Within walking distance, (or a 5-minute Uber ride) of Fairfax and Sunset are numerous historical places of interest to eat and drink. While one of the most famous neighborhood hot spots is no longer around, there are still plenty of options to soak up Hollywood’s past while grabbing a sandwich, or an adult beverage.
What is now the “8000 Sunset” center on Sunset Blvd., between Laurel and Crescent Heights, was once the home to Schwab’s Pharmacy. The business did sell medicines, the counter serving ice cream and sandwiches is what made it famous. Schwab’s opened in 1932 and closed in 1983. During its heyday, the location was a hangout for movie stars, and journalists covering the entertainment industry. The pharmacy had a starring role in the 1950’s Billy Wilder picture “Sunset Boulevard.”
Still standing just a block to the west, and more popular than ever, is the Chateau Marmont. The hotel, built in 1929 is classic, vintage Hollywood. The restaurant and bar are frequent spots for celebrities, and those wanting an upscale night out line the valet area on weekends waiting to get inside Bar Marmont.
Across from the former location of Schwab’s, and still operational is the equally as famous Greenblatt’s Deli. Established in 1926, when Sunset Blvd. was still a dirty road west of Doheny, this is the place to go for a bowl of Matzo Ball soup and classic sandwich on Rye. Downstairs, a huge deli case and an impressive wine and spirits selection is available.
Another nearby deli is also a Hollywood staple. Located in the Fairfax District between Hollywood and CBS Television City is Canter’s. This “Open All Night” restaurant has been featured in countless movie and television shows since opening in 1931. You cannot call yourself an “Angeleno” until you have eaten at Canter’s at 4 in the morning. In 1961, Canter’s added on their now infamous Kibitz Room. Home to rock and indie music stars, the bar is as famous as their pastrami sandwiches.
Since 1938, locals have been meeting at “3rd and Fairfax” and been enjoying breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert at Du-par’s at the Original Farmer’s Market. Diners can still enjoy Du-pars legendary buttermilk hot cakes, served with grade AA melted butter and boysenberry or maple syrup. The same recipe, since 1938.
The Sunset Strip has been a haven for music lovers, and venues have launched the careers of some of the rock’s biggest acts. Others have tragically ended their lives on the famous stretch of boulevard that runs from Crescent Heights to Doheny. The oldest of the remaining venues is the Whisky a Go Go, which opened in January 1964. The Doors, No Doubt, Van Halen, Guns n Roses, Linkin Park, and Mötley Crüe are just a few of the acts that have debuted at this historic venue, which was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. The 500-capacity venue is still going strong to this day. Still slinging drinks and hosting acts are the Rainbow Room and The Roxy, both of which opened in 1973.