1. High Rooftop Lounge1697 Pacific Ave, Venice Beach
2. Villains Tavern1356 Palmetto St, Los Angeles
3. Tropicana Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel7000 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood
4. Cliff's Edge3626 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
5. The Cat and Fiddle6530 West Sunset Blvd, Hollywood
6. The Standard LA8300 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
7. Ray's & Stark Bar5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
Get high... above Venice at this serene beachside lounge, where you can sip on drinks like the Sonoran Sun (tequila/chilis/citrus), or enjoy a High Dog (sausage/cream cheese/jalapeno) from the section of the menu labeled "Munchies".
This vintage-feel tavern fits in perfectly at the edge of the Arts District: it has two monster, church pew-abetted patios, an antique bar sourced from an 1880s-era NYC tavern, and a gothic church window repurposed as a mirror behind the bar, all from a woman who started out as an interior designer before becoming the owner of spots like 4100 and The Bordello Bar. Grab one of their signature artisanal cocktails, like the BellaDonna (Maker's Mark, mint, citrus, blackberries), and head out to the larger side patio for some live music.
With its breezy palm trees and sleek design, the Tropicana Bar blends old Hollywood glamour with contemporary California cool. Guests can sip on refreshing mimosas and fresh fruit smoothies, enjoy live DJ music, or simply float in the pool and watch the Hollywood elite in action. Be sure to check out the underwater mural painted by David Hockney.
Get your fill of local ingredients and seasonal craft cocktails at this somewhat-swanky hipster hang, which features a sick patio.
In Hollywood, the intersection of affordability and location takes place at the massive garden patio of The Cat & Fiddle, an institution for over 30 years.
The Standard turned the old Superior Oil building into a downtown hotspot, with a rooftop pool bar, a biergarten, and a billiards/ping pong lounge where you can always have next... because everyone else is hanging out at the pool bar.
Located at LACMA, this swanky bar and restaurant takes museum dining to new levels with an upscale American menu, killer cocktails, and an expansive outdoor patio. Expect wood-fired pizzas, plenty of veggie plates, and classic entrees like a burger with caramelized onions and grilled fish. The Stark Bar has an impressive spirit selection sourced from across the world, and the craft cocktails taste just right at happy hour.