High Rooftop Lounge

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High Rooftop Lounge 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. Los Angeles United States 33.986956 -118.47245
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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

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  • Address:

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

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  • Hours:

    M–Th 4–11pm, F 4pm–midnight, Sa 11am–midnight, Su 11am–11pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth High Rooftop Lounge Review

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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.

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.

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Tip from Adriana:

Don’t miss the Liquid Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 2pm – you can get an unlimited number of mimosas and Bloody Marys to while away the afternoon looking over the ocean.

  • Crowd

    Hip beach locals, young professionals, and preppy hotel guests, 20s to 50s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Limited menu of cheeses, charcuterie, and appetizers including prawn cocktails, hummus, and chicken wraps. Brunch served Sa–Su.

  • Prices

    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.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Upscale casual: shorts, jeans, t-shirts, button-downs, fashionable tops.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night at sunset, or Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest crowds.

  • Close By

    Gjelina (1429 Abbot Kinney Boulevard) is one of the city’s trendiest and most popular restaurants, offering fine American cuisine.

High Rooftop Lounge User Reviews

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Home Sweet Home
Vasavi R. Oct 24, 2013
Breathtaking. There is no other word to describe the view from atop the Hotel Erwin. After a long and tiring day, there is nothing better to do than watch the sunset while sipping on a delicious drink! Upon entering the rooftop lounge, you can find comfy seating along the sides of the area. The rooftop is not very big so seating can be a problem on a busy day. The view takes away any issues with the seating though! The service was great and the drinks were even better, though a little on the pricey side. I didn’t try any of the food, but a couple of my friends were very happy with the quesadillas. Great view, Great music, and Great drinks! Definitely plan on coming back!
High Into The Night Sky
Argine O. Jun 18, 2013
There is no better place to enjoy a true Venetian sunset like you will at this rooftop bar overlooking the Pacific Ocean. High above the streets of Venice, you can find yourself on a romantic date or a night out with friends and family. One of my best sunset memories just happened to be here with a group of my best friends. As the sun set into the sea we had a few drinks and let the tuna tartare, chicken skewers, and the high sliders smoothly guide us into what we like to call "magic hour." The time of day when the sky is orange, pink, and blue all at the same time! The views are amazing, the music is great, the food and drinks can be a little pricey but to get the best of both worlds I would suggest eating dinner before and visiting The High Rooftop Lounge for a few drinks and snacks.
Love it
Amber K. Mar 26, 2013
The view here is so pretty. I went here last quarter after my finals and it was so pleasant. The music is very lively and entertaining. The best part was the view. The main con was the parking. It's hard to fun parking. They food is pricey but tasty. I was happy with the service. The atmosphere has a great vibe. It's perfect for a date or to visit with friends. Great location and great food ! Definitely go visit for the eccentric vibe and splendid view
A MUST see view
Katie F. Jan 23, 2013
High Rooftop Lounge is located on the rooftop of the Hotel Erwin. Hotel Erwin is centrally located along the Venice Beach Boardwalk, near the corner of Pacific and Windward Avenues. Lots of tiny, yet delicious, local restaurants are clustered around the base of Hotel Erwin (check out Campos Tacos) and the Boardwalk itself offers endless shopping from various vendor stalls and shops. The Boardwalk is infamous for being wildly eccentric and often quite crowded, but High offers a distinctly serene vantage point from which to enjoy the beauty of Venice. The layout of High is interesting and immediately struck me as unique. Two rows of lounge-style seating lie on opposite sides of a central, U-shaped walkway. This railing-lined walk makes a runway out of the roof of Hotel Erwin - guests come in from the elevator on one end, stride the length of the roof, then turn 180 degrees and walk back towards the bar. The seating areas are arranged along this walkway, on the outside, nearest to the edge of the rooftop. The seating is comfortable and offers absolutely spectacular panoramic views of the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Tip: If you're planning to come at a particularly busy hour (summer sunsets included), try and call ahead to ask if you might need to reserve a table which guarantees you a front row seat to the sun as it dips under the Pacific. Annnd, sunset brings me to the highest point of High Rooftop Lounge - everything surrounding the place! On a clear day you can easily see all the way to the coast in Malibu as it curves west from under the Santa Monica Mountains, to the south, the sailboats of Marina del Rey. At sunset, the 360 degree view from the rooftop at High offers one of the most stunning vantage points from which to take in all that is Southern California. A complete and total must-see. Drinks aren't cheap but I've seen worse in LA and every thing I've tried has been far from a disappointment! Favorites include the Blackberry Collins and Summer Thyme. Food is hit or miss, but not too overpriced. Their hot cocoa is perfect on a chillier night on the roof after dark. Music is usually by live DJ, what I've heard mostly ranges between mellowed out disco house and more upbeat, trancey mixes. No complaints on the soundtrack for a perfect SoCal sunset. Parking can be expensive, as High is only one block from the beach. Lots around the area range from $5-$10, and get up to $20 on weekends. If you're smart you'll try and scour for residential parking nearby - it's largely free in Venice - just mind the street cleaning signs. --- Pros: the VIEW, cool crowd, centralized location in Venice, the blankets passed out to tables for chillier sunsets, and again I'll say it, THE VIEW Cons: expensive drinks, difficult parking GO: For sunset; On a date; As a creative meeting place; If you're aiming to show out of town guests the splendor of LA. Don't: If you're looking for someplace warm, If you're hungry.
Young and Artsy
caroline h. Nov 30, 2012
This is a very cool restaurant and bar because the food is amazing and it has such great space to look out at the city of Los Angeles and relax. It is a very hip and relaxing joint to have a good time after a long hard week at work. The crowds of people I saw were very young and artsy. I saw so many hip looking people with great taste in clothing. Everyone is very friendly here as well! We have a great waitress and she recommended the most amazing food. I had a great time here and you will as well!
It's the view
Sarah B. Nov 28, 2012
A sunset to remember. A perfect rooftop lounge so come early so you don't miss the sunset. Then stay late into the evening and enjoy all that the night has to offer.
Venice Heaven
Jay M. Nov 8, 2012
Wandering down the Venice Boardwalk in fading light with some friends from the UK one summer evening, we were looking for a quiet place for a few drinks. One of us spotted the small flame towers running across the top of the Hotel Erwin. We decided that would be where we were going to spend our evening. Entering through the hotel entrance on Pacific Ave, we made our way up to the High Rooftop Lounge. Walking out along the top deck, we were pleasantly surprised. DJ-spun chilled tunes. Comfy cushioned banquettes. Friendly hostess and staff. The place setting had a special quality about it. A little more upmarket and affluent than most places in the area. I don't believe there are too many other rooftop lounges like this one in the Venice area. Away from all the fanfare and hullabaloo down in the streets and on the boardwalk at the beach level, the roof has clear views in all directions. The skies over the Pacific Ocean out west were still permeating pink and purple dusk hues. To the north is the Venice and Santa Monica coastline. South is more of the Venice area - including a famous Jim Morrison mural street art which is even lit at night. Further south is the Marina Del Rey and the flashing lights of planes landing and taking off from LAX in the distance. The office buildings and towers of downtown LA, Century City and other built up areas and streets off to the east illustrate why this place is the "City of Light... City of Night". In the event of a cool evening breeze, we were offered white comfort blankets. A round of choice cocktails and finger food with plenty of choice on the menu, I believe I chose the Hot Vanilla Chai - which comes with Stoli and helps "warm the cockles" (as my British friend put it). The cocktails are priced accordingly - ranging from about 10 to 13 dollars each, finger food 8-10 dollars and all beers 7 dollars. The chillaxing atmosphere is overwhelming. And the layout allows you to interact with the people next to you (if you wish). A perfect Southern California experience.
Rooftop Sunset Spot
Kat M. Sep 10, 2012
I came here for the first time a few months ago for a friends going away party, and it was awesome! Situated at the top of Hotel Erwin, There is a small bar, and two rows of open and cozy booths where you can sit close with your friends and enjoy drinks and a nice conversation. Boy are there B-E-A-utiful views. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure it is the only rooftop lounge around the area- it was my first in the Westside. Definitely plan to come around Sunset and see the oranges and pinks light up the sky between Palos Verdes and Malibu up North. Turn around and you can see the big cities! Really makes you apprecate the beauty of Los Angeles. Sangria was the drink of the night and we tried the curry cashew popcorn appetizer. Sounds weird, but it's totally delicious, a healthy twist on the standard buttery popcorn. Our waitress was very friendly and put up with the splitting of checks (I know how annoying that can be). Parking can sometimes be a pain if you don't want to park in the closest lot which is 10 dollars. You can park on the other side of Venice Blvd if you are lucky enough to snag street parking. This rooftop lounge is an easy getaway from the crowded and rowdy Venice boardwalk and bars nearby. Great for a date, great spot to meet your friends. In the summertime especially, it's a good idea to make reservations.
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