First developed as a haven for Prohibition-flouting bars and casinos in the 1920s, rising to prominence in the 1930s and '40s for its glamorous nightclubs full of Hollywood glitterati, and eventually becoming a magnet for the hippie counterculture in the 1960s, the Strip hit its most lasting stride in the 1970s and early '80s, when the drug and fashion excesses of disco, glam metal, rock'n'roll and stand-up comedy made the area both famous and infamous.
Three sites of notoriety along the strip are the former "Rock'n'Roll Hyatt" (now the streamlined Andaz West Hollywood), once famous for the booze-fueled antics (e.g, motorcycle-riding in the hallways and TV-throwing out the windows) of Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and The Who; the elegant Chateau Marmont, where comedian John Belushi died of a heroin and cocaine overdose in 1982; and music club the Viper Room, where in 1993, movie star River Phoenix died of a heroin overdose on the sidewalk out front.
The Comedy Store and the Laugh Factory, both of which have launched and fostered the careers of many of the biggest comedy acts in the U.S., remain popular fixtures on the Strip. No longer seen as a center for the indie music scene (that's moved farther east, to the Los Feliz and Silverlake neighborhoods), the acts that appear here are generally supported by the corporate record industry establishment. Star-attraction performance venues include the House of Blues, Key Club, Rainbow Bar & Grill, The Roxy and Whisky A Go Go, while bustling bar scenes of L.A.'s beautiful people can be found at The Mondrian Hotel's Skybar and at Chateau Marmont's intimate Bar Marmont.
Tours & Tickets
Staying in Long Beach and want to explore Los Angeles but don't have much time? Then check out this afternoon highlights tour of Los Angeles from Long Beach. ... Read more
Long Beach, California
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
Experience the best of Los Angeles on this customizable tour from Anaheim. Enjoy entertaining, informative commentary from your friendly driver and explore top ... Read more
Anaheim - Buena Park, California
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
From the website and TV show that keep you up-to-date on all things Hollywood comes the ultimate celebrity-spotting tour in Los Angeles! Board the 24-person ... Read more
Los Angeles, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
Pedal a hybrid road bike through LA's most popular areas as well as locations off the beaten path on this 5.5-hour ultimate bike tour of Los Angeles. An ... Read more
Los Angeles, California
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)