The Best Rooftop Bars in L.A.
As the weather continues to warm, there's no doubt you'll be drawn outdoors. Thankfully, you can do so while you're drinking at these fabulous rooftop bars. Here are our favorites.
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Perched atop an old art deco building, this French-inspired bistro and cocktail bar offers unobstructed views of downtown Los Angeles. They have two outdoor fireplaces, various fire pits as well as lounge and table seating both indoors and out. And there's often live jazz music on the outdoor patio during the spring and summer months.
Perch is located at 448 S Hill Street, Downtown Los Angeles, (213) 802-1770
THE STANDARD DOWNTOWN
Sure, the crowd can sometimes be a little bit douchey, but the views are totally worth it. And by view, of course, we're not just referring to the scantily-clad bikini bods that gather for the Standard's rooftop pool parties on the weekends during the warmer months. KCRW sometimes hosts concerts on the rooftop too, which naturally draw a little bit more of a hipster crowd. It's a total scene.
The Standard Downtown is located at 550 S Flower Street, Downtown, (213) 892-8080
THE REDBURY HOTEL
A little oasis in the heart of Hollywood exists at this chic boutique hotel by the SBE Group. The Redbury's secluded red-painted rooftop is lit by strings of bare Edison lights, and there are plenty of plush couches and cozy fire pits to snuggle by. Inside, you can play pool or snag a table in the Library bar. If inhaling all that fresh air makes you hungry, you can hop down to Cleo for a bite.
The Redbury is located at 1717 Vine St. in Hollywood, (323) 962-1717
The rooftop at this Santa Monica hotel offers a stunning vista overlooking the Pacific Ocean Palisades Park. Watch the sunset over the ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier while sipping on a glass of champagne, or just do some quality people watching. There are unique design touches here and there, like the patio furniture that's upholstered with suiting fabric and leather. It's definitely a sexy spot.
Hotel Shangri-La is located at 1301 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, (310) 394-2791
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ABH AT THE THOMPSON BEVERLY HILLS
Don't be intimidated by the ZIP code. This rooftop bar is actually pretty mellow and could even function as a location for an outdoor business meeting. Tables aren't smooshed too closely together, which means you can actually talk—or gossip with your gals on the weekend. There are luxury cabanas with flat screen TVs available for special occasions, too. No matter where you sit, you'll be getting a great view; the ABH has a 360 degree panorama of Los Angeles.
The Thompson Beverly Hills is located at 9360 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, (310) 273-1400
If you're looking for a taste of the real Hollywood day/nightlife scene, Drai's is it. Bottle service will cost you an arm and a leg, and it might be a bit of a hassle to get in on the weekends, but the views are worth it. If you can pony up for one of their plush cabanas—ideal for bachelor and bachelorette parties—do it.
Drai's is located at 6250 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, (323) 962-1111
THE RED LION TAVERN
This cozy German tavern and beer garden in Silver Lake serves traditional German food—and beers in giant boots. It's a complete 180 from many of the aforementioned establishments: super chill, no dress code and certainly no bottle service. The rooftop does have great vibes though, and it won't cost you an arm and a leg to hang for the day.
The Red Lion is located at 2366 Glendale Boulevard, Silverlake, (323) 662-5337
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This West Hollywood hotel only allows its guests to dine and drink at its uber-romantic bar and restaurant that sit on the rooftop. If you're in a relationship and needing to score some points, booking a room and having a night on the property is definitely the way to do so. The vibe is like Chateau Marmont, minus the Hollywood hype.
Petit Hermitage is located at 8822 Cynthia St. in West Hollywood, (310) 854-1114
THE ROOF ON WILSHIRE
Not only does this rooftop bar have great views, but it's also got good food. Chef Eric Greenspan crafted the menu here, which means you can nosh on items like coconut crusted shrimp with a green papaya salad, mango and tamarind sauce while you sip on your Bourbon Smash made with bourbon, fresh lemon juice, honey and raspberries. They also have a special Sunset Menu, which is basically a happy hour, where cocktails and various dishes are served at a discount.
The Roof on Wilshire is located at 6317 Wilshire Boulevard, Mid-City West, (323) 852-6002
HIGH AT HOTEL ERWIN
Only a Venice Beach hotel could pull off naming their F&B establishments "Hash" and "High," the latter of which is this Joie de Vivre hotel's rooftop bar. It's located a stone's throw from the sand and has views of Muscle Beach.
Hotel Erwin is located at 1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, (310) 452-1111