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Jerry Brown Vetos 4 AM Nightlife Bill

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.”

H.Wood Group’s Poppy Nightclub Grand Opening this Thursday

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.

Most Exclusive Upscale Nightclubs in Los Angeles 2017

These exclusive Los Angeles nightclubs are not for the faint of heart. Packed full nearly every night of the week with local scenesters, beautiful trust fund babies and Los Angeles’ elites, there’s even a good chance that you run into a celebrity grinding on the dance floor, or catch an artist dropping in for a quick performance. All in a night’s work for places where the ultra expensive table minimum start in the thousands. Have your status and cash at the ready to get past the doorman at these night-time playgrounds of the rich and the famous – you’ll be rubbing shoulders with the most well heeled selection of LA high society, and they like to party hard. Most of these upscale venues do not do general admission – admission for ladies is at the door’s discretion, admission for guys requires bottle service. These are the most expensive nightclubs in LA:

1 Oak LA

You’re at a wild party, surrounded by shameless displays of excess.

Champagne spraying over tables. Beautiful women doing things they wouldn’t do within 200 miles of their mothers. Leonardo DiCaprio to your right, taking it all in with a leonine smile. No, you’re not in Wolf of Wall Street. Just hanging out at the new club on the Sunset Strip is all.

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. Like any good debaucherous club, its entrance is a cavernous hallway engraved with Charles Darwin’s writings—in case survival of the fittest wasn’t properly demonstrated at the red rope out front.

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 bottle service and table girls. Someone might be celebrating an Oscar nomination. Someone might exchange pleasantries with Jay Z and Bono, who’ve also been by.

West Hollywood // 10 PM – 2 AM // Tues, Thurs & Sat

Avenue

It’s not every day that a hot new club opens in Hollywood, but the Tao Group brings one of their most reliable nightlife concepts, Avenue, to the heart of Tinseltown starting tomorrow evening. A celebrity-riddled place in New York City, the Hollywood outlet is sure to bring in the same kind of A-list clientele as the Manhattan original, with a David Rockwell-designed space that spans a mere 4,000 square feet just outside the new Dream Hotel project.

Not massive, but just enough room to unleash some unabashed revelry. The place looks like a “grand estate frozen in time,” with plenty of custom design points and a lounge-style seating array. Expect world-class DJs spinning beats while the drink offerings are classic club-style booze: bottles and easy mixers. And when you get hungry, just pop over to Alvin Cailan’s pizza joint, Luchini, for slices and more. Tao, Beauty & Essex, and rooftop pool bar The Highlight Room will join Avenue for a NYC-style free for all in Hollywood.

Hollywood // 10 PM – 2AM // Tues, Fri, Sat

Warwick

Part rustic cocktail lounge part Hollywood club, Warwick (formerly Club L), a warehouse of exposed brick, fireplaces, and unfinished ceilings, opens October 5. The idea here is a simple one, but not always easy to execute. Take the typical Hollywood club, but give it more of a rough, indie feel, and vastly upgrade the alcoholic options to seasonal craft cocktails made with better booze and quality ingredients. As one can see from the layout, it’s a space suited to table/bottle service, but in this case the bar program, and yes, there’s a “bar program,” is executed by top talent Jason Bran and Damian Windsor who have likely liquored you up in the past four years at The Roger Room.

While one can always order a drink from the venue’s multiple bars, here’s how tableside cocktail service will work. Those who reserve a table score a personal cocktail attendant to make drinks throughout the night. A table might come with a choice spirit, fresh squeezed juice, housemade syrup or bitters, seasonal garnishes, housemade “foams,” and depending on the drink, fancy ice like this.

Hollywood // 10 PM – 2 AM // Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat

Nightingale Plaza

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.

West Hollywood // 10 PM – 2 AM // Wed, Sat, Sun

Bootsy Bellows

Get a taste of tinseltown at Bootsy Bellows in WeHo, an original nighclub by David Arquette and the H.Wood group (Santa Monica’s Shore Bar). The ultimate LA hotspot boasts plush banquettes to lounge, while sipping specialty cocktails and taking in the a-list clientele. Hang out for live performances, burlesque shows, wild costume parties and dinner theatre spectacles. Snap a candid in the photo booth and capture one of the wildest parties the West has to offer.

West Hollywood // 10 PM – 2 AM // Tues, Fri, Sat

Villa Lounge

What is it, exactly, that keeps stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Kanye West, Demi Moore, Javier Bardem and even 70-year-old Dustin Hoffman (his son DJs there) coming back to Villa night after night despite the near-constant presence of paparazzi?

It starts with the design.

“There’s sort of an overtone of a bordello,” says Villa’s lead designer and architect, Lionel Ohayon, of the bar. “The general idea is that it’s a residential house . . . but an eccentric Hollywood Hills home. Things seem very familiar, but a little off-center at the same time.”

Which brings us back to the concept of creating a club that feels like someone’s (slightly bawdy) home. “You have to know someone in order to come in,” says the lounge’s owner, former SBE heavyweight Reza Roohi.

The best person to know at Villa? Roohi himself.

“I just created a ‘Villa black card,’ ” he says of the radio-frequency identification VIP cards that will go into operation in the next few weeks. “Certain clients, people like Michael Bay, will get these. If the door guy doesn’t recognize you when you pull up at valet, it will send a [radio] signal to a hand-held device with the door man, with the customer’s picture and vital stats.”

Such is one of the most exclusive spots in LA.

West Hollywood // 10 PM – 2 AM // Tues & Fri

Hyde Sunset

Meet Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails, 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.

But your ultimate aim is a rustic wooden table out on the patio, under trees and a graffiti-scrawled mural by the wood-burning fireplace. That’s what industry experts call a clincher. Then comes the fried-chicken-and-kimchi buttermilk-biscuit sliders, sambuca mussels, a ribeye and, if the occasion requires, a four-pound lobster.

Soon, they’ll open the lounge back near the entrance, full of the old bottle-service shenanigans.

West Hollywood // 10:30 PM – 2 AM // Thurs, Fri, Sat 

Highlight Room

The Dream Hollywood’s final concept is here, and boy it’s beauty. 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 far corner of the rooftop contains a decent number of dinner tables, where they’ll have full service. Think hamachi crudo, lobster toast, chopped chicken salad, and grilled prawns, with some amazing views to boot.

The southern stretch of the space feels more like a nightclub, with low-flung tables and and pricey cocktails (Ace of Spade bottles run a cool $1K, for the ballers out there). Revelers looking to relax by the pool, which takes the center of the rooftop, could sip on a boozy watermelon lemonade while taking bites of wagyu sliders and pea hummus. Cabanas require reservations, and the entire roof is only available to hotel guests during the day. Starting at 6 p.m. on weekdays, things open up to the public, except on weekends when the rooftop opens at 1 p.m. for everyone.

Hollywood – 10:30 – 2 AM, Wed – Sat

XIV Sessions

Made famous for their “sensory overload of neon, confetti, CO2, electrifying music, beautiful people and the phrase ‘save water, spray champagne,’ XIV Sessions had become the dayclub destination in LA.

Spinning only the latest and greatest songs and artists, XIV embodies fun, excitement and tons of flair. There’s no mistaking it, XIV is the place you go when you want to have a good time. And though the party kicks off every year during May, the XIV Sessions is no longer just a spring and summer affair; outside of the LA area, they’ve expanded to seasonal fall and winter parties in Las Vegas and Miami.

It’s impossible to have a mediocre time at XIV Sessions. The dayclub was designed to make sure that every guest, every dancer and every party-goer has the time of their life – and will be back again for more. This year’s XIV sessions is being hosted at Skybar at the Mondrian.

West Hollywood // Pool Sessions – 12 Noon – 5 PM, Sunset Sessions – 5 PM – 10 PM // Sundays

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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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Vignette Returns as Villa Lounge in WeHo

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 in Weho to become Peppermint Club

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 (Formerly Greystone Manor) Now Open

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.

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.

Bootsy Bellows Reopening in WeHo June 16, 2015

After closing in early March for a quick winter facelift, West Hollywood’s ever-popular Bootsy Bellows has returned with a whole new look — and big plans for the future.

Though the overall atmosphere hasn’t changed much, with decor touches reminiscent of an upscale bachelor pad from the Rat Pack era, there’s actually a lot more to love inside. The Built-constructed lounge is draped in walnut and gold-framed glamour mirroring, with long wraparound golden banquettes and plenty of kitschy era-specific tidbits, from the lamps to the art on the walls.

 

 

On the back end, there’s also been an overhaul to the club’s infamous party aspect. The VIP room at Bootsy Bellows has long been legendary as a place for in-the-know partiers to experience a wider, more esoteric evening experience, complete with lots of live performances. The h.wood team is adding ongoing burlesque to the mix inside their new space, with even more crowd-pleasing options to come.

Bootsy Bellows is one of the centerpieces of the h.wood Group portfolio, which also includes properties like Blind Dragon across the street, and The Nice Guy and Henry’s, both nearby in West Hollywood. In June, mega-club-monsters Hakkasan Group took a controlling interest in the h.wood Group, and with that new influx of money and connections come plans for many more Bootsy Bellows around the world, each in a similar style. A Las Vegas stop is next (there’s already a Bootsy Bellows in Aspen) followed closely by Toronto.

Bootsy Bellows returns this Friday, with hours from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.