9. The Viper Room

City: Los Angeles
Address: 8852 West Sunset Blvd.
Status: Open
Website: viperroom.com

Formerly owned by Johnny Depp, the renowned music club on Hollywood's famed Sunset Strip helped launch the career of many a rock musician (the Strokes and the White Stripes are among the impressive list of rockers that graced the Viper stage shortly before invading the nation's iPods.) The intimate space is great for checking out music's up-and-comers, and even better for rehashing memorable pop culture scandals, like River Phoenix's overdose, Tommy Lee's battery charges, and more.