May 19, 2017
The Viper Room’s updated bar now serves up a selection of American spirits and signature cocktails.
Johnny Depp-founded music venue The Viper Room made its debut on the Sunset Strip two decades ago and has been a rock n’ roll mainstay ever since. Recently, The Viper Room received a few updates, like a renovated bar, new liquor and cocktail offerings, and a Johnny Cash mural, to help the space remain a standout.
Since The Viper Room general manager Brad Robinson thinks “nothing speaks to rock music and the Sunset Strip like the American brown liquors,” the redesigned downstairs bar now boasts a selection of premium USA-based whiskeys, bourbons, and ryes.
Guests can try new cocktails comprising other liquors, though. Sip on the Viper Mule, a Russian Standard Vodka-based drink that mixes in fresh lime and ginger beer, and serves it all up in a copper mug. Tequila lovers should order the Surfer Rosa, a combination of ginger, orange liqueur, lemon, and Rancho Alegre Tequila. For rum aficionados, the 1977 is a covetable cocktail that features Sailor Jerry rum, jasmine liqueur, lime, and ginger beer in a whimsical mason jar. In addition to the new concoctions, The Viper Room also plans to roll out pre-performance tasting programs in the near future.
The venue’s drink updates are complemented by décor changes. The most eye-catching, of course, is the aforementioned black-and-white Johnny Cash mural on the venue’s façade. Robinson and artist David Flores chose to emblazon Cash’s image on the exterior not just as a tribute to his iconic musical career, but also because Cash graced The Viper Room’s stage the very year it first opened in 1993. Murals in the interior hallway and on the back wall, a 3D art installation, leather tables, and antique adornments add to the space’s refreshed feel.
“Art has always been synonymous with rock n’ roll, and so has whiskey,” says Robinson. “We are not reinventing the wheel as much as we [are] bringing things together that should be. What’s better than great music, beautiful art, and good booze?” We have to agree on that one. 8852 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-358-1881
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