Rooftop Bar at The Standard Downtown

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Rooftop Bar at The Standard Downtown 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. Los Angeles United States 34.050419 -118.256321
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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... ... read full review

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  • Address:

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

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  • Hours:

    Daily noon–1:30am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Rooftop Bar at The Standard Downtown Review

The Scene

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.

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 onto the terrace level, where a diverse clientele of international travelers, hip artsy types, and young professionals lounge on low ottomans for relaxed conversation.

By day, hotel guests in bikinis and swim trunks dominate the scene as they cool off in the long pool or catch some rays, while by night, the pool glows blue as the creative crowd sways gently on white rocking chaises and watch movies projected onto the high rise opposite the roof.

Those who prefer a more sociable atmosphere can mingle with the other chatty guests gathering at the bar and fire pit or head for the crowded dance floor, while frisky hipsters might slip into the signature red waterbed pods for a bit of privacy.

Although a mellower vibe during the week gives way to a flirtier and more rambunctious singles scene on the weekends, Rooftop Bar is always spot on for some of the coolest stargazing in town.

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Tip from Adriana:

Show up before 10pm on the weekends as the place tends to fill up fast. It gets more difficult to get in as the night wears on.

  • Crowd

    Young professionals, internationals, tourists, and hotel guests on the weekends, hipsters, musicians, creative types, and neighborhood regulars during the week, early 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Nightly DJs play a mix of eclectic music. Spring and Summer pool parties on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Limited menu of snacks and sandwiches, including sliders, vegetable kebobs, and bacon-wrapped dates. Lunch M–F noon–4pm, evening menu nightly 4–11:30pm. Valet and garage parking available.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $20/weekends. Menu $4–$12. Beer $8–$9, wine $9+/glass or $30/bottle, cocktails $10+. Valet parking $15. Garage parking $10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    After work attire, business casual, swimsuits, vintage, and T-shirts and jeans, as long as they’re not torn, tattered, or baggy.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    During the week for a mellower vibe, or Friday and Saturday nights for a flirtier and more bustling scene.

  • Close By

    The Standard’s 24/7 restaurant is located downstairs and serves a selection of comfort food all night long.

Rooftop Bar at The Standard Downtown User Reviews

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Swimming W/ Sharks
Greg L. Jul 21, 2013
This was my second time going to The Standard and I will be going back again! I went on a Saturday afternoon and it was packed with young people in their 20's & 30's ready to drink, dance and do drugs. It was a really cloudy and rainy day but no one let that kill their buzz. It is a $10 cover to get in if you don't know someone working there but the drink specials made it worth it ($4 PBR's, $5 draught beers, $6 wells). The scene is more laid back than most Hollywood pool parties because they don't have a strict dress code and the crowd is not stuck up. The DJ's had people dancing all day and played good music that got the girls attention. There is also a German beer garden on the rooftop that has bratwurst and three types of good beer you can drink out of a boot. They have big tables you can drink at with large groups of people and ping pong tables to play some drinking games. There are also some obvious downsides to The Standard. The waitresses are not very attentive and you need to track one down if you want to order food or drinks when it's busy. They also don't have many busser's on duty so empty drinks and trash don't get picked up and it makes the whole lounge area look trashy. If they had more staff they would probably run a cleaner operation and improve the customer service. Overall it was a great time and a good young crowd to party with. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a good German beer on the rooftop or a club scene party goer who likes to dance and socialize.
Live band, Fantastic Atmosphere and Good Drink
Stephanie Heting Z. Jun 11, 2013
I went there twice, once during the week and once at the weekend. During the week, the bar is not that crowded and the atmosphere there is really good. You are engaged in the best part of downtown LA night scene on the roof, with live band performing for you and beautiful swimming pool with colorful lights. And, you don't need to pay anything unless your drink and food. However, at the weekend, you need to pay 20 dollar cover charge and also need to wait a long time for your order. The bar is super crowded and they serve at a ”first come first served" base and don't accept reservation of table for the roof bar. Generally speaking it is a cool place to hangout with friends and enjoy the night scene of downtown. But the experience will be better during the week than at the weekend.
Expensive Drinks, Cool Atmosphere
Allie L. Jun 8, 2013
During the week I think the Standard is something that every Los Angeles resident and visitors should see. However, I do not think it is worth the 20 dollar cover charge on the weekends. Not to mention the drinks are crazy expensive even just a pint of PBR(very low end beer) is 6 dollars so you can only imagine the price you are really paying. The atmosphere is by far the best part about this place. The view is overlooking a large portion of downtown which is amazing especially for first time attendees. It also has a pool and waterbeds in the lounging area giving it a very posh, unique setting. The people that come to this bar are not the most friendly bunch it is more of place to casually chill with the friends you came with. Definitely a cool place to stop and check out before you are heading out to other bars in the area. I like to stop there then head to public school or the library each within one block away.
They have cover
Gor G. Jun 7, 2013
The ONLY good thing about a $20 cover charge is the fact that you only have to wait a few minutes at most for the bartender to take your order. Too bad our bartender was very robotic. As are security. As are the people collecting $20 from each and every individual. A little smile and a thank you go a long way, especially when you are charging $26 for two Moscow mules, which were average at best. Otherwise, I don't understand the point of a cover charge. It's not like you get a drink out of it, and when you get inside, you need to still spend money to buy drinks. But it was my fiancée's old time friend's birthday, so an exception was made this time around. No complaints about the location -- it's pretty, and the view is nice, the music choice is good, but the employees need to liven it up a bit. Appreciate the customer, they are paying your paychecks, with the cover and all.
Good Music, Good Drinks, Good Times
Nick W. May 31, 2013
If my friends and I are ever in the mood to hit up a bar for some casual drinks, the Rooftop Bar at the Standard is always around the top of the list. The moment you step out of the elevator, you are greeted with an amazing view of downtown LA. The view is especially great on clear nights, which works great for the chill, lounge-like atmosphere that this bar provides. The drinks are well-made; I have no complaints. One may find them a bit pricey, but you'd be hard pressed to find low prices in downtown LA at night. As a big fan of deep house and nu disco, I really like the type of music they play here. Slower, down-tempo electronic music is great background music for conversation with your friends on the many couches set up around the roof. Whether you're looking for a casual outing with your friends, or a place to get a crazy night started, The Standard is always a safe choice. Oh, and look sharp.
Bier!
Kyle L. Apr 25, 2013
I have never been to Germany or an Octoberfest but as soon as I stepped foot into the Beirgarten my German roots immediately came out. From the authentic steins, German foliage and trademark benches to the delicious free smells of wursts and pretzels to the beautiful trendy looking crowds that arrive, this place is heaven. When entering the Biergarten you are greeted by a nicely German dressed ticket booth attendant who sells you tickets based on your food and beverage desire. For $8 you can get a roughly 22oz stein of German heaven (light or dark depending on your preference) or brawts and pretzels if your in the mood to munch. Everything in NYC is pricey $$, but the Biergarten definitely gives you your moneys worth with this deal. I feel like every time I visit NYC, I am scavenging throughout the city to get myself a Corona and lime for under $10. Well maybe sipping on a cold one with your crew isn't enough? Well the Biergarten offers their guests access to two ping pong tables to screw around on. Me and my buddy messed around on one the tables and had a blast for about an hour. The ball kept rolling all over the bar area and managed to not disrupt anyone's time or business operation....THANK GOD! The whole atmosphere and experience is amazing! It is a great place to start off your evening with your crew before hitting the velvet ropes down in the meatpacking district later that night. GREAT FOOD, ATMOSPHERE, STAFF and of course BEER! You'll definitely thank me for making your day, year and possibly life by stepping foot into this memorable establishment!
Ultimate Summer Hangout
Madeline J. Apr 17, 2013
Looking for a spot to spend those hot Los Angeles days and nights? Look no further, The Rooftop at the Standard Hotel its the place to waste away your summer days. The rooftop pool offers dazzling views of Downtown Los Angeles and the peaking Mountains beyond. The Rooftop's modern decoration, red turfed floor, and impressive bar attract crowds from all over the city. The pool area wraps around the top tower, more like a porch rather than one large area. The layout offers different views of the city and different areas to lounge during the day or dance all night to one of their great DJs. Get to The Rooftop early to take advantage of their great happy hour prices on food and drinks. Lounge around on one of their water beds or couches while you soak in the sun. It never gets too crowded and the crowd is always energetic and fun. Stay all night and dance or, if you are looking for a little more of an upbeat night, take advantage of the happy hour prices and view, then head elsewhere. But if you are in LA for the summer, you will not want to miss this spot.
Great experience
Deena D. Mar 26, 2013
This place is really fun! I went spontaneously one day with a few friends and we had a blast. I must warn though that the line to get in (especially on the weekends) is extremely long so be prepared to wait in line for at least 40 minutes. Another option is to arrive really early, or get a rich friend to book a hotel room for the night at the standard because it comes with two free entries to the bar (not sure if it was just because I went on the day of a show). The DJ's and the music was amazing, especially while we danced on a rooftop with a (somewhat obstructed) view of downtown LA. The crowd is very hipster, avant-garde, and relatively young. Definitely not a place to go to if you're broke though...simply because to have fun here you're gonna have to dish out some cash, know what I mean?
Cool spot
K B. Mar 25, 2013
This is real cool spot, it be the business ya feels. The honies be swarming ya if you got swag. If you got that mula, then you balling forreal ya digg. Check this joint out doe, real fresh aight it cool aight. Drinks, beezies, musica, they got errthing. I Hope this is helpful ladies and gentlemen!
Great view and awesome for hot summer days/nights
Jimmy M. Mar 25, 2013
You can't go wrong here. I always bring visiting friends because it's a very impressive place. The view is fantastic and there's always a good mix of people. They added a beer garden which has upped their game a lot.
Nice View, but could be better!
Les S. Mar 22, 2013
This bar is really nice since it is located on a rooftop in the heart of downtown LA, but it could be better. Maybe I'm comparing it to other rooftop bars in New York, but it does not have that great of a view because it is not that high and other buildings are taller. The bar has a pool and some loungey type of furniture that accents the whole bar scene. It is a pretty relaxed type of bar not crowded and it is a perfect location to go and hang out with friends. The only downfall is their drinks, they are overpriced and can taste watered down.
The Quintessential LA Scene
Elizabeth L. Mar 4, 2013
Whether you're an Angelino or visiting from out of town, The Standard Rooftop Bar is one of the best places to sum up the LA experience. After conquering any traffic to get downtown, you'll be greeted with a line that can wrap around the block (unless you arrive early). The rooftop is complete with bars, a pool, loungey areas with couches and retro furniture and of course, a dancefloor. Usually filled with trendy Angelinos and tourists, The Standard attracts a fun, stylish, yet un-pretentious crowd. The Sunday day party also brings in some of the local underground clubbers, with promoters booking the best local DJs and tech-house from overseas. Being LA, good weather is almost guaranteed. During the day, patrons get an expansive view of the city, and swim in or lounge by the pool. Nighttime is lit up by the high-rises and stars overhead, a packed bar and bumpin' dance floor. The crowd is social, friendly, and always LA-hip.
Beautiful View
Valerie Y. Mar 3, 2013
I went here with a friend for the first time last November on a Wednesday night, and it was very nice. A good amount of people, so that we were able to find seats, and move around to change seats a couple of times, to experience different seats, but it wasn't desolate. I had a couple of drinks, but I didn't pay for them, so I didn't mind the price. My favorite part was the view! It overlooks downtown, so watching the nightlights from a roof was GORGEOUS! And there’s a pool on the roof, which adds to the romantic ambience. There are also water-bed pods. Great place for a date!
The Standard Downtown, Standard Place for the LA Thrill
Lisa W. Feb 22, 2013
When people come to visit me, I try to give them a nice mixture of tourista stuff mixed with local stuff. One of my favorite places for the LA stereotype is The Standard Downtown. It's so cliche, it's awesome. The drinks are over priced and the staff and crowd are ridiculously hip but that's the draw. Plus, the view is pretty stellar for a city that has a perpetual identity crisis. I save this place for friends who are looking for that thrill when seeing LA for the first time. They want to see stars, glamorous haunts and spectacle. The Standard is perfect for that, sans the stars. It goes on the tour with The Dresden, Musso and Frank and the posher places around Downtown, Hollywood and the Westside. Visiting friends love the movie projected on the building across from the bar. The pool is a nice touch. My friend, who is a DP and shoots there a lot, calls the seating around the pool "big red sex apples." I've seen some stuff there that would back that up to a certain degree. Another downside is that they need to do a bit of upkeep. The place is looking a big ragged from the wear. It's easy to understand. The Standard gets used quite a bit. I'd also recommend it for a nice place to wait out traffic if you need an oasis. Perfect for meetings with out of towners, birthday drinks, closing a deal on a script and other industry doings.
expensive drinks seem to be the only downside
Zachary M. Feb 20, 2013
Though having made a number of trips to Los Angeles during my College years, it wasn’t until visiting the rooftop bar at the Standard years later, that I realized how swanky Los Angeles could be. From hip weekend parties with world renowned DJs to quiet drinks with a date, this modern, avant rooftop is a sexy safe haven -- a place to be and be seen -- from the bustling downtown streets below. You can expect a range of different people, depending on the time and event, dressed in jeans and T-shirts to pumps and a mini-skirt. On the Sundays during the summer, Los Angeles based house label Culprit takes over the rooftop, reeling in some of the worlds best DJs, quickly turning this quiet, normally loungey rooftop into an ultra-chic adult playground. Expect to see throngs of hip, working adults clad in very little clothes, dancing, swimming and drinking under the sun and well into the night... So whether you’re looking to unwind from a long day at work with a quick dip in the pool or simply come and shake what your mama gave you, The Standard offers the best of both worlds. Plus, an incredible view. Just be prepared to spend a little, drinks here are not cheap.
Great Location, not a Great Bar
Ryan M. Dec 12, 2012
If this bar was located on ground level, I would likely never visit it again. The drinks are overrpriced and of sub-par quality. Also the fact that the bar requires cover on weekends is a huge turn-off. That being said, this is probably one of the cooler bar locations I have been to in Los Angeles. The view is impeccable. Nothing like drinking a cocktail while staring over downtown. Overall, definitely worth checking out (though I would suggest on a weekday with no cover charge), even if to just drink in one of their many waterbeds.
Rooftops are great
Nisha S. Dec 7, 2012
When I went to the Rooftop Bar at the Standard, I had no problem getting in right away. There was no line at all, probably because it was a Wednesday night. The bar/lounge attracts late 20 something and 30 something working professionals still in their suits looking to wind down after work, and the occasional student from FIDM or USC. I was kind of surprised when I went to order a drink at the Standard. It wasn’t the price that shocked me, but rather the tastelessness of the margarita. For $11, I was not impressed at all. I like that the Rooftop Bar is so spacious. You can choose to sit at one of the small tables by the balcony, lounge in the ottomans by the bar, or get comfy in the waterbeds near the pool with friends. No matter where you are in the bar, you are guaranteed a great view of Downtown LA. The décor at the Rooftop Bar at the Standard is really simple and very modern with red and yellow accents. The bartenders were dressed up in festive holiday costumes, which I thought was a fun touch. Overall, I experienced a pretty chill and relaxed vibe when I was there. I can only imagine that things get rowdy though in the summer during the weekend though.
Always a good time
Eva L. Dec 5, 2012
This bar is so amazing - the view is great, the lounge areas are comfortable, and the drinks are delicious (although rather overpriced). The crowd here can definitely be on the older-ish side but that does not make it any less of a great time. Come with the right groups of friends and you will absolutely have a great time. Make sure to try this venue out on a hot summer night when you can go and just hang out with your friends after a long day of work. The Standard is one of the best places downtown just make sure not to spend too much!
great - especially for a young crowd
Hayden F. Dec 4, 2012
this is a really great place to go with a beautiful view! drinks are a little more pricey than some other place but youre paying for the "experience" - right? lots of college kids go here as well as those who are recently graduated. you can always find a young crowd here - but its not to say that older people dont go either.... on the weekends it gets really crowded so i would recommend going during the week (then there wont be a cover charge either)... either way going out in downtown there are only a few good "it" places and i would definitely consider this one of them.
Good View, Great Drinks, Fun Time
Steph H. Dec 3, 2012
THE CATCH - My five stars is only if you go here on NOT a Friday or Saturday night, where there's a 20 dollar cover & the douche-factor must go up ten-fold. I came on a Sunday evening with a group of six friends and we had a lovely time. The deck is roomy and gorgeous, with stunning mid-level views of downtown. There's a biergarten where they serve such delicacies as currywurst and bratwurst, and the drinks are obviously expensive but not over the top ($9 for a rum and soda, $10 for a glass of red wine). They have these strange enclaves with water beds that you can sit in and they have a fireplace and heat lamps. It's really an awesome space, just come on a night where you can have conversations and it's not overly crowded.
good view
Brianna B. Dec 3, 2012
The Standard rooftop bar is a great place to take someone from out of town to get a good view of the city life and cityscape. In terms of food, the menu is limited. It has a german theme and there is a portion of the roof that is labeled the biergarten. They serve small salads and various forms of hotdogs/ sausages. However despite the lack of variety on their menu their drinks are strong and it is well worth the view. There is a pool you can swim in during the day and the ambiance is well worth a visit.
So fun
Sarah B. Nov 28, 2012
The view of the city is worth a visit. It will not disappoint. Drinks by the pool will delight everyone in your party, it's very LA!
Overrated but pretty
Maddy L. Nov 28, 2012
Drinks are expensive, the line is usually long, paying a cover sucks, and the guys inside are creepy. However, if you're out with a good group of people and want to enjoy a pretty view of the city for a little bit, this is a nice spot.
Mediocre
Lexie H. Nov 28, 2012
It is a fun place to go if you want to see the city and downtown. However, drinks are overpriced and it tends to be filled with creepy men. Fun for a girls night out though. Great view of the city.
Cool, Fun
Carolina I. Nov 28, 2012
The Standard is a good time. Nice atmosphere overall. The scene can be a little pretentious though, but welcome to Los Angeles.
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