The Bourbon Room
The sweaty club at the centre of the movie is clearly modelled on the legendary Whisky a Go Go. During the 1960s, the Whisky was a second home to The Doors, The Byrds and Van Morrison’s Them; in the ’70s, its shows ran the gamut from metal (Motley Crue, Van Halen) to punk and new wave (The Germs, Blondie, The Police). The fictional Bourbon Room is owned by the financially floundering Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin), though the Whisky’s real co-founder, Elmer Valentine, also co-owned other local hot spots. His nearby Roxy Theatre, another famously rowdy venue, may also be an inspiration.