Discover Hollywood

The list of bars on the Strip reads like the contents of a celeb gossip magazine...

The Los Angeles suburb has long represented the glitz and glamour of the film, television and music industries, and while most studios no longer call the suburb home, the phrase “I’m going to Hollywood” still rings with the hope and desire of ‘making it big’. 

As a result, the magic of Hollywood attracts millions of visitors, hoping to catch a glimpse of, or pay homage, to their favourite stars. 

The neighbourhood’s most happening hub is Hollywood Boulevard. The Boulevard sees the imaginary world of movies clash with real life, as the physical presence of the greats can be felt, radiating from Grauman's hand and feet prints and the stars of the Walk of Fame. 

Fostering an invigorating energy, the lively hotspot is home to many of LA’s most iconic landmarks. The stretch between North Sycamore Avenue and North Las Palmas Avenue alone boasts Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood and Highland shopping centre, and the current home of the Oscars, Dolby Theatre.

The touristy feel of Hollywood subsides just blocks away in the city of West Hollywood. Part residential suburb and part celebrity hangout, WeHo, as the locals call it, offers a more authentic insight into LA life. 

The city’s most famous landmark is the notorious and electric Sunset Boulevard. Lined with iconic palm trees and lit-up by neon signs and ostentatious billboards, the Strip (as it is known) boasts a slew of legendary nightlife haunts, popular dining hotspots and exclusive boutiques. 

The list of bars on the Strip reads like the contents of a celeb gossip magazine, with the likes Chateau Marmont, Skybar, The Standard and The London all holding post on the illustrious thoroughfare. Don’t just show up and expect to get in; door policies are strict, call ahead to secure a place on the door list. 

Running parallel to Sunset Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard is also a hive of activity. The centre of LA’s renowned Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community, the area between Robertson and La Cienega carries the nickname “Boys Town”, and proudly features rainbow flags and crossings. When the night sets in, Boys Town’s gay bars come to life with a sense of revelry and a fun atmosphere to be enjoyed by all. 

Boasting a central LA location, West Hollywood is a great place to set up base—providing convenient access to the sights and sounds of Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard, and other standout must-see LA drawcards like the Hollywood sign, the Griffith Observatory, Runyon Canyon and neighbouring suburb Beverly Hills. 

Plan Your Hollywood Holiday 

  • Flights to Hollywood: Virgin Australia operates flights to LA, from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. 
  • Hollywood Holiday Packages: Plan your holiday with expert help; Virgin Australia Holidays can tailor an exceptional LA holiday package to suit your needs.  
  • Hollywood Hotels: Establish a great base from which to experience all that the celebrity hub has to offer. Select from a wide choice of hotels with our hotel partner Agoda.
  • Hollywood Car Hire: Cruise the Strip in a convertible; our partners offer exceptional deals on car hire. 
Words by Alice Nash - Published 9 June 2014
Quick Facts 
Population Approx. 3.8 million
Area 1,302 km²
Time Zone GMT -7
Languages English (official), Spanish, Native American
Currency American Dollar ($USD)
Electricity 110v - 60Hz
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