18 Rooftop Bars in Los Angeles With Jaw-Dropping Views
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Los Angeles rooftops offer so many varying skyline views that you can visit a different hangout every night of the week and enjoy the city from a new vantage point. Take in coastline views on the West Side, towering buildings and a maze of freeways in Downtown LA, signature palm trees and Beverly Hills mansions, or the iconic Hollywood sign framed by steep hillsides. Find the right location and you just might get treated to all of the above from a single perch.
From luxurious poolside lounges to exciting eats by renowned chefs, LA has a bounty of rooftops with sparkling city views for any occasion.
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Head to the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills for stunning 360-degree views of the city. Decked out in emerald and sage hues with a blooming garden that borders the edge of the roof (providing a perfect photo backdrop), plus plenty of plant life throughout, the covered rooftop feels like you’ve landed in a perfectly temperate jungle. The JG restaurant, a more casual spot than chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s namesake restaurant on the lobby level, serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, with most dishes leaning towards market fresh American-Italian. On weekends, brunch is served from 10 am–3 pm, providing a tempting invitation to indulge with french fries and caviar while sitting 12 stories above Beverly Hills.
Located on the rooftop of The Hoxton, this whimsical restaurant and bar is inspired by the Mediterranean coast. The biggest draw? Inventive, Instagram-worthy cocktails served poolside in honey bear bottles. The weekday happy hour from 2–5 pm is all the excuse we need to put afternoon calls on hold and take advantage of their rotating drink of the day for just $8.32. The food menu features plenty of fresh seafood dishes, plus focaccia pizza options that will help sober you up before you clock back into reality.
How to book: Reservations are available on their website, but walk-ins are also welcomed.
From the moment you walk into the lobby of the Proper Hotel you’re greeted with the signature relaxed and boho vibe that you’d expect from Santa Monica. The lobby bar itself is a hangout, with spillage from the rooftop Calabra bar lingering around, but the real party is upstairs. Settle into the inviting lounge seating and be transported with lush greenery and quirky furniture. Delicious Mediterranean-inspired plates—lobster and prawn puttanesca, and lamb chops with green garbanzo and tzatziki—are served alongside specialty cocktails and prime people watching. The wine and spirit lists are also sizable for those who prefer their drinks with less fuss.
How to book: Reservations are available on OpenTable and walk-ins are welcome.
Take in panoramic views from high above the Sunset Strip while enjoying a Wolfgang Puck-crafted menu that pull flavors from Japanese, Southeast Asian, and French-California cuisines, resulting in dishes like crab fried rice with country ham and squid noodles in a ginger-garlic clam broth with Thai basil. Located on the rooftop of West Hollywood’s Pendry Hotel, you’d be wise to ask for a table on the restaurant’s loungey patio, but generous floor-to-ceiling windows throughout mean that rooftop views can also be enjoyed from their elegant dining on those cooler nights.
Cap off your trip to the Platform dining and shopping complex with a visit to the rooftop, where you’ll find the airy and spacious Margot restaurant. With decor that takes inspiration from the white sand beaches and stunning ruins of the Mediterranean, Margot will make you forget that you’re actually in the bustling center of downtown Culver City. Enjoy views that stretch from the beach to inland valleys, while munching on small tapas plates in a boho-chic setting.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Santa Monica, well really the 3rd Street Promenade, with this hidden gem. Serving up a menu of coastal Mediterranean favorites, this rooftop restaurant is everything you want a SaMo hot spot to be: good vibes, good music, and good drinks, with the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop. You also have the option of making any cocktail a small or large punchbowl, which sounds like the perfect way to celebrate your new vaccinated status with friends. The restaurant even bottles their own rosė. Yes, it’s that kind of scene.
The Roof at EDITION
Atop the EDITION hotel, this sleek modern restaurant and lounge merges indoor with outdoor via oversized glass windows that open up to a patio where poolside, candlelit dinner is served. Mexican-influenced plates like crab nachos and sweet potato taquitos are served alongside a cocktail list that favors mezcal and tequila spirits with notes of citrus and tropical ingredients. Topping off your experience are glittering 360-views of the city, making this the perfect spot to grab a cocktail (and a tostada) during sunset.
Enter this cocktail lounge by the H.Wood Group (Bootsy Bellows, Santolina, and The Nice Guy), located at the 1 Hotel West Hollywood and snag one of the tables under the stars. And if you take a gander around, you just might spot a Hollywood starlet at this celeb favorite that has a designated nook for comedian Dave Chappelle complete with photos of the entertainer and aptly called “Dave’s Corner.” The music here is always bumpin’ and sets the mood for this lounge space that’s also open for weekend brunch.
How to book: H.Wood Group is notorious for having a selective door policy, so unless you’re friends with a promoter, make a reservation on their website.
LA Cha Cha Cha
Mexico City’s favorite terrace restaurant recently launched its DTLA iteration, complete with an 11,600-square-foot-rooftop that features cacti, palm trees, and moody string lights that make the surrounding Arts District feel like a tropical beach destination. The food menu features Mexican favorites—tacos, tostadas, ceviche, carnitas, and more—while the cocktail list peppers classic drinks with mezcal and tequila, resulting in unique concoctions like the Oaxacan Zombie, with mezcal, aged and overproof tequila, falernum, grenadine, and mint.
There are rooftops, and then there’s Spire 73. This open-air hotspot is, you guessed it, 73 stories in the air, and an absolute titan of the DTLA scene. Clocking in at over 1,000 feet altitude, the Wilshire Grand Center is the tallest building west of the Mississippi (seriously), and that makes Spire 73—part of the building's InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel—the highest place to grab a drink in LA and the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. The views are breathtaking (literally—you’re 73 stories up), and there isn’t a single piece of LA you can’t see. If you manage to take your eyes off the view, the global menu features market-fresh produce, with plenty of seafood and vegetarian options.
E.P & L.P.
It’s confusing which half of this two-story restaurant/bar is EP and which is LP, but it doesn’t matter: everyone calls it by both names, and everyone’s happy when they end up on whichever one is actually the rooftop, which has great views, fire pits, amazing cocktails, and a brand-new modern American menu courtesy of EP Restaurant’s recent relaunch. Adjacent to the LP rooftop is a rotating pop-up that’s currently housing the Tulum-inspired Las Palmas—think avocado toast and fried chicken and waffles served alongside palm tree views.
Since the hotel’s opening in 2014, the Upstairs bar at Ace has become an unquestionable classic in the rooftop game, thanks to a roaring fireplace, a killer view of that iconic "Jesus Saves" sign, amazing drinks, a pool (albeit a weirdly small one), and DJs and performances that in pre-pandemic times took place almost nightly. There’s also an all-day menu with everything from tacos and quesadillas for lunch and dinner to oysters and Champagne for weekend brunch. It’s also a perfect place to stop before (or after) a show at the Ace Theater.
This hotel rooftop is right in the heart of Hollywood and completely open to the public, with great panoramic views of the city, dangerously strong craft cocktails, plus an entire menu of rifts on Moscow mules, and an all-day restaurant serving elevated bar foods—the boujee fries and sticky wings are must-orders for the table. Weekend brunch runs until 3:30 pm, making at least one pitcher of red or rose sangria an obvious choice. Chic, colorful chairs and lush landscaping make for a vibrant setting, with sweeping city views from Downtown to the Hollywood sign.
How to book: Reservations are not accepted. Walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis.
One of our essential dining experiences in LA, this French-insired restaurant has one of the best views in the city, but did you know that one floor above is a bar with even better views? And the drinks, with titles that take inspiration from Hollywood films and literature, pair perfectly with the rapidly changing DTLA skyline (which we’ll take as an excuse to come back again and again). Stick with the rooftop theme and order All The Way Up, with Absolut Elyx, lemon, St Germaine, creme de mure, soda and sparkling wine. Enjoy lounge seating on the 16th floor and live music on the 15th during dinner. And psst, they’ve even got a late-night menu, including ahi tuna tartar and the famous Perch Burger.
How to book: Reservations are available on their website and walk-ins are welcome.
Venice Beach should be on everyone’s bucket list, as should a sunset cocktail, in particular, one called the LA Woman. Fun fact: Hotel Erwin’s rooftop bar’s cocktail menu is inspired by The Doors music anthology. Located in the heart of Venice Beach and overlooking the Pacific, you’ll find High Rooftop Lounge perched on top of this boutique hotel. The laid back vibe pairs perfectly with curated cocktails, seasonal menu items, sweeping ocean views.
At the top of the Freehand Hotel sits Broken Shaker, the type of rooftop spot that LA desperately needs more of. Bright, colorful, and buzzy, Broken Shaker is rocking some of the best DTLA views of any rooftop in the area. The cocktail and bites menus are no joke either—think beachside fish shack vibes like manila clams served with country bread and a poached albacore tuna sandwich. Not only is the Thirst Trap cocktail fun to order (shut up, we’ve been inside for 15 months), but with ingredients that include Ilegal Mezcal, suze, kiwi, sorrel sirop, lemon juice, and white wine spritzer, it’s delicious to boot.
If you’ve been in LA for even one second, you’ve likely overheard somebody rejoicing that we finally got an Eataly. It hasn’t disappointed, despite being located in the Century City Westfield Mall (it’s honestly shocking how much great stuff is in there now), and the new rooftop is no exception. Drinks are a no-brainer (and exploring the build-your-own G&T menu is a must), but if you’re hungry there’s also a full-service lunch & dinner restaurant centered around a wood-fired oven. Another bonus? You can stock your pantry full of Eataly goods while you’re there.
Okay, this one stretches the rooftop definition a little, but its top-of-the-mountain view of the city, great pool, and model-y vibes are probably what people from the Midwest think of when they picture LA. As a bonus, this poolside lounge above the Mondrian hotel recently opened up entry to non-hotel guests, meaning you can be one of the first to lounge in its luxuries without making a room reservation. Grab some of the house-made harissa hummus or some seafood flatbread, and take a cheeky IG photo to make all of your friends jealous.
How to book: Make a table reservation via email or by calling 323-848-6025.