Looking to find the hottest LGBT clubs in LA? Look no further. Today we’ve compiled a list featuring some of the hottest and upcoming LGBT clubs in Los Angeles.
The first LGBT clubs is rumored to have started around the 1920s on the East Coast, however the White Horse Inn in Oakland, California claims to be the oldest gay bar in operation. Since the 1920s or the opening of the White Horse Inn, the gay movement has grown and flourished. Luckily for those looking for LGBT bars, there are many gay bars to frequent, as the challenge now is finding the right one, instead of searching for one.
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The intertionaly popular gay bar/gay club Abbey gives patrons a collection of lounges, outdoor terraces and exclusive cabanas giving unlimited event options, from private cocktail parties to large-scale celebration dinners. The inner dance floor and raised DJ area, finished with viewing booths, provide the perfect location for any party.
The adaptable space offers a truly unparalleled locale—a casual, yet beautiful mix of indoor and outside spaces unparalleled in Los Angeles. A preference of celebrities, locals and tourists alike, there is no better place to meet old friends, make new ones, enjoy a generous 10-ounce martini, eat a delicious meal created by Chef Danny Elmaleh, and just kick back and have fun. Known as a West Hollywood institution, home of the Gay Walk of Fame, Elizabeth Taylor’s favorite pub, and a community center, The Abbey is one of the premier gay / lesbian nightlife experiences in West Los Angeles
The Birdcage is one of the hottest VIP bars in Santa Monica. Located on the top floor of The Victorian, this VIP bar is full of fun vibes and tasty cocktails. The laid back atmosphere and upscale decor makes for the ideal place to have a night out with all of your friends.
Dress up or remain casual, either way you are guarenteed to enjoy yourself among the great crowd of socialites. The Birdcage is a place for guests to be free so that they can let their personality shine while having the best night of their life.
Trunks is West Hollywood’s popular gay sports bar. They is the friendly, provide a great place to share cocktails, and a short walk from several other gay bars in the area. After 25 years, they remain the place for fun times and good cocktails.
They have added wonderful new outdoor patio…. and have exploded out onto the sidewalk! Now you can relax in they’re new outdoor patio!. Alcohol can be brought outside from the bar to the patio … You’ll LOVE the FUN!
Organized by Robin Gans and Sandy Sachs in 1990, GIRL BAR has grown and become the largest dance and entertainment club for lesbians in the US. Since moving to LA from New York in the late 80’s, Sachs and Gans identified the need for an upscale nightclub catering to the lesbian community.
The thought was simple: to give the most compelling events, in the most elegant of surroundings with the sexiest women in town. Today, their spirit continues to grow and set a model of excellence in the lesbian and gay community.
Hi Tops Bar
Hi Tops is the newest bar to open up in Weho’s Boystown that stands apart from many of the boring new spots around. It’s the second location of the extremely successful SF bar and though the high school gym locker aesthetic is a bit heavy-handed, there are lots of diverse welcoming areas for you and your friend group to stand around and party next to the very attractive crowd.
But what makes this place so successful? They are known for serving the best cocktails in the neighborhood. So rather of your usual vodka soda, we advise for the mezcal-heavy Magic Hour, or The Claw, which is made with gin and cardamom bitters.
Many are happy to report that Mother Lode remains to be resilient in these unstable times. The bar is open for business during a restoration of sorts. Yep, the oldest gay bar in West Hollywood is getting a facelift to stay competitive with all the excellent new additions that are budding all over Boystown. The bar’s owner Robert Yacoubian, who prefers to be called Bob, says the bar is here to stay, that the new additions are impresive, and that the bar will remain a staple of West Hollywood’s gay history.
“We’re simply adding a patio in the front,” Bob tells WEHO TIMES, “It’s going to go five feet out. It will be surrounded. There will be bush trees on both sides. There will be a big awning that will come out over it with heaters and lights. The front will be open, so people will be able to step out and walk around. The doorway is coming out. It’s going to be nice. The feedback we are getting is all good.” Hopefully they finished renovation will live up to the hype.
Rage is one of the hottest spots in WeHo as of now. The club is know for its fun atmosphere, upscale feel, and the good times to be had. Fair warning, the crowd can be very young, which to many might be a good enough reason as any to frequent the place. If 18 and older, this is the place for you.
The best thing about Rage is Musical Mondays, a magical night where people get together and lip-sync to famous theater video clips. Next to that, it’s a very interesting club and home to Weho’s only 18+ night.
Looking to rub shoulders and pop bottles with the elite? WeHo boasts some of the most prestigious nightclubs this world has to offer. With so many great options, and trends constantly changing, we’ve assembled an updated list of best nightclubs in West Hollywood.
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Bootsy Bellows has been an L.A. nightlife staple since it entered the scene in 2012, and has been under renovations since August 2018 with John Sofio of Built, Inc. to design and bring the revamped space to life, this time with a more homey aesthetic.
Drake’s personal sound guy was brought in to work on the DJ booth and speakers, embedded LED lights were added to the walls and ceilings to put on custom light shows. A VIP table is highly recommended, you can book bottle service at Bootsy Bellows here. Bootsy Bellows open on Tuesday, Friday and Saturdays, 11 PM – 2 AM.
The celeb-faved nightlife gurus at H.Wood Group are at it again. After debuting of Delilah last year, the company has unveiled Poppy, a stylishly surreal space that’s already hosted a star-studded VMA’s after-party before the paint has even dried. Entry is at doorman’s discretion; bottle service at Poppy is highly recommended.
Meet Hyde Sunset, the huger, patio-wrapped-restaurant reincarnation of SBE’s infamous celebrity hideout, now with former Whist/41 Ocean chef Chris Crary in the kitchen—opening Sunday at the old XIV space in West Hollywood. It looks like a great dinner-date spot in here. A moody room of raw woods, Eastern carpets and hanging metal sprockets that all cultivate a breezy, arty Beachwood Canyon cabin vibe. For, well, a this-section-of-Sunset crowd. Entry is at the doorman’s discretion. We highly recommend bottle service at Hyde Sunset.
PRO TIP: Make dinner reservations around 8:30 PM and enjoy free access to the nightclub an hour our two later when things transform.
Landing just up the street from celeb hangout The Nice Guy on La Cienega in STK’s former space, the whimsical concept bar will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Monday from 10 PM to 2 AM.
In the former Greystone Manor location, this buzzy nightclub from sbe is home to a thumping dance floor; two adjacent lounges that are more demure but no doubt clubby; and an oasis-like patio. Despite futuristic touches like mirrored ceilings and LED walls, Nightingale Plaza has a vaguely “European courtyard” theme, which explains the trippy, floral wallpaper throughout. Expect signature, pricey drinks like the Smart Blonde (Absolut Citron, St. Germain, Limoncello, lemon juice, simple syrup) and the Tequila Mockingbird (Avion, lime juice, honey), and of course, bottle service. Nightingale is the hottest Sunday party in LA. Entry is at doorman’s discretion; bottle service at Nightingale is highly recommended.
Meet 1 OAK, a New York–exported club heavy on champagne, hip-hop and already-frequent DiCaprio sightings, now open in the former Key Club spot.
What this leads to: a massive ballroom of excess, with chevron floors, a massive marble bar, tan leather booths and… braille-studded paintings of gorillas. (Maybe to remind you again, as bottles swarm around you, of how far we’ve come as an evolved species.)
So, yeah, your night: big party situation. Someone in your group probably procured entry through the purchase of bottled spirits and table girls. Someone might be celebrating an Oscar nomination. Someone might exchange pleasantries with Jay Z and Bono, who’ve also been by.
Entry is at doorman’s discretion; bottle service at 1 Oak is highly recommended. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 PM to 2 AM.
Delilah brings a modern approach to the vibes of the roaring ‘20s with American cuisine and Art Deco characteristics. Eating, drinking, and dancing converge in this luxury space and are tastefully crafted so you can repeat all three without ever skipping a beat. Live performers & surprise acts with lounge-style bottle service following dinner hours. Entry is at the doorman’s discretion. We recommend booking bottle service at Delilah.
Delilah is open 6:30 PM – 2 AM Tuesday through Saturday night.
Meet LA’s newest hot spot, Raspoutine. The latest French import comes in the form of a nightclub: Paris’ Raspoutine has officially opened its doors in West Hollywood.
“We tried to bring something that doesn’t exist and something that was maybe missing here,” says co-owner Alexander Ghislain, who owns the four global Raspoutine locations with Logan Maggio.
Open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 PM to 2:00 AM.
Entry is at the doorman’s discretion, bottle service at Raspoutine is recommended.
The Nice Guy
We get why Kendall had her 20th birthday there, Kylie had one of her many 18th birthday parties here, and why all the Jenners, Kardashians, Hadids, Baldwins, and Justin Bieber are spotted there just about every weekend; it’s super dimly lit (a tribute to The Rat Pack) and feels like you’re inside one big private party. Welcome to The Nice Guy.
You, too, can live like you’re in a celebrity Instagram photo by booking a VIP table at The Nice Guy here. (Walk-ins are not welcomed.) And make sure you dress the part, because that door doesn’t mess around.
Mood lighting? Check. Celebrity sightings? Check. Bare-legged, high-heeled model types? Check. It’s 9 p.m. on a Saturday night inside Doheny Room.
Sandwiched between two landmarks, the Troubadour music venue and Dan Tana’s restaurant on Santa Monica Boulevard where West Hollywood meets Beverly Hills, the lounge-like eatery has quickly become the area’s newest spot to see and be seen since its soft opening in late April. Alicia Vikander, Chris Brown, Caroline Vreeland, Vanessa Hudgens with Ashley Tisdale – and, fascinatingly, Keanu Reeves with Winona Ryder – have all been spotted. Ready to commit? Make VIP bottle service reservations at Doheny Room here.
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Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the Late Night Bar Bill, or Senate Bill 905 last week on Septmeber 28. SB 905 would have adjusted the last call time to 4 a.m. in the cities of Los Angeles, Long Beach, West Hollywood, Palm Springs, Oakland, and San Francisco.
Governor Brown added comment in a letter to the California Senate, where he shared the reasons for turning down the law:
“Without question, these two extra hours will result in more drinking. The business and cities in support of this bill see that as a good source of revenue. The California Highway Patrol, however strongly believes that this increased drinking will lead to more drunk driving.”
Three Clubs’ co-owner Marc Smith, is baffled by Brown’s decision. Smith believes there’s something missing in the governor’s statement, and the state and businesses will miss out on extra revenue. “Does he have an alcoholic relative or something?” asks Smith. “I’m shocked that he would go out on something like that. I thought he’d be more progressive. As long as its regulated properly, this should be law.”
Smith adds that there’s a significant difference between last call at 1:30 a.m., and at 3:30 a.m. “At 1 a.m., there’s a sweet spot. The bar gets really busy, there’s a rush for last call, then we kick people out. At 1:30 a.m., they’re amped and excited, and still want to hang out. But by 3:30 a.m., they’re ready to go home.”
Thursdays at Poppy’s is about to be a thing.
Taking over the former STK space on La Cienega, H.Wood Group is giving L.A. a new club — think of it as a Bootsy Bellows 2.0.
“We all grew up here and see the trends,” says L.A. native John Terzian, who co-owns H.Wood Group with Brian Toll. “Even though there are other great clubs in L.A., there’s a need to get to the next level of decor and design.”
A-listers Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Elon Musk, Jessica Alba, as well as young Hollywood Hadids, Kardashians and Jenners, and music royalty Justin Beiber, Kanye West, French Montana and Drake are already fans of their existing six venues throughout the city.
What makes Poppy stand out from the rest? “The concept is like a stream of consciousness in a dream sequence,” inspired by a fashion billboard, says Terzian, noting that fashion designer Alessandro Michele’s rich Gucci wonderland of flora and fauna was an inspiration.
“It’s a fashion-oriented concept,” says designer John Sofio, who has worked with the group on their various projects. The space has a residential feel — as if you’re at a Hollywood house party in an old mansion, Terzian adds.
An atrium is filled with plants and the back wall covered in poppies — natch — with a (millennial) pink-and-white marble checkerboard floor. For the “library room,” Sofio and his team sourced 2,500 books arranged among collected vintage objects. There are ornate booths throughout the space– even a booth within the DJ booth. And the VIP bar off the side of the atrium has its own entrance.
Bottle service will be on demand, and delivered with fantastical Alice-in-Wonderland-esque add-ons: bottles disguised as swans, covered in roses and paper insects, or delivered via mermaid inside an oversized half shell.
On the subject of L.A. as the new nightlife mecca, Terzian says, “I may be biased, but it used to be in Europe, then New York and Miami, but I really think everyone has moved to L.A.”
Poppy officially opens Thursday, Aug. 24 and has already been booked for a private VIP party over the weekend: Jeremy Scott and UGG will host their collaboration kickoff with a star-studded soiree on Sunday night following the MTV VMAs with show host Katy Perry (a longtime H.Wood Group groupie), among others.
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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What’s old is new again, as it appears that Vignette lounge in West Hollywood has re-transitioned back into Villa Lounge, the more popular club iteration on that site. It’s a rare triple-flip for owner Reza Roohi, who ran the first go-round of Villa Lounge in the late 2000’s before turning the place into Vignette and, now, back into Villa Lounge.
A passing tipster first noticed the reheat on some signage out front, which had transitioned back into Villa Lounge status. The long-defunct Facebook page for the nightlife spot is also back up and running, showing off lines around the block again and a few key shots of the interior. Still keeping it’s red-hued bordello feel, the bi-level space has loads of room for table service, plus a small main mingling space downstairs.
Not much else is known about the Villa Lounge resurrection at the moment, as the about face seems only a couple of weeks old. Still, it’s already become something of a celebrity hotspot once again with Leo DeCaprio spotted partying there this past Wednesday.
Henry’s, the nightclub on Beverly Boulevard that was not-too-long ago named Hooray Henry’s before getting a fresh revamp and truncated name, has seen its last red velvet roped evening. The space will soon become Peppermint Club, a live music venue that is a partnership between Henry’s proprietors h.wood Group and Interscope Records, reports Wehoville.
It’s a pretty interesting departure for the location that has long been home to plenty of nightclubs in its day, from Hooray Henry’s to The Beverly to Guys & Dolls and to Guys before that. The idea is to have both up-and-coming and established artists perform in the intimate space for a completely unique experience.
And with the partnership of John Janick, Steve Berman, and John Ehmann of Interscope Records with John Terzian and Brian Toll of h.wood, responsible for such celebrity-riddled hot spots as The Nice Guy, Peppermint Club certainly seems like one to look out for.
Nightingale Plaza is sbe’s latest nightclub concept located in the former Greystone Manor space, which is being reimagined as an avant-garde, nightclub named after Hollywood’s after-party-rich Bird Streets.
The entrance leads to an elegant lounge with surreal wallpaper strewn with phantom limbs, flowers with eyes and the occasional extraterrestrial dinosaur. sbe enlisted the renowned Rockwell Group for the design. Inside, guests can lounge, dine, or dance in four distinct environments. Between a sculpted fire place, mid-century banquettes and the state-of-the-art kinetic ceiling covered in 15 folding mirrored panels over the dance floor, there is something for everyone. The ceiling starts in a closed position and over the course of the evening, as the energy builds, the mirrored planes gradually unfold revealing a digital light show above creating a dramatic reflective landscape.
The most Instagrammable feature is the Rockwell Group-designed wallpaper, inspired by exotic foliage and magical surrealism. Plus, there’s a photo booth, lined in the wallpaper, that can easily fit eight-plus people. But have a game plan upon entering, because mastering the boomerang-like gif setup can take a minute. It’s only a matter of time before Nightingale gains mention in a hip-hop song, just like Drake and the Game did for its predecessor, Greystone Manor.
The property is poised to be the next step for elite Hollywood, where refined elegance meets tastefully crafted technology. This high-energy concept will provide the world-class luxury sbe patrons have come to expect, elevated by cutting edge technology and entertainment.
“This foundation will meet an unparalleled technical and creative program that we’re confident will firmly set the venue apart from any other location.” says Costas Charalambous, President of sbe Nightlife.
Nightingale is open from 10:00pm to 2:00am Wednesday and Saturday nights.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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