Food & Drink

The Best Bars and Restaurants on the Sunset Strip

Published On 10/21/2015 Published On 10/21/2015

Newton’s fourth law dictates, “One will always eventually find oneself on the Sunset Strip, no matter how hard they may try to avoid it.” And when that happens, here are the best places to hit to forget that you ended up on Sunset.

Pearls Rooftop

Pearl’s Liquor Bar

8909 Sunset Blvd

Follow the stairs up to its rooftop section -- it's got perhaps the best rooftop on Sunset, a killer cocktail menu, and tasty bites including truffle mushroom flatbread and fried chicken Benedicts.

Maia Weho

Maia

8768 Sunset Blvd

This less-than-two-month-old hotspot has some of the best new food on the strip: Kumamoto oysters (with cucumber, ponzu mignonette & mint), black cod (with miso glaze & grilled baby bok choy), and its bluefin tuna sashimi (with truffle, yuzu & agave). Also, prepare to feel like you’re in a magazine ad, because (true to Sunset strip hotspots) the beauty of the food is matched only by the beauty of the clientele.

Rainbow Bar & Grill

9015 Sunset Blvd

Tired of never running into Lemmy from Motorhead? Get over to Rainbow Bar & Grill, because he’s always there, and also, Rainbow Bar & Grill is legendary. Bonus: Ron Jeremy is ALSO always there, so that’s obviously a plus.

Skybar

Skybar at Mondrian

8440 Sunset Blvd

It's got a pool! It's got a bar! It's got, uh, sky! The longtime strip fave isn’t as hard to get into as it once was, the food and drinks are still top-notch, and of course, you’ve got nutso views of Hollywood over the top of the hill.

State Social House

State Social House

8782 W Sunset Blvd

Looking for a place to lounge in the daytime before the Strip gets insane? Thanks to massive strip-facing windows on the patio, SSH has a big, open-air attitude for all your before-and-after-noon drinking needs (not to mention Buffalo fries and a tasty banh mi).

Sushi Park

8539 W Sunset Blvd

A lot of people say Sushi Park is the best sushi in LA, and they’re not exactly wrong. SP prides itself on being ultra-traditional, so if you want to keep your legs, don’t ask for chicken teriyaki or a California roll. Instead, spend probably too much money on its top-level omakase.

Burger Lounge

Burger Lounge

8539 W Sunset Blvd

Sure it’s a chain, but so what? It's got great burgers -- and free parking. FREE PARKING.  

Fork

Fork

8264 W Sunset Blvd

You probably don’t like Mediterranean spicy lamb tacos with garlic oil on naan flatbread, and you probably don’t like Greek-style salmon with lemon garlic smashed potatoes & sautéed spinach, and you DEFINITELY don’t like a selection of craft martinis like pepperoncini and pineapple ginger. So, you probably won’t like Fork. Sorry ‘bout that.

The Church Key

The Church Key

8730 W Sunset Blvd

When the Church Key launched a couple years ago, it made its name on “American dim sum,” but these days it's as notorious for its brunch (thanks to $13 bottomless mimosas and cinnamon caramel house-made brioche donuts) as it is its cart-led dinners. If you’re not a mimosa person, it also offers up tons of tasty cocktails like the Wedding Crashers-influenced “Motorboatin’ SOB” with Jameson Black, rosemary syrup, and ROSEMARY SMOKE.

Sunset Trocadero Lounge

Sunset Trocadero Lounge

8280 Sunset Blvd

A longtime local Strip fave, Trocadero Lounge has one of the BEST happy hours in the city (half off ALL appetizers and drinks), as well as strong pours and a breezy patio. See ya there.

BOA Steakhouse

BOA Steakhouse

9200 Sunset Blvd

Is it $48 for a center cut filet mignon? Yes. Is it possibly the best steak in the city? Also yes.

The Roxy

9009 W Sunset Blvd

In the Strip’s last heyday as a music mecca in the early ‘90s, there were three rock clubs that mattered: The Whiskey, The Roxy, and the Viper Room. Though all three still stand, only one remains truly relevant: The Roxy recently was acquired by Coachella gods Goldenvoice, which means its bookings are still top-notch, the sight lines are great, and it’s got a sound system that rivals any other in the city.

Eveleigh

Eveleigh

8752 W Sunset

It’s our pick for one of the most underrated restaurants in the entire city -- which makes it a likely contender for best restaurant on the Strip. Oh, and the bar area’s great too. So maybe just “best place on the Strip?”

Rock & Reilly’s

Rock & Reilly’s

8911 W Sunset

OK, so this isn’t exactly the most “legit” Irish pub in LA, but it may be one of the most fun: the walls and glasses are loaded with ridiculous slogans from its made-up founder (“‘This may be the beer talking, but I love beer’ -- Reilly, age 5”), it often hosts over-the-top parties, the bartenders are all ultra-attractive (men & women, so it's equal-opportunity), and it has its own not-bad whiskey blend. On a Strip full of pretentiousness, it’s an alcoholic breath of fresh air.

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Wilder Shaw didn’t include Carney’s because he’s diehard for the OG Studio City location. Rebuttal on Twitter at @WilderShaw_ and Instagram @wildershaw.

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1. Pearl's Liquor Bar 8909 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

This WeHo American bar has got a host of delicious 'tails, innovative eats, and a prime people-watching crowd.

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2. Maia 8768 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

This restaurant, helmed by JT Torregiani, has a Californian concept with Asian and Latin influences. The ingredients are mostly local and fresh and the cocktails are meticulously crafted. Enjoy lobster quesadillas or a bison burger with havarti and caramelized onions on their stunning patio or in their rustic dining room.

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3. Rainbow Bar & Grill 9015 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 90069

Lounge contentedly in your booth knowing that members of Motley Crue and Motorhead have chowed down on that very Italian cooking and sipped on that very beer. In fact, they might even be there in person, but it's up to you if you're willing to share your 'za.

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4. Mondrian Los Angeles 8440 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

In the middle of West Hollywood, Mondrian LA is a glitzy boutique hotel right on the Sunset Strip. Skybar, the rooftop lounge, features a patio and full-size pool perfect for daytime lounging and nighttime DJ-fueled parties. The hotel is also home to Ivory On Sunset, a luxe Californian restaurant open for all-day dining and cocktails.

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5. State Social House 8782 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

This Strip spot serves tons of great 'tails and a special house whiskey burger.

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6. Sushi Park 8539 W Sunset Blvd, #20, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Don't let the strip mall location fool you, Sushi Park doles out some of the freshest and tastiest sushi you'll find in the area. Your best bet is the omakase, and even though it can get pricey, it's totally worth it.

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7. Burger Lounge 8539 West Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Sure it’s a chain, but so what? They’ve got great grass-fed burgers -- and free parking. It's a mandatory pit stop anytime you're on the strip.

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8. Fork 8264 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

This relaxed mediterranean eatery serves spicy lamb tacos with garlic oil on naan flat bread, Greek style salmon with lemon garlic smashed potatoes & sautéed spinach, and a selection of craft martinis like peperoncini and pineapple ginger.

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9. The Church Key 8730 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

The Church Key gets aggressively inventive with its Asian-influenced interpretations of modern American cuisine. Waiters push dim carts around the dining room featuring small plates that are familiar enough for you to recognize (sweet potato gnocchi, curried chicken pot pie) but exciting enough that some will only appeal to the most adventurous of eaters (pig ear cheetos). Signature cocktails continue to challenge expectations: Negronis come in a can and boozy popsicles are a common sighting.

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10. The Sunset Trocadero Lounge 8280 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

A longtime local Strip fave, the Troc, as it's endearingly known to locals, has one of the d-o-p-e-s-t happy hours in the city (half off ALL appetizers and drinks), as well as strong pours and a sweet patio.

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11. BOA 9200 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

This high-end steakhouse on the Strip is known for delicious steaks, sleek decor, and a glamorous clientele. Each cut of meat is perfectly juicy, and though you're undoubtedly here for the 40-day dry-aged New York strip or center-cut filet mignon, the mac & cheese side, made with smoked gouda and cheddar, is worth a trip in itself. And since this is LA, BOA has an entire menu dedicated to gluten-free food (thank god steak is GF).

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12. The Roxy 9009 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Amongst the numerous clubs along the Sunset Strip, one stands out for its meritage of musical talent performers. The Roxy opened its doors in 1973 with Neil Young and has featured performers from David Bowie, Guns 'N Roses, Nirvana, the Foo Fighters and Tori Amos. This is a venue for the true music fan - all acts, famous or soon-to-be-famous will play here.

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13. Eveleigh 8752 W Sunset, Hollywood, CA 90028

This rustic space has a reclaimed, wood-laden indoor/outdoor dining room with a communal table and sofa-like seating. Their outdoor patio is the real draw, where you'll feel as though you've entered a gorgeous garden party, surrounded by homegrown herbs and vegetables. From land (lamb meatballs) to sea (wild Pacific yellowtail), every dish on Eveleigh's delectable menu is market-fresh and crafted with care.

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14. Rock & Reilly's Irish Pub 8911 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

With an interior filled with flat screens and a massive selection of whiskeys, this Sunset Strip Irish pub is a favorite because of its interesting backstory (the founder was born during a bar fight!) and their commitment to charity by hosting one nonprofit event per month. Now you can feel good about that extra drink. (It's for a good cause.)

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