Sunset Strip Clubs Partner With National Venues For Gulf Coast Relief Benefit

Our friends at The Roxy Theatre, The Comedy Store and Viper Room have partnered with other national and local music venues to host concerts benefitting the Gulf Coast relief efforts. The goal of the July 1 concerts is to raise $500,000 through ticket sales and online donations to benefit nonprofit org Gulf Restoration Network, which provides assistance to the people, wildlife and wetlands affected by the oil spill. The org also provides advocacy work throughout the Gulf region.


“We know through music and the generosity of people that we can help make a difference in the Gulf Coast,” said Roxy Theatre owner Nic Adler. “We hope this inspires others to make a donation, attend an event and get involved.”


In addition to The Sunset Strip’s Viper Room, Roxy Theatre and Comedy Store joining the cause, more than 25 other venues have been confirmed. The full list of participating venues includes:


The Roxy Theatre (West Hollywood, CA)
Viper Room (West Hollywood, CA)
The Comedy Store (West Hollywood, CA)
Echoplex (Los Angeles, CA)
The Mint (Los Angeles, CA)
Fais Do Do (Los Angeles, CA)
Saint Rocke (Hermosa Beach, CA)
SoHo (Santa Barbara, CA)
Mojito (San Francisco, CA)
Fox Theatre (Boulder, CO)
Belly Up (Aspen, CO)
Eddie’s Trackside (Monroe, WA)
Tipitina’s (New Orleans, LA)
The Blue Nile (New Orleans, LA)
The Shed BBQ & Blues Joints (Lafayette, LA)
Blue Moon Saloon (Lafayette, LA)
George’s Majestic (Fayetteville, AR)
Neumeier’s Rib Room (Fort Smith, AR)
The Shed BBQ & Blues Joints (Ocean Springs, MS)
The Shed BBQ & Blues Joints (Gulfport, MS)
Soul Kitchen (Mobile, AL)
The Shed BBQ & Blues Joints (Mobile, AL)
The Shed BBQ & Blues Joints (Destin, FL)
Lola’s 6th (Ft. Worth, TX)
Dante’s Bar (Frostburg, MD)
The Press Room (Portsmouth, NH)


For more info, or to make a donation, visit www.GulfCoastBenefit.com.

Thursday Comedy Nights @ Pi On Sunset

Pi On Sunset has added a new item to its menu. Beginning this Thursday the Lebanese restaurant will offer a night of comedy each week featuring top comedians as well as dinner and drinks.


The series kicks off Thursday night and includes dinner, drink and show for $18 per person. Space is limited. For reservations and additional details, call 310.657.1774.



Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Looking to add some feliz to your Cinco de Mayo? Stop by The Sunset Strip tonight for live music, food and drink specials.


Borracho Cantina
Borracho is throwing the largest Cinco De Mayo party in West Hollywood. Get ready to dance, dine and drink with two salsa orchestras, mariachis, tribal dancers from Mexico and lots of drink specials. Party starts at 5 p.m. www.borrachocantina.com

Cabo Cantina
Cabo is opening early for the Cinco de Mayo celebrations! Join us starting at noon for 99-cent Coronitas and ring in the night with giveaways and Cabo’s famous Happy Hour (all drinks priced two for the price of one from 4-8 p.m. Get there early to reserve a spot! www.thecabocantina.com

The Den
Specials at The Den include $3 Modelo Especial, $5 margaritas, $2 Coors Lite and half-priced items on the small bites menu. www.thedenofhollywood.com

Isla Cantina
Mariachis from 5-7 p.m., DJs from 7:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. keep the party going and specialty drinks and gifts from Cabo Wabo, Miller Chill, Ultimat Vodka and Paco Chicano Tequila. www.islacantina.com

Key Club
Former Kumbia Kings member Frankie J brings his R&B stylings to the Key Club. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $20.

Saddle Ranch
Take half-off all drinks (excluding bottles of wine) and all appetizers from 4–6:30 p.m. www.srrestaurants.com

Whisky A Go-Go
The Whisky presents Rock N’ Espanol with Buho, Vital, Young B and M. Ripper. Tickets are $10 and doors open at 8 p.m. www.whiskyagogo.com

Looking for the perfect marg? Check out our list of top margaritas on The Strip.


Forget About Tea Parties, We’ve Got Your Real Tax Relief

Oh, Tax Day. You are definitely not the most beloved day of the year. We know you’re just “doing your job,” but all those forms and tax tables and payment options stress us out. In an effort to de-stress and celebrate refunds, or commiserate payments with friends, The Strip offers some budget friendly tax relief deals tonight (and we promise, no covers of The Beatles’ "Tax Man"…or at least not more than once.)

BLT Steak stretches your dollar with half-priced cocktails, pints, glasses of wine and select bottles of wine all night. www.bltsteak.com


The Den has you covered with a half-priced happy hour from 5-7 p.m., including drinks and select apps, and a no-cover live jazz band from 8 p.m. to midnight. www.thedenofhollywood.com


The London Bar’s “After Five” lets you toast the end of tax season with $5 glasses of Veuve Clicquot champagne, $5 bar bites and $5 valet parking. www.thelondonwesthollywood.com


The Comedy Store forces you to laugh through the tax-induced tears with a ticket giving you two free admissions to the Original Room. Tonight’s show features 16 national headlining comics. www.thecomedystore.com


The Standard offers half-priced drinks and appetizers with a view from 5-7 p.m. Sit poolside, soak up the sunset and enjoy. www.standardhotels.com


Cabo Cantina always has your budget in mind with their two-for-one happy hour from 4-8 p.m. New to the menu, try pitchers of Sweet Tea Vodka. www.thecabocantina.com


Agua Spa at the Mondrian is offering a 45-minute massage or one-hour reflexology foot massage for $50 as part of Spa Week (valid through April 18). www.spaweek.com


And if you really, really feel the need to tea party, stop by Boxwood Café at The London West Hollywood and enjoy their afternoon tea service from 3-5 p.m. A selection of teas, fresh sandwiches, scones and pastries for $28. www.thelondonwesthollywood.com 


**Just added** Receive 20% off services at Ole Henriksen spa today when you mention "The Sunset Strip blog." www.olehenriksen.com

Sunset Sessions Tonight @ The Standard

Looking for a fun, spring-inspired way to end this beautiful Southern California day? Stop by The Standard’s Cactus Lounge for drinks and music by Micky Adams and friends. Adams will paint the perfect acoustic backdrop to your evening while you relax with friends and watch the glow of the sunset infuse the Cactus Lounge. The evening starts at 7 p.m. Get there early and enjoy half-priced drinks and appetizers from 5-7 p.m.



Tweetcrawl 4: Eggstravaganza Set For April 3!

Spring – and pollen — is in the air, and what better way to celebrate than with a Sunset Strip Tweetcrawl! The fourth edition of this walkable, drinkable social-media enhanced tour of The Strip is set for Saturday, April 3, and is kicking off earlier in the day, at 3 p.m., to ensure an action-packed day of memorable fun.

Tweetcrawl 4: Eggstravaganza features stops at The Standard, The Comedy Store, LIVE! On Sunset, Book Soup, Citysearch LA, Viper Room and The Roxy Theatre with drink specials, a ping pong competition and an egg hunt along the way with special prizes from participating venues and 98.7 LA. The Tweetcrawl is open to guests ages 21 and older, and you must follow the online tweets for prizes and free access to the venues.

The game plan includes:

3 p.m.
The crawl kicks off at The Standard, Hollywood (@standardhwood) with a good old fashioned ping pong tournament on the pool deck. The champion will win respect, bragging rights and a free night stay at The Standard, Hollywood! Food and drink specials are also on tap, and special prizes will be awarded to those wearing head-to-toe bunny costumes. As an added bonus, the hotel is offering $8 parking for participants.

5 p.m.

The Comedy Store (@thecomedystore) hosts comics, excellent prizes and drink specials. VERY SPECIAL drink specials.

5:45 p.m.

Tweetcrawlers will hop up The Strip as 98.7 (@987LA) gives away some of the best Bunny Prizes yet whilst we crawl to retailer LIVE! On Sunset (@liveonsunset).  LIVE! will play part in the egg hunt as well as open up their back bar for delicious libations.

6:15 p.m.

We are off to Book Soup (@Booksoup) as our friends from PBR (@PBR_LA) help them get groovy, Lit-Style. Be on the lookout for everyone’s tweets for special prizes as we make this stop.

6:45 p.m.

Bring on the grub! Citysearch (@CitysearchLA) provides an awesome stop with local foodstuffs for everyone.

7:45  p.m. 

Rally to the world famous Viper Room (@theVIPERroom) to enjoy rock-solid drink specials including $3 Easter Egg Cocktails and $1bartender’s choice shots. Along the way, and around the club, look for eggs filled with prizes including merchandise, free show entries and much more. As long as you follow the bunny (@berkorules) you won’t get lost.

8:45 p.m.
The Roxy
(@TheRoxy) is about to make your night. With egg decorating, drink specials and as always incredible music, finish out the crawl here.

For more information, and additional details as announced, visit http://bit.ly/aDclpk

Questions? E-mail Tweetcrawl organizer Alf:  alf (@) thecomedystore.net


Let The Madness Begin!

Looking for a place to catch the games while questioning your bracket choices? We’ve got your guide here!


The place: Borracho Cantina
The screens: 10 big screen TVs
The perks: Multiple screens for the games and multiple happy hours: 3-6  p.m. and 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. featuring half-priced food and $5 margaritas and well drinks.


The place: Cabo Cantina
The screens: Multiple HD flat screen TVs
The perks: Laidback and fun. Two-for-one priced happy hour from 4-8 p.m.


The place: The Den
The screens: HD flat screens at the two bars.
The perks: A cozy ski-lodge atmosphere without leaving The Strip. Half-priced small food plates, beer and drinks from 5 – 7 p.m. Friday and 3 – 7 p.m. Saturday plus $12 bottomless mimosas and bloody mary’s during the weekend from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.


The place: Rainbow Bar & Grill
The screens: TV at the outdoor patio bar and screen inside.
The perks: Weekday happy hour from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Opens at 5 p.m. on weekends.)


The place: Red Rock
The screens: Multiple big screen TVs
The perks: Darts, a patio overlooking The Strip and daily half-priced happy hour from 5-7 p.m.
8782 Sunset Blvd.


The place: Saddle Ranch
The screens: Multiple TVs
The perks: Half-priced appetizers and drinks weekdays from 4 – 6:30 p.m. and $9.99 bottomless bloody mary’s and mimosas on weekends from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (with purchase of a meal).

St. Patrick’s Day On The Strip

Live music, drink specials, Green Velvet Cake and $25 tattoos. The Sunset Strip is the only place to be — outside of Ireland — this St. Patrick’s Day.


Live Entertainment:

Young Dubliners at House of Blues Sunset Strip
8430 Sunset Blvd. | 323.848.5100 | www.hob.com

House of Blues Sunset Strip is proud to present Celtic rock group the Young Dubliners with King Washington on St Patrick’s Day. The night also includes Irish drink specials in the Foundation Room prior to the show. Tickets are $30 in advance and $32.50 day of show. This show is ages 21 and older only.


“Feck Yeah, Ireland” at The Comedy Store
8433 Sunset Blvd. | 323.650.6268 | www.thecomedystore.com

Irish comics, beer and whiskey specials and Irish coffee. Tickets are $15. The show begins at 9 p.m. and is ages 21 and older.


Mark Mahoney and the Shamrock Social Club’s St. Patrick’s Day Bash at The Roxy
9009 Sunset Blvd. | 310.278.9457 | www.theroxyonsunset.com

Legendary Sunset Strip tattoo artist Mark Mahoney and the Shamrock Social Club host their infamous St. Patrick’s Day Bash. This year’s event features a killer lineup of old school punk legends including, TSOL, D.I., The Stains, Agression and Cold Blue Rebels. Doors at The Roxy open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. This event is 18+.


Special Deals:

$25 Shamrock Tattoos
9026 Sunset Blvd. | 310.271.9664 | www.shamrocktattoo.com

Want to remember St. Patrick’s Day year-round? Stop by Shamrock Social Club on Wednesday as artists at the shop will offer $25 shamrock tattoos all night long.


Ole Henriksen
8622 Sunset Blvd. | 310.854.7700 | www.olehenriksen.com

Wear your green on St. Patrick’s Day! Receive a complimentary jar of Ole Henriksen’s all purpose aloe vera gel and avoid getting pinched. Bring in a copy of the spa’s March Ole Henriksen Face/Body newsletter to redeem.


Green Velvet Cakes and Shamrock Cookies
8616 Sunset Blvd. | 310.855.0770 | www.buttercakebakery.com

Buttercake Bakery gets in the spirit this week with Green Velvet Cakes – a twist on the traditional Red Velvet Cake ($15-$35). Shamrock petit fours ($2.25), Shamrock sugar cookies ($1.75) and holiday-themed cupcakes ($2.75) are also available.


Drink Specials:

The Standard, Hollywood
8300 Sunset Boulevard | www.standardhotels.com

Offering two specialty cocktails: The Leprechaun featuring a ‘Bit ‘o Bailey’s and Bushmills with creme-de-menthe green and cream, and The Shamrock-‘n-Rolla, a special house recipe, with a splash of Irish! The Standard is also hosting an acoustic night. So grab a drink and enjoy!


8590 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood | 310-289-8590 | www.dolcegroup.com

Half-priced beer on St. Patrick’s Day. 


Cabo Cantina
8301 Sunset Boulevard | 323.822.7820 | www.thecabocantina.com

Have an Irish fiesta with Cabo Cantina, offering 99-cent Coronitas, Mega Irish Margaritas, $5 burritos and of course our famous two-for-one happy hour from 4 -8 p.m.


The Den Of Hollywood
8226 Sunset Blvd. | 323.656.0336 | www.thedenofhollywood.com

Offering $2 Coors Light and $5 Irish Car Bombs. And traditional corned beef and cabbage on the menu.


BLT Steak 5 After 5
8720 Sunset Blvd. | 310.360.1950 | www.bltsteak.com

Enjoy $5 draught beer, cocktail and wine selections from 5-7 p.m., as well as decadent $5 appetizers including Gruyere mac and cheese and steak sliders. 


The London After Five
1020 N. San Vicente | 310.854.1111 | www.thelondonwesthollywood.com

From 5-7 p.m. enjoy $5 glasses of champagne or sake. Also on the menu: $5 bar bites and $5 valet parking with validation.



A Liquid Tribute To Film

Who said Los Angeles lacks seasons? We’ve got fire, “rainy” and perhaps the most coveted: Awards. While the rest of the country shovels snow, we’re getting ready to toast and celebrate our favorite films of the year.

And what better way to celebrate than with an assortment of Oscar and awards season inspired drinks? The Standard and The London West Hollywood have upped the ante with an assortment of must-try cocktails available now through Oscar Sunday, March 7. So grab your glass and get ready to drink your cocktail, drink it up! (Apologies for the 2008 reference.)


The London West Hollywood‘s lavishly prepared awards season-themed cocktails are priced at $16 each and include:

Crazy Heart: A bright red, seriously strong, man’s drink with Hennessy VS, Gran Marnier, fresh lemon juice and muddled strawberries.

A Tribute to Butter (“Julie & Julia”): Hot Buttered Rum cocktail with cinnamon- and apple-infused rum, vanilla simple syrup, apple juice, Amaretto and butter.

Summer Berries with Autumn Flare (“500 Days Of Summer”): Strawberry and Raspberry infused house Vodka, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup with an Autumn spiced sugar rim.

Pandora Punch (“Avatar”): A colorful fusion of worlds layered with blue, yellow and pink Van Gogh Blueberry Vodka, Malibu Pineapple, lemonade, lime juice with a Chambord float.

The Black German ("Inglorious Basterds"): Jagermeister and Mountain Dew Black Soda

Nine Into One ("Nine"): Nine ingredients perfectly blended together — Amaretto, Grappa, Southern Comfort, Malibu Rum with cranberry, orange, lemon and lime juice, topped with a Malibu Dark Rum float.


The Standard throws in a competitor to Pandora Punch as well as additional selections. These tasty drinks are priced at $12 each:

Pandora Punch ("Avatar"): Two worlds collide with orange rum and blue Curacao.

Shoshanna’s Revenge ("Inglourious Basterds"): A glourious kocktale featuring Dragon Berry rum, orange and strawberry.

Ford Pickup ("A Single Man"): A Tom-Colins with gin. 

Mile High Club ("Up In The Air"): Fasten your seatbelts, please. This drink includes French Vanilla Kahlua, Patron coffee.

Da Bomb…may hurt you ("The Hurt Locker"): Tuaca with lemon.

For those looking for sparkles, RH Bar will pay tribute to "Julie & Julia" with a French specialty, Kir Royal (champagne and crème de cassis), available during Oscar weekend. And Ketchup gives all Oscar-day revelers another reason to toast with half-priced glasses of champagne on March 7.


[Photo: Pandora Punch at The London West Hollywood]

–C. Kemp


Undead Come Out To Play: Zombie Prom At The Roxy

Who said zombies can’t be the life of the party? On Feb. 13 the undead came to life as Saint Motel presented the second annual Zombie Prom at The Roxy. Roving Strip reporter Brent X Mendoza was there to capture some of the fun.

And if you missed it, make sure you check out the amazing video courtesy of Lauren Scheff and the Hawk of "The Real Sunset Strip."