8852 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069 310-358-1881
Since its stellar opening in 1993, the world-famous Viper Room (also known as Johnny Depp’s joint) has hosted the likes of Johnny Cash, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Stone Temple Pilots, Bruce Springsteen, Oasis, Queens of The Stone Age, Courtney Love, Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, Pete Yorn, Lenny Kravitz, Pearl Jam, The Strokes, Weezer, Maroon 5, John Mayer, Iggy Pop and Sheryl Crow, as well as an array of other internationally established artists and the cult favorites of America's underground. This intimate nightclub, situated in the heart of the world famous Sunset Strip, is styled in the fashion of Harlem's great jazz clubs of the 1920's.
To those who have never visited the Viper Room before, you will find it surprisingly cozy, holding only 250 people. Giving fans the opportunity to see national headlining artists that sell out arenas performing for them in such a private and personal environment has become one of the club's trademarks, as well as the tradition to treat unsuspecting patrons to outstanding surprise performances and special guest appearances.
The Viper Room is also a great destination to discover emerging local talent. Every Monday, the venue hosts Indie 103.1 presents Check One…Two Mondays, a weekly showcase for the best in emerging local LA rock as heard on the Indie 103.1 radio show Check One…Two, at 10 pm every Sunday. Working with the Viper Room’s talent buyer Joe Rinaldi, the shows host Mr. Shovel (aka Mark Sovel) handpicks breaking bands to present their stage show at the Viper supplementing what is heard on the airwaves. Bands like Tsar, The Vacation, Gram Rabbit, Phantom Planet, Giant Drag, Something For Rockets, The Plebs, Nico Vega, Monsters Are Waiting, The Like, Carina Round, Ringside, White Starr, Mellowdrone, Midnight Movies, The Shore and Oslo are just a few of the artists who have appeared at Check One…Two early on in their careers.
On any given day of the year, you’ll find musical talents who have meaning and that are developing and leading the music scene of Los Angeles and the nation. All the smaller scenes send their bands to the Viper Room when its time to discover where a performance rates on a national scale. Just ask artists like The White Stripes, The Strokes, Jet, The Fray, Louis XIV, Daughtry and Shooter Jennings.
The club is divided into two floors. In the upstairs main room, you will find live performances (click here for calendar), a live DJ, an open dance floor, booth seating (limited) and a full bar. The downstairs lounge opens to the public around 10:30 pm nightly and is designed like an intimate parlor. The lounge also hosts a fully-stocked bar. The Viper Room is open seven nights a week, and admits patrons over 21 years of age. The club generally opens at 9:00pm and closes at 2:00am. There is no membership required, and cover charges vary.