West Hollywood Travel Guide

  • Nightlife
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  • The Bazaar by José Andrés
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West Hollywood Things to Do

  • Sunset Strip

    The Sunset Strip is the place to go if you want to feel like a rockstar, or PARTY like one! Day or night, you can start at one end and make your way down to the other end and not get your fill of famous landmarks. During the day its a shopping extravaganza. Afternoon and evening, there are too many restaurants to choose from and in the evening...

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  • Greystone Mansion

    If you love beautiful views and especially if you are a photographer, you must stop here. One of the few free attractions with free parking in all of LA, Greystone Mansion was built in 1927 by oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny. It is now a Los Angeles landmark, recognized since 1976 in the national registry of Historic Places. Stop by and read a book...

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  • Pacific Design Center

    Dominating part of Westside LA skyline is the Pacific Design Center, the mecca for any architect , art designer and similar types west of the Missisippi River- maybe of the entire U.S. Special events often take place here, open to the pubic, anything from an interior design seminar to a singles mixer party. (Gay-themed ones and otherwise). PDC is...

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  • Beverly Center

    If you need to go shopping, and want a high-end mall experience, this is your spot. Almost every store you can think of is here or nearby and there's a bar right in the middle! Be sure to bring plenty of cash/credit cards. Many of the malls in the area are outdoor or partially so, so this is a great place to come shopping and escape the SoCal...

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  • Halloween Carnival

    Even before I lived in West Hollywood, coming here for Halloween was a must. Flash-forward ten years later and things are little different. After a lot of hype and commercialization, the crowd isn't what it used to be. Some people bring babies (For the sake of your kids, don't do this), some just come to take pictures, and some just come to get...

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  • West Hollywood Park

    One of the biggest parks on the Westside, West Hollywood park is only planning on expanding. Currently the park houses basketball courts, children's areas, large grassy areas, a public pool, the West Hollywood Library, TONS of parking, a full service workout area with sandy base PLUS a dog park. Besides the fact that I walk through the park on...

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West Hollywood Hotels

West Hollywood Restaurants

  • Barneys Beanery

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    I dropped one star off because its dirty and sticky and the other star because the service is terrible. If you come here, you'll need a lot of time and patience, but the food is great, especially since you will be drunk by the time it gets there. Don't worry there are tons of screens for sports or whatever else is on to keep you occupied,...

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  • Gordon Ramsay

    5 out of 5 stars

    This was a surprise birthday dinner for me, and to get the opportunity to dine at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant was something that I've always wanted to do...so we did. The service, food, ambience and setting was fabulous. Well worth the price of admission. For the appetizer, LJ had Poached Lobster with risotto while I had Roasted Pork Belly. For...

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  • Saddle Ranch

    The restaurant is located opposite of the Sunset Tower hotel.It is decorated with images from the Wild West.TV sets all over and you will not miss any sport game on TV.(Liked to watch football:-)Location is very good,you can sit outside if you like and enjoy the street life.The food is very good,very hughe.They offer a nice Newcastle beer. In...

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West Hollywood Nightlife

  • Fiesta Cantina

    If you've ever been to "Cabo Cantina" this is the gay version of that. Except you would expect the "gay version" of anything to be cleaner. Not this place. If you can get past the fact that the whole place smells like a sewer, if you don't mind your shoes sticking to the floor (Do NOT wear flip flops), if you don't mind being bumped into by the...

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  • The Abbey

    Once upon a time, The Abbey was a coffee shop about 6x6 feel big. Over the last 15 years they have bought out each of the buildings around them (including a ceramics shop) until the Abbey is what it is today. Today, the Abbey is a large bar complex with indoor and outdoor areas, multiple bars and candles everywhere. Hang out with the boys and...

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  • V Wine Room

    This little hidden gem is amazing. I probably walked past it 100 times before I was finally taken there. I'm not really a wine person, so I have no idea what to order but everyone that works there is very knowledgable, fun and friendly. One of the waiters made out with me, now THAT is service! They also have meat and cheese platters that are...

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West Hollywood Transportation

  • WeHo PickUp Trolley

    The West Hollywood City Line bus is a free bus that runs arend WeHo with stops along major shopping areas and local hang outs including Boystown. Melrose, and the famous Sunset strip. Stops include: ▪ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ▪ Beverly Center ▪ Pacific Design Center ▪ Sunset & San Vicente ▪ Santa Monica & La...

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  • WeHo "City Line" Bus

    The West Hollywood City Line bus is a free bus that runs arend WeHo with stops along major shopping areas and local hang outs including Boystown. Melrose, and the famous Sunset strip. Stops include: ▪ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ▪ Beverly Center ▪ Pacific Design Center ▪ Sunset & San Vicente ▪ Santa Monica & La Cienega...

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  • Go WeHo on its own convenient, cheap bus

    West Hollywood has its own bus called Cityline/Dayline. It is 25 cents per ride or free with a MTA bus pass ($5). This bus may be convenient if you are staying in WeHo. A popular destination of the CityLine routes is Beverly Center/ Connection (malls). I used this line a few times to go shopping. It is very much a neighborhood, hitting several...

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West Hollywood Shopping

  • All Your HARDware Needs!

    I lived in this city for five years before I ever came in here. I usually hit up Home Depot, but I didn't want to drive all the way across town. Man, I should have tried this place sooner!First of all, it's MUCH bigger than it looks from the outside. The inventory is fully loaded and they will order anything they don't have in stock. Even so, it is...

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  • Self-service Gay Garments

    I shop here a lot. Whatever your gay needs are (undies, swimwear, see-through shirts, sexy socks, gym clothes, sunglasses, tanktops) you can get them here. The prices are super reasonable, way less expensive than the surrounding stores. Think of it as the gay Forever 21. Additionally, they are constantly having clearance sales, so you can get a lot...

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  • For a Good Cause!

    Out of the Closet generates income that helps fund the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). The store takes in donated items from the public and sells them at low and affordable prices. Donations can be dropped off during store hours. Many Out of the Closet stores also offers free HIV testingThe inventory is a mish-mosh of whatever. Clothes, picture...

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West Hollywood Local Customs

  • Feeling of Elsewhere in WeHo

    Many times, I feel as though not in America in West Hollywood. On many corners, you'll hear more Russian or some slavic tongue than plain ol' American chat. Eastern Europeans are in large number in the community, especially by the Hollywood border. In fact, the common WeHo resident is a 2nd generation Russian (often older 45 or +), or a single...

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  • WeHo Crosswalks

    In 2012 the West Hollywood City Council approved painting the crosswalks at the intersection of San Vicente Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard rainbow colors in honor of gay pride. The crosswalks were painted before the festival began, and by the end of the weekend they were barely visible, covered in grime, footprints and trash. Since that time,...

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  • Know 'bout Boystown

    To capture the heart, soul, 6 pack and crotch of WeHo, walk along Santa Monica Blvd, roughly between La Cienega and Robertson. This is Gay L.A. central, featuring trendy boutique-style shops and clubs. Popular establishments include the East west Lounge and A Different light bookstore. About 80 percent of the pedestrians and bystanders are fairly...

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West Hollywood Warnings and Dangers

  • House of Blues

    I've eaten at many of these. We were going to go there for lunch, but it was closed. We talked about going there for dinner, but spent too much time at the Hard Rock that afternoon. The next morning on the news we heard there had been a fatal stabbing at the House the night before- when we would have been there.

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  • The food, especially desserts...

    The food, especially desserts are very appetizing. So you better be careful and not eat too much of the desserts or you might get indigestion like this person....

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  • West Hollywood Hotels

    16 Hotels in West Hollywood

West Hollywood Tourist Traps

  • Pink's Hot Dogs

    Pinks is an institution of Hollywood. But I sure don't know why. I've been there a few times and never left happy. The lines literally span the block and the wait is usually never less than an hour FOR A HOTDOG. Yes, they have a crazy selection of every hotdog and burger you CAN'T imagine, but some of those should have just been left for horror...

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  • Pinks - Don't Do It

    Pinks is an institution of Hollywood. But I sure don't know why. I've been there a few times and never left happy. The lines literally span the block and the wait is usually never less than an hour FOR A HOTDOG. Yes, they have a crazy selection of every hotdog and burger you CAN'T imagine, but some of those should have just been left for horror...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

West Hollywood Off The Beaten Path

  • Revolver Video Bar

    The famous West Hollywood video bar of the '80s and '90s is back in WeHo! Once one of the main stays of WeHo nightlife, Revolver became run down and was eventually closed and re-opened as East/West. Although the new owners had done a complete renovation, the bar never really took off and it became a sort of joke to the locals. About a year ago,...

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  • West Hollywood Gateway

    I happened to find this spot by the intersection of La Brea and Santa Monica. It fits well into what I'll say more in depth about the modernization of the greater Hollywood area. Here we have another chic open-air mall, featuring the major retailers Target and Best Buy (not shown) For ladies (and well some guys :-), you can touch up your make-up at...

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  • Revolver Video Bar

    The famous West Hollywood video bar of the '80s and '90s is back in WeHo! Once one of the main stays of WeHo nightlife, Revolver became run down and was eventually closed and re-opened as East/West. Although the new owners had done a complete renovation, the bar never really took off and it became a sort of joke to the locals. About a year ago,...

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West Hollywood Sports & Outdoors

  • Equinox

    You’re either a 24 hour fitness person or an Equinox person. I personally don’t need all the fancy fluff, but I have been here a few times on a friend’s guest pass. The quality of the machines, the service, the classes, all set the standard very, very high. The place is super clean and the locker room is to die for, plus the towels are like...

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  • 24 Hour Fitness

    Smack dab in the middle of West Hollywood, you would think this gym would be a littler higher class. To be fair, this did recently finish a remodel so its not as gross as it used to be, but its still luxury gym. With that said, it’s a gym, and a huge on at that. With at least 12 different rooms that I have been to I've actually gotten lost in here...

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  • Runyon Funyon

    I'm not a regular hiker but Runyon is close so I thought I'd try it. First off, don't go during peak hours. Parking can be a nightmare and it is jam packed with people looking to see celebrities and locals walking their dogs. There are three trails, all at varying levels of difficulty and they all meet at the top. There's the rocks trail (hard),...

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West Hollywood Favorites

  • Get your 12 on!

    Is this for real? Why, yes it is! Only in Hollywood- well , West Hollywood, that is- can it be totally not weird to see a store dedicated to the 12 Step program. Store is a draw for big time recovery persons and the regular Joe and Joanna addiction battlers. The most famous store visitor may just be Aerosmith frontman, Steven Tyler, who signed a...

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  • Kepp On Keeping On

    Cruise east on Santa Monica and go through the theatre district. I saw a marquee for a show called: The Short, Healthy, Happy, Heady Life of My P**is. I met with an agent at a Starbucks on Melrose Avenue, not too far from Pink's Hot Dogs. The meeting was cordial and eye opening. He told me that Hollywood was pretty much an ageist land of...

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  • Go Club Hopping!

    West Hollywood can be called THE nightclub city of the entire southern California area. WeHo, especially down Santa Monica amd Sunset Blvd, has hot, exclusive and popular night spots to be seen, to dance or take in a concert. This is a good website for getting to know the many clubs in this relatively small city. There is something for everyone...

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