Rooftop season has finally arrived, (finally!!) and luckily, there’s no shortage of spectacular rooftop bars to enjoy in Los Angeles. After all, we’re spoiled with gorgeous weather and sunshine all year-round.
We get to enjoy views of both the ocean, and the sparkling lights of the city! We are also blessed with some of the most gifted mixologists and bartenders in the world — who can create practically any drink you’d ever dream of (or haven’t yet thought to dream of but will most definitely love).
Here are 13 of the best rooftop bars in Los Angeles, from Santa Monica on the west side, all the way to DTLA.
The trendy rooftop bar at Mama Shelter may just be the epitome of what Los Angeles stands for: effortless, glamorous chic. It’s diverse, bright, versatile, and serves a really great drink.
There’s a fantastic cocktail selection, but my favorite thing to order every time is the Sangria. It doesn’t matter what day, time, or season it is — Mama Shelter’s sangria is absolutely phenomenal (and strong). There’s also a selection of tasty bites like waffle fries and homemade burgers.
Wonderful views of the Hollywood hills pair with panoramic sights of the rest of the city, making this rooftop a must-visit if you’re anywhere near the LA area.
EP & LP
More spectacular views of the Hollywood hills and the Sunset Strip make the star studded WeHo outpost EP & LP just off Melrose one of the best roof decks in LA, hands down. Be forewarned that this rooftop is only open on a first come first served basis, but totally worth the wait! It’s open daily until 2 a.m. and is a place where LA friends can chill out, enjoy a sunset, people watch, celebrate life, and relax around a cozy fire pit.
Margot is not “just another LA rooftop bar” it’s a carefully curated, photogenic drinking and dining experience. This restaurant/bar feels as if it’s been ripped straight from the pages of an elegant design magazine. The cocktails are beautiful (and strong), and the dishes have been created as if they’re meant for Instagram features.
Soak up 360 degree views of the trendy neighborhood of Culver City down below, from your perch. Soak up the warmth of the fire pits that are sprinkled throughout this large outdoor space and reflect on how this is why you choose to live in Los Angeles.
The vibes at Santa Monica Proper’s Calabra, an elegantly designed Kelly Wearstler hotel on a west side rooftop restaurant, emits vibes that are hot and chic.
It features a Mediterranean themed decor and an elevated atmosphere that makes you feel as if you’re one of LA’s elite (which you kind of are, if you’re here…).
Élephante Beach House
If you really want to feel like you’ve been transported to the Southern Mediterranean — while enjoying delicious homemade “light Italian” fare, pay a visit to the indoor/outdoor lounge style restaurant Élephante Beach House on a rooftop in Santa Monica.
With three bars, an extensive wine selection, tasty cuisine and a view of the ocean that will undoubtedly take your breath away — this eatery is an obligatory sky-high LA experience.
The restaurant describes itself as “a place to come and relax,” where a tranquil afternoon can turn into a decadent dinner and flow seamlessly into a lively late night scene. Elephante feels like a fabulous balance of the laid back California beach lifestyle, mixed with the trendy glitz and glam of upscale LA life.
Read more about Élephante, here.
Spire 73 is one of the hottest downtown LA bars, and is located at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel in the Grand Wilshire building.
With unrivaled sweeping views of the entire city (it’s currently the tallest building west of the Mississippi), this outpost rightly claims the title as the “tallest open-air bar in the Western hemisphere.”
Here, guests can enjoy a seasonal menu of cocktails and culinary creations that are truly “above” par. There are breathtaking views of the entire city skyline with chic fire pits and a buzzy atmosphere.
Ready more about the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown and Spire 73, here.
Perch is an elevated and elegant whimsical French-inspired rooftop bistro in DTLA, with sweeping 360 degree views of the LA skyline.
Located in the historic Pershing Square Building, this glamorous outpost offers two outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, accompanied by both lounge and table seating to relax with a beer, wine or one of their fabulous Parisian-inspired cocktails.
Perch also serves food, and specializes in “classic French dishes with a twist.” From Fromage & Charcuterie, to Filet Mignon, Tiger Shrimp, Salmon, Scallops, Boeuf Bordelaise and more — it’s all curated with a finely tuned presentation.
Upstairs at the Ace Hotel
Sitting atop the rooftop of the Gothic tower that is the hotel Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, visitors will encounter Upstairs, a bar which offers a vibrant atmosphere and an eclectic menu of fabulous cocktails / bites paired with “cinematic” city views in all directions.
This open air outpost was inspired by Hollywood’s famous Les Deux Cafe, and it’s a sky-high urban oasis that truly “has it all.”
There’s a small concrete pool that has traditionally been known to host legendary pool parties, as well as a bunker-like bar that’s reminiscent of the golden age of Hollywood. Decor is Earthy with warm, natural tones. Tree trunk tables, Moroccan-style cushions, leather armchairs and ceramic hanging lamps fill the space and make it feel like a bohemian treehouse home.
At the top of the Freehand hotel, Broken Shaker feels like an oasis in the heart of Downtown LA. The bar boasts a rooftop pool deck, and offers a tasty menu of handcrafted cocktails and small bites.
Broken Shaker serves up libations infused with homemade elixirs and sensational ingredients, meant to make you feel as if you’re at the beach — all while you’re really in the central urban hub in the midst of trendy DTLA.
The Deck, at Sheraton DTLA
The Deck at Sheraton DTLA in The Bloc outdoor shopping plaza offers stunning city skyline views, craft cocktails, a private seating area, and cozy fire pits to congregate. It’s a great place to catch a sunset and people watch in downtown LA.
The Rooftop Restaurant & Bar (Temporarily Closed – But Stay Tuned)
The Rooftop Restaurant & Bar (keeping its name simple) sits on the top floor of the trendy NoMad Los Angeles in downtown LA, boasting fantastic cocktails and even better panoramic views.
Residing in the landmark Giannini Place building built in the 1920s (the Golden Age of Hollywood) as LA’s headquarters for The Bank of Italy, NoMad Los Angeles combines a sense of old-world glamour with a new sense of the vibrant, playful spirit that is modern Los Angeles.
Please note this outpost is currently closed due to COVID-19, but stay tuned for its revival!
If you’re seeking a celebrity sighting outside of WeHo, Castaway in Burbank is your spot. This iconic rooftop terrace hosts a curated dining experience where everyone feels like a star (even if there is an actual movie star present) and every seat has a view that seriously feels like magic hour, every hour.
Besides the incomparable sunsets and breath-taking views from the valley out to downtown Los Angeles, Castaway is always “ready for its premiere” as they say in the nearby movie studios.
This restaurant is known for its phenomenal charcuteries and cocktails — which is no surprise, because there’s a meat dry-aging room, right on-site.
There is also a floor-to-ceiling wine cellar and a seasonally-inspired, steak-forward menu that features cuts of meats from top-notch butchers paired with fresh, locally sourced produce.
Openaire at The Line Hotel
Openaire at The Line Hotel in downtown LA is a fabulous place to grab a well-made cocktail with a skyline view.
The menu has been curated by Native Angeleno, surfer, and two Michelin-starred chef Josiah Citrin. It’s meant to embrace each individual season (yes, LA does have seasons) while reflecting upon the melting-pot culture that is Los Angeles.
The lush greenhouse and outdoor terrace are perfectly Instagrammable, and the restaurant is now open for dinner and weekend brunch for guests to soak up its famous “open air” atmosphere.
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