8852 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Why it’s infamous: The space the Viper Room inhabits used to be the Melody Room, a jazz club and the choice watering hole for mobsters, including Bugsy Siegel and Mickey Cohen. In 1993, under a new name, and with Johnny Depp as a part owner, this Sunset Strip spot was reimagined as a plush club, catering to the glitziest of guests. Just outside of the Viper Room, River Phoenix died of an overdose that same year. In 1997, John Frusciante of the Chili Peppers played there often, rail thin and strung out, during the heady climax of his worst drug days. And in 2004, the band the Brian Jonestown Massacre brawled on stage, a stunt that was later featured in the documentary DiG!