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The Troubadour

Music Venue, Bar, and Rock Club
West Hollywood
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    "easy to get close the stage"(8 Tips)
    Line6
    "Intimate venue that sports a balcony"(6 Tips)
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    "NBC awarded Troubadour as “Best Venue in LA” by way"(4 Tips)
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    "Intimate venue that sports a balcony"(7 Tips)
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  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 26, 2013
    The late Doug Weston opened the Troubadour in '57. The club has a kitchen and three full bars, as well as a balcony that looks down over the stage & dance floor. All ages. Play here & You've Arrived! Read more
  • g o.
    g oconnorJune 17, 2015
    Intimate performing space with fantastic acoustics, good bars, a small kitchen, and a history that puts the Whisky to shame! Lenny Bruce was one of the. First arrests here - back in 1957. Obscenity!!
  • LAist
    LAistAugust 1, 2014
    The music hub, with a small capacity of 400, brings you up close with your favorite musicians. If you decide to take a breather at its bar up front, don't worry about missing the show Read more
  • CJ B.
    CJ BruceAugust 23, 2014
    Classic west Hollywood venue for live music. Great views from multiple seats in the house, but it's all about the upstairs VIP (sometimes) area with a separate bar.
  • g o.
    g oconnorJune 17, 2015
    The Troubadour has a small kitchen, front and rear bars, and an intimate performance space. It exists because it sets the standard - the Whisky only wishes it sounded as good.
  • Donna B.
    Donna BalanciaApril 19, 2015
    The Troubadour is a great, legendary venue! The owners are fun and the staffers are friendly. Some of the best acts from around the world perform here, so it's really a must when in LA! Read more
  • Line 6
    Line 6November 30, 2011
    Perhaps the best live sound in LA! Intimate venue that sports a balcony for the less adventurous show goers. If you have the opportunity to play here DO IT! You won’t regret it!
  • Line6
    Line6November 30, 2011
    Perhaps the best live sound in LA! Intimate venue that sports a balcony for the less adventurous show goers. If you have the opportunity to play here DO IT! You won’t regret it!
  • LAist
    LAistAugust 1, 2014
    Troubadour has had some serious history in being one of L.A.'s top music venues. Since it opened in 1957, it has had acts like Elton John, Guns N' Roses, and Radiohead play on its stage. Read more
  • C. Vincent P.
    C. Vincent PlummerOctober 22, 2011
    The VIP bar makes up for the fact that parking around here is atrocious... It's nice to step away from the sweaty crowd, grab a drink, and watch them set up the stage on the tele.. Classy move.
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128July 6, 2012
    Take the 704 bus so you can drink AND stay for all of encores at one of LA's famous venues that still does alternative. Buy tickets at the box office to save money and check the sign for secret shows.
  • Marina J.
    Marina JamiesonOctober 24, 2014
    Cozy space to drink and listen to the blissful music with a close group of friends. Sound is great!
  • David C.
    David CaffreySeptember 14, 2011
    I love it.. Sometimes you can go and it cost $20 to see a show like Bats for Lashes, but other times, like Hall and Oats played there it was a couple of hundred dollars, WTF its not Pink Floyd.
  • sufjan
    sufjanMay 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    A very small venue. Some of the security guys are super nice. Don't forget your ID if you want to drink and come early if you want a good spot (for sold out shows).
  • Glen F.
    Glen FujimotoNovember 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Kick back and relax in the loft with a vip card, or get close and stand next to the stage, my favorite spot! Small venue so you're always close to the action.
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJuly 9, 2012
    Many shows sell out, so be sure to either buy tickets in advance or check the website for sellout notifications. Read more
  • RCRD LBL
    RCRD LBLApril 13, 2011
    Classic LA rock spot in West Hollywood. Head straight upstairs to the uniquely designed mezzanine for a less pushy shovey experience, and the best sound in the whole spot.
  • Karrine &.
    Karrine & Co.®July 20, 2013
    Bring earplugs! This place has one of the best (and loudest) sound systems in town. Also, be prepared to stand, unless in the balconies.
  • Bo L.
    Bo LiebmanJuly 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite music venue. Small, great sound, good view from anywhere, cameras are fine, and great musical acts are always showing up.
  • Where Los Angeles Magazine
    Small enough to lend intimacy to singer-songwriters, but big enough for a raucous rock show. A favorite stop for musicians and arena headliners: Prince & Coldplay have previewed new material here. Read more
  • George
    GeorgeOctober 27, 2012
    Great time. Clean floors & the bar was well kept! Bartenders friendly & know their drinks! Awesome place to see bands. Up close & personal.
  • Jen B.
    Jen BaconMarch 29
    MRKTS! Support local live bands... Don't let special venues get torn down because of lack of interest. You will regret not having the troubadour and places like it.
  • Justin M.
    Justin McCammonMarch 25, 2015
    Very intimate and very loud venue. Bring earplugs or buy them at the bar. You won't see music up this close anywhere else in LA.
  • Krista P.
    Krista PerkinsMarch 28, 2013
    I love tho place. A nightmare to he to via public transit but when one of your favorite bands is playing, it is well worth it!
  • Charles E.
    Charles EdgeJanuary 7, 2012
    Not a lot of more historical rock clubs in LA. Not as awesome as it used to be, but lots of awesome acts still love to play there!
  • Trina G.
    Trina G.August 19, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Have cash on hand, people. Finding an ATM when you've decided you want to make that urgent merch purchase for your new favorite band is a hassle. No conveniently located ATMs in the area.
  • Lauren :.
    Lauren :DOctober 22, 2015
    Another wonderfully small place to see a band in LA. Pretty good parking situation as well. Plenty of lots nearby.
  • Roc Nation
    Roc NationJune 8, 2011
    Go here to catch great bands for cheap and the acoustics are undeniably incredible. Check out Richard Pryor's self entitled debut, also recorded here. This venue has seen it all including Bob Dylan!
  • PacificStandardTime
    PacificStandardTimeOctober 10, 2011
    In 1957 the Everett Ellin Gallery was located in this building, and exhibited prominent American artists. Learn about art in L.A. from 1945-80 in the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time exhibitions. Read more
  • Ian B.
    Ian BlackburnMay 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Do not come here for the food - but they have some if you need it. Nearby - Dan Tanas - the palm - and a very good Indian restaurant!
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiNovember 20, 2014
    Great place to go for live music. Many famous musicians played here. Definitely stop by!
  • Jennifer
    JenniferOctober 15, 2014
    The sound in the Troubadour is nearly always perfect. A great venue, if rather claustrophobic at times.
  • John C.
    John CorderoFebruary 6, 2013
    Small venue but one of my favorites. If you're thirsty, get ready to pay $3 + tip for a glass of tap water -___-
  • Mark B.
    Mark ByersAugust 26, 2016
    They have food, freely give out water, and have places in the back and upstairs to sit. Friendly staff too.
  • Andi G.
    Andi GalpernOctober 31, 2010
    if you want to enjoy the show without feeling overly crowded, you can always escape to the balcony and watch the band play with a full view.
  • Fast Company
    Fast CompanyFebruary 14, 2011
    In the early '90s, Zack Zalon, cofounder of Hello Music (a 2011 Most Innovative Company), worked as a manager at this club. He brought hundreds of acts to the stage, including No Doubt and Pearl Jam.
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaNovember 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorites. Arrive early or push through to the front. Read parking signs scrupulously.
  • Nikki
    NikkiDecember 12, 2016
    cozy venue best used to indie rock. hip hop and dance nights get awkward in the narrow spaces.
  • Luis M.
    Luis MendozaNovember 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Secret parking area south of the venue on Civic Center Drive where the Beverly Terrace hotel is. 100% free guaranteed parking every time. Reply me on Twitter (@mightymendoza) if you find it. ;)
  • Scott S.
    Scott ShawMay 9, 2013
    Fantastic venue. Intimate and amazing
  • Justin L.
    Justin LyonsMay 31, 2012
    The "pro" ins and outs policy is great! Just wish red bulls were cheaper lol
  • Anna K.
    Anna KheyfetsOctober 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If they offered a season pass, I would get one. Always amazing music!
  • VH1
    VH1July 22, 2010
    This place feels like home. The balcony is cool, but the floor sounds better - just get yourself a barstool. – Taylor Locke from Rooney
  • 987LA
    987LAJune 24, 2010
    Get hooked up w/Loft passes & watch a show with a birdseye view...Afterwards hit Taco Bell on Beverly & La Cienega-it's open late and you can checkin on 4sq after 7pm to win Vans Warped Tour tickets! Read more
  • Jimmy M.
    Jimmy McRibbJune 14, 2013
    Get here early and park free on Doheny after 6.
  • -M. O.
    -M. O.August 25, 2015
    One of the BEST venues to see a show!
  • Frida S.
    Frida SantosMarch 20, 2014
    fun. Got to listen to great music and it wasn't too crowded.
  • Alex F.
    Alex F.April 20, 2012
    If you can get up to the Loft, there's some cool memorabilia and photos on the walls.
  • Macy L.
    Macy L.December 1, 2010
    Great place to see live bands and the bartender's make one of the best appletinis I've ever tasted.
  • WeHo City Guide
    WeHo City GuideSeptember 24, 2011
    Can't beat the tix prices. Valet parking next door is highly recommended.
  • g o.
    g oconnorJune 17, 2015
    James McMurtry. Fantastic opening set. Guess I'll have to make it to Austin more often.
  • David H.
    David HeiserAugust 9, 2016
    Good club-size venue. Decent sound. Doesn't get too packed.
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SpargurJune 8, 2012
    Nice. Comfortable. Good sound. Bar facing stage. Good times. Park on streets. Somewhere.
  • Myspace
    MyspaceFebruary 13, 2012
    This is the closest venue to our office... and we love that fact. We also had a Secret Show with The Cure here in December of 2008!
  • Nate F.
    Nate FAugust 6, 2014
    Great place to see the best up and comers, get into the loft, it's worth it.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyOctober 3, 2014
    Featured in our 2014 Best of L.A. Readers' Choice for Best All-Ages Club! Read more
  • Neal U.
    Neal U.June 13, 2015
    Small, historic show venue. Pee where your rock heroes peed.
    Upvoted Mar 28
  • VH1
    VH1July 22, 2010
    Parking is a pain! Get there early and find a solid spot that doesn’t cost a fortune. – Taylor Locke from Rooney
  • Ezzy M.
    Ezzy MartinSeptember 7, 2010
    greeeeat venue. easy to get close the stage, classic setting, not too cozy, great bands come through.
  • g o.
    g oconnorJune 17, 2015
    Truly the most intimate performing space in LA.
  • Erik B.
    Erik BrownDecember 21, 2013
    Plenty of dance space to get you feeling right for the occasion
  • Claire K.
    Claire KayApril 12, 2015
    Small intimate venue. Great place to see your favorite up and coming artist.
  • sam s.
    sam sanchezJuly 19, 2011
    There's a unisex bathroom in the front and separate ones in the back!
  • Josey C.
    Josey CannonFebruary 15, 2012
    You're basically screwed if you're diabetic here. They take away your sugars even if you have medical paperwork and tell you to buy inside and "deal with it". How about you don't hire ignorant people!
  • Arthur♡♡♡
    Arthur♡♡♡January 25, 2013
    Great place for music and lots of fun!
  • Victoria
    VictoriaDecember 12, 2015
    Intimate venue. Anywhere you stand is a good view.
  • Carlos C.
    Carlos CastilloJune 9, 2011
    The wine...the red (as opposed to the white) ain't that bad. It ain't good, but hey, it's the Troubadour!!! Rock on!!!
  • Brad B.
    Brad BarrishNovember 9, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best indoor live venue in LA. See a show here.
  • Hillary N.
    Hillary NoelleApril 13, 2015
    Probably my favorite venue in Los Angeles. Great shows and a great bar.
  • DrinkCoba
    DrinkCobaApril 26, 2011
    Great venue. Intimate setting with big name bands.
  • Penina M.
    Penina MezeiJune 27, 2014
    I am always so much thrilled by seeing a show at The Troubadour. - Penina Mezei
  • ArtJonak
    ArtJonakOctober 19, 2012
    Love this place... remember coming here to see Blackie Lawless, etc :)
  • Robert P.
    Robert PietrantonMarch 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Visit front bar and get a drink from Amy, coolest bartender in L.A. rock and roll.
  • Tenaya A.
    Tenaya ArmijoOctober 5, 2013
    Don't forget to take your IDs!
  • Roland
    RolandJune 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The best venue in LA!
  • Volcom Entertainment
    Only cash, VISA, Mastercard and American Express are accepted at the bar. Plan accordingly.
  • KIIS FM
    KIIS FMJune 25, 2010
    Get hooked up w/ passes to The Loft & watch a show from above! Afterwards hit Taco Bell on Beverly & La Cienega-open late & u can checkin via 4sq after 7pm for Vans Warped Tour tix! Read more
  • Natalie C.
    Natalie CervelliJune 13, 2015
    Best venue in LA, maybe the world.
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 15, 2010
    NBC awarded Troubadour as “Best Venue in LA” by way of their Golden Local debate in 2009.
  • Roxanne S.
    Roxanne SaeiAugust 11, 2014
    Order a whiskey neat at the bar upstairs.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyDecember 9, 2010
    LA Weekly's Best of LA 2010 pick - Best Rock Bar Of Fame!
  • felicity l.
    felicity laoOctober 23, 2010
    get the grilled cheese from the kitchen, it is amazing!!
  • William T.
    William Tully, Jr.September 21, 2010
    The venue could upgrade their sound system. Beer is 6 bucks a pop. Otherwise, it's a decent local venue.
  • Lilah K.
    Lilah KhojaOctober 26, 2014
    Cozy venue and an LA classicz
  • The Salup Group
    The Salup GroupNovember 4, 2010
    Stop by any night to see some of the hippest music in a great setting!
  • Katrina B.
    Katrina BaileySeptember 2, 2011
    Dont bring a pack of gum, they make you leave it at the front... Too many people sticking it under tables i guess!
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HarperSeptember 15, 2014
    Great small venue!
  • Kate K.
    Kate KoellerSeptember 9, 2010
    when your standing on the floor facing the stage look up and to the left to see the band waiting "backstage"
  • David W.
    David WenFebruary 4, 2013
    Grab a seat upstairs!
  • The Parlotones
    The ParlotonesMay 25, 2011
    We kick off our US tour here 5/31! Be sure to check it out! Read more
  • Irina L.
    Irina LiakhJanuary 24, 2014
    Favorite music venue. 🎶👍
  • Dominique T.
    Dominique ToneyAugust 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Much too hot. Please bring water and stay hydrated!
  • Eric H.
    Eric HolmesApril 13, 2010
    This is my favorite venue in Los Angeles. Definitely check it out.
  • Swagbucks
    SwagbucksAugust 3, 2011
    Epic venue. Lots of Search&Win partners have performed here! ~ Scott
  • @irabrianmiller
    @irabrianmillerSeptember 18, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best venue in Los Angeles
  • Jeannette S.
    Jeannette ScapeFebruary 5, 2014
    The meters run til MIDNIGHT now so beware!
  • Daniele G.
    Daniele GiustoAugust 31, 2014
    Nice place but parking may be a nightmare
  • M. K.
    M. KhalidJanuary 26, 2014
    It's a great place for music passionates
  • Jennifer G.
    saw Athlete and Carney there. They blew me away!!! Awesome show in an intimate setting. Read more
  • Oscar "Del ☊ Brian" R.
    Oscar "Del ☊ Brian" RangelAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get a sticker to visit The Loft at the door. Sorry kids. 21 and over!
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