Tropicana Bar

Hotel Bar / Lounge
Tropicana Bar Though it may have lost a bit of its glitter over the past few years, there's no doubt that The Tropicana still offers a picture-perfect Hollywood setting for afternoon cocktails, poolside partying, and late-night cavorting. Los Angeles United States 34.100802 -118.342077
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Party Earth Review Though it may have lost a bit of its glitter over the past few years, there’s no doubt that The Tropicana still offers a picture-perfect Hollywood setting for afternoon cocktails, poolside partying, and late-night... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Red Line: Hollywood/Highland

  • Phone:

    323-466-7000

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  • Hours:

    Daily 9am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Tropicana Bar Review

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Though it may have lost a bit of its glitter over the past few years, there's no doubt that The Tropicana still offers a picture-perfect Hollywood setting for afternoon cocktails, poolside partying, and late-night cavorting.

Though it may have lost a bit of its glitter over the past few years, there’s no doubt that The Tropicana still offers a picture-perfect Hollywood setting for afternoon cocktails, poolside partying, and late-night cavorting.

Situated in the Roosevelt Hotel, the posh bar with its attendant palm trees and formidable doorman attracts eccentric Hollywood hipsters who show up day and night in their vintage best to enjoy intimate drinks or get a little wild.

A modern earth-toned décor featuring roomy canvas chaises and ottomans creates a homey vibe for the musicians, actors, and wannabe trendsetters lazing around the pool or schmoozing with other fashion-experimenting urbanites at the bar.

Scattered tables offer a place to sample plates from the hotel’s restaurant, while couples can chill in the private nook or around a fire pit. Hotel guests interested in hanging with a creative LA crowd have easy access via adjoining rooms and cabanas.

Although the venue is a good option any day, it hosts a particularly popular scene on summer Tuesday nights when a trust-fundy alternative crowd shows up to get frisky in the pool and groove to the DJ’s mix of mellow indie tunes and retro funk.

While it no longer has the cachet it once had, The Tropicana is still a very cool place to enjoy drinks in the sunshine or festive midnight swims.

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Tip from Jonah:

Take some time to learn about the cool history of the place – like that Marilyn Monroe stayed in Suite 24b – then go sip your bourbon in the same spot as Douglas Fairbanks did in the 1920s.

  • Crowd

    Hollywood hipsters, musicians, actors, and tourists, early 20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs spin everything from mellow underground tunes to retro funk, dance, and hip-hop.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu available from The Bridge restaurant, as well as casual fare and specialty burgers from the hotel’s 25 Degrees restaurant.

  • Prices

    25 Degrees menu: burgers $12+, salads $6–$12, sandwiches $8–$12. The Bridge menu: appetizers $4–$11, entrées $15–$29. Beer $7+, wine $7+, cocktails $11+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hipster chic to anything goes on Tuesdays: vintage dresses, tight high-waisted jeans, short shorts, old-school sneakers, swimsuits, thrift-store suits, ascots, sparkly tops for guys and girls. Otherwise, nice casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesday nights in the summer from 10pm to 2am when the pool is heated for Night Swim, or Fridays and Saturdays when the Roosevelt is always filled with young, wealthy club kids flitting between the bars.

  • Close By

    Inside the Roosevelt is The Spare Room, a swanky lounge with a similar crowd, a great late-night scene, and two bowling alley lanes.

Tropicana Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
Tropicana Tuesdays , Always a Good Time
Harper W. Mar 18, 2013
The Roosevelt Hotel's Tropicana bar isn't necessarily all that different from other poolside bars in LA, but there's something about it that keeps people coming back week after week. The drinks are expensive, but nothing this crowd of socialites, celebrities and LA scenesters can't afford. The door is guarded tightly and there's usually a wait, but once you're in you'll be glad you stuck it out. Tropicana is known for its event called Nightswim, where photographers for the Cobrasnake have been known to snap pictures of partygoers. The event takes place most notably on Tuesday nights during the summer, and was also introduced to Thursday nights last year. Nightswim is an almost guaranteed good time, but if you're expecting a pool party, you might be disappointed. The pool is filled with more inflatable toys than people, and there's usually a 5:1 girl to guy ratio. It's the area around the pool is what makes Tropicana so enjoyable. The lounge chairs and couches around the pool are surrounded by heat lamps, making for a cozy atmosphere where people can sit and chat. If you don't feel like sitting around, there will always be someone to join you on the dance floor next to the DJ booth. One tip to keep in mind if you're thinking about checking Tropicana out - it's generally not a place to go meet people. Patrons, for the most part, stick with the group of people they came with throughout the night. It's a nice place to catch up with old friends, but not to make new ones.
money aint a thang but a chicken wang
Jasmine S. Nov 13, 2012
I've always thought Tropicana was one of LA's classic gems. The crowd changes based on the night, but I know I can always rely on it when I'm looking for a low key (usually) time. If you bring your own friends, it's nice to get a few drinks and lounge under the stars and christmas-light lit palm trees--especially on a warm summer night. The crowd can range from super mainstream and touristy to incredibly hipster and artsy, and the music doesn't necessarily facilitate a "rager," but if you're looking for casual fun and a nice place to hang, this is the spot.
Another LA Pool Party
Paul F. Oct 17, 2012
If your like your pool parties with a side of rhinestone hats, ultra-tatted and steroided dudes, oversized glasses, and clear heels - you'll probably love a good amount of the pool parties at Tropicana. The setting itself is great. Big open space, decent sized pool, pool side bar and grill. It's just that the clientele is a tad on the douchey side. And I forgot the plethora of trucker hats. Food and drinks are a little pricey as well. It's best to get here early on the weekends while the rest of the hotel is still sleeping and stake your claim to some tables and chairs. Otherwise you'll find yourself standing around, looking like a vulture and hoping someone will give you some room.
Poolside swank, Hollywood-style
Becca B. Sep 17, 2012
After a leisurely Saturday celebrity-hunting on Rodeo drive, cruising around Bel-Air, and exploring the gardens at The Getty Center, a group of us decided to get dolled up and hit the town. Some friends suggested The Roosevelt, so we made ourselves look pretty and made our way to the Tropicana Bar. When I think of a hotel bar from now on, this will be what I'll picture: Glowing fluorescent lights, lounge chairs, and a wood paneled counter with brick pillars that is somehow both comforting and sleek. The pool shines like a beacon in the night, as do the twinkling lights wrapped around the palm trees. It makes it hard not to smile with all of that light surrounding you. The bartender was very friendly, joking about the price of the drinks with us, which was the only real drawback of the place. Ten dollars for the size vodka and pineapples I ordered seemed a bit much, but Andrew was sure to make them strong. One of my friends got a pretty-looking cocktail, which seemed fitting for the occasion, and even the beer bottles were of the shiny variety. It's all about appearances, am I right? The atmosphere was a relaxed one. Sitting on the poolside chairs, making light conversation, I could perfectly imagine doing the same thing during the day. Just add sunscreen and switch out my dress and heels for a bikini and flip-flops. I'd love to come back and see how the Tropicana seamlessly transitions from day to night. Hours flew by, and my friends and I hopped into a cab and headed home. It was a short ride from the Hollywood hot spot, and we chatted with our driver about our successful night. We'll definitely be going back soon.
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