L.A. Rooftop Bars With a View


Whether you’re staring out at a sunset over the Pacific or gazing at the skyline of Downtown Los Angeles, nothing beats a cool, refreshing drink with a view. The added ambiance that comes with a spectacular setting enhances the mood, a conversation between friends, and is the cherry on top of a delicious evening. Here are the top 10 Los Angeles bars with a view.

Perch

As Downtown continues to tantalize us with its growing nightlife scene, we can’t help but start this list off with Perch – one of Downtown L.A.’s sexiest bars. What better way to get a view of the sparkling city lights than from a spot nestled on the 15th floor above South Hill Street? This restaurant, bar and lounge offers its guests fire pits, indoor and outdoor seating, and tasty French fare. If you’re thirsty for a Parisian-inspired cocktail or looking to cool off with a craft beer, this just may be your new spot. Choose a seat at the bar or wrap yourself around the balcony, and enjoy unobstructed views of the City of Angels. You can thank us later.

High at Hotel Erwin

Hitting the Pacific Coast Highway for a beach day? Make sure you make a pit stop in Venice, which not only has some of the best people watching in town, but also boasts breathtaking views from the High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin. High is special for many reasons, particularly because this kickback bar is the only one of its kind in Venice. Combine panoramic Pacific views, a DJ to set the mood, and intimate, cozy couches (blankets included!) and you’ve got the recipe for a relaxing evening. Whether you’re there to cool off with a delicious Treetop or if you want to keep it old school with a classic Hemingway, High offers a must-see view that’s perfect for that first date or group birthday party.

Rooftop at The Standard Downtown L.A

Housed in a mid-century Downtown L.A. landmark, The Standard hotel features a rooftop bar known simply as The Rooftop. Exuding cool and complete with a heated pool, fire pit and endless views of the city, The Rooftop treats guests to nightly DJ sets, waterbed pods and a Biergarten. Beifall! Looking for a new backdrop to your weekend plans? Enjoy the twinkling city lights as you nosh on small plates paired with the bar’s specialty cocktails.

West Restaurant & Lounge

Situated on the 17th level of Hotel Angeleno, West Restaurant and Lounge is a swanky and inviting space with great food and an even better view of the distant city lights. With live jazz music, tasty happy hour selections and a full drink menu, it’s no wonder guests stop by for a visit, even if they’re not staying at the hotel. Conveniently located off the 405 Freeway, West offers an easy, sophisticated experience that’ll have you feeling like the regal individual you are.

Upstairs at the Ace

If you’re looking for a modern twist on a tropical cocktail or a fancy frozen drink to excite your taste buds, Upstairs, the rooftop bar at the Ace Hotel in Downtown L.A., just might be your new after-work hang out. The view is something you must see for yourself. Dip your toes in the pool as you rock to the DJ's jams and zone out under the city’s umbrella of stars. And while you’re there, discover the structure’s magnificence – the Ace Hotel, which opened in 2014, is housed within the historic United Artists building, built in 1927 for the maverick film group. How’s that for a history lesson?

Blue Lounge - Moonshadows

Ah, Malibu. All it takes is the mere mention of this famous oceanfront city, and we’re consumed with an overwhelming sense of peace and serenity. The Blue Lounge at Moonshadows offers its guests stunning views, crashing waves, the golden sunset and the sound of glasses clinking over effortless conversation between lovers and friends. We’re sold! This view screams romance, the kind that you feel in your bones while sipping a sweet glass of red and a gentle breeze brushing your face. Sometimes you need to escape and treat yourself to a delicate meal full of new flavors. Sit back with a drink or two in your hands and make Moonshadows a must on your list.

BonaVista Lounge - Westin Bonaventure

After a couple drinks it may feel like you’re spinning in the Bona Vista Lounge at the Westin Bonaventure, but it’s actually their own revolving lounge floor. Pretty sweet, right? As you take the glass elevator up to the 34th floor, you’ll be anticipating the view that awaits you, and rightfully so. This one’s a stunner. Treat yourself to a delectable appetizer and a specialty drink served in souvenir glassware. Cheers!

The Roof on Wilshire

We have two words for The Roof on Wilshire: comfortable and classy. With spectacular views of the city, guests can cozy up with their friends and enjoy a craft cocktail paired with Chef Eric Greenspan’s American bistro cuisine after a hectic work week. Their poolside cabanas offer shade to cool off and the fire pits bring comforting warmth during chillier evenings.

Skybar - The Mondrian Los Angeles

This view might take your breath away, but there’s more than just this one reason to check out Skybar at The Mondrian Los Angeles Hotel. If you’re looking for some fresh air, a funky place to set off your weekend or just a spot to get your poolside glow on, Skybar has your back. Their drinks couldn’t sound any more delicious – the Sunburnt Margarita, Skybar Bellini, Summer Fun, and Watermelon Mojito. Count us in! Pair one of these signature libations with your prime seat looking over the city, and you’ve got yourself one killer combo.

Blue Streak - Loews Santa Monica

This convenient poolside bar will captivate you with its view of Santa Monica’s stretch of the Pacific. Come for a leisurely lunch, kick it by the pool or share stories around the campfire-inspired fire pits. Nothing compliments a happy hour better than the view of the ocean, and with the evenings staying lighter longer in the spring and summer, you can stop by in time to enjoy that So Cal sunset any day of the week.