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Top 7 Best Pool Parties in Los Angeles in 2020

Nothing quite captures the summer season more than swimsuits, get togethers , rooftop bars and pool parties in Los Angeles (though outdoor adventures and ice cream take a close second). When it comes to Vegas-style pool parties and laid-back, rooftop gatherings, L.A.’s buzzy hotspots have enough lively events to keep you entertained all summer long. 

The season events kick off with a splash of pool parties thrown at shindig-friendly hotels around town, from the heart of Hollywood to the rooftops of Downtown Los Angeles. If you’re looking to lounge (or dance) by the pool, enjoy great must and a cocktail in hand, be prepared to arrive early or grab a hotel room the night before, as most parties cap out at 500 people. 

Of course, the fastest way to a coveted cabana or table space is via bottle service packages, which can run hundreds of dollars, but you’ll buy the best seat in the house. Book bottle service, buy tickets, and sign up for guest-list directly on Discotech’s free mobile app. Here are some of the best summer pool party options in LA:

W Hollywood

Overview of the pool party at W Hollywood hotel

A Free Entry Rooftop Bar

Guests at the W head to the Wet Deck at 10am for a pool party where the boozy bashes collide with beautiful people, great tunes and an incredible view of the city. The best part? It’s completely free. Enjoy a cocktail by the bar or hang by the pool for a well-deserved post-workout treat. As for the rest of the weekend, top LA DJs will be spinning from 1pm to 5pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Though the Wet deck is primarily reserved for hotel guests, daybeds and cabanas can be reserved for non-guests with food and beverage spending minimums.

Skybar at Mondrian

People lounging at the Mondrian West Hollywood pool party

A West Hollywood Pool Party / Lounge That Overlooks Downtown LA

The Mondrian hotel, West Hollywood’s luxury boutique getaway, is home to the ever-popular Skybar, a pool and bar that offers one of the best views in L.A. Let loose and lounge poolside at one of the top hotel pools in LA while DJs spin as you celebrate the weekend. Plus, be on the lookout for upcoming pool parties and celebs, as both elevate the pool side party experience to a new tier of fun and enjoyment.

The Standard, Downtown Los Angeles

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A Pool Party in the Middle of Downtown LA Complete with Stunning Views

When looking to party or lounge poolside, very few LA pools compare to The Standard, Downtown Los Angeles. The pool comes complete with DJs, vibrating waterbeds and views on par with the best bars in LA. The rooftop pool bar can be a tough ticket on weekends for non-guests (must meet a $35 food and beverage minimum), but it’s totally worth it for a weekend day rager. 

Tropicana Pool at the Roosevelt

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A Historic Venue Home to Wild Pool Parties and the Celebs Who Frequent Them

If you’re looking to party poolside in the heart of Hollywood, the long standing Roosevelt hotel is your perfect go-to. After a 2003 restoration by designer Dodd Mitchell, this 1927 landmark once more welcomes the A-listers who frequented Tropicana during Hollywood’s heyday. Although a famous landmark, there is nothing outdated about a Tropicana pool party, as the crowds are young, the music is trendy and the party’s more alive than ever.

The Highlight Room

People partying at the Highlight Room pool party

Luxury and wild times collide together giving guests the ultimate pool party experience

The Highlight Room is found atop ten stories high with unobstructed, 360 degree views of Los Angeles, ranging from the famed Hollywood Sign and surrounding Hollywood Hills to the skyline of Downtown. By day, the modern sundeck offers hotel guests the perfect getaway to relax by the pool on a plush lounger or in a luxurious, private cabana. At sundown Thursday through Saturday, Highlight Room’s pool deck transforms into the best place to party under the stars in Los Angeles.

During the day through the summer, Highlight Room is just as fun. The Highlight Room is definitely one of the top pool parties in LA, as the vibe is luxurious but focuses on what’s really important, and that’s providing guests with an epic pool party.

Marina del Rey Hotel Pool

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Pool parties, boats, booze, and bikinis. Fun times await.

Sitting in a gorgeous scenic waterfront location on the world’s largest man-made small-craft harbor, the Marina del Rey Hotel encourages guests to unwind and indulge in equal balance. Whether you are here for business or leisure, our Los Angeles waterfront hotel features and award-winning dining at SALT Restaurant & Bar and a year-round heated infinity pool & spa complete with unrivaled views of Marina del Rey. The pool parties at Marina del Rey Hotel offer something very unique, as partying near boats in the heart of Marine del Rey offer many opportunities. Boats, booze, and bikinis? I’m sure you can do the math.

Liquid Frequencies Pool

Crowd partying at Liquid Frequencies pool

A small Deep House pool party guaranteed to have you grooving all day and night long

For those looking for a more smaller pool party, this the spot for you. With a very limited capacity, it becomes hard to avoid being engulfed by crowds partying to the music. The music has historically been deep house, so it’s safe to assume groovy tunes await you at this pool party. If looking for a great time to party under the sun, this pool party surely won’t disappoint!

Bonus: Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs

Spacious view of Palm Springs Ace Hotel

Pool Parties and Super Warm Weather ALL THE TIME!? Ace Hotel in Palm Springs Gives You Both

While it’s a bit of a trek from L.A. to Palm Springs, the Ace Hotel’s buzzy pool parties make a weekend getaway well worth your while. The desert locale is home to the Swim Club, which hosts a variety of pool parties throughout summer. It’d be hard to find a better venue to kick off pool party season. 

Prepare for a mix of DJs, live music, stand-up comedians, pool parties, R-rated bingo, arts & crafts and more. Be on the lookout for more daytime pool parties on the Ace Hotel’s event calendar, which are sure to roll out during the summer.

Best Bars in Downtown LA

Looking for the hottest bars in Downtown Los Angeles? Then you’ve come to the right place. This list should hopefully expose you to some of the hottest and most frequented spots in LA. Hopefully you’ll learn some new, amazing places to check that you didn’t know before. With over a hundred bars surrounding DTLA, the disctrict is home to one of the largest nightlife scenes on the West Coast. So without further waiting, let’s get to it.

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The Rooftop at The Standard, Downtown LA

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Originally built as the base of Superior Oil, The Standard, Downtown LA is Mid-Century California design par perfection. Located in the heart of booming Downtown Los Angeles, the rooftop pool and bar possess a stunning panoramic views of LA, an intimate rooftop garden bar, and a stellar 24-hour restaurant. There is bottle service and tables for reservations available. There is also a block of marble on the façade, covering the lobby, which asthetically pleasing and very impressive. Make sure to check out upcoming events at Rooftop at the Standard to see what’s happening this weekend!

Clifton’s Republic

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Clifton’s Republic is arguably the coolest bar in California. This four story venue is an experience you will never forget. In the middle of the bar is a 50 foot fake Redwood tree, which immediately helps you find your way around the place. Every floor is themed, with plenty of room for dancing, lounging, or whatever else you may want to do. This venue is like Disneyland for adults and definitely the venue to go if looking to change things up. It’s an experience hard to describe, so we recommend going there and seeing for yourself.

The Reserve

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Downtown Los Angeles has a ton of beautiful properties remaining from its twentieth-century youth. This bank vault is centered in the middle of Historic Core which has been converted into The Reserve. As one of L.A.’s oldest places, the building goes back to 1924, when the Hellman Commercial Trust and Savings was built into the ground floor.

The Reserve has a number of sub-lounges and dance floors for a diverse experience every weekend. From their uncommon location, to the handcrafted cocktails, to the inviting atmosphere, The Reserve is happy to offer a wide spectrum of indulgences in an intimate setting for your every desire including bottle service availible for reservation. Experience Hip Hop and Reggaeton each Friday night and Hip Hop, R&B and Throwbacks for Saturday’s turn up! Make sure to check out upcoming events at The Reserve to not miss out!

The Arsenal

The Arsenal is West L.A.’s premier bar – serving food, classic cocktails, spirits and tap beers to a diverse mix of local westside regulars. Located at the gateway of the Pico Corridor, the Arsenal is happy to service drinks, as one of the first bars to the Pico booming social scene.

Although not as elaborate at some of the other bars on this list, the arsenal is a staple of what a good, classic bar should entail. The place is joyful and unassuming. If looking to play it safe tonight and gaurentee an expected bar experience, Arsenal is a great bet.

No Vacancy

There are several things about No Vacancy that must stay a secret until you visit. No Vacancy takes its on the speakeasies theme very seriously in the best way imaginable– once you make it in, you’re not just in a hidden bar, you’re in another reality with wonders around every corner. Oh, and great booze. We wouldn’t want to spoil to much so make sure to see Upcoming Events at No Vacancy so not to miss out!

Seven Grand

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Seven Grand, the extensive whiskey bar, features one of the most comprehensive selections of awarded whiskeys in the West, with bottles showcased in vintage cases. The location is favorited by whiskey enthusiants and anyone looking to get away from the usual option of drink found at the local club. If looking for something not only different but extraordinary, come here.

Break Room 86

Break Room 86 is one of the most innovative and creative bar/clubs out in DTLA right now. Enter into the loading dock off Ardmore then walk through an employee entrance. From there, you’re led down a shaded, glossy-walled hallway through the hotel kitchens and ice machines. The end of your journey is what was designed as the hotel employee break room, now converted into L.A.’s hottest ’80s bar. Break Room 86 is an awesome place to be and an unreal exeperience. You don’t want to miss out, so click here to see Upcoming Events at Break Room 86.

Down & Out Bar

If you want to wild night out on a weekend, the Down & Out invites you with open arms. Located under the Alexandria Hotel, this sports bar is one of the best places in DTLA to dance and drink the night away. Better yet, the dive has cheap drinks, good music, and a photo-op. When they aren’t hosting DJs, trivia, or open-mic nights expect to see a game on their TVs.

The Crocker Club

LA is known for its nightlife and The Crocker Club is one of the city’s finest institutions. The Crocker Club is found right in the middle of the Downtown Los Angeles art and bar scene in the Gallery Row district. The club is located in the Spring Arts Tower.

With the vault and other bank elements still intact, The Crocker Club is an artistic, gorgeous venue with various rooms and bars. The main bar is the original bank teller’s counter where VIP patrons with bottle service are given safety deposit boxes used to conduct their business. What was onece a vault now houses a bar room called “the vault”. They even have a ghost that hangs out in the “ghost bar” and shows up now and then. But don’t worry, he’s friendly! This room is secluded and has its own sound system and bar. You don’t want to miss out to click here to see Upcoming Events at The Crocker Club.

Library Bar

Library Bar has remained a downtown drinking staple for many, but it’s after-work scene is the best time to attend. The fun, library theme is definitely there, but not in a way that makes you sad, bored or stressed to be there. They have strong beer and an expansive cocktail list ($5 margaritas), and an above-average bar food menu if you want to eat a grilled cheese and feel good about it.

Best Beergardens in Los Angeles

Sure, L.A. may not have grilled fish on sticks as they famously do in Munich, but the spirit of Oktoberfest is in effect year-round at these rowdy beer gardens and beer bars. Stop in for some suds, some pretzels and maybe a wurst or two to embrace the German way of life. From a beer hall in Pasadena to a lively bar in Santa Monica, we’re raising our glasses to the best beer gardens in the city. Raise a stein and get your fill of wurst and schnitzel at the best beer gardens in Los Angeles. Prost!

Ashland Hill – Santa Monica

Generous pours, unabashed comfort food, and a block from the beach: That’s Ashland Hill, a Santa Monica Cheers in the making. Anchoring the old Wildflour Pizza space on Main Street is a sprawling, pet-friendly back patio. At picnic tables blanketed in twinkling lights, patrons graze on pork belly tacos and crispy truffled cheese curds between sips of international vino and serious high-alcohol brews. The 20-tap lineup at this beer garden-wine bar hybrid includes 9-percent Belgian tripels, Mexican lager and Central Coast wines—plus another 14 bottles of red, white and bubbly. Ample space, friendly servers and plenty of heat lamps to go around make Ashland Hill no-fuss, al fresco boozing at its finest.

Biergarten – Ktown

L.A.-raised Neil Kwon took a cue from the biergartens of Berlin and Munich in bringing craft beer to Koreatown in 2010. His beer hall, Biergarten, views Germany through a Korean prism. Platters of brats are dished up alongside Korean fried chicken, kimchi short rib fried rice and burgers both American and international—try the spicy Chosun with kimchi and pickled daikon or a fried chicken sandwich with grilled pineapple and salsa verde. The beer list combines Old World ales like malty Spaten Optimator with West Coast IPAs like Bear Republic Racer 5, none of which appear in yard-long glasses served at kitschier neighbors. The space also touts flat screens that draw UFC and sports fans.

Red Lion Tavern – Silver Lake

A beer stein-shaped sign greets visitors to the divey street-side bar, but it’s all about the back patio at this Silver Lake institution, a fixture since 1959. Current owner Aidas Mattis and his family still maintain the Bavarian connection with imagery of the Berlin bear and a 3-D mural of old-school, beer-toasting Germans and wall-mounted promotional tins from classic German breweries like Warsteiner and Bitburger, also served on tap. Schnitzel and sausage are series regulars at Red Lion, as are Oktoberfest celebrations that occur throughout the month.

Wurstküche – DTLA

Cousins Tyler Wilson and Joseph Pitruzzelli have the uncanny ability to transform a triangular space into a Wurstküche, contemporary “sausage kitchen,” each one outfitted in industrial, geometric furniture—crafted by Pitruzzelli himself—and a DJ booth. The cousins’ crew will gladly grill sausages like Polish-style Kielbasa or more adventurous Rattlesnake & Rabbit to pair with a “groot” worth of skin-on frites. In case you didn’t know, that amounts to a lot of fries. Wurstküche primarily pours Belgian and German beers from (surprisingly) brand-free tap handles. Try the notoriously tart Duchesse de Bourgogne or sweet Aventinus Eisbock that packs a punch.

Standard Biergarten – Downtown LA

The weekend pool parties are legendary, but the Standard Downtown has managed to carve out a corner of their rooftop for Bavaria’s sake. Pretzels, wursts and strudels are availabe from a wagon that resides at the other end of the Astroturf, and a small bar pours traditional German beers. Fichus trees frame yellow patio furniture but don’t block the prized views of surrounding Downtown. Between bites and sips, try your hand at a couple of the games within the beer garden, like ping pong or foosball.

Wirtshaus – Mid City / Wilshire

Wear your lederhosen to this Mid-City beer garden, where an extensive selection of German brews are served up alongside traditional German fare like schnitzel, sausages and homemade pretzels. Grab a seat at the bar or at a communal table on the dog-friendly patio and sample over 35 beers—if beer isn’t your thing, there’s wine on hand, as well as a ping-pong table and flat screen TV. And, of course, Oktoberfest festivities are an annual occurrence, and include live music, food and drink specials, and a ceremonial first tap.

Dog Haus Biergarten – Pasadena

Though the Dog Haus menu reads like a drunken cookbook of street dogs and Denny’s breakfasts, the plump, flavorful hot dogs show more tact and restraint than their sloppy inspirations, thanks in part to the sweet, soft Hawaiian bread buns. Among the long list of dependably delectable dogs, burgers and brats, the Sooo Cali is the hot dog of choice, with its thick slices of avocado, crispy onions and spicy basil aioli. Out front, the beer garden boasts picnic benches and a communal vibe—a charming alternative to the sports bar-like interior; in either case the delightfully cheesy ’80s touches are inescapable, from the loud soundtrack (think Toto) to the menu (the Abe Froman, Scott Baioli).

Verdugo – Glassel Park

Ryan Sweeney, Brandon Bradford, Cherith Spicer and Kyle Bilowitz set Los Angeles abuzz when they opened Verdugo Bar in the Eastside’s Glassell Park, featuring only a sign that reads “Cocktails” to signal their presence. Their craft beer roster turned Verdugo Bar into a destination. Here, people seek their booths and curved wooden bar. Over the years, they’ve added a back patio that features communal seating and a wall of craft brewery tins. Food trucks often take up residence in the parking lot and game nights and weekend board games are in the weekly lineup. Verdugo holds an annual Oktoberfest party, complete with boot races, stein-holding competitions and prizes.

Rock and Brews – El Segundo

There are more than 10 locations of Rock and Brews around the country, but it all started in El Segundo with the very first rock-centric gastropub opening there in 2012. Diners and drinkers can choose to sit inside or outside—though if you’re here strictly for the beer, embrace the beer garden ambience on the patio (it’s dog-friendly!). The beer menu is a who’s-who of local breweries—Smog City, Ohana, King Harbor and Golden Road all made the cut—along with stellar nationwide brews. Dishes range from burgers to pizza to creamy mac and cheese. You know, comfort food at its finest.

Alpine Village – Torrance

The Alpine Village is home to Torrance’s annual Oktoberfest celebration, but for the rest of the year the Bavarian attraction hosts a restaurant (Alpine Steinhaus), bar and German market. Inside the restaurant, feast on sauerkraut, sausages and more traditional German food while listening to polka music and watching diners take a break from stuffing their bellies with food and beer to break a sweat polka dancing.

Der Wolfskopf – Pasadena

The name of this Pasadena beer hall doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but conversational German is not required for entry here. Brought to you by the same folks as The Surly Goat, Little Bear and the neighboring Blind Donkey, Der Wolfskopf has 15 German beers on tap bearing enough syllables and umlauts to twist your tongue well into the night. There are German-style beers from Oregon and California, as well Pasadena-based Craftsman Brewery. Overwhelmed? The friendly bar staff actually knows its stuff and will guide you in the right direction. Add a food menu with sausages, pretzels and schnitzel and a soon-to-be-opened outdoor beer garden, and this place ticks all the necessary boxes.

 

Best Rooftop Bars in Los Angeles – Hollywood, Beverly Hills, DTLA, Weho

What is it that they say about smog? Oh yeah, beautiful sunsets. Make L.A.’s haze work for you at these cocktail bars and beachside spots, where the views rightfully rival the booze. Rooftop bars is a nice break from LA’s epic nightclubs and there’s plenty of them to choose from. From Downtown’s bars with a view to seaside cabanas in Malibu and Venice, here are the city’s top (literally) rooftop bars.

Highlight Room – Hollywood

The Highlight Room takes over the rooftop and poolside at the mod hotel, which officially opens tonight with some of the sweetest views in Hollywood. With clear cut vistas looking out to Hollywood and beyond, it’s clearly outfitted to become an evening party space, what with speakers galore, two DJ booths, and bottle service.

The Roof on Wilshire – Central LA

From weekend brunch—tuck into pancake lasagna as you sip on mimosas—to sunset drinks and bites, you’ll find full views paired with staycation cocktails and eats at the Hotel Wilshire’s rooftop restaurant and lounge. As nights get cooler, slip into one of the banquettes that line the pool and warm up with drinks like the Cue Southside, with gin, cucumber and mint; or El Ristocrat, with tequila, agave and bitters.

Perch LA – Downtown LA

This rooftop bistro is one of the prettiest in town with its patterned tile floors, dead-on view of the Central Library and potted trees full of twinkly lights. Downtown locals, plus a few hundred of their closest friends, sit on velour bar stools and plush sofas inside the eclectic boudoir-themed bar or fireside on the outdoor patio. From any seat, you’ll want to sample the wide selection of Kirs that go beyond Crème de Cassis—try a tasty, blackberry-flavored Crème de Mure—and other French by-the-glass pours. The after-work crowd drops in for happy hour, dubbed Apéritif Hour, weekdays from 4 to 6pm, while late-night partygoers can enjoy a live DJ on Tuesdays from 9pm-2am.

Petit Ermitage – West Hollywood

Just off the hustle and bustle of the Sunset Strip, this West Hollywood boutique gem boasts boho-chic rooms with European touches and overwhelming charm. Take in the 360° vistas of Los Angeles from the rooftop (often overlooked by locals as a relaxing hangout spot), complete with outdoor pool, fireplaces, two bars, patio and garden, recognized as a hummingbird and butterfly sanctuary by the National Wildlife Federation.

High Rooftop Lounge – Venice

Beachside rooftops are in surprisingly short supply in L.A., making the Hotel Erwin’s High Rooftop Lounge an in-demand spot for sun-kissed Venice Beach locals. Even if you’re staying at the hotel, be sure to make a reservation. There’s nothing like a multi-hued sunset over the Pacific with a cocktail in hand to get Angelenos buzzing. Getting chilly? Evening bar-goers can stay past sundown wrapped up in one of the bar’s cozy blankets, along with a spiked cocoa or hot root beer float. If you don’t like your drinks sweet, stick to local craft brews to pair with midnight (gourmet) munchies like the mini lobster roll and a bacon, cream cheese, jalapeño hot dog.

E.P. L.P. Rooftop Bar – West Hollywood

There’s a party happening at the intersection of La Cienega and Melrose—and while everyone is invited, not everyone may fit in. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give L.P. Rooftop a try, though. Located above E.P., a restaurant featuring a hodgepodge of Asian cuisine, you’ll find L.P., a rooftop bar with killer views and a swanky clientele. Share a pitcher of spiked bubble tea and Fijian nachos with new friends or industry colleagues as the sun sets on West Hollywood. If you’re lucky, you might be able to get into the super exclusive patch of rooftop known as Frankie’s, a private bar with daybeds.

Standard Downtown – DTLA

Even if you don’t hop in the pool, you can still plunge into the fun on one of the bright red waterbed pods scattered across the roof at the Downtown outpost of Andre Balaz’s hip hotel. Take the elevator up to the top, where mod furnishings give a slightly space-age vibe—the perfect backdrop for a crowd ranging from folks waiting for next year’s Burning Man to hotel guests checking out the scene. Weekend afternoons call for cocktail lounging—try the sweet and sour Hennessy Lemonade—but beware the $20 cover after 7pm, which doesn’t deter the lines that can stretch out into the parking lot.

Mama Shelter – Hollywood

We’re big fans of Mama Shelter as a hotel and a restaurant, but once we saw the rooftop, we decided we just might move in for good. The bright space is splattered with multicolored sofas and chairs where you can lounge while waiting for shawarma to arrive; the Mediterranean-inspired menu also serves falafel, salmon skewers and a few hummus options. Cocktails also pay tribute to the Mediterranean, with drinks like the Za’atar Margarita and Mediterranean Mule. On warm nights, you can dance under the stars while DJs spin an eclectic mix of music, or take in a classic movie on their outdoor screen. There’s also a fusbol table, a yoga studio and sweeping views of Hollywood. Like we said—we’re never leaving.

Upstairs – DTLA

Look good—but not like you’re trying too hard—when visiting Upstairs, a Moroccan oasis perched atop the trendy Ace Hotel. The elevator next to L.A. Chapter is your key to getting inside (or rather, outside) the buzzing, open-air roof deck, swathed in an exotic canopy and scattered with hip Downtowners clutching plastic cups. Perfect for an after-work schmooze or a reunion with old friends, you’ll find two bars to order a drink from (be warned: weekends bring the requisite long lines). Try the Lefty Lucy, a surprisingly easy-to-drink concoction made with chile liqueur, peach liqueur, ginger, lime and yellow chartreuse.

SkyBar – WeHo

The rooftop bar that started it all, the Mondrian’s Skybar still retains its secret Sunset Strip entryway, complete with dress-to-impress entry and nightlife cred—this is one of the rare poolside bars where people really do jump in after a night of cocktails. The all-ages crowd ranges from wide-eyed ingénues to aging Robert Evans types, but no matter where you fall on the spectrum, the Mexican-style oasis of flowering walls and gorgeous nooks will win you over, especially with a mojito in hand.

Above SIXTY Beverly Hills – Beverly Hills

Above SIXTY provides both a name and directions to this exclusive hotel bar. Open to Sixty Beverly Hills guests, members and cabana reservations during the day, this ritzy rooftop lounge is open to the public for a swanky bar crowd at night. The rooftop lounge offers wine, beer and cocktails, like the Strawberry Smash crafted with vodka and fresh muddled strawberries. Appetizers and meals, from kale salads to crab cakes, are also available on the roof of the sleek hotel, as are occasional weekend pool parties. You’ll pay a pretty penny for your libations, but it’s worth it for the view.

The Fonda Theatre – Hollywood

A smoke break doesn’t mean that you’ll miss the show at Hollywood’s Fonda Theatre, where not only is the music hooked up to the rooftop “speakeasy,” but the live on-stage performance is also projected on the exterior wall. Unfortunately, you do have to buy tickets to the gig to gain entrance, but the prime perch—lounge on one of the scattered sofas on the outdoor patio—from the historic Spanish Revival–style building offers an unobstructed view of Hollywood as you listen to indie faves like Alt-J and the Alabama Shakes. Throw back a brewski and gaze down the boulevard as you channel your inner Dracula, performed on the Fonda stage soon after it opened in 1926.

Moonshadows – Malibu

Forget flip-flops and sunscreen—dolphin sightings are de rigueur at this longtime PCH watering hole. With an outdoor lounge area lined with white beds and curtained booths that hang right over the Pacific, you’re practically within blowhole distance of the pods that swim close to shore. Catch afternoon rays at weekend brunch or laze on the sundeck at sunset or after dark, when Malibu locals turn out for margaritas and the salt air mixes with pretty young things.

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The 10 Best Rooftop Bars in Los Angeles

So what’s the perfect venue to enjoy Los Angeles weather, take in chill vibes and imbibe potent potables all in one locale?

A rooftop bar, of course!

To that end we made it my mission to scout 10 of the coolest rooftop bars in Los Angeles just for you and yes they all come with incredible views, lush scenery, and delicious cocktails.

But whether or not you choose to enjoy them? Well, that’s totally optional.

List starts after the jump (in no particular order).

1. The Andaz Sundeck

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Having the highest rooftop swimming pool in Los Angeles is a nice title to have in this town. The Andaz in West Hollywood offers panoramic views of Hollywood and the Sunset Strip on the Sun deck year round. Lay out on a day bed or cozy up and watch the sunset across Los Angeles while enjoying hand crafted cocktails and snacks from the pool menu.

2. High Rooftop Lounge

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In Venice beach the Hotel Erwin’s rooftop bar appropriately named High is the prime spot to catch a beach sunset. This place has a laid back atmosphere, awesome munchies and nightly drink specials year round. On chilly nights they even pass out blankets and turn on the heat lamps, how thoughtful right?

3. Perch Los Angeles

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Unobstructed views of downtown and very clear view of the neighboring Central Library Perch has been claimed one of the most beautiful rooftop bars in Los Angeles. A talented team of mixologists, tasty food and a beautiful french inspired ambiance has caused this place to form lines every weekend. The vibe is upscale which also means it can get pricey. To avoid the line make a reservation. Looking to try Perch on a budget? They have a happy hour!

4. Upstairs At The Ace Hotel

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Upstairs at the Ace is a buzzing hot spot perfect for kicking back and watching all the cool kids socialize. The moroccan themed roof deck host events nightly with special DJ guests paired with a nicely curated drink menu and YES there is a pool. Do yourself a favor and check out their events calendar it’s filled with fun and free events seven days a week.

5. The Fonda

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Catching a show at the Fonda is fun but the added bonus is pretty cool as well… walk up to the second floor and take the mini stairs up into the rooftop. Astroturf, delicate strung up lights, tables, couches and even a open air hall sits right above the building. Guest take their smoke breaks, order drinks and take in the views. Don’t worry about missing the show, they have it projected on a screen with the sound on. Nice touch Fonda I approve!

6. The Standard Rooftop Bar

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A view like none other The Standard offers a 360 degree view right in the heart of DTLA. Engulfed by surrounding skyscrapers the hotel opens its rooftop to the public with free admission during the week and a nominal entrance fee (usually $20) during the weekends. Owned by the same hotelier as the Chateau Marmont this mod themed bar has water bed pods, a pool and a projector screening classic flicks. The addition of the Biergarten on the west end of the open air deck is a nice touch for those who want to kick back away from the crowd and dance floor.

7. The Redbury

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The SBE group is synonymous with Hollywoods most popular hotspots so it is no surprise when The Redbury opened it became a favorite for people looking for low key nights. The bar is set like a private library with two awesome and free pool tables! Sit outside and lounge on the comfy sofas, the streams of lights and candles create an intimate vibe tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood Boulevard.

8. Suite 700

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Perched atop the iconic Hotel Shangri-La is Santa Monica’s famous indoor/outdoor rooftop bar & lounge Suite 700. Once a penthouse suite in the landmark hotel, Suite 700 and it’s deco inspired digs captures an elusive sense of Hollywood glamour at the ocean. The rooftop bar provides beautiful views of the ocean and the Santa Monica Promenade making it a perfect place to catch the sunset.

9. The London Rooftop

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Perched on the 10th floor of the hotel, the rooftop offers guests a beautiful panoramic view of West Hollywood. Inspired by a traditional English garden this place has an intimate feel to it but things can get crazy over the summer here. Just an FYI the roof top is open to guests for those who want to visit a reservation must be made.

10. SkyBar At The Mondrian

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A Hollywood favorite from the time it opened, Sky Bar is situated in the heart of Sunset Boulevard. Pretty young things like to lounge by the pool with a drink and listen to guest DJs spin the latest top tunes. A bit pricey but like any prime hot spot they tend to factor the view in with the bill. Remember to get on the guest list for the weekends for no hassle entry.

Originally reported on We Like LA.

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801 Hill – The Latest Addition to DTLA Nightlife Scene

Downtown is re-club-ifying at an alarming rate, now that the streets are running green with the neighborhood’s newfound wealth. Bars like Honeycut have been doing wine raves and the 90’s club redux thing for a while now, Soho House is getting its own private partygoing in the Arts District, and newcomers like Precinct are hoping to revive the once-thriving gay bar and club scene in the area.

Next up is 801 Hill, a modestly-named nightclub spot situated in the former home of The Vault. The Hill Street address has been undergoing quite a renovation as of late, with the entire 8th and Hill corner getting a makeover that plans to drop in some retail space and a healthy-eating sweetgreen location.

At 801 Hill, which seems to have just soft-opened over the weekend, the focus is still on bottle service and DJ booths, however. The entire room is outfitted in dark tones and gleaming touches, from satin drapes to chandeliers. The bar is predictably backlit with neon lighting, and (at least for now) the dance floor is littered with a sweaty twentysomething crowd eager to party. Around the edges, circular black booths make bottle service a priority.

801 Hill soft-opened over the weekend with free admission until midnight and $99 bottles on offer, but don’t expect deals like that to last forever. They’ll likely be partying again this weekend though, so head to their Facebook page for details.