ABH at the Thompson

Hotel Bar / Rooftop Lounge
ABH at the Thompson Perched atop one of LA's trendiest hotels is ABH at the Thompson, a sleek two-level rooftop lounge whose sophisticated atmosphere attracts the rich, the beautiful, and those looking for breathtaking views of the city. Los Angeles United States 34.0667029 -118.396171
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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... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 5–11pm, F 5pm–1am, Sa 11am–1am, Su 11am–11pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth ABH at the Thompson Review

The Scene

Perched atop one of LA's trendiest hotels is ABH at the Thompson, a sleek two-level rooftop lounge whose sophisticated atmosphere attracts the rich, the beautiful, and those looking for breathtaking views of the city.

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 stop in after work to unwind under the towering palm tree at the polished dark wood bar, as couples out for pre-dinner drinks nestle under heat lamps on cushioned benches to nibble on small plates and admire the LA skyline.

The weekday mellow gives way to a livelier scene on the weekends, when a chic crowd of aspiring models, actors, and agents fills the terrace and the semi-private rooms to indulge in pricey cocktails by the blazing fireplaces.

Perhaps most popular for its outdoor patio, the venue sees its most vibrant action on summer Sundays when sun-kissed hotties take over the Swarovski crystal-encrusted pool or lounge on white chaises to listen to DJ-spun sounds.

Six luxurious cabanas along the glass barrier offer not only a view, but flat-screen TVs, mini-bars, and privacy curtains for those who want to keep their activities under wraps.

Although the in-crowd may have moved on since ABH opened, it’s still exclusive and pricey enough to provide a swanky escape for the young and tanned.

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Tip from Adriana:

There’s a porthole in the pool that looks directly into the gym on the floor below. Whether you’re working out or taking a dip, you can indulge in a little voyeurism with the chic crowd.

  • Crowd

    An affluent and stylish blend of finance types, aspiring actors, young professionals, junior agents, Beverly Hills locals, and the occasional celeb, late 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient upbeat hip-hop and retro pop. Pool. Flat-screen TVs in the poolside cabanas. Call for information.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    American and Japanese menu provided by BondSt, the hotel restaurant, includes small plates, and seafood.

  • Prices

    Small plates $9–$18. Beer $7, wine $12–$16, cocktails $12–$15, bottle service $250–$400. Valet $7/hour or $30/overnight.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Upscale casual: girls in dresses or jeans with fashionable tops, guys in jeans and button-downs or business attire. Swimwear for weekend pool scene.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weeknights for low-key after-work drinks or weekend afternoons for poolside lounging. Busier at night during warmer months.

  • Close By

    Mastro’s (246 North Canon Drive) is a posh steakhouse perfect for dinner before or after heading to ABH.

ABH at the Thompson User Reviews

Average rating:
Best Rooftop Bar in LA!
James F. May 13, 2013
The Scene: Aside from being one of the best known rooftop bars in the city, the Thompson offers its guests and members relatively inexpensive eats and drinks, as well as a pristine view of the Los Angeles at night. Plus you’re staying in Beverly Hills, which is always a bonus as far as bragging rights go. The summer is usually the best time to go, just because the Thompson is known for its legendary Sunday pool parties. It could be a bit intimidating for the average person, however, especially if you’re untanned and lack a sculpted gym body (this is L.A. after all!). That being said, it’s definitely a sight to see – at least just once.
The view
Sarah B. Nov 28, 2012
It's breathtaking. Dress, it's upscale and perhaps pricey, but well worth it.
Come for the Scene and stay for the View
Samuel A. Nov 23, 2012
If you’re into the scene and feel of a venue, ABH is for you. ABH is a lot of what upscale Los Angeles is all about. High prices and beautiful people are its calling card, regularly bringing financial and entertainment types who are looking for a place to unwind. The dress code, as expected, is upscale with some of the who’s who of the entertainment ad finance industries. The view. The view is amazing and really my favorite part of the venue. It overlooks much of LA and at night it can be simply breathtaking. Like the commenters before I also visited Caufield’s downstairs because I’d heard great things about it. It was even better than what I expected because of the service and its lo-fi ambiance. It’s definitely worth a visit if you stop by ABH. ABH can definitely get a bit sceney. If you’re looking for a chilled out bar with cheaper drinks it’s probably not what you’re looking for (go to Caufield’s downstairs). However, if you’re down to mingle with LA’s beautiful and powerful you need to stop by this place.
Sceney, but what do you expect?
Brent L. Oct 5, 2012
This place is a total scene. It can sometimes be fun, when you are with the right crowd. It is sometimes not fun, when it gets douche-central. Which is a lot of the time. It can be hard to get up here for some people – but if you don’t know the right people, dress the part. I don’t care how many times you come up to the roof, the view never gets old. If you don’t care for the douche-fest, or frankly have difficulty getting in, try Caulfield’s downstairs. The staff is great, and so are the burgers. Yum.
Go for the view
Sara G. Aug 15, 2012
I wish there were more rooftop bars in LA. For that reason, I say go to ABH. Dress appropriately or don't expect to get in, and be prepared to pay $$$ for drinks. I've never been when it's packed, there's generally always somewhat of a scene here. A mix of BH psuedo-socialites, entertainment/media young professionals, and Hollywood development execs. If you don't get in or aren't into the scene once you're up there, go to their new bar/restaurant Caulfield's on the first floor. It's the same price point, but more low key (and no view). You can also head to Honor Bar two streets west on Beverly Drive. Fun scene day or night and live jazz on Sundays.
Great View/Not So Great Prices
Paul F. Aug 8, 2012
First the good. ABH is a swanky spot with incredible views. They have a gorgeous inside/outside space with big bar, lots of heat lamps and a pool. It never feels overly crowded and there are plenty of nooks to sit in and get cozy with a date. The people here seem like entertainment industry types. Older crowd - especially the guys - late 20s, 30s and up. The women are dressed in tight bandage dresses, micro-skirts and sky-high heels. It's a very good looking and well-off crowd. The bad: obviously when you're in Beverly Hills you can/should expect to pay a lot for drinks. And the thing is, I actually don't mind that much if I'm getting what I pay for. But honestly ABH - if you're going to give me a single Maker's Mark on the rocks that's measured out for that exact ounce then you can't honestly charge me $15 for it. It's just a little egregious - that's all I'm saying. Topping off a Maker's to make me feel good about paying that price isn't really that much to ask.
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