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“Great place to see a show”

Doug Weston's Troubadour
Ranked #8 of 37 Nightlife in West Hollywood
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Owner description: For many years, this club has served as a venue for heavy metal and rock bands.
Palmdale, California
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great place to see a show”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

The Troubadour still feels like your on the cutting edge of music when you see a show there. They are booking bands that are becoming the next big things at the moment. I had never been there before the Seasick Steve show and it was phenomenal evening. I got to meet the performer and shake his hand before the show, the venue was intimate, had a cool vibe, got to chat with some nice tourist folks before the show, it sounded pretty good for that type of venue, and Luther Dickinson came out from the North Mississippi All Stars and jammed with Steve. One of the great things about the club is the surprise performances. The one problem with the Troubadour is the parking. Although I think its understandable because they didn't plan to deal with modern LA traffic when they built the club. I'll definitely be back to see more shows.

Visited October 2012
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Felt like home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

Coming over from the UK to see a Aussie band we didn't know what we were getting. But we got a proper music venue just like we get at home. Friendly helpful staff. Great atmosphere in the venue and the band were great. Really lively and totally worth the visit. Yay!

Visited May 2012
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Michigan
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great Live Americana Music”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2011

I have a list of about 20 live music clubs I'd like to visit. One of them is now marked off the list, The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA (LA). This is one of those clubs that has seen so many bands and been around so long that it warrants going there just because of the place itself. It doesn't hurt to also see some great live music while there as well. The club is small enough to be "intimate" but large enough to be "rowdy". No matter where you are sitting (upper level) or standing, you are close to the stage.

The night I went I was lucky enough to see Los Straightjackets and then Dave Alvin (formerly of The Blasters). Great show, great venue. If you like Americana Music, alt-country and rock check out the schedule if you are in LA, or just go no matter who is playing!

Visited August 2011
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Los Angeles, California
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166 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“One of the great music clubs in LA”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2011

In our modern world of digital music and video on demand - it's comforting to know that one of the great venues that introduced most of the acknowledge masters of rock, pop, jazz and country have performed in the intimate confines of Doug Weston's Troubador. The calendar of artists is eclectic and priced accordingly. Ticket prices can be from $15 and up - and no drink minimum usually (it could be the shows that I select) but as this is a small club - no more than 300 people split between a central stage (standing only), an enclosed Loft and Lodge area with limited seats, the environment is always warm! Depending on your willingness to stand in line before the doors open as there are no reservations, you can stand stagefront, and truly see great music being made before your eyes. If you stand at the back - then you're maybe 10-12 people from the stage. The sound is above average, and in general, its a very friendly environment. If you're a visitor to LA, check the website and look at the upcoming artists and book soon as so many nights are sold out. Who know's maybe you'll be at a first performance of an artist following in Sir Elton John's footsteps.

Visited August 2011
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California
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“Well, it could have been the band...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2011

Revered, old, and intimate. The ghosts of the great are still rattling in the darkened corners of the old building. Stopped in to catch a Cake performance and had a memorable time. The audience definitely carries the influence of the band, warm and energized with the lyrics that everyone sings along with John McCrea.
The Troubadour is small and informal and strikes the right note when it comes to putting the crowd in contact with a band like Cake. It almost feels like you are sitting in their garage while they are trying out some new music.

Visited February 2011
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