[NOTE: We’ve updated our rooftop list for 2015. Here is the latest version of our best rooftop bars rundown]
Rooftop bars never seem to go out of style and living in the temperate warmth of Los Angeles does have it’s benefits when it comes to enjoying these hang-out spots on a year-round basis.
To that end I made it my mission to scout 10 of the coolest rooftop bars in Los Angeles just for you and yes they all come with incredible views, lush scenery, and delicious cocktails.
But whether or not you choose to enjoy them? Well, that’s totally optional. 😉
List starts after the jump!
High At The Hotel Erwin
Located in Venice beach six stories up on top of the Hotel Erwin is High, the most choice spot in the area to catch a beach sunset. As the only roof top lounge in Venice beach, this place has a laid back atmosphere and nightly drink specials year round. On chilly nights they even pass out blankets and enjoy the heat lamps that are sprinkled around the rooftop. More information on High At The Hotel Erwin
Upstairs At The Ace Hotel
Not only is there a view of Downtown but a bonus view of the Central Library as well. This new trendy hot spot is perfect for kicking back, unwinding and watching all the cool kids socialize. Upstairs has a fun drink menu too, from the East Los Angeles Mule to Pina Coladas there is something for everyone! Do yourself a favor and check out their event calendar it’s filled with fun and free events seven days a week. More information on Upstairs At The Ace Hotel
The Standard Rooftop Bar
A view like none other The Standard offers 360 degree views right in the heart of DTLA. Engulfed by surrounding skyscrapers the hotel opens its roof top to the public with free admission during the week and a nominal entrance fee during the weekends. Owned by the same hotelier as the Chateau Marmont this 1960’s chic bar has water bed pods, a pool and a projector screening classic flicks. The addition of the biergarten is a nice touch for those who want to kick back away from the crowd and dance floor. More information on The Standard
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Perch Los Angeles
Unobstructed views of downtown, A talented team of mixologists, tasty food and a beautiful french inspired ambiance has caused this place to form lines every weekend. The vibe is upscale and classy which also means it can get pricey. To avoid the line make a reservation. Looking to try Perch on a budget? They have a happy hour!
Takami Sushi & Robata/Elevate Lounge
If you are looking for a one stop kind of night stop by Takami for dinner enjoy the Japanese fare and then walk right into Elevate Lounge for free. There is plenty of outdoor seating and the 360 Downtown view is pretty amazing.
Sky Bar At Mondrian
A Hollywood favorite from the time it opened, Sky Bar is situated in the heart of Sunset Boulevard. Young Hollywood types like to lounge by the pool with a drink and listen to guest DJs spin the latest top tunes. A bit pricey but like any prime hot spot with a view that is normal. Remember to get on the guest list for the weekends for no hassle entry.
Suite 700 at the Art Deco inspired Shangri-La hotel provides beautiful views of the ocean and the Santa Monica Promenade. Be sure to stop by Speakeasy Sundays in your finest flapper ensemble, look up the weekly Twitter password for entrance @hotelshangrila
The Andaz Sundeck
Having the highest rooftop swimming pool in Los Angeles is a nice feather in the cap for Andaz in West Hollywood. Enjoy panoramic views of Hollywood and the Sunset Strip on the Sundeck year round. Lay out on a day bed or cozy up and watch the sunset across Los Angeles while enjoying hand crafted cocktails and snacks from the pool menu.
The SBE group is synonymous with Hollywoods most popular hotspots so it is no surprise when The Redbury opened it became a favorite for people looking for low key nights. The bar is set like a private library with two awesome and free pool tables! Sit outside and lounge on the comfy sofas, the streams of lights and candles create an intimate vibe tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood Boulvard .
The London Hotel relaunched their roof top pool and bar with a new menu and quirky decor to match the British themed establishment. Perched on the 10th floor of the hotel, Brit Bar offers guests a beautiful panoramic view of West Hollywood. Anthony Keene, the executive chef at Gordon Ramsey reinvented traditional english pub food by adding a L.A. twist to Brit Bar’s food menu. Signature cocktails include The Pink Lady (gin and pink lemonade) and of course a Pimm’s L.A. style! The roof top is open to guests for those who want to visit a reservation must be made.
Have your own suggestion for the best rooftop bar in Los Angeles? Make sure to let us know what we missed in the comments below!