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Petit Ermitage

West Hollywood

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.

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WP24 By Wolfgang Puck

Downtown

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. 

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Echo Park

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.

EP & LP

Mid-Wilshire

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.

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Upstairs, aka Ace Hotel Bar

Downtown

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.

Mama Shelter

Hollywood

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.

Sixty Beverly Hills

Sixty

Beverly Hills

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.

Pearl's Rooftop

West Hollywood

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.

Palihouse

Palihouse

West Hollywood

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.

The Red Lion Tavern

Silver Lake

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.

The Fonda Theatre

Hollywood

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.

Hotel Shangri-La

Suite 700 at Shangri-La

Santa Monica

Yellowtail ceviche. Korean BBQ sliders. Chili/garlic/furikake wings. A view of the ocean. Wait, sorry, what were we talking about?

Skybar at Mondrian

Skybar

West Hollywood

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.

Perch

Perch

Downtown

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.

BO-beau kitchen + roof tap

Bo-Beau Kitchen and Roof Tap

Long Beach

Oysters, Sriracha butter chicken wings, 50 craft beers on tap, ping pong, board games, picnic tables, and live music. Any questions?

Takami Sushi & Robata

Downtown

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.

The Standard

Downtown

Waterbeds. DJs. A biergarten. Actually good food. Bikinis. You. Yes.

The Roof At Hotel Wilshire

The Roof at the Hotel Wilshire

Mid-Wilshire

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.

High At Hotel Erwin

High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin

Venice

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.

West Hollywood Tennis Courts

West Hollywood

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.

Aroma Spa and Sports

Koreatown

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.

Kyoto Gardens at DoubleTree by Hilton

Downtown

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.

The Library at the Redbury

Hollywood

Of all LA’s rooftops, The Library at the Redbury seems to be the one everybody forgets about... so, you know, stop forgetting about it. As its name suggests, the place has a library-meets-lounge-meets-rooftop-meets-Hollywood vibe, and the Mediterranean food menu comes courtesy of Cleo Hollywood downstairs. Oh, and of course it’s got views for days. See ya there.

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Filifera

Hollywood

A brand-new, elite-level day-drinking option on the rooftop of the Hollywood Proper, Filifera is here to combat the woeful lack of great rooftops in LA. Grab some upscale cocktails, upscale snacks, and bask in the glorious sunshine that brought you there in the first place. By the way, if you’re wondering what a filifera is, you’d know it better as the desert fan palm tree.