Viper Room

The Viper Room is a nightclub located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California, United States. It was opened in 1993 and was partly owned by actor Johnny Depp until 2004. The club became known for being a hangout of Hollywood elite, and was the site where actor River Phoenix died of a drug overdose on Halloween morning in 1993. In early 1995, Australian singer Jason Donovan suffered a drug-induced seizure at the club and survived. The Viper Room has undergone several changes in ownership, and continues to host music of multiple genres, including metal, punk rock, and alternative rock.While predominantly known as a music venue, the Viper Room also hosts a lower level below the stage and audience area, which is home to a large and well stocked whiskey bar. The whiskey bar boasts a diverse selection, ranging from Jack Daniel's, Crown Royal, and other commonly available whiskeys, to rarer or more local whiskeys such as Slow Hand White Whiskey, Hochstadter's Slow & Low Rock & Rye, and numerous types of small batch whiskey.HistoryThe space where the club is located was originally a jazz bar called the Melody Room, a hangout of mobsters Bugsy Siegel and Mickey Cohen. In the 1970s and 1980s it operated as a club called the Central, which was close to shutting down before Chuck E. Weiss, who had performed there for years, suggested to Depp that they revitalize the spot and rename it "the Viper Room". Tom Waits also had a hand in redeveloping the spot.

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