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... ... read full review
1697 Pacific Avenue, 6th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90291
M–Th 4–11pm, F 4pm–midnight, Sa 11am–midnight, Su 11am–11pm
Venice, Los Angeles –
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 the evenings draw a clientele of young professionals, affluent hipsters, and tourists who gather for cocktails, pre-dinner nibbles, and a great sunset.
Later on, groups of friends arrive to huddle under heat lamps to escape the chilly sea breeze and enjoy the vista from Venice Beach to the Hollywood sign, as an instructor from the nearby Jam Master Jay’s Scratch Academy spins a low-key mix of hip-hop, 80s, and retro grooves.
Music-loving hotel guests who’d like to try their hand at spinning the ones and twos can take advantage of the hotel’s Scratch & Play package and have turntable lessons on the roof or in their room.
The bohemian crowd that packs into most Venice venues is noticeably absent at High, whose breezy décor and higher prices bring in a more upscale crowd, especially on summer weekends when the place is usually filled to capacity.
Regardless of the crowds, however, the vibe at High is always mellow, perfect for patrons looking for a touch of laid-back Hamptons Beach in the middle of Venice’s chaos.
Hip beach locals, young professionals, and preppy hotel guests, 20s to 50s.
DJs from the Scratch DJ Academy spin hip-hop, 80s, and retro nightly in the summer and on weekends the rest of the year. The hotel offers a Scratch & Play package that includes a deluxe hotel room, a DJ lesson from a Scratch Academy instructor either on the rooftop or in the guest’s room, and a bottle of champagne.
Limited menu of cheeses, charcuterie, and appetizers including prawn cocktails, hummus, and chicken wraps. Brunch served Sa–Su.
Appetizers $5–$12, cheese plates $15, charcuterie $14. Beer $7, wine $8–$18, cocktails $9–$18, bottle service $200–$350. Valet free for the first two hours with validation, $12 after. Scratch & Play package $399.
Upscale casual: shorts, jeans, t-shirts, button-downs, fashionable tops.
Any night at sunset, or Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest crowds.
Gjelina (1429 Abbot Kinney Boulevard) is one of the city’s trendiest and most popular restaurants, offering fine American cuisine.