The Rainbow Bar & Grill

The Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood.

The Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood.

9015 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA.

Probably the most famous “rock and roll” restaurant in the world, the Rainbow is known for being a hangout for rock musicians. Situated next to the Roxy and the Key Club (the former Gazzarris) and a short walk from the Whisky A Go Go, regulars through the years included John Lennon, Keith Moon, Alice Cooper, members of Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue and many more.

The Rainbow was also featured in Guns N’ Roses’ videos for “November Rain,” “Estranged” and “Don’t Cry.”

Alledgedly, Richie Blackmore’s group Rainbow took it’s name from the restaurant.

Motorhead bassist/singer, Lemmy Kilmister can still be seen there frequently playing video poker at the bar.

The restaurant originally opened as the Villa Nova restaurant, which was owned by by Vincente Minelli, father of Liza Minelli. Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe met at the restaurant on a blind date in 1952. The restaurant opened as The Rainbow Bar & Grill on April 16, 1972 with a party for Elton John.

John Belushi ate his last meal (lentil soup) at table #16.

Required Listening:

  1. Ace of Spades – Motorhead
  2. Estranged – Guns N’ Roses
  3. Man On The Silver Mountain – Rainbow
  4. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night – John Lennon & Elton John
  5. Rock And Roll – Led Zeppelin
  6. Baba O’Riley – The Who
  7. I’m Eighteen – Alice Cooper
  8. Wildside – Motley Crue

 

Slash outside of the Rainbow in the Guns N' Roses video for "Estranged."

Slash outside of the Rainbow in the Guns N’ Roses video for “Estranged.”

 




 

Lemmy in front of the Rainbow Bar & Grill.

Lemmy in front of the Rainbow Bar & Grill.

 

Map showing the location of the Rainbow Bar & Grill.

Map showing the location of the Rainbow Bar & Grill.