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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)
    "Intimate venue that sports a balcony"(6 Tips)
    "NBC awarded Troubadour as “Best Venue in LA” by way"(4 Tips)
    Line 6
    "Intimate venue that sports a balcony"(7 Tips)
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  • 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!!
    Upvoted Oct 30, 2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Jen B.
    Jen BaconMarch 29, 2017
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiNovember 20, 2014
    Great place to go for live music. Many famous musicians played here. Definitely stop by!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Jennifer
    JenniferOctober 15, 2014
    The sound in the Troubadour is nearly always perfect. A great venue, if rather claustrophobic at times.
  • 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.
  • 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 -___-
  • 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.
  • Nikki
    NikkiDecember 12, 2016
    cozy venue best used to indie rock. hip hop and dance nights get awkward in the narrow spaces.
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaNovember 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorites. Arrive early or push through to the front. Read parking signs scrupulously.
  • Scott S.
    Scott ShawMay 9, 2013
    Fantastic venue. Intimate and amazing
  • 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. ;)
  • 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!
  • Frida S.
    Frida SantosMarch 20, 2014
    fun. Got to listen to great music and it wasn't too crowded.
  • -M. O.
    -M. O.August 25, 2015
    One of the BEST venues to see a show!
  • Jimmy M.
    Jimmy McRibbJune 14, 2013
    Get here early and park free on Doheny after 6.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • David H.
    David HeiserAugust 9, 2016
    Good club-size venue. Decent sound. Doesn't get too packed.
  • 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
  • g o.
    g oconnorJune 17, 2015
    James McMurtry. Fantastic opening set. Guess I'll have to make it to Austin more often.
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