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Sky High Bars in the City of Angels

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Breathe Deeply - The Air Up Here Is Much Cleaner

High Rooftop Lounge in Venice.

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Aug 2, 2012 —  Los Angeles averages over 300 sunny days a year, and thanks to our increasing temperatures, that number is only rising. But the city is also a concrete jungle with a lack of space available. So when it comes to taking advantage of the weather, it’s only natural for Angelenos to utilize any unused outdoor surfaces and just start putting things up on roofs – gardens, solar panels, but most importantly, bars.

The rooftop is the best thing to happen to bars since they stopped playing Journey at closing time (wait, they still do that. We must have been daydreaming). The point is, never again do you have to have your pristine sunset views obscured by ugly buildings, deal with a skyscraper blocking your rays, or be bothered by the sounds of passing cars – the same can’t be said about jets.

Some of the best features of LA’s rooftops are when lavish pools accompany the bars, giving “high” class a new meaning as the scene gets taken to a whole other level. In the glitz and glamour that is Los Angeles, it’s more normal than not to exit the elevator on the top floor to find stunning patrons lying out to bronze and DJs spinning for massive parties – all while popping caps of champagne onto the streets below.

But if you don’t want to deal with velvet rope fifty-stories off the ground, the city also offers rowdy haunts and laid-back watering-holes where the only thing that’s sky high is you.

The beautiful weather and UV-addicted population means that LA has a glut of bars above the streets, but we at Party Earth found the ones that rise above the rest, and where your drink always comes with a view. 

  • High Rooftop Lounge

    Hotel Bar / Rooftop Lounge

    High Rooftop Lounge - Hotel Bar | Rooftop Lounge in Los Angeles.
    Venice

    Hotel Erwin
    1697 Pacific Avenue, 6th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90291

    310‑452‑1111

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  • ABH at the Thompson

    Hotel Bar / Rooftop Lounge

    ABH at the Thompson - Hotel Bar | Rooftop Lounge in Los Angeles.
    Beverly Hills

    9360 Wilshire Boulevard, Top Floor
    Beverly Hills, CA 90212

    310‑273‑1400

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  • The Biergarten at The Standard Downtown

    Beer Garden / Rooftop Bar

    The Biergarten at The Standard Downtown - Beer Garden | Rooftop Bar in Los Angeles.
    Downtown

    The Standard Hotel
    550 South Flower Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90071

    213‑892‑8080

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  • Rooftop Bar at The Standard Downtown

    Hotel Bar / Rooftop Bar / Rooftop Lounge

    Rooftop Bar at The Standard Downtown - Hotel Bar | Rooftop Bar | Rooftop Lounge in Los Angeles.
    Downtown

    The Standard Downtown Hotel
    550 South Flower Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90071

    213‑892‑8080

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  • The Roof on Wilshire

    Hotel Bar / Lounge / Restaurant / Rooftop Bar

    The Roof on Wilshire - Hotel Bar | Lounge | Restaurant | Rooftop Bar in Los Angeles.
    Beverly Grove

    The Wilshire Hotel
    6317 Wilshire Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90048

    323‑852‑6002

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User Comments

Emily B. Aug 8, 2012
Honestly, rooftop bars are the only thing that get me through Los Angeles summers. I've never lived in a building with a pool, but even if I did I would still probably spend every saturday at The Standard because the atmosphere is quintessential "urban summer" and the alcohol is plentiful and quality. The nicer bars require nice attire (duh), so remember that even though you're at a pool you've got to step it up to make the door on busier days.
Anonymous Aug 7, 2012
I love going to rooftop bars - especially during the day. One important thing to remember though - wear sunscreen! Speaking from experience, although sunscreen may not go with that cute dress, neither do burn lines.
Sandip S. Aug 6, 2012
I had a great time at the High Rooftop Lounge! I had my girl in one hand and a glass of whisky in the other overlooking an awesome view. Now those are moments that are etched in time.
Danny M. Aug 3, 2012
Love the rooftop bar at the Standard...really cool views in the middle of downtown's skyscrapers...makes you feel like you're in the midst of an urban city (rather than the sprawl that LA is known for).
Anonymous Aug 2, 2012
The Biergarten sounds tempting. I'm surprised I haven't been to any of these rooftop bars. I must be afraid of heights or something.
Paul F. Aug 2, 2012
ABH is great for the view and the ambiance - $15 for a Maker's Mark on the rocks? Not so much.
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