The Viper Room may forever be remembered as the site of River Phoenix's untimely death from a drug overdose in 1993, which tragically took place a few months after the club opened. Despite his death, however, many A-list actors quickly made the venue their unofficial hangout in the 90s, among them Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie, and Jennifer Aniston. Johnny Depp owned The Viper Room until 2004, and since then the venue has gone through several different owners. Today The Viper Room continues to host various bands from all genres of music, like punk, metal, blues, and alternative rock. So before you see a show there, here's everything you'll need to know.
Where is the Viper Room located?
The Viper Room is located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. It's official address is 8852 Sunset Blvd., 90069.
How do I purchase tickets?
How do I get there by public transportation?
There are many options if you plan on taking public transportation. The easiest way to get there is by bus. Metro Bus Lines #'s 2 and 217 will both take you right in front of The Viper Room. They stop every 15 to 30 minutes. 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?
If you're coming from West Hollywood or Hollywood, you'll just need to head west on Sunset Boulevard. Pretty simple.
Those coming from South Bay and the beach cities, will need to 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 and a half miles until you reach North San Vicente Boulevard. Turn left on North San Vicente Boulevard, drive for a little over a half a mile, and then make another right when you hit Sunset Boulevard. The Viper Room 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 about four and a half miles. The Viper Room will be on your left.
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. Drive for three miles and The Viper Room will be on your left.
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 four and a half miles and The Viper Room will be on your left.
What's the parking like if I drive?
The Viper Room doesn't have a parking lot but there are plenty of pay lots within walking distance. Depending on what night it is, they usually cost between $5 and $10. You can find a map of all the parking lots located on the Sunset Strip by visiting this website: http://thesunsetstrip.com/info/parking.
What's the seating situation like?
The Viper Room is a standing room only venue that can hold up to 250 people. It can get pretty crowded and stuffy when its filled to capacity, so if you don't like random people standing very close, then it's probably not the venue for you.
Are there any good places to eat around there?
The Sunset Strip is loaded with great restaurants. For burgers, sandwiches and milkshakes, you can't go wrong with Mel's Drive-In, located at 8585 Sunset Boulevard. For sushi, there's Katana located at 8439 W. Sunset Blvd. It's open until 12:30 a.m. on the weekends. 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. For Mexican food, there's Cabo Cantina, Poquito Mas and the newly opened Pink Taco. For a detailed list of all the restaurants on the Sunset Strip, visit www.sunsetstrip.com/restaurants.
Where can I learn more about the Viper Room?
For an up-to-date calendar off all the upcoming acts that will be performing at The Viper Room, visit www.viperroom.com.