Since first opening its doors in 1957, the world famous Troubadour in West Hollywood has seen just about every style of music played on its stage. What began as a major venue for the burgeoning West Coast folk scene in the early 60s, soon became instrumental in establishing the careers of James Taylor, Carole King, and several other notable singer-songwriters. Guns N' Roses played their very first show at the Troubadour in the 1980s, while Mötley Crüe, W.A.S.P. and other hair bands from the era also performed there regularly. Today the Troubadour is still one of the premier venues in Los Angeles, if not the country, for artists both young and old. From Van Morrison to Ray LaMontagne, it seems like everyone who's anyone has at one time performed at the Troubadour. So if you plan on seeing a show there LA.com has got you covered. Here is Your Guide to the Troubadour.
Where is the Troubadour located?
The Troubadour has been located in the same spot in West Hollywood for over half a century. Its official address is 9081 Santa Monica Boulevard, 90069.
How do I purchase tickets?
Purchasing tickets for any show at the Troubadour is really easy. On the homepage of www.troubadour.com there will be a list of all the upcoming acts. Just click on the box marked "Tickets" and you'll be redirected to www.ticketfly.com. Once there you can proceed in purchasing your tickets.
You can also purchase tickets at the Troubadour's box office, located in front of the venue on the night of the show. But be warned, the box office accepts cash only and opens only a few minutes prior to the start of the show.
How do I get there by public transportation?
If public transportation is your only option, the easiest way to get to the Troubadour is by taking the Metro Rapid 704. It runs down Santa Monica every 15 to 30 minutes so it's definitely you're best bet. You can find more information on other routes available by visiting www.metro.net.
How do I get there by car?
Those coming from West Hollywood or Hollywood can take Santa Monica Boulevard all the way there. Pretty simple.
If you're coming from South Bay and the beach cities, take the 405 North and get off at Exit 55A. From there you'll want to make a right onto Santa Monica Boulevard, which will take you to the front entrance of the Troubadour.
Those traveling from Pasadena need to take the 101 North and get off at Exit 7. From there you'll want to turn left onto Santa Monica Boulevard and take it for about 5 miles until you reach the Troubadour.
If you're coming from the San Fernando Valley, you'll also want to take the 101 North. Get off at Exit 7 and make a left onto Santa Monica Boulevard. Drive for 5 miles and you'll be at the Troubadour.
Those coming from Orange County should take the 5 North to the 101 North. From there you'll want to get off at Exit 7, and make a left onto Santa Monica Boulevard. Drive for 5 miles and the Troubadour will be on your right.
What's the parking like if I drive?
Parking can be a little tricky when you drive to the Troubadour so be sure to get there early if you plan on finding a spot. There is a parking structure located across the street that will cost you $10. But again, spots are limited so don't count on that as your only option. Metered street parking is also available on Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue.
What's the seating situation like?
The Troubadour is a general admission venue, so everyone pays the same price to see the same show. There are no seats on the ground floor so it's standing room only. That may seem like somewhat of a pain but it definitely makes for a far more intimate concert going experience. There are a few seats available in the showroom balcony and beside the showroom bar but those are first come first served.
What kind of food do they serve inside?
The Troubadour does have a small kitchen serving typical bar food, like hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, etc. But it can be kind of difficult to order food during a show, so it's probably best if you eat before you come. As far as alcohol goes, most of their mixed drinks and beer will cost you around $7.
Are there any good places to eat around there?
Since it resides in West Hollywood there are dozens of good restaurants within walking distance from the Troubadour. For one of the best burgers in the city, with a side order of fresh cut potato fries, you'll fall in love with Hole in the Wall Burger Joint on 11058 Santa Monica Boulevard. For late night Mexican food try Los Tacos on 7954 Santa Monica Boulevard. Just be sure to bring cash because they don't accept credit cards. But if you're just looking for good old-fashioned American fare, than just about everything on the menu at Saddle Ranch, located on 8371 Sunset Boulevard, is good. And on Tuesdays they have all you can eat ribs for $20!
Where can I learn more about the Troubadour?
The Troubadour does have a fairly detailed website that should be able to answer any remaining questions you might have. You can visit it at www.troubadour.com.