Party Earth Review Surprisingly situated amid the skate parks and artsy crowds that Venice is known for is the swanky High Rooftop Lounge, an open-air venue on top of the Hotel Erwin that offers panoramic views of the city. By day, preppy patrons and hotel guests relax on comfy cushioned banquettes in the shade of large green umbrellas, while ... more
1697 Pacific Avenue, 6th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90291
Party Earth Review Perched atop one of LA’s trendiest hotels is ABH at the Thompson (Above Beverly Hills), a sleek two-level rooftop lounge whose sophisticated atmosphere attracts the rich, the beautiful, and those looking for breathtaking views of the city. On weeknights, entertainment industry professionals and finance types ... more
9360 Wilshire Boulevard, Top Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Party Earth Review High above Wilshire Boulevard, the canary-yellow umbrellas of chic lounge and restaurant The Roof on Wilshire beckon to the throngs below, giving rise to one of this glitz-happy town’s most oft-asked questions: “How can I get up there?!” Actually, it’s pretty easy – a simple elevator ride from the lobby of the boutique ... more
The Wilshire Hotel
6317 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Beer Garden / Rooftop Bar
Party Earth Review Perched on the east corner of the ultra-mod Standard Hotel’s rooftop is a surreal German wonderland called The Biergarten, where a kitschy ticket booth marks the entrance and $8 buys an oversized paper ticket – the only currency accepted in this adult carnival. Beer-hungry bros, flannel-clad hipsters ... more
The Standard Hotel
550 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Reviewed by Lani D.
"This charming rooftop getaway is a diamond in the rough, tucked away high in the corner of the Santa Monica Place shopping mall. Unbeknownst to most m ..." more
395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Hotel Bar / Rooftop Bar
Party Earth Review The A-listers may have moved on, but the ultra-mod Rooftop Bar crowning The Standard Downtown hotel still offers a swanky environment for sipping cocktails under the stars. A bird’s-eye view of LA and a funky décor featuring animal topiary and red AstroTurf greet fashionably-dressed patrons as they step ... more
The Standard Downtown Hotel
550 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Reviewed by Daniel B.
"My Take: The Library at Redbury is a nice lounge and small music venue with a great view of Hollywood. The place makes for a great date night, but as ..." more
The Redbury Hotel
1717 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Lounge / Rooftop Bar
Reviewed by Ellie D.
"Ocean Bar & Lounge My Advice/ My Take: Ocean Bar is located in the heart of Hermosa Beach. It isn’t situated on the bustling Hermosa Pier, but instea ..." more
1301 Manhattan Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
In a city with great weather year-round, rooftop bars in Los Angeles are always a great bet. From the upscale rooftop cocktail lounge to the energetic sky-high beer garden, there is rarely a night in L.A. that isn’t perfect for sipping drinks on a swanky rooftop.
Although most Los Angeles rooftop bars can be described best by that very word, swanky, there is one that stands out as the best rooftop bar for a drunken good time. The Biergarten at the Standard Downtown is the hip take on the classic German beer garden. Although the wait staff is clad in the hipster version of lederhosen, the drinks are truly authentic German brews guaranteed to knock out even the most practiced of boozehounds after a few rounds.
While The Biergarten might offer the wild and crazy bar experience at soaring heights, there are plenty of rooftop bars in Los Angeles offering the chic and swanky side of sky-high drinking. The ABH at the Thompson is a perfect example of a spot where the Los Angeles elite gathers at the top of the world to sip pricey cocktails and take a dip in the Swarovski-encrusted pool.
Rooftop Bar at The Standard Downtown offers a similar swanky experience, although it tends to attract a slightly more professional and mellow crowd looking for a relaxing rooftop cocktail experience. For an even more unusual venue, check out High Rooftop Lounge at the Hotel Erwin. Although its Venice location might suggest a more bohemian crowd, the über-chic décor and high-priced cocktails attract the rich and beautiful looking to enjoy spectacular views and a mellow vibe.
Rooftop bars in Los Angeles are the perfect way to spend an evening enjoying warm breezes, spectacular views, and fancy cocktails. And with most of L.A.’s buildings offering a sky-high lounge of some sort, there is no shortage of Los Angeles rooftops to visit.