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Although the Viper Room is no longer owned by actor Johnny Depp, the West Hollywood nightclub remains a popular destination on the Sunset Strip for both live-music fans and starstruck tourists alike. Depp and his partners took over the longtime bar the Central in 1993, refurbishing it with a sleek, black interior, and renamed it the Viper Room. When it first opened, the club pulled in many of Depp's celebrity pals, ranging from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Counting Crows (whose singer, Adam Duritz, briefly toiled as its bartender) to Cher, Jennifer Aniston, the Pogues' Shane Macgowan and, sadly, River Phoenix, who died outside the room on Halloween. There are still occasional celebrity sightings at the Viper Room, which is currently owned by Pink Taco CEO Harry Morton, but the club is now more of a hangout for indie and hard-rock bands. When it gets too crowded in the upstairs main room, clubgoers can repair to the more-intimate downstairs lounge, where acoustic singer-songwriters strum and warble confessional ballads. Both rooms feature full bars. Ages 21 & over.

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