You’ve bought their records and possibly even caught them performing on stage. But to really get up-close-and-personal with your favourite musicians, consider checking out the hot spots - everywhere from hotel lobbies to live venues - where they were known to hang out.

Poison's Rainbow

Portland, Oregon

This Portland bar by indie band Modest Mouse’s frontman Isaac Brock opened in March 2018. Today, Brock remains a hands-on owner – making much of the kitschy art that adorns the interiors and sourcing everything else. 

Linda’s Tavern

Seattle, Washington

Visitors to the Emerald City should head to this bar – one of the last places Kurt Cobain was spotted before he passed away. Viretta Park, located near the home of the Nirvana frontman, also pay tribute to Seattle’s favourite (adopted) son – with benches with graffitied messages of love from nostalgic fans serving as an unofficial memorial to the late muso.

Rainbow Bar and Grill

Los Angeles, California

Burgers and icy cold beers are served at this legendary hangout on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, renowned for luring 1970s and ’80s rockers such as Guns N’ Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Whiskey A Go Go

Los Angeles, California

Also located on the infamous Sunset Strip is this institution – where Janis Joplin, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie, and Soundgarden partied. The Doors – and Jim Morrison – famously held the position of the club’s house band in the 1960s. 

Omnia at Caesar’s Palace

Las Vegas, Nevada

As well an epic DJ roster (including Calvin Harris, Tiesto and Steve Aoki), this night club has enticed some of the VIPs of the music industry, including Jennifer Lopez, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – who hosted his 21st birthday party here.

The Underground

Chicago, Illinois

Kanye West may be one of the city’s favourite sons, but a plethora of Billboard-award-winning artists can also be spotted around town. One of the most popular spaces for star-sightings is The Underground – a cool club where celebs like Dave Chappelle, Usher and One Direction’s Zayn Malik have been caught dancing the night away to hip hop and house music. 

8 Mile Road

Detroit, Michigan

Eminem fans travelling to Detroit can check out the locations he made famous in his semi-autobiographical 8 Mile movie. These include Michigan Building (which served as the backdrop for a lyrical battle in the film); New Detroit Stamping, where Eminem’s character works; and St. Andrew’s Hall – the venue where the real-life Eminem kick-started his career. 

Evans Stadium

Springfield, Ohio

Grammy-award winning Springfield native John Legend (and his model wife Chrissy Teigen) is known to make appearances at local football games. The family have also been known to dine – and generously tip! – at several of the restaurants in Centerville.

SliCE

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Celebs… they’re just like us…they love pizza! Among the famous faces spotted getting a piece of the pie at this Philadelphia chain are Boyz II Men, Madonna and Ed Sheeran. Rumour has it that Nicki Minaj ordered all the brownies in store when she visited.

Tao

New York City, New York

While Brooklyn-born Jay-Z has lent his name to the 40/40 chain of nightclubs, you’re more likely to find him and Queen Bey dining at Tao. The popular Manhattan restaurant is a hotbed for celeb sightings, and other famous patrons have included Flo Rida, Harry Styles and Alicia Keys.

The White Horse Tavern

New York City, New York

Bob Dylan could often be found perched at the bar in the 1950s and ‘60s along with a myriad of other famous faces, including Jim Morrison. Today, it is one of the few major gathering-places for artists from this period in Greenwich Village (specifically the West Village) that remains open.

Wahlburgers

Hingham, Massachusetts

Before Mark Wahlberg earned his stripes as an actor, the Boston native was better known as the rapper fronting “Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch.” Today, Mark and his brother Donnie (of New Kids on the Block fame) own the Wahlburgers chain of casual burger restaurants – and the original location can be found in Hingham, Massachusetts, a town just outside of Boston.

Tiptina’s

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans may be the home of jazz, but keep an open mind and you’ll discover venues that have hosted aspiring stars across all musical genres. Among them is Tiptina’s where legends like Willie Nelson and Pearl Jam are among those who have taken the stage.

Johnnie's Drive In

Tupelo, Mississippi

Tupelo-born Elvis Presley spent many of his formative years at this all-American diner. Today, it is one of 12 significant sites in the city marked with bronze plaques on the Elvis Presley Driving Trail. It also gives visitors the chance to eat the King’s favourite meals and even sit in the same booth he did.

Hotel Zaza

Houston & Dallas, Texas

A luxury hotel (with branches in Houston and Dallas) which offers special spa treatments, five-star restaurants, and the kind of hospitality that has welcomed Drake, Justin Bieber, Christina Aguilera and Carrie Underwood.

B&B Butchers and Restaurant

Houston, Texas

This restaurant’s website has dubbed itself Beyonce’s favourite. And while this is unconfirmed, the Houston native has been known to dine here when visiting. Another popular Houston destination for music’s biggest names is V Live – a strip club where Drake and Rihanna have collaborated to film music videos. 

Ono Island

Ono Island, Alabama

This exclusive island in the Gulf Coast is less than 10 kilometres long but has housed some of the biggest names in the music industry. Former residents have included Dolly Parton, Jimmy Buffet and Britney Spears, so you never know who you might spot.

Bluebird Cafe

Nashville, Tennessee

For such a small venue, Bluebird (depicted on popular shows like Nashville) has welcomed some of the biggest names in country music. Among the singing, superstar sightings are Garth Brooks, Melissa Etheridge, Faith Hill, and Taylor Swift.

Compound Nightclub

Atlanta, Georgia

“The Hollywood of the South” is frequented by A-listers. Among them are stars like 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Gucci Mane, P. Diddy, Cardi B, Future and Rick Ross who have been known to host events at this Atlanta dance club.

Isle of Palms Beach

Charleston, South Carolina

Lead vocalist and guitarist of Hootie and the Blowfish, Darius Rucker is one of South Carolina’s most regularly spotted celebrities. Paparazzi have caught him eating at FIG in Charleston, Page’s Okra Grill, listening to music on the Isle of Palms Beach and even exercising at Planet Fitness gym.