For wildly creative cocktails, a fun scene, and Downtown views, hit up this colorful Miami import and restaurant (which once won Tales of the Cocktail’s best American hotel bar) on the mural-flanked rooftop pool deck. Get crazy with a PB&J Old Fashioned, featuring peanut butter fat-washed rye, guava cordial, and everything bagel bitters, or go for their twist on an Aperol spritz done with apricot puree and herbs de provence. If you’re feeling peckish, pair ‘em with an Albacore Tuna Tostada, Carne Asada Fries, or fish tacos.
How to book: Walk-ins welcome.
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 Fried Fish Tacos and Carne Asada Fries. Cocktails lean into the chill, no-fuss vibes with titles like Cruise Control (Westward whiskey, cinnamon-infused lustau vermut, Lo-Fi dry vermouth, Rhinehall plum brandy, peach bitters, and saline solution) and Extreme Thirst (El Tesoro Blanco, grapefruit and jalapeno, Avua cachaca, charred meyer lemon juice, orgeat, and grated nutmeg).