Friday, July 08, 2011

Taking in a "Sunset" LA-style #SunsetStrip

Now that summer has officially kicked off, we're sure your social calendar is packed with all kinds of fun. How could it not be, especially when you have XLA to present you with our "Summer Ideas" series?

Especially for the music lovers, this selection of events features the famous Sunset Strip, music, and beer (*Note: This is not part of our  regular "Summer Ideas" series, and not all events listed are free). 

Starting this weekend (July 9), the strip will host a pop-up craft beer garden that includes beer from L.A.'s acclaimed craft beer industry, as well as games and custom menus from local restaurants. The pop-up beer garden will be held each Saturday in July through July 23 at the James Lot between the Hustler Store and the 9000 Sunset building. Admission is $10 and attendees must be +21. While we invite you to stay cool with a nice cold one courtesy of local brewers, we remind you to please do so responsibly.

Also tomorrow, over 40 vendors and 100,000 records will take over LIVE! On Sunset (the former Tower Records location) for a giant, day-long record swap beginning at noon. Die-hard music fans and aficionados are sure to flock to the swap early. Admission is $15, or $10 with a non-perishable food item until 2PM, when admission then becomes FREE (which we like!). 

August 18-20 will see the return of the 4th Annual Sunset Strip Music Festival, featuring an amazing and eclectic musical line-up. This year's festival honors rock legend MOTLEY CRUE with the Elmer Valentine Award (did you hear that? That was the sound of my heart breaking as I will be in MN for this AWESOME moment). The boys of the CRUE will open and close this year's festivities.

And if these aren't enough, select West Hollywood hotels and Sunset Strip venues have teamed up once again this summer to bring back the Sunset Strip VIP Club Pass. Guests at participating hotels will receive the pass, granting free and unlimited access to all the clubs along the strip for the duration of their hotel stay. Rules and limitations do apply, but it's a great way to get your fill of music and nightlife (and debauchery) for both tourists and local residents.

Enjoy and stay cool this summer!


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