls you can find unique pieces of art while enjoying the entertainment on stage. Even the curtain known as the “Crazy Quilt” is admired by concert-goers before the show. Located in other parts of the venue are The Voodoo Lounge and The Foundation Room that house more private and intimate shows. If your favorite artist is playing here, you don’t want to miss it.
4. The Palladium
The Palladium is one of the larger venues on Sunset, and many acts that have the potential to fill stadium-sized arenas like the Staples Center downtown, end up choosing this ballroom venue instead. At 11,200 square feet, The Palladium holds up to 4,000 people and has recently housed acts like Justin Timberlake, Blink 182, and Arcade Fire. When empty, the room could be mistaken for a large banquet hall, with a huge chandelier overlooking the whole floor.
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5. The Fonda Theatre
Built in the 1920’s, The Fonda Theatre was one of the Hollywood’s first theatres. Although the floor for general admission is quite large and spacious, the balcony also serves as a beautiful view accompanied by nice velvet seating (because who wants to push and shove up on the balcony?). Although going through many different owners and closures, Goldenvoice has now taken over and the roster for the rest of this year will satisfy any indie lovers’ cravings.
Article by Amanda Erwin