Without a doubt, rooftops are one of the best places to enjoy a drink in Los Angeles, and the reverse is true as well. The skies are clear 284 days out of the year here in LA. Pair that with mild temperatures all year long and you get unbeatable conditions for being outside.
Picture this – you’re tens of stories up on a rooftop bar in Downtown LA, it’s 7:45 PM on a summer evening, and you’ve already had a few delectable cocktails poured down the hatch. As you sip on your latest concoction, the sun begins to set. The sky fills with hues of yellow and orange, then pink, purple and red, and the glass faces of buildings light up with a golden hue. You feel a tear running down your face as the pure beauty of the scene sets in. You think to yourself, “There is nowhere I’d rather be than here in this moment.” Of course, you said that to your date last night, and to the date before that… But this time it’s different. This time you’ve fallen hard for the city itself – welcome to LA.
Rooftop bars are quintessentially LA, and we’ve compiled a list of the best ones for you to live the California dream. Check out all venues and upcoming events on the Discotech App.
Highlight Room – Hollywood
Perched upon the top of the Dream Hollywood hotel is one of Tao Group’s latest concepts – Highlight Room. The rooftop space contains a pool, lounge, and grill to cater toward any rooftop experience you may seek. Highlight room not only offers one of Hollywood’s best viewpoints, but it also offers a state-of-the-art sound systems and world-class DJs. The day club is open to the public only on weekends, while many nights a week are open to all who are looking to party.
The Rooftop at The Standard – Downtown
The Standard rooftop has got it all. Up top you will find the bar, a heated pool, a red Astroturf deck, a dance floor, nightly DJs, fireplaces, and even waterbeds. Don’t be worried if you’re feeling hungry up there, the food at The Standard rooftop is super solid.
Skybar at Mondrian – West Hollywood
Skybar at Mondrian is the place to be for rooftop parties. There are regular pool parties all summer long at Skybar, both day and night, with world-class DJs setting the vibe. With its spectacular views and chic aesthetic, Skybar is an experience you won’t want to miss.
The Fonda Theatre – Hollywood
The Fonda Theatre, one of LA’s most intimate concert venues, is home to a lesser known rooftop where you can enjoy a fantastic drink, while watching a live feed of the show inside.
Broken Shaker – Downtown
Broken Shaker is one of the trendiest rooftop bars that LA has to offer. It’s a colorful palm-filled haven for those seeking eclectic cocktails, amazing views, and street-food style dishes. This beachy venue is as lively as it looks, drawing the hippest crowds nightly. The bar is also open during the day so you can satisfy your needs for a cold tropical cocktail.
Élephante – West LA (Santa Monica)
The view from Élephante is perhaps the best in all of Santa Monica – a bold claim for such a beautiful, iconic scene. Not only will you get incredible views of the California coastline at Élephante, but you will also get to see some of the most absurdly good looking people in California. The all-day restaurant-bar has deliciously bright seasonal foods and refreshing cocktails to match. The decor will make you jealous, and you’re sure to be headed home with ideas for how to remodel your sunny, posh California living room. Élephante is incredibly popular, so be sure to book in advance.
Spire 73 – Downtown
Spire 73 lays on top of the tallest building west of the Mississippi, which makes Spire 73 the highest point in LA to grab a drink, and the highest open air bar in the Western hemisphere! From here, you can truly see all of LA. Classic cocktails are served here to guests lounging fireside on luxurious lounge chairs. If you’re not a guest of the hotel below, there is a $20 cover, but $10 of that goes toward drinks Sunday through Thursday.
Mama Shelter – Hollywood
Dance all day and night on the roof of this Hollywood hotel. The roof of Mama Shelter carries that Mediterranean vibe, with bright colors and a real liveliness to rejuvenate your senses. Sip on a cocktail or a glass of sangria as you look upon the golden city from up high, with a delicious plate of food right in your lap.
Upstairs – Downtown
On its fifth year running, the Ace Hotel’s rooftop gem has become an absolute classic in the rooftop scene. Pool, check. Bar, check. Fire, check. Awesome design where modern meets historical LA, big check. The venue is a fantastic stop for any and all who are looking for a place to vibe. Upstairs draws an incredibly eclectic crowd, so all you people watchers will sure get a kick. To top it off, the middle eastern cuisine is superb.
Perch – Downtown
With a French Bistro-like look, lush plants, and elegant furniture, Perch is the perfect place for a classy, pleasant, and relaxed night (or day) out. The 15th floor is a restaurant, bar and lounge, while the 16th is an open-air rooftop bar for drinks only. While there is often a DJ to set the mood, sometimes you might stumble upon some live jazz to really spice up the evening. Incredible views of downtown LA top off this class venue.
Rooftops are one of the best ways to truly experience LA. Be sure to check out the Discotech App for all of your rooftop needs!