Since opening its doors in 1964, the Whisky A Go Go has been instrumental in establishing the careers of everyone from Frank Zappa and Alice Cooper, to Mötley Crüe and Van Halen. It was also on the Whisky stage where in 1966, a little piece of rock music history was forged when the then unknown house band, The Doors, jammed with the then unknown Irish singer, Van Morrison, on “Gloria.” Nearly a half-century later, and the Whisky A Go Go is still an important venue for new and emerging acts to perform. So if you're about to head over there for a show, look no further than LA.com for all the need to know info about parking, ticket prices, restaurants, etc. Here is your guide to the Whisky A Go Go.

 

Jim Morrison and the Doors performing at the Whisky in the mid-60s.
Jim Morrison and the Doors performing at the Whisky in the mid-60s.

 

Where is the Whisky A Go Go located?


The Whisky A Go Go is located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. The club's official address is 8901 Sunset Boulevard, 90069.


 

How do I purchase tickets?


Tickets for all shows at the Whisky can be purchased through Ticketweb, or Ticketmaster. For a list of all upcoming shows visit the calendar section at www.whiskyagogo.com. You can also purchase tickets at the Whisky's box office on the day of the event.


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How do I get there by public transportation?


Since it's located on the Sunset Strip, it's easy to get to the Whisky by bus. Every 15 to 30 minutes, Metro Bus Lines #2 and 217 will take you right in front of the Whisky. For a quicker ride, take Metro Rapid Line #780. It stops every 15 minutes. For a full listing of other available bus routes, visit www.metro.net


 

How do I get there by car?


Those coming from West Hollywood or Hollywood can head west on Sunset Boulevard. Pretty simple.

 

If you're coming from South Bay and the beach cities, take the 405 North and get off at Exit 55A toward Santa Monica Boulevard. Turn right onto Santa Monica Boulevard and drive for about four miles until you reach North Doheny Drive. Turn left on North Doheny Drive, drive for a little over a half a mile, and then make another right when you hit Sunset Boulevard. The Whisky A Go Go will be on your right.

 

Those traveling from Pasadena need to take the 110 South to the 101 North, then get off at Exit 8A for Sunset Boulevard. Turn right on Sunset and drive for a little over four miles. The Whisky A Go Go will be on your right.

 

If you're coming from the San Fernando Valley, take the 101 South and get off at the Highland Avenue Exit. Continue onto Highland, and then make a right at Sunset Boulevard. After three miles of driving the Whisky A Go Go will be on your right.

 

Those coming from Orange County should take the 5 North to the 101 North. From there you'll want to get off at the Sunset Boulevard Exit and make a right. Drive for a little over four miles and you'll be in front of the Whisky A Go Go.


 

What's the parking like if I drive?

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The Whisky A Go Go in its 1960s heyday.

The Whisky does have a lot directly behind it where you can park for around $10. Keep in mind, however, that spaces are limited so you shouldn't bank on that as your only option. Lucky for you, the Sunset Strip is loaded with parking lots, not to mention metered street parking. The street parking is a little bit hard to come by (especially on nights and weekends), but you should have no trouble finding a parking structure within walking distance. These lots usually cost between $7 and $10. You can find a detailed map of all the parking structures on the Sunset Strip by visiting http://thesunsetstrip.com/info/parking.


 

What's the seating situation like?


The club can seat about 500 people, and includes a dance floor on the main level, as well as an upstairs seating area. Keep in mind that the upstairs seats are on a first come first serve basis. Bars are also located in the upstairs and downstairs areas, with both food and drinks being served. You can find the Whisky's food menu here.


 

Are there any good places to eat around there?


There are lots of great restaurants all around the Whisky a Go Go. For burgers and milkshakes, you can't go wrong with Mel's Drive-In, located at 8585 Sunset Boulevard. For 24-hour Mexican food try Los Tacos on 7954 Santa Monica Boulevard. Just be sure to bring cash because they don't accept credit cards. Those in the mood for a steak will want to check out either BOA, which is at 90200 Sunset Boulevard, or BLT Steak, which is a short walk away at 8720 Sunset Boulevard. And just about everything on the menu at Saddle Ranch, located on 8371 Sunset Boulevard, is good. For a detailed list of all the restaurants available on the Sunset Strip, visit www.sunsetstrip.com/restaurants


 

Where can I learn more about the Whisky A Go Go?


Check out the website at www.whiskyagogo.com for a constantly updated calendar of all the upcoming events, as well as any other questions you might have.