8430 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA | Directions 9006934.094876 -118.373667
Neighborhoods: Central LA, West Hollywood
This is the original. One of the most fun, intimate venues on the strip with so much music history. They show most of the well known live acts of all the music clubs on Sunset. Their elevator is a trip.
not a culinary beacon, but it's conveninet – i wouldn't go here just for the food. in fact, i'm not sure you can! i think you have to have a ticket to the show. but ... if you are seeing a show and you are hungry, this is not a bad option. just be advised you can't see the stage from the eating area. prices are a little high for quality but this is HOB. full bar. servers are pretty hurried on busy nights. parking is crazy expensive.
must see once – this place is truly spectacular, the sound is pretty good, but definitely not the best in LA
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Sweeeeet Happy Hour – Check out the review of this and many other happy hours at: happiest hours(dot)blog spot(dot)com - no spaces between words, but City Search won't allow it any other way. That is the best bargain we've seen to date in the HH quest. The apps are also cheap, but there are only five to choose from - fried artichoke hearts (OMG - so good!), fried catfish nuggets with sweet potato fries (yummy!), spinach and artichoke dip (not sampled), veggie or chicken quesadilla (not on this trip) and calamari tossed with olives and herbs (and - surprise! - it was fried!) I liked the calamari, but I do wish the menu had said it was also going to be breaded and fried. Still, it was good and had a nice Mediterranean zing. Portions were huge - nothing was finished between the two of us.
Great venue, but not cheap – As long as you're willing to spend some cash on drinks and parking then you'll do fine. The venue is really great and there's truly not a bad view in the house, but parking is a little tricky. I've had friends get towed trying to squeeze into street parking and I've also driven around forever looking for free parking. The truth is if you can muster the 15 for valet, it's probably not a bad idea. Otherwise as long as it's a good show, you won't have any complaints.
This is NOT, repeat NOT good Southern style eating! – The food here is terrible. Yes, I said awful. It's not good even if you call it Southern or Soul or whatever. I may not be Cajun (that's a displaced Acadian from Nova Scotia who ended up in Louisiana), but I am a New Orleans native and Southern cook. Don't waste your money on the grub, baby. . . but, hey the shows are great, and thee gospel be rockin'. (I meant to write that, so simmer down.)
Fun concert venue – Came here with a group of friends to see a concert and it was a great night. This is a great place to see live music because you are basically right up against the stage when you are out on the main floor and the atmosphere and crowd make it alot of fun. Be ready to spend some cash on drinks and parking and you will have a great time. I would definitely go back and recommend anyone to come here for concerts.
I'll never go back.Not ever – I don't even know where to start.I guess from the moment we got there.My husband and I went to see a concert.We had never been there before,so we followed other cars into what we thought was general parking but soon learned it was valet.They were very rude, rushed us out of the car then demanded $15.Then,when we went through security we were told no cameras at this venue.They told us to take it to our car.We went to ask the valet where the car was parked so we could put the camera away and they said"cars are parked 1 mile away.You can't get to them.You can check your camera in for $5."What a rip off.So then we had to back through the rudest security ever into the the bar area.We got a few drinks,which were not cheap and not filled to the top.My husband did not tip the bartender,but his friend did.She then told my husbands friend"you'r cool."Then said to my husband "you'r an asshole."Can you belive that shit.Later that night I was escorted out for standing too close to the light man.noone ever asked me to move,just escorted out.They told my husbad that he could go back in,but I could not.I did get loud and throw a little fit but I really didn't understand what I had done that was soo wrong.I meen there where people smoking marajuana in there.Throw them out.Anyways becaues I was loud and arguing with them, we both had to leave.I'll never ever go there again.
An OK dance club (for special events) – I've been to the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip only a few times, and in all cases for special event gay dance nights. Generally, it was fun but it never ever quite achieved the perfect energy that all dance clubs need to have to survive long term. The bar setup is cool, but no one patronized the upstairs level, probably because looking down on the dance floor was nearly impossible. Seeing the off-floor crowd totally impossible. Alas, it's a decent club scene but nothing spectacular. Skip it next time they have an event.
THEFT – soo I went to go see a band tonight with my friend. We were promptly told that cameras were not allowed at this venue ( lame and ridiculous considering people can bring phones that now take fair to excellent pictures that are close to camera quality) so we went back to the car that we had valet'd in the HOB lot to put the camera back. When we got to the car the windows were down and the car was unlocked, which we found curious considering it wasn't like that when we handed it over to the valet guy. Nevertheless we thought it might just normal procedure considering it was a private lot with valet people watching over it. My friend opened up the glove and put her camera in there underneath all the contents in there....Flash forward a couple hours..We get the car back from the valet to discover the camera is no longer in the glove compartment. We scour the car, pull over and look in every crevice and nook to discover it is nowhere to be found. We drive back to the lot the car was held at where we spent more than a hour deealing with the valet "supervisor/manager" who offered us no help at all other than filling out some forms which he said probably wouldn't really help getting reimbursement for the camera that was jacked. I asked the guy in charge how the relationship with HOB worked out...whether they were contracted out or if they were part of HOB to which he responded in a most disdainful and rude way, trying to deflect any responsibility he had towards the situation. To make a long story short....No one fessed up to the theft of the camera and the mention of the fact that they have no liability in these matters came up as well. How the f*ck do you not have liability if a car is parked in your private lot and managed by company personnel? Anyways can anyone give advice on how to proceed in this situation? It seems like a losing battle but that doesn't mean it isn't worth fighting on principle alone. Ok thanks for reading. feedback is appreciated
Gospel Brunch - Good but not great – Parking is valet, or $10 in a lot across the street. The buffet seemed standard fare for a brunch but not remarkable. Self-serve coffee/tea, couple of omelet stations, plus the usual breakfast, salad, hot dishes, carving station, bagels, muffins and other desserts. A waiter offered soft drinks but brought me water when I asked. There were only a few Southern dishes - biscuits/gravy, grits, chicken, mac/cheese - I expected more. The best dessert was the bread pudding. I tried a bit of the jambalaya, but like much of the food, it was nothing special.
After recorded gospel/jazz music with the buffet, the curtain went up and the live concert started at 1:45pm. The volume also went up; there seemed to be an imbalance of the mix out to the house that made the bass way too heavy, at the expense of the keyboards and the backup vocals (lead vocals were fine). That was improved about halfway through the hourlong show.
If you want authentic Gospel music, may I suggest you check out one of the larger urban churches in the LA area, say, West Angeles COGIC. You must understand that this is a show put on for tourists, having a similar relationship to real Gospel that a Luau at a hotel in Hawaii has to native Hawaiian culture. There was a lady in white costume and hat like on their Web page sharing lead with the male choir director, about eight backup singers who also did solos, and a five-piece band - keyboards, guitar, bass, drums.
On this day there was also a visiting gospel choir from Japan - about 20-25 people who shared the stage with the local performers for the first couple of numbers and a few toward the end. The oddest moment had to be when this group performed a Japanese children's rhyme with koto and bamboo flute. Perhaps the most moving was after that, when the Japanese choir director was introduced and she expressed her love for Gospel (and God)...
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