Because the rickets industry NEEDS TO BE STOPPED, it is your personal duty to spend as much time drinking outside as humanly possible. And in order to do so, here are our picks for the top seven outdoor bars in LA:
This Giant Banh Mi Weighs 4 Pounds
7. Villains Tavern 1356 Palmetto St; Downtown; 213.613.0766 Though it's now partially covered with a circus tent (thanks to complaints from an overzealous, obviously very cool neighbor), a move which drops it down this list, Villains is the only spot that comes to mind where you can eat, drink, hear live music, and smoke (!!...?) semi-outdoors in the city.
6. The Tropicana Bar at the Roosevelt 7000 Hollywood Blvd; Hollywood; 323.466.7000 Sure, you sometimes have to be on a list (PRO TIP: Tell them you're Ed Begley, Senior), and there's not much to talk about drinks-wise, but the poolside scenery and the massive lawn (which often has movies showing on a giant screen during the Summer) make this a win.
5. High 1697 Pacific Ave; Venice Beach; 424.214.1062 Pool-lessness drops this down the list, but, amid a flurry of totally great seaside beach-hotel hangs (including The Bungalow and the Shangri-La), High stands out for being, well, high: it's on the top of the tallest building in Venice, so you've got a literally unparalleled view of the whole city. PRO TIP: It's especially awesome on the fourth of July.
4. Cliff's Edge 3626 W Sunset Blvd; Silver Lake; 323.666.6116 Silverlake's got a few notable patios (Red Lion FTW!), but Cliff's takes the cake due to its foliage/hidden-ness/Matt Biancaniello's drinks.
3. Cat & Fiddle 6530 W Sunset Blvd; Hollywood; 323.468.3800 There're no real specialty drinks, and the food's never been totally on point, but, if you're looking for a place to hang out in a wrought-iron chair and spend, say, eight hours sucking down beers while meeting fresh-off-the-bus actresses in between auditions, there's no better spot in town.
2. The Standard Downtown 550 S Flower St; Downtown; 213.892.8080 Every time someone's all like "Let's go to the rooftop at the Standard!", you're all like, ""I have to drive downtown? And deal with that elevator ride? And get on some list?", and then you do it, and you're like, "Oh yeah, these lounge-beds are awesome. And the food is great. And I've never seen better-looking people in one place." And then you're happy.
1. Stark Bar 5905 Wilshire Blvd; Mid-Wilshire; 323.857.6180 It's a near-perfect outdoor bar: cushy, sofa-style seats (and art-deco loungers), crazy-good cocktails, and, perhaps best of all, relative proximity to the entire city. Added bonus: jazz on Fridays during the Summer and LACMA exhibits, like the recent Stanley Kubrick retrospective.