No tourist trip to Los Angeles would be complete without taking in the sights of the Sunset Strip--especially if you're looking to... more » experience some L.A. nightlife. With a history that changes with the seasons of different music and fashion fads, Sunset Strip is a mainstay for those looking to have a fun night out on the town in one of the most trendy areas of Los Angeles. Comedy clubs, music clubs, restaurants and even one of the most respected bookshops in L.A. reside here, along with colorful billboards and even more colorful people dining along the many sidewalk cafes that dot the street.
I will take you through the nightlife of Sunset Boulevard, but if you'd like to get there earlier in the day, you'll find nice daytimes views of the city and shopping options in this guide as well. If you'd rather skip the shopping and go straight to the nightlife, I'd recommend starting with dinner at the Rainbow Bar and Grill on the POI list.
There are several options for how to start and end this excursion. If you're able to book a room at a hotel nearby, I would staying at most any of the hotels listed in this tour and ending your night there (all have bars, most with spectacular views; some are poolside and/or on the roof for an added bonus). You're best leaving the car (if you've got one) at the hotel and then taking a cab up and down the strip. If you drive into the Sunset Strip area, it might be best to park your car in one of the all-day/evening pay lots located on Sunset and then walk or take cabs to your destinations. Things are relatively close together, but if you're in heels and/or not looking to walk more than a few blocks, a cab is the way to go.
It's not possible to visit each and every club listed here in a single night, so tailor this adventure to your tastes. Check out the event schedules for each club and see what's going on the night of your visit. Start times for events will vary as well, so stay conscious of when your show will start and allow yourself a couple hours for dinner ahead of time. If you plan to have a late-night meal, take note of Mel's diner (open 24 hours) and head there, or to Dukes, which closes at 4am Thursday-Saturday. less «