There’s a special feeling at every great Los Angeles rooftop. You’ve taken an elevator or the stairs up to the deck, when it’s revealed: a part of the city you’ve never seen from this vantage point. That feeling of discovery is, of course, made even better when it’s abetted by a great drink, or great food, or... tennis? Start enjoying new views with our list of the best rooftop hangouts in LA.
The Best Rooftop Hangouts in Los Angeles
This longtime local favorite rooftop somehow still feels like a hidden treasure: the pool is beautiful, the food at its classic-American restaurant is delicious, the garden calming, and the bars -- there are two -- thirst quenching. It’s a favorite for parties and weddings too, though, so call ahead to make sure you can get up there before heading over.
The prime Downtown rooftop of Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant atop the Ritz-Carlton is usually closed to the public -- except for this summer, when on Friday and Saturday nights it’ll be open for a revolving door of food concepts, including ramen, American BBQ, Korean BBQ, and an ongoing dessert bar.
This Echo Park bar has become a favorite for tons of reasons: a rotating craft beer list, a strong performance space, an upstairs with tons of seating, and a small outdoor rooftop patio, which makes up for what it lacks in views (it’s on the side of a hill and facing Sunset, so, yeah, no city vistas) with an unusually intimate feel.
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 small-bite Asian food from EP downstairs. Er, LP downstairs. Er, from the downstairs kitchen.
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 nearly nightly. It’s also a perfect place to stop before a show (and after a show) at Ace’s Theater.
This right-in-the-heart-of-Hollywood hotel opened its rooftop just in time for summer 2016, and it’s completely open to the public, with great panoramic views of the city, a full-on yoga studio with daily classes, a Mediterranean restaurant, and evening programming that includes DJs, film screenings, and acoustic sets from local songwriters.
This secret treasure, located where the Thompson used to be, has an awesome weekday happy hour with $4-7 food/drinks, right by the rooftop pool, right in the middle of Wilshire, right in the middle of your commute home. Maybe.
This airy patio on Sunset is right in the heart of tourist-central, but still delivers great drinks and food -- a rarity to find on the Strip, and an even bigger rarity overlooking the Strip.
You'd never know this rooftop bar was here if you didn't, uh, know this rooftop bar was here, which is just one of the many reasons it's great: carefully-curated, fresh ingredient-filled drinks are another.
Anyone can das boot on the lower level, but grab a drink upstairs at the Red Lion to feel like you’re really in the middle of Berlin (and grab one of the monster-size pretzels for extra authenticity). Oh and just because it’s not that high off the ground doesn’t mean it’s not a rooftop.
You know what's better than seeing a show inside the Fonda? Watching the live feed of the show from ON TOP OF THE FONDA while drinking a cold drink. Boom. We said it.
Yellowtail ceviche. Korean BBQ sliders. Chili/garlic/furikake wings. A view of the ocean. Wait, sorry, what were we talking about?
Okay, this one stretches the rooftop definition a little, but its top-of-the-mountain view of the city + great pool + model-y ambience is probably what people from the Midwest think of when they picture LA. Grab some of the house-made harissa hummus or some seafood flatbread, and think about all the poor unfortunate souls who aren’t you.
Yeah, this Downtown restaurant's got one of the best views in the city, but did you know one floor above is a bar with EVEN BETTER-ER VIEWS IN THE CITY? And the drinks are so good, you guys. Try a Spicy Concombre w/ Greenalls gin, St. Germain, lime juice, cucumber, and jalapeño. Alternatively, you can grab yourself a $6 Scrimshaw, or a $7 Stone IPA. And psst, they’ve even got a late-night menu, including ahi tuna tartar and burgers.
Oysters, Sriracha butter chicken wings, 50 craft beers on tap, ping pong, board games, picnic tables, and live music. Any questions?
The sushi here is kinda, sorta, a little bit, pretty good -- and the 21st-floor view is next level. Add the club Elevate next door for post-dinner drinks, and, yeah, winner. Winner.
Waterbeds. DJs. A biergarten. Actually good food. Bikinis. You. Yes.
It looks like a nondescript office building on the outside, but the Hotel Wilshire is actually a great boutique hotel on an otherwise non-hotel-y part of, uh, Wilshire that's equipped with a fantastic rooftop bar and a killer view of the Hollywood Hills.
Take the less than 10min walk from Abbot Kinney and peep Hotel Erwin’s rooftop bar (assuming you haven't already while you were completing the LA bucket list). The sea breeze goes great with one of the craft cocktails or some mahi-mahi tacos. Easy street parking and nutso sunsets are also a major plus.
Eating and drinking don’t have to be your only rooftop activities this summer (but they could be!). If you’re done unleashing your inner Jeremy Piven, and now want to unleash your inner Serena Williams, head over to the West Hollywood Tennis courts (LA secret alert!) and check out the beautifully-maintained courts on the roof of the parking structure.
Eating and drinking and playing tennis also don't have to be your only rooftop activities this summer (but again, they could be!). Once you're done unleashing your inner Serena, unleash your inner Tiger Woods (minus, you know, the cheating) at this rooftop driving range, which has an automated ball-teeing system and is open 'til 10pm.
Yes, we're recommending this place, and yes, it's because there's a half-acre Japanese garden on the roof, so if you’re looking to get married, or propose, or just stare longingly at a waterfall and ponder your fate, check out the Kyoto Gardens. And what, are you trying to be totally sober while you get married/propose/ponder your fate? Don’t be ridiculous. There’s a bar up there too.
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1. The Private Rooftop at Petit Ermitage8822 Cynthia St, West Hollywood
2. WP24LA Live, Los Angeles
3. The Lost Knight1538 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
4. E.P. & L.P.603 N LA Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood
5. Upstairs Rooftop Lounge at Ace Hotel933 S Broadway, Los Angeles
6. Mama Shelter6500 Selma Ave, Los Angeles
7. SIXTY Beverly Hills9360 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills
8. Palihouse8465 Holloway Dr, West Hollywood
9. Red Lion Tavern2366 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles
10. The Fonda Theatre6126 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles
11. Suite 700 at Hotel Shangri-La1301 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica
12. Mondrian Los Angeles8440 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood
13. Perch448 S Hill, Los Angeles
14. Bo-Beau Kitchen and Roof Tap144 Pine Ave, Long Beach
15. Takami Sushi & Robata811 Wilshire Blvd Fl 21, Los Angeles
16. The Standard, Downtown LA550 S Flower St, Los Angeles
17. The Roof on Wilshire6317 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
18. High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin1697 Pacific Ave, Venice
19. West Hollywood Park Tennis Courts647 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood
20. Aroma Spa & Sports3680 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
21. Kyoto Gardens at Hilton DoubleTree120 South Los Angeles St, Los Angeles
This guests-only spot atop the Petit Ermitage in West Hollywood is a hidden treasure, not only because it's exclusive, but because it features a beautiful pool, a lush garden, and a fire deck. There's also an all-day restaurant and a Moulin Rouge-esque lounge called The Butterfly Bar. The space is kind of perfect for a ritzy private event.
Wolfgang Puck's 24th-floor fine dining room at the Ritz-Carlton is an ode to Asian cuisine, featuring fusion appetizers, sushi, dumplings, and wok-fried large plates. If the sophisticated mostly-Chinese eats and 400-plus wine selection doesn't impress you much, the panoramic view of Los Angeles surely will.
Inspired by British pubs, The Lost Knight is an Echo Park favorite for tons of reasons: a rotating craft beer list that highlights US and UK brews, a live performance space popular with local bands, and an intimate, brick-lined rooftop patio. There's plenty of food, and the pub-style menu features fish and chips, burgers, and extra thick, hand-cut, twice-cooked fries topped with anything from cheddar and blue cheese to tikki masala and Sriracha honey glaze.
It's a bit hard to discern which is which at this two-for-one West Hollywood spot. Downstairs is E.P., an Asian restaurant that combines Thai cooking with Chinese, Fijian, and Vietnamese elements. Meanwhile, L.P. is the upstairs patio bar serving up street food small bites and killer cocktails surrounded by stunning views of the Hollywood Hills.
The only thing hipper than the Ace Hotel DTLA is its rooftop lounge, aptly named The Upstairs Bar. Though the roof boasts a pool and lounge chairs, the emphasis isn't really on swimming -- probably because the concrete pool is small enough to be a hot tub. But you're not there for poolside cabanas, you're there for the impeccable drinks and daily event lineup, which includes everything from DJ sets and live concerts to book release parties and yoga classes. Add in stunning city views, and you've got an unquestionable classic in the rooftop game.
Right in the heart of Hollywood, Mama Shelter is the Los Angeles outpost of a French-based hotel mini-chain. From the family behind Club Med, the hip hotel features 70 funkily-designed rooms equipped with iMacs and, movie scripts, and king beds. Open to the public, the rooftop doubles as a yoga studio and Mediterranean restaurant. Downstairs, there's a French-American restaurant, a separate cocktail bar, and a coffee shop.
Formerly the Thompson, SIXTY Beverly Hills is a luxury hotel on Wilshire Boulevard with killer amenities. The rooftop features a Swarvoski-lined pool and six private cabanas, each of which is equipped with a private fireplace. As far as eating and drinking goes, the hotel is home to Caulfield's, a glitzy all-day American-meets-Mediterranean restaurant, and Above, a rooftop terrace bar available only to hotel guests.
Palihouse West Hollywood is a self-described "urban lodge" that falls somewhere between a boutique hotel and a luxury apartment building. The ritzy hotel near the Sunset Strip is meant for extended stays, but its rooftop cocktail lounge is open to anyone. The outdoor space is romantic but under-the-radar, so it's kind of the perfect place for a first date.
Open since 1959 in Silver Lake, the Red Lion Tavern has seen the neighborhood transform into the hipster locale it is today. The German-themed bar will make you feel like you're in the middle of Berlin, thanks to a rotating selection of German beer, a schnitzel- and bratwurst-heavy food menu, and the kitschy, flag-laden beer garden. The rooftop is one of the least pretentious ones in Los Angeles, even if it isn't that high off the ground.
The historic Fonda Theater has stood on Hollywood Boulevard in various incarnations since the 1920s, playing host to bands both legendary and unknown. A venue that feels intimate even with 30,000 sqft of space, it's more low-key than say, Hollywood Palladium. Complete with two bars, one upstairs and one down, a roof patio, and an adjoining restaurant (The Blue Palms Brewhouse), it's got all you need for a night out.
The rooftop bar atop one of Santa Monica's finest beachfront hotels, Suite 700 at the Shangri-La is a destination bar with art decor decor, ocean views, and craft cocktails. The indoor/outdoor bar owes its distinctive look -- and name -- to its past as a penthouse suite. It's kind of the perfect spot to take in a post-work drink and sunset.
In the middle of West Hollywood, Mondrian LA is a glitzy boutique hotel right on the Sunset Strip. Skybar, the rooftop lounge, features a patio and full-size pool perfect for daytime lounging and nighttime DJ-fueled parties. The hotel is also home to Ivory On Sunset, a luxe Californian restaurant open for all-day dining and cocktails.
This bar-centric restaurant from the Must guys is so laden with foliage and lounge chairs, it's like a rooftop version of Disney's Tiki Room; and if that's not enough to get you in there, Perch also has French grub like rabbit rillette with braised plums, candied kumquat & vanilla shallot marmalade; pork confit cassoulet with pork belly & cracklings; and the three-mini-club platter called "Duck, Duck, Goose."
This Long Beach spot offers California-French comfort food, such as croque monsieur and confit Berkshire pork, along with a sizable vodka menu that features both domestic and international brands. Above the restaurant is a lively rooftop hang, dishing out sophisticated pub fare like oysters, Sriracha butter chicken wings, and 50 craft beers on tap. The outdoor patio also supplies ping pong, board games, picnic tables, and regular live music.
For sushi with a view, there's Takami in DTLA. The 21st-level restaurant has next-level views of Los Angeles and serves pretty darn good sushi to match. The menu is heavy on robata, featuring grilled steak, vegetables, seafood, and chicken dishes. As for drinks, expect plenty of sake, Asian-inspired cocktails, and Japanese beer.
There are places to see and be seen in Los Angeles, and The Standard DTLA will always be one of them. Located in a 12-story mid-century building, the Andre Balazs hotel features a 24-hour restaurant, a Ping Pong club, and a rooftop with a beer garden (complete with Pilsners, pretzels, and bratwurst) and a heated pool. As if that weren't enough, there's also a fire pit lounge for speciality cocktails and an outpost of Hermanos Coffee in the lobby.
Getting to the rooftop restaurant atop Hotel Wilshire is a little complicated because you have to take two elevators, but once you make it to there, you'll never want to leave. Cabanas surround the pool and no matter where you stand, you'll get panoramic city views of the Hollywood Hills and Mid-City. Chef Eric Greenspan helms the all-day restaurant and bar with creative plates like pancake lasagna and a Wilshire (not Waldorf) salad.
Rooftop bars are far and few between in Venice -- as in, there are barely any -- which is why High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin literally stands above the rest. A 10min walk from Abbot Kinney, the Pacific Ave spot offers unbeatable views of the beach and downtown, especially at sunset. The cocktail-focused menu includes bottle service for the high-rollers, and there are a few small bites to complement the drinks.
Rooftop tennis alert! There are three tennis courts open to the public above the five-story parking lot at West Hollywood Park. Courts are available on a first come-first served basis, and to access them, you need to show your ID and get the key card from the first-floor office. The courts are well-maintained and have lights for evening matches.
This Koreatown health center is equal parts spa and gym. Spa services range from facials and Korean body scrubs to Swedish and Shiatsu massages. There's a cardio center, pool, and group fitness classes too, but the best thing about Aroma is its rooftop driving range. Such high-class well-being services aren't free though, so you'll need to buy a membership.
If you're looking for some peace and quiet in LA, then the Japanese garden atop the Hilton DoubleTree in Little Tokyo is your answer. The half-acre roof garden features waterfalls, ponds, and plenty of greenery. There are two terrace levels and a banquet room perfect for private events, like your wedding.