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The Guide to LA Rooftops

By Los Angeles Bucket List

Because views are best served with a cocktail in hand.


Published June 15, 2020

While other cities’ rooftop season may be restricted to the summer months, us Angelenos have our sunshine and good vibes to thank for year-round open-air rooftop enjoyment. Above the sky-high palms we escalate to even higher floors to escape the honking horns of the 405, replacing them instead with live music and friendly conversation. Perfect for any occasion, any time, and any mood, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Los Angeles rooftop bars – because who doesn’t love a classy elevated surface?

Catch

 
 
 
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Melrose Avenue’s Catch Rooftop was a certified hot spot before it even opened in LA – thanks in part to its NYC reputation. The indoor-outdoor space is in an [ivy] league of its own with ivy-wrapped beams, cascading lights and hanging chandeliers. And that's just considering the décor. Its decadent seafood-driven menu is complemented with unique cocktails like the One Too Many, which includes strawberry-infused vodka and avocado. We can't promise you won't have one too many.

Confirmed Reopening: Yes
Where: 
8715 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood 90069
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E.P. & L.P.


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Though commonly referred to as E.P. & L.P., only the latter refers to this spacious West Hollywood rooftop bar. Handcrafted cocktails (available by the glass or pitcher), Asian-inspired bites, and views of the Hollywood Hills and Sunset Strip create a trifecta of perfection three floors up. After enjoying a pre-dinner drink firepit-side, head downstairs one floor to enjoy E.P.’s menu of Thai, Chinese, Fijian and Vietnamese influenced dishes. Pro tip: Off to the side of the rooftop, you’ll find Frankie’s Bar, a private section with its own cocktail menu.

Confirmed Reopening: Yes
Where: 
603 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood 90069
For more info.

Terra at Eataly

 
 
 
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Head up to the third floor of Eataly to instantly transport yourself to the flavors and feeling of Florence, Rome and Tuscany. Terra is open seven days a week but the true scene stealer is their weekend brunch, which puts an Italian spin on brunch essentials. Their brunch raises the bar – figuratively and literally – with their Bloody Mary Bar, which lets you choose your spirit, salt, skewer and garnish. Need we say more?

Confirmed Reopening: Yes
Where: 
10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles 90067

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ONYX at Hotel Shangri-La

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Soak up Santa Monica's coastal vibes on the wraparound patio perched above Shangri-La. With its Art Deco ambiance, classic menu (sliders and brussels, anyone?) and simple cocktails, it’s no wonder Santa Monica's only indoor-outdoor rooftop bar is a happy hour hot spot amongst locals and tourists alike. 

Confirmed Reopening: Yes
Where: 
1301 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica 90401
Happy Hour - Weekdays 4PM - 6PM; Resident DJ - Saturdays 8PM - 12AM

For more info.

High Rooftop Bar at Hotel Erwin 

 
 
 
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With the beach boardwalk, palm trees and ocean breeze, it’s surprising that Venice doesn’t have more rooftop bars. However, its rarity is in part the reason High Rooftop Bar is so popular amongst Venetians (the LA kind). The weekends are typically packed, and deservingly so with all day and night DJs, lounge seating, refreshing cocktails, light bites and a light atmosphere.

Confirmed Reopening: Yes
Where: 
1679 Pacific Avenue, Venice 90291
For more info.

Perch

 
 
 
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With decadent French dishes like chicken with truffle polenta and cushioned chaises surrounding cozy fire pits, Perch creates an intimate setting with magical 360-views from their open patio. Two levels constitute Perch, one with indoor-outdoor restaurant and bar seating, and the other, one floor up for drinks only. Close your eyes and pretend it’s Midnight in Paris as you sip your aptly named 'Midnight in Paris' cocktail (Park VS Cognac, Green Mark Vodka, Crème de peche, lemon and orange). Though crowds on the weekends are almost inevitable, try their aperitif hour Monday through Friday (4PM - 6PM) for cheaper bites and live music beginning at 5 PM.

Confirmed Reopening: Yes, starting 6/17
Where: 
448 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles 90013
For more info.

Upstairs at Ace Hotel Downtown 

 
 
 
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A hipster hideout in DTLA, Upstairs – the rooftop bar sitting above the Ace Hotel – offers a relaxed environment to enjoy classic bar snacks and refreshing cocktails with a tiki-twist. Our favorite thing about Upstairs isn’t the heated pool or even the panoramic views of downtown, but rather the profile descriptions of each cocktail on the menu – looking for a cocktail with a focus on citrus, light, bubbly, bitter, boozy, tropical or earthy? Starting a petition to require every cocktail menu to include this for us spirit novices.

Confirmed Reopening: No
Where:
 929 Broadway, Los Angeles 90015
For more info.

Mama Shelter 

 
 
 
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Seek shelter six stories up at Mama Shelter’s rooftop. Its vibrant, color-charged terrace is sprinkled with plush daybeds and tribal throw blankets – all in palettes plucked straight from the LA sunsets you’ll view from the roof. Soak in the 360-degree views – including a head-on shot of the Hollywood Sign – while sipping cocktails named after popular Hollywood films. Pro tip: You can choose from 7 varying takes on the Moscow Mule at Mama’s Mule Bar (Indecisive Geminis beware).

Confirmed Reopening: No
Where:
 6500 Selma Avenue, Los Angeles 90028
For more info.

Broken Shaker 

 
 
 
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The Freehand Hotel brings a taste and touch of Miami to the heart of Downtown LA with its rooftop bar, Broken Shaker. Take in the California sunshine in the pink chaise lined pool or grab a seat at one of their effortlessly eclectic tables. Their hand-crafted cocktails feature exotic and seasonal ingredients while their classic bar menu brings the beach to downtown.

Confirmed Reopening: No
Where: 
416 W 8th St, Los Angeles 90014
For more info.

Ivory on Sunset and Skybar at Mondrian

 
 
 
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The Mondrian Hotel boasts not one but two noteworthy rooftops, each with complementing aesthetics but very contrasting vibes. While the indoor-outdoor patio of Ivory on Sunset has an ideal set up for date night, Skybar is better known for its daytime pool action and late night libations and live music (read: *uhnz uhnz* DJs). 

Confirmed Reopening: No
Where: 
8440 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles 90069
For more info.

Spire 73 at Intercontinental 

 
 
 
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We love a good superlative. So when we hear that the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere can be found in LA, we have to check it out. As the name suggests, Spire 73 sits 73 floors above the Intercontinental Hotel. With luxe decor, sit back and sip back the ‘1100 Feet’ cocktail from 1100 feet up. Note, prepare to pay at least a $10 cover to enter.

Confirmed Reopening: No
Where:
 900 Wilshire Blvd, 73rd Floor, Los Angeles 90017
For more info.

Margot

 
 
 
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Both colorful and casual, this Culver City spot is a character of California chicness. On the menu are 360 degree views, lounge seating and fire pits, along with four types of gin & tonics, crudo and classic bar bites.

Confirmed Reopening: No
Where: 
8820 Washington Blvd, Suite 301, Culver City 90232 
For more info. 

 


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