city: west hollywood

tropicana motel

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This was the location of the Tropicana Motel until it was torn down in 1986 and reconstructed as a Ramada Inn. The Tropicana Motel was a favorite place to stay for Jim Morrison, until he moved around the corner to the Alta Cinega Motel.

The Tropicana Motel also housed the original Duke's Coffee Shop, where the Doors would often have breakfast since The Doors Workshop was nearby.

Tom Waits was arrested outside of Duke's in 1977. Waits and a friend were trying to stop some men from bullying other patrons. The men turned out to be plainclothes policemen, and they arrested Waits for disturbing the peace. The jury found Waits not guilty; he took the police department to court and was awarded $7,500.

Duke's has since moved to 8909 Sunset Boulevard.

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jim morrison’s rothdell residence

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The song "Love Street" was actually referring to Rothdell Trail and the many hippies and flower children that would mill about it back in the sixites. Jim Morrison and his girlfriend, Pam Courson, lived at this address in a brown wooden house, visiting the nearby Laurel Canyon Store often.

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barney’s beanery

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Barney's Beanery first opened its doors in 1920. One of the final stops on the famous Route 66 (you used to be able to trade your license plates for a pint of beer here), Barney's atmosphere and fair prices have attracted a number of interesting clientele through the years.

The Doors Workshop was just down the street, so Jim Morrison and the Doors used to eat and imbibe here in the late 60's and early 70's. On October 3, 1970, Janis Joplin had her last night of drinking here before she died of a heroin overdose the next day.

Quentin Tarantino wrote the majority of Pulp Fiction at Barney's. As he recalled:
"There's one booth there too that I love. It's a little one, and there's a post there that kind of cuts you off. It helps you concentrate a little bit too."

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monaco liquor

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Located across the street from the former Doors Workshop, members of the Doors would visit Monaco Liquor on a regular basis in the late 60's and early 70's.

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the palms bar

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A West Hollywood staple for many years, The Palms was a hangout for the Doors and company back when their studio and offices were down the street at the Doors Workshop. Today, the Palms is a popular lesbian bar that has a dance floor and over-priced drinks.

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