Los Angeles is so much more than beaches, bikinis, and movie stars. Sure, it has plenty of those. But these days the city boasts some of the coolest rooftop bars in America. Check out the list right here:
1 – Upstairs at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
929 South Broadway, Los Angeles
Situated atop the landmark 1927 United Artists building, this hip in- door-outdoor lounge offers an urban sanctuary in the heart of Downtown L.A. (DTLA). The stylish Moroccan-themed decor comes from local design collective Commune, with a concrete pool inspired by the late artist Donald Judd’s residence in Marfa. Cocktails pay tribute to neighborhoods like Little Tokyo and Hollywood & Vine, while mouthwatering snacks include California-style avocado toast and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
2 – Catch LA
8715 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Since opening in late September, this West Coast outpost of the NYC favorite has become the place to see and be seen in the City of Angels. The sprawling 12,000-square-foot space features an expansive, 340-seat outdoor dining area complete with a retractable roof for the rare L.A. rainy day overlooking the twinkling West Hollywood Design District. But it’s the scene inside that offers the most impressive views of all, best enjoyed from a corner banquette over a plate of truffle tuna sashimi.
3 – Mama Shelter
6500 Selma Ave., Los Angeles; 323-785-6666
Nestled above the sixth story of Mama Shelter Los Angeles the first U.S. location of the cult Parisian hotel brand this lively-year-old roof-deck features 360-degree views that stretch from the Hollywood sign to DTLA, and sometimes all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Mama Shelter’s aesthetic takes inspiration from the tropics, with vibrant-hued wooden tables and chairs and a palapa-style bar. The palm tree lined space serves a Mediterranean menu for lunch, dinner and has its own outdoor movie screen.
4 – E.P. & L.P.
603 North La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood
The epic 5,500-square-foot rooftop bar with lush landscaping, oversized deck chairs, a communal fire pit, and prime views of the Hollywood Hills, is one of the top draws at this two-level hot spot, which opened in May 2015. Aussie-Fijian chef Louis Tikaram serves up Southeast Asian small plates like soft-shell-crab bao and organic tofu fries alongside inventive drinks go for one of his signature bubble tea cocktails featuring fruit-flavored boba pearls. Full dinners can be enjoyed in the bustling restaurant below.
5 – Perch
448 Hill St., Los Angeles
Floating 16 stories above the city skyline, this French-style bistro and lounge elevated quite literally the downtown L.A. nightlife scene. Famous Grouse Scotch, lemon juice, agave nectar, and ginger elixir and post up by one of the ornate outdoor fireplaces under the stars.