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Best Rooftop Pools in LA – Summer 2018

It’s no secret that LA has some of the best summer hotspots. From beautiful beaches to splashy pools, there are ample Instagraming opportunities. Here, we’re rounding up five of the hottest rooftop pools in the city all boasting luxe amenities and dreamy views.

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The London just unveiled its summer rooftop programming, Boxwood on the Roof, and it’s a good one. The series includes Ice Cream Sundays serving up exotic flavors (think popcorn and cookie monster oreo cookies), Tuesday Crystal Cocktails featuring drinks inspired by different stones, and live music Wednesdays. Executive chef Anthony Keene has also crafted a fun summer menu that includes oysters, hand rolled sushi, miso brass crostini, ginger chicken meatballs, grilled salmon fillet, and avocado toast.

SLS Beverly Hills

The SLS Beverly Hills’ Altitude Pool is a gorgeous oasis that will quickly become a go-to favorite spot during the summer. The plush vibe is so LA and the elevated fare by chef José Andrés such as Pacific ahi tuna ceviche and crab cake sliders is the icing on the cake. Weekends are especially lively on the rooftop pool with a DJ spinning beats on the deck. For the ultimate pool lounging experience, we suggest opting for a cabana.

W Hollywood

If you’re in the mood to get your party on, the W Hollywood’s rooftop pool and bar is definitely the spot for you. You and your squad can book a cabana or a daybed and enjoy the sunshine, views, and upbeat vibe for the day. Friday through Sunday from 1pm-5pm is when the DJ starts spinning and the party gets started. Book tables for Wet Hollywood on the Discotech app!

Montage Beverly Hills

Private poolside cabanas, lush landscaping, and awe-inspiring views of the city are just some of the reasons the Montage Beverly Hills’ rooftop pool stands out. Cabanas feature flat screen TVs, magazines, complimentary wifi, a fresh fruit bowl, drinks, and appetizers from The Rooftop Grill, which is perfect if you’re celebrating a birthday or a bachelor/bachelorette party. If you’re looking for a more relaxed rooftop pool experience, go for the Tranquility package, which includes a discount for a spa treatment, a crudite starter, and a cold-pressed juice sampler.

Peninsula Beverly Hills

Have your phone ready because the Peninsula Beverly Hills’ rooftop pool is definitely a scene you’re going to want to Instagram. The Century City skyline serves as the backdrop and the sparkling pool beckons on a hot LA day. Meet your friends here and together you can sit back in plush lounge chairs, sip cocktails or a smoothie, and enjoy a light bite.

Skybar at the Mondrian

Boasting some of the finest views of Los Angeles, Skybar is an open air, ivy covered pavilion perched above the pool at Mondrian LA.

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. Book tables and see upcoming DJs at Skybar!

Skybar is private to hotel guests everyday until 1PM.

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.

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.