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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. 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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Best Pool Parties in Los Angeles 2017

Nothing quite captures the summer season more than swimsuits, rooftop bars and poolside soirees (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 social events calendar has enough lively happenings to keep you entertained all summer long. The season events have officially kicked 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, music in ear and 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 guestlist directly on our free mobile app. Here are some of the best summer pool party options in LA:

SLS Beverly Hills

Sure, the ultra-modern SLS Beverly Hills offers an incredible spa, dining options and amenities, but the true gem of the hotel is the Altitude Pool. Nestled on the hotel rooftop, the pool area offers breathtaking views of Los Angeles, along with poolside service, refreshing cocktails and light bites from chef José Andrés. Starting the first week of May, Altitude Pool turns into a swanky day lounge complete with a live DJ, who will set the musical backdrop from 1pm-5pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The pool is open to hotel guests only unless you reserve a cabana (for a pretty penny). Of course, you could also book a weekend staycation for the rooftop pool itself. Fergie had her baby shower there—just sayin’.

W Hollywood

Who said a pool party can’t also be a workout? This summer, the W Hollywood rooftop pool and bar, aptly dubbed Wet, is hosting a weekly series called Get Fit with Brit Middleton, Eryt and Hot 8 Yoga. Guests can head to the Wet Deck at 10am for a different kind of pool party where they’ll swap out the boozy bashes for a lively workout with 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, 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.

Mondrian

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. From May 5th to June 9th, Angelenos can head to the rooftop for the ultimate pre-weekend pool party, aptly dubbed Just Ditch Fridays. Let loose and lounge poolside every Friday from 1-6pm to spins from DJ Arron Colbert, while toasting to the freaking weekend. Plus, be on the lookout for upcoming pool parties like the returning Wicked Paradise, which will hold court at Skybar on Saturday, May 27—just in time for Memorial Day weekend. The premier pool party event is kicking off the summer season with Dirtybird Records, J.Philip and more.

The Standard, Downtown Los Angeles

The Downtown version of the Sunset Strip shag pad pokes fun at jet-setting ’60s bachelors, with the lobby setting the swinger-style tone. Rooms come equipped with platform beds, tubs for two and peek-a-boo showers. Complete with DJs, vibrating waterbeds and views, 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. Plus, the Paradise Unlimited Swim Club is taking over the rooftop pool on May 13 from 3pm to 9pm, featuring DJ Dino Soccio, Colour Vision and a string of special guests. Check out the hotel’s event calendar for a full listing of poolside soirees this summer.

Tropicana

If you’re looking to party poolside in the heart of Hollywood, this longstanding hotel is your perfect go-to. After a 2003 restoration by designer Dodd Mitchell, this 1927 landmark, a beautiful example of Spanish colonial design, once more welcomed the A-listers who frequented it during Hollywood’s heyday. On the weekends, you’ll often find Tinseltown’s It crowd at the often-buzzing bar scene and mingling on the open-air lounge chairs by the pool. Speaking of the pool, it also features a restored underwater mural by renowned illustrator David Hockney. While every Saturday night is a pool party within itself, you can go big and head to Tropicana Sundays grand opening bash on May 7 from 2pm to 7pm, which will feature L.A.’s top DJs. Plus, check out the upcoming ADLT SWM party on May 14 and PROPER, a monthly swim series at the Hollywood Roosevelt. Sip on cocktails, dance and enjoy a dose of L.A. sunshine by the pool.

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

On the hunt for a trendy rooftop scene, tasty cocktails by the pool, and an insane view of Downtown L.A.’s city skyline? You’ll want to head to the ever-popular Ace Hotel. While guests won’t exactly be doing a canon ball into the small pool that’s more like a large hot tub, the Ace rooftop bar and pool lounge is the perfect spot for prime nightlife entertainment and late-night cocktails. Bonus? The hotel is constantly bringing in some of L.A.’s best DJs and live bands to set the tunes while you bop your head and take in the city views—cocktail in hand. Every Sunday, Dublab will present a rotating mix of DJs at “Dublab Vibing Time” from 1pm to 6pm. Check the hotel calendar for a full list of events and DJs hitting the rooftop this summer. If you’re really hankering for a Vegas-style pool party, head to the Ace Hotel’s Palm Springs branch to catch the recurring Swim Club bash.

Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach

Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach is holding rooftop pool parties this summer. They are the first Sunday of each month, with the dates being June 5, July 3 (yes, on Fourth of July weekend!), Aug. 7 and Sept. 4. They are held on the hotel’s Skydeck and features a bar, DJ and a special menu provided by the hotel’s fun-loving chef Ashley Oats. It goes from 1 p.m.-dusk (sunsets are at approximately 7:30) and there is no admission charge. This is open to anyone and it’s a rare treat, as the rooftop is normally reserved for hotel guests and special events. There are also not very many pools in the South Bay, so that’s different, as well. Yes, we have a beach here but not any pools open to the public. Here, you can wear your bikinis or board shorts and go for a swim without having to dodge surfers, kids and ocean waves.

Bonus: Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs

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. Kicking off the summer pool party season (though it’s practically year-round) is Memorial Day weekend with the third annual Desert Days event running from May 24th to May 28th. 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 sumer.

What are the best LA Pool Parties in 2015?

Whether you’re the avid partier or just looking to have a little fun in the sun, LA’s endless summer provides for some of the hottest people at the trendiest rooftop pools. Pool season sets off with a myriad of parties at party-friendly hotels around town. Whether you’re looking to lounge, dance, or just have a drink and listen to music by the pool, make sure to plan in advance by either arriving early, getting a room at the hotel, or reserving a daybed or cabana with bottle service.

Here’s a curated list of the best pool parties in LA 2015…

Andaz West Hollywood

Vibe: Lounge, drink and people watch

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Shed your inhibitions at this stunning rooftop pool, overlooking West Hollywood and the Hollywood Hills on one side and downtown LA to the beaches on the other. Andaz’s stunning rooftop pool – one of the few rooftop pools in Los Angeles, is a sexy, sky-lit sanctuary for relaxing in the sunshine or enjoying the hip West Hollywood scene. Dive in for a refreshing swim or laze on a lounge chair and sip a delicious cocktail as you take in the panoramic views of Los Angeles. Cool down and enjoy some privacy in a cabana with umbrellas for your pleasure. Join the beautiful people by the poolside bar for light fare and refreshing cocktails at The Sundeck. Enjoy delights eats right from the RH kitchen.

SkyBar at The Mondrian

Vibe: Dance, party, see and be seen

Boasting some of the finest views of Los Angeles, Skybar is an open air, ivy-covered pavilion perched above the Pool at Mondrian Los Angeles. Having been the spot for the hottest nightlife and bar scenes from the day it opened, Skybar’s newly re-imagined design brings a fresh approach to this iconic space. A chic poolside lounge by day, Skybar provides an idyllic oasis to take in the sun and enjoy impeccably fresh cocktails. When the sun sets, the pulse of Skybar beats even louder, stirring a seductive energy, aroused by world-class DJ’s and Hollywood glamour. To book daybed or table packages for your group, visit here.

The Standard Downtown LA

Vibe: City views, “chill” crowd and Biergarten

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The Rooftop at The Standard, Downtown LA offers stunning, panoramic views of Downtown Los Angeles and the mountains beyond. The Rooftop features a heated swimming pool, red AstroTurf deck, dance floor, nightly DJs, bar, outdoor fireplace, waterbed pods, sculptured topiary and a Biergarten.

The Standard Hollywood

Vibe: Retro, fun, and “hot”

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It doesn’t get much more Hollywood than this: blue astroturf, ping pong, power lunches, sun bathers, and the best people watching this side of the 101. The Standard Pool is a bona fide icon. Pool access is reserved for hotel guests. Day passes are available for purchase based upon availability.

Tropicana Pool at The Roosevelt Hollywood

Vibe: Day party, night swim, actual swimming, vintage

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Although the Roosevelt’s day parties are legendary, it’s night swims are historic. Located at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Tropicana offers pool toys and a pleasant atmosphere, featuring scattered ottomans among fire pits and palm trees. (Partygoers tend to actually go swimming, in droves.) Plan to arrive after midnight, enjoy a cocktail from one of the two full bars and listen to resident DJs like Chris Holmes or Will Crimes. They usually can be found behind turntables spinning funky indie tunes, though you’ll often see guest DJs such as Elijah Wood. Oh and also, when your friends ask you what you did last weekend, you can just say: “Uhh I was at The Roosevelt” (*drops the mic and walks away*). To book daybed or table packages for your group, visit here.

The Montage Beverly Hills

Vibe: Posh, cool and relaxing

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As a guest of Montage Beverly Hills, you can enjoy access to this rooftop oasis, complete with a saline swimming pool and whirlpool. Private poolside cabanas, The Rooftop Grill and lush landscaping are set against the backdrop of panoramic views of the Beverly Hills cityscape and the Hollywood hills. If you’re not a guest, Rooftop Cabanas are available for rent. Cabanas are serviced from 9:00 a.m. until Sunset and can accommodate up to 6 guests. All cabanas include an LCD Flat Screen TV, National & Local Newspapers & Magazines, Complimentary WiFi, Evian Misters, Coola Suncare, Montage Bathrobes (upon request), Fresh Fruit Bowl and Bottled Water.