Come On Everyone, Get Happy! Your Sunset Strip Guide

Your guide to some of The Sunset Strip's top happy hours. Grab your friends!


BLT Steak
8720 Sunset | www.bltrestaurants.com
5-7 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday “5 at 5” menu featuring five food items, specialty cocktail, draught beer and red/white wine for $5.


BOA Steakhouse
9200 Sunset | www.boasteak.com
5-7 p.m. $6 glasses of wine and select cocktails. Specially priced appetizers, including fennel dusted calamari, ahi tacos and mini Kobe beef corn dogs.


Cabo Cantina
8301 Sunset | www.thecabocantina.com
All drinks are priced two-for-one from 4-8 p.m. and during “late night” 10 p.m.-close, seven days a week!


8351 Sunset | www.carneytrain.com
4:30-7 p.m. daily. $1.50 domestic beer and a daily food special.


Crossroads at House of Blues
8430 Sunset| hob.com/losangeles
Whether you are catching a show at the House of Blues or stopping by to enjoy Southern fare at Crossroads restaurant, you can enjoy happy hour weekdays beginning at 4 p.m. 


The Den
8226 Sunset | www.thedenofhollywood.com
5-7 p.m. seven days a week. Half-priced drinks and small food plates. Additionally, Monday is "mystery" $1 beer night; $2 taco Tuesday and $4 margaritas; rock star karaoke on Wednesdays; three sliders and a beer for $10 on Thursdays; DJ on Fridays.


The London Bar
1020 N. San Vicente | www.thelondonwesthollywood.com
5-7 p.m. Monday – Friday. $5 cocktails, appetizers and valet parking.


Night + Market
9041 Sunset (inside Talesai) | www.nightmarketla.com
6-8 p.m. daily (Wednesdays 6 p.m. – closing). $5 food menu. $3 Thai beer, select $6 cocktails and $11 carafes of house red or white wine.


Pi On Sunset
8828 Sunset | www.pionsunset.com
5-7 p.m. $4 glasses of Lebanese wine and $3 specialty Lebanese beers. Half-off select appetizers.


Pink Taco Sunset Strip
8225 Sunset | facebook.com/pinktacosunset
3-7 p.m., Monday-Friday enjoy $3 beer, $5 margaritas, house cocktails, sangria and wine and $7 appetizers. 


9015 Sunset | www.rainbowbarandgrill.com
11 a.m.–7 p.m. $3 domestic beers, $3.50 import beers and $4 well drinks.


Riva Bella
9201 Sunset | http://www.innovativedining.com/restaurants/rivabella
The Sunset Strip's newest restaurant also happens to boast its most lavish outdoor patio. Take advantage of the extended sunlight and enjoy happy hour Monday-Friday from 5-7 p.m. 


Rock & Reilly's
8911 Sunset | www.rnrpub.com
Monday-Friday 4-7 p.m. Most well drinks and drafts start at $3 ($2 Bud Lights); call drinks $4 and premium drinks $5. Prices increase $1 every hour.

Saddle Ranch
8371 Sunset | www.srrestaurants.com
4-6:30 p.m. Half-priced all drinks and appetizers, including specialty carafes.

Sunset Trocadero
8280 Sunset
6-8 p.m., seven days a week. All appetizers and drinks are half-priced, including specialty martinis, champagne, bottles of wine.


9043 Sunset | www.talesai.com
5-7 p.m. Half-priced cocktails and wines by the glass, $3 Thai beers, and $5 Thai snacks, including filet mignon satay, calamari Pacific, dim sum, Northern Thai sausage with coconut sticky rice and green papaya salad.


Yatai Asian Tapas
8535 Sunset | www.yatai-bar.com
5:30 – 9:00 p.m. on Monday – Thursday; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $3 tapas and sushi rolls. $3 beers and $5 sake, wines by the glass and cocktails.


Please remember to imbibe responsibly. Don't drink and drive.

Linkin Park To Headline SSMF Street Festival August 3, Tickets On Sale Now!


We have some exciting news to announce this morning! The 2013 Sunset Strip Music Festival will feature a headlining street festival performance by Linkin Park on Saturday, August 3! The Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum California rock band and SSMF are partnering to create a unique festival experience that will let attendees “rock for a cause” with a significant portion of ticket sales to benefit Music For Relief, the nonprofit organization Linkin Park founded to support disaster relief, provide aid to survivors of natural disasters and support the prevention of such disasters via environmental programs.
Linkin Park–Chester Bennington, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Dave “Phoenix” Farrell, Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda—are excited to perform at SSMF as it marks a return to their roots as the band’s early career began in The Sunset Strip’s venues, including The Roxy Theatre.
"We started our career playing clubs on The Strip," said lead vocalist  Bennington. "It’s a thrill to be back where it all began, headlining this festival in our hometown."
The performance also marks Linkin Park’s only North American performance for the remainder of 2013, as well as the band’s first performance in Los Angeles since May 2012, when they performed an intimate benefit show at the House of Blues Sunset Strip. 
The band's current single, “Castle of Glass,” the third single from their latest album Living Things, has just entered the Top 30 on the Alternative radio chart. Since Linkin Park debuted on the Billboard 200 in 2000, no other artist has had more Top 10 singles on the Alternative chart or achieved more number one albums this century.
Tickets for the SSMF 2013 street festival are on sale now via the official ticketing provider, Eventbrite, at sunsetstrip.eventbrite.com. Ticket options include general admission August 3 street festival ticket for $79 and a VIP option for $145, which includes access to the rooftop VIP area with views of the West stage, VIP areas in the beer garden and venues, access to VIP lounge On The Rox, a separate entrance and additional perks.
As in years past for the Saturday event, Sunset Boulevard will be closed to traffic between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard and transformed into a premier concert destination with two outdoor stages, beer gardens, an artist autograph tent, an outdoor VIP rooftop lounge, silent disco, VIP Lounge at On The Rox, food trucks and interactive experiences. 
The three-day festival will take place August 1-3 on The Sunset Strip. Additional artists as well as the 2013 honoree will be announced in the coming weeks.
For the latest Sunset Strip Music Festival news, visit SSMF.com, , like Facebook.com/sunsetstripmusicfestival and follow Twitter.com/SSMF.  

5 Questions With Jihae


Last week, New York-based composer and multimedia artist Jihae played an intimate industry show at The Viper Room along with friend and collaborator Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics. Showcasing songs from her soon to be released album Illusion of You, the rangy Renaissance woman packed the room and packed the stage with a seven-piece band of industry vets that included members of Abandoned Pools, Sabrosa Purr and other notables.  
Before picking up the mic, TSS.com spoke with Jihae about the new record, her rock opera and how to correctly pronounce her exotic name.
For those that don’t know, what is the proper pronunciation of Jihae? And is there any meaning/translation behind it?
My name is pronounced "Jee- Heh," with the emphasis on the "Jee.” It means wisdom in Korean.
Tell us about the upcoming album Illusion of You. What can we expect?
I co-produced the album, which is due out this fall, with Dave Stewart (The Eurythmics) and composer Jean-Luc Sinclair. I'm very excited! It was a great honor to have two legendary songwriters, Dave Stewart and Leonard Cohen, as guests on this album. 
I’d say this record has a gritty rock and raw energy feel but is also quite intimate and minimal at times.
[As part of the release] I'll be collaborating with artists and filmmakers on short films exploring various kinds of illusions that rule our lives as individuals and as groups/societies. I will also be curating a group art exhibit based on the same concept. 
You’ve been part of quite a number of very high-profile shows including opening for Sean Lennon at the Cannes Film Festival, an evening at the United Nations and other philanthropic events. What’s been your most exciting/nerve-racking performance thus far?
I'd have to say the Fire Burning Rain Rock Opera based on my last album was the most intense and exciting performance experience.  I co-created and co-directed the piece with John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck, Doubt) who is a renowned playwright/director with a great sense of humor and wit. We had a cast of eight musicians, ten dancer/actors, a contortionist and an aerialist.
It was a huge responsibility producing, co-directing and starring in the production. I was quite inexperienced but both times we did this in 2010 and 2011, it was magical.
The storyline is a futuristic tale where earth is depleted of all natural resources and light. I played the female heroine that journeys to the underworld to slay the beast to bring back the light and save the world.
Who/what would be your dream collaboration project?  
The list is long… but the one that comes to mind at this very moment is David Lynch. It would be a brilliant experience to collaborate with David Lynch who is also very musical.
As an artist, musician and philanthropist, what do you think is the most important/vital lesson you can impart to your fans looking to make a difference in the world?
The biggest lesson I've learned in my artistic career is to be honest to myself and honest in my expression. Staying true to my essence is what makes my art unique. 
Ghandi said, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.  As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him… We need not wait to see what others do.”
We have to start with ourselves first, but it would be too easy to make a difference in the world just by being one’s self. It's important to be active in supporting causes you believe in and spreading the word. Making change comes with action.
Photos courtesy of Genie Sanchez
For more information about Jihae, visit www.jihae.com.

#MusicMonday Spotlight: JD Bender


Los Angeles has long history of inspiring and cultivating new musicians, and The Sunset Strip has directly supported and launched countless music careers. Each Monday TheSunsetStrip.com will focus on a new, local band to keep your eye on. See them perform live at the Roxy, Viper Room, Whisky or House of Blues. THIS WEEK:
Let’s get ready to honky tonk! The Sunset Strip’s resident cowboy JD Bender is taking over the Sunset Strip Market this Thursday. A Native of Los Angeles and a Viper Room regular, Bender croons and twangs with the best of them. Said to sound like Johnny Cash singing a Buck Owens song with a twist of Jerry Lee Lewis, he is the sole creator of his very own brand of good time honky tonk.
Bender takes the stage 9 p.m. at the Market this Thursday. Rod Melancon (8 p.m.) and The Far West (7 p.m.) are also on the lineup. The Market is free to attend and all ages.  www.sunsetstripmarket.com

#MusicMonday Spotlight: Terraplane Sun


Los Angeles has long history of inspiring and cultivating new musicians, and The Sunset Strip has directly supported and launched countless music careers. Each Monday TheSunsetStrip.com will focus on a new, local band to keep your eye on. See them perform live at the Roxy, Viper Room, Whisky or House of Blues. THIS WEEK:
Venice Beach’s Terraplane Sun brings their bluesy California/rock and roll groove to The Roxy Theatre this Friday, May 10. Those who saw the five-piece at the LA Vegan Beer & Food Festival this weekend already know that they get you on your feet and moving. In fact, their sound is so catchy that they have provided the soundtrack for movies and TV shows, including 21 Jumpstreet and MTV’s “Teen Wolf.” Cue the keyboards and get ready to dance!
Tickets are $16 for this all ages show. Doors open at 8 p.m. www.theroxyonsunset.com 

#MusicMonday Spotlight: Sad Robot


Los Angeles has long history of inspiring and cultivating new musicians, and The Sunset Strip has directly supported and launched countless music careers. Each Monday TheSunsetStrip.com will focus on a new, local band to keep your eye on. See them perform live at the Roxy, Viper Room, Whisky or House of Blues. THIS WEEK:
Maybe you’ve heard their track “Hold On” blasting on KROQ’s Locals Only program or as part of the promo for TV show “Bones” (it’s catchy!) Now’s the time to see L.A.-based Sad Robot in person when they perform tonight as part of legendary booker Dayle Gloria’s weekly music showcase at The Viper Room.
Comprised of only three band members (Katherine Pawlak on vocals/keys, guitarist Nicolas Perez and drummer Jake Hogenson), Sad Robot’s sound is melodic and explosive and uniquely their own with hints of inspiration from Muse, Radiohead, Queen and White Stripes. 
Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10. www.viperroom.com 

New #MusicMonday Spotlight: Liza Oppenheimer

Los Angeles has long history of inspiring and cultivating new musicians, and The Sunset Strip has directly supported and launched countless music careers. Each Monday TheSunsetStrip.com will focus on a new, local band to keep your eye and ears on, so you can say you knew them when. THIS WEEK:

L.A.-based singer/songwriter Liza Oppenheimer brings her vintage-inspired sound to the Viper Room’s acoustic lounge this Tuesday, April 9. Inspired by a range of artists, including Marianne Faithful, Debbie Harry and John Lydon, you won’t want to miss this eclectic set or her “Midnight Cowboy”-esque video that pays homage to the City of Angels.  
Doors open at 8:00 p.m. for this acoustic showcase. Tickets are $10. 

Sunset Strip Business Association Gives Back To The Community, Donating $145,300 To Charity

We are happy to announce that the Sunset Strip Business Association (SSBA) raised more than $145,300 to support local charities throughout the past two years! Beneficiaries of the donations include local organizations that support music education in schools, provide services and programs for homeless youth in Los Angeles and that provide drug and alcohol treatment services. The charitable giving is part of the SSBA’s goal to build and support community efforts. 

The funds were raised through various efforts and events managed by the SSBA as well as partnerships with sponsors, including the Gibson GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip charity auction supporting the Los Angeles Fund for Education’s “Arts Matter” campaign, which funds music and art education in L.A. public schools, and partnering with Jack Daniel’s to create a special Mötley Crüe-branded bottle for the 2011 Sunset Strip Music Festival, with proceeds benefitting the Skylar Neil Foundation for children’s cancer research. Additionally, the Sunset Strip Music Festival donated a portion of ticket sales to support organizations including West Hollywood Elementary School’s arts and music education programs and IMPACT Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center. 
A full list of beneficiaries includes: 
GIBSON GUITARTOWN II Charity Auction, February 2013: In partnership with Gibson, raised $52,280 to benefit Los Angeles Fund for Education’s “Arts Matter” campaign, which funds art and music education programs in Los Angeles public schools.
2012 SUNSET STRIP MUSIC FESTIVAL: A portion of ticket sales raised $6,505 to benefit IMPACT Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center and $3,587 to benefit West Hollywood Elementary School’s arts and music programs.
2012 SUNSET STRIP MARKET: The farmers’ market’s $1 bag donation program raised $380 to support West Hollywood Elementary School’s garden program. 
2011 SUNSET STRIP MUSIC FESTIVAL: $25,000 raised in partnership with Jack Daniel’s to benefit the Skylar Neil Foundation to raise awareness and fight children’s cancer. Additionally, a portion of ticket sales raised $3,210 to benefit West Hollywood Elementary School’s arts and music programs.
GIBSON GUITARTOWN I Charity Auction, December 2011: In partnership with Gibson, raised $27,180 to benefit the Los Angeles Youth Network; $20,385 to benefit the West Hollywood Arts & Cultural Affairs Commission, specifically to support and fund public art; and $6,795 to benefit the West Hollywood Library
“We are extremely proud of the work we have accomplished in support of local charities and organizations, and we are thankful for our likeminded partners – including Gibson and Jack Daniel’s – who also understand the importance of giving back,” noted SSBA Executive Director Todd Steadman. “The Sunset Strip Business Association and its member businesses diligently work to incorporate charity components into events whenever possible, and we are pleased to announce we have raised significant funds to support efforts within our community and throughout Los Angeles.”
The Sunset Strip Business Association is a private, nonprofit corporation operated by approximately 175 Sunset Strip business owners in West Hollywood. The organization is comprised of businesses in the hotel, restaurant, retail, valet/parking and nightlife/music industries. The SSBA provides security, street maintenance, public outreach and marketing services for The Sunset Strip, under contract with the City of West Hollywood. 
The SSBA is also the managing member of the limited liability company that owns the Sunset Strip Music Festival, which was created in 2008 to promote, preserve and perpetuate the legendary Sunset Strip music experience, and the SSBA launched the Sunset Strip Market, a certified farmers’ market, in 2012. 
Photo: SSBA and Gibson present a check to Los Angeles Youth Network. (l-r) SSBA executive director Todd Steadman, SSBA president Mikeal Maglieri, West Hollywood councilmember Abbe Land, Los Angeles Youth Network executive director Mark Supper, Perla Hudson, Slash, councilmember John D'Amico, councilmember Jeff Prang, Sunset Strip Music Festival managing director Karmen Beck. Photo courtesy of Genie Sanchez. 

Easter Sunday Brunch


Once you’ve had your fill of chocolate bunnies, Peeps and jelly beans, head on over to The Sunset Strip for brunch with family or friends. From foot-stomping gospel to caviar and rooftop views, we’ve got the perfect options for you. 
Gospel Brunch at House of Blues 
Stop by House of Blues and feed your soul at Gospel Brunch! It's a foot-stomping, soul-stirring, one-of-a-kind event that will get the entire family up off their feet. Featuring amazing live gospel performances and an all-you-can-eat buffet, this uplifting performance and experience will make your Easter one to remember. Enjoy Southern specialties and morning favorites such as cornbread muffins with maple butter, pecan caramel sticky buns, cheese-filled tortellini salad with smoked salmon, traditional Caesar salad, hickory smoked bacon, sausage links, homemade biscuits and country gravy, breakfast potatoes with sautéed onions and peppers, homemade waffles, an omelet station, southern fried chicken, homemade macaroni and cheese, Creole chicken and shrimp jambalaya, carved smoked turkey breast or prime rib of beef, white chocolate walnut brownies, homemade fruit cobbler and white chocolate banana bread pudding. Tickets are $40.50 for adults, $19 children ages 5-12. Two seatings available, at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Entrance includes music and buffet. For reservations, please call 323-848-5113 or visit www.hob.com/losangeles.  
Caviar Brunch at Sunset Marquis Restaurant
Go gourmet with a full service brunch at the Restaurant at Sunset Marquis. Enjoy a selection of hors d’oeuvres, caviar, a seafood station with smoked salmon, baby scallops, poached jumbo shrimp, sushi rolls, snow crab legs, an assortment of fresh salads, entrée selection (roasted spring chicken, miso black cod, spring root vegetable gratin, eggs benedict), a carving station, cheeses and dessert. Brunch is $75 per person, $35 for children ages 5-11, under 5 free. For reservations, please call 310-358-3759. View the full menu.
Dim Sum at Asia de Cuba
Asia de Cuba kicks off its new Spring brunch this Sunday. The brunch features traditional Asia de Cuba fare plus the addition of dim sum stations and one signature cocktail. Brunch is from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and is $49 per person. For reservations, call 323-848-6000. 
Three-Course Brunch at Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood
Enjoy a three course brunch including freshly baked pastries, scones and jam and a menu featuring white and green asparagus salad; applewood smoked Pacific salmon; kataifi poached egg; granola French toast; bacon and eggs; braised pork belly; butter poached lobster and more. Add on pitchers of spring cocktails, hibiscus mimosas, Belvedere Bloody Marys or watermelon bellinis for $45. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is $55 per person. For reservations, please call 310.358.7788.  www.thelondonhollywood.com 
Rooftop Buffet Brunch at The London West Hollywood
Soak up the sun and endless city views with a rooftop buffet brunch featuring housemade granola and yogurt; artisanal and farmhouse cheeses served with bagels and smoked salmon; French toast; eggs made to order; a sushi bar; pastry table and more. Brunch is served 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is $85 per person. Reservations are required for non-hotel guests. For reservations, please call 310.358.7788.  www.thelondonhollywood.com 
“Egg-centric” Fiesta at Rosa Mexicano
Rosa Mexicano is offering an “eggs-tra” special brunch this Sunday featuring dishes including soft scrambled eggs with cactus paddle, molletes and fried pasilla chile; creamy breakfast tamale with poached eggs and fried Chihuahua cheese; egg white skillet taco with chile-infused tofu and jalepeno; stuffed French toast with chiles, Mascarpone cheese and caramelized plantains; pea soup and more. The brunch menu also includes spiked horchata (tequila, coffee liqueur and espresso) and Mezcal Bloody Marias. The regular dinner menu will be available all day, as will kid-centered entertainment. View special brunch menu
Farm Fresh Brunch at Eveleigh
How do you like your eggs? Eveleigh is serving them up baked, soft scrambled, fried or traditional “bubbles and squeak” style: scotch egg. Non-egg brunch options include raw Bloomsdale spinach salad with golden raisins, pine nuts, ricotta salata and sherry-lemon dressing; spelt hot cakes with poached pear, whipped honeycomb butter and bay leaf maple syrup; Eveleigh burger; granola and banana bread. Also on tap: add a “farmers market cocktail” to your meal. These specialty cocktails feature fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced directly from L.A.’s farmers’ markets. New menu each week. www.theeveleigh.com  

New #MusicMonday Spotlight: Picture Atlantic


Los Angeles has long history of inspiring and cultivating new musicians, and The Sunset Strip has directly supported and launched countless music careers. Each Monday TheSunsetStrip.com will focus on a new, local band to keep your eye on. See them perform live at the Roxy, Viper Room, Whisky or House of Blues. THIS WEEK:
All the way from the Bay Area, get ready to welcome Picture Atlantic to The Sunset Strip when they bring their sharp suits and explosive sound to the Viper Room this Thursday, March 28. Influenced by MUSE, Neon Trees and Jeff Buckley, Picture Atlas has created their own unique sound described by The Owl Mag as “an exquisite mix of thrilling boppy synth highs and dark, heavy bass lows.” Catch them now so you can say, “We saw them when.” 
Tickets are $10 in advance through TicketWeb or the ViperRoom.com. $12 day of show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.