There are plenty of reasons to visit Los Angeles but in fall and winter, when temperatures begin to plunge in most places, Southern California is still perfect, and heavy winter coats are not required. The city is sunny 300 days a year, and the average high temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, you won’t find an unpleasant season in Los Angeles.
Whether you’re heading to join the high society for a drink or to hang out with friends and family, Los Angeles has a special place for your rendezvous.
I’ve assembled seven best rooftop bars where you can enjoy beautifully crafted cocktails, the cool vibe, stunning views, and spots that will make you wonder why you’re not making LA your home turf.
My top pick is Filifera, the highest rooftop bar, and lounge in Hollywood. Situated on the 22nd floor of Hollywood Proper Residences, Filifera has an indoor bar and outdoor lounge – offering views that will take your breath away. You’ll see Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, Capitol Records buildings and more.
The bar is open to the public in the evening. Besides the views, crafted cocktails, wines and beers are carefully selected to pair with their bar snacks. If you like gin and tonic, you may want to try Broker’s English Gin concocted with hibiscus flowers, Jamaican peppercorn, and dehydrated oranges.
Regular live music and special programs are also available.
2. Spire 73
Located on the 73rd floor of the InterContinental hotel on Wilshire Blvd, Spire 73 is an open-air bar offering fantastic sunset views of the city. Forget about going to the observatory when you can go to the Western Hemisphere’s tallest open-air bar to enjoy views of the entire city.
There is an inside and outside bar where you can sit back and relax and enjoy the crafted cocktails. The bar has one of the most extensive selections of whiskey in the city. The fire pits light up the bar like no other bar in the city.
3. Broken Shaker
Want to get to a rooftop bar with a pool, cool vibe, and mesmerizing views?
Broken Shaker in downtown LA is the place. Besides the pool, vibe and views, this rooftop bar offers an array of eclectic hand-crafted cocktails and bar foods.
— Broken Shaker (@brokenshaker) August 29, 2018
Located at the Freehand Hotel, the pool is available to hotel guests only. Live music, DJs and entertainment are available on set days.
4. Mama Shelter
Go early if you want the best seats at Mama Shelter. Mama Shelter doesn’t take reservations, and you’re seated on a first-come-first-served basis. The rooftop bar is part of Mama Shelter Hotel, located in Hollywood, just a five-minute walk from the Capitol Records Building.
Mama serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays if you can’t get there in the evenings. Enjoy the roof deck with a 360-degree view of downtown LA, Hollywood Hills, and on a clear day, you can see as far as the Pacific Ocean.
— Mama Shelter LA (@MamaShelterLA) May 7, 2018
5. The Rooftop at the Standard
Downtown LA gives tourists and locals plenty of options when it comes to rooftop bars. But head over to The Standard if you like a place with nightly DJ, waterbed pods, a heated swimming pool, and panoramic views of LA and the mountains. Other fun features include a dance floor and outdoor fireplace.
Check out the cocktails with names like Risky Business and Yes, Honey.
Perch LA rooftop bar is an upscale place offering Parisian-inspired cocktails, the sweeping views of LA and great live entertainment. Entertainment includes cabaret shows, DJs and live bands. Bossa Nova or Jazz live music is available during Saturday and Sunday brunch hours.
Set on the top floor of an office building at 448 S Hill St in Downtown LA, Perch has lounge and table seating. Book ahead and ask for the best seats at the bar. LA sweeping views pair excellently with the crafted cocktails.
7. The Highlight Room
The Highlight Room is an 11,000 square foot outdoor rooftop bar in Hollywood. It has plush loungers, private cabanas, a pool, and palm trees.
Panoramic views and a menu designed to delight at our rooftop Grill. pic.twitter.com/P5bgJBTErp
— The Highlight Room (@HighlightRoom) September 11, 2018
Located on the top floor of the Dream Hotel and the Tao restaurant complex, The Highlight Room also offers sweeping views of LA.
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