Top 5 Things for First-Time Visitors to Do in West Hollywood

From street-level art to rooftop vistas, get a sense of what the city has to offer

West Hollywood is one of the coolest, most creative cities in Southern California. If you’re visiting for the first time and want to make the most of it, we can help. Get out there and experience West Hollywood’s urban-chic, easygoing, eccentric vibe. Here are five ways to enjoy a day (or night) out in West Hollywood:

1. Hit the Dance Floor at a West Hollywood Club

West Hollywood has earned a stellar reputation for LGBTQ acceptance and pride and that’s something to celebrate! Have a drink, feel the beat, then get up and dance at one of the city’s best LGBTQ dance clubs. Santa Monica Boulevard boasts plenty of places to party, including Micky’s and The Chapel.

Plus, the WeHo PickUp—a free hop-on/hop-off trolley—runs weekend nights so there’s no need to drive! Take a ride Friday & Saturday from 8 p.m.–3 a.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.–10 p.m.

Gold Coast // PUMP // Heart WeHo // The Abbey // Tom Tom

2. Check Out the Nightlife on the Sunset Strip

Since the 1920s, The Sunset Strip has pushed boundaries, literally. Because it was outside Los Angeles city limits in an unincorporated part of Los Angeles County, it fell under the jurisdiction of the County Sheriff’s Department, which was more lenient than the LAPD. Follow tradition and take a walk on the wild side. The Strip’s clubs still draw top performers and the restaurants are worthy of any A-lister.

For a bite to eat, grab a table at Tesse, Alice, The Den On Sunset, or The Eveleigh.

For a quick Jump on The Sunset Trip, a free trolley running Friday & Saturday from 5:30 p.m.–1:30 a.m.

Rainbow Bar & Grill // The Roxy Theatre // Whisky A Go Go // Viper Room

3. Find Cutting-Edge Design Inspiration

The anchor of the West Hollywood Design District is the Pacific Design Center (PDC), a 1.6 million square foot campus. PDC boasts about 100 showrooms selling furnishing and decorating wares. (Admission policies vary, so call in advance if you want to visit specific showrooms.)

Need a few new items for your wardrobe? The district is also home to many innovative fashion designers, trendy shops, and one-of-a-kind concept stores.

Maxfield // Restoration Hardware // The Elder Statesman

4. Explore West Hollywood’s Art Scene

If you love visual art, make a point of visiting the city’s diverse roster of art galleries.

Once you’re feeling inspired, create your own images against the unforgettable Instagram-worthy backdrops of West Hollywood’s murals and street art.

Denenberg Fine Arts // George Stern Fine Arts // Art Angels // MAK Center for Art & Architecture

5. Relax on One of West Hollywood’s Dazzling Rooftops

The city is bursting with stylish hotels, many of which feature stunning rooftop pools and amazing views of Los Angeles. Whether you’re in the mood for decadently delicious drinks and dinner, or just hoping to lounge poolside, there’s a West Hollywood hotel that perfectly fits the bill.

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