Drink in the views. Los Angeles is known for its outdoor living, and no place delivers the cocktails and the views better than these five rooftop bars. So sit back, relax, and check out the city sights while sipping a dry martini… or two.
The Elevate Lounge 21st floor penthouse is so L.A., baby. You’re both indoors and outdoors with 150 feet of sliding glass doors, revealing one of the best views in the city. The modern décor and u-shaped couches provide for the perfect place to get to know some new people. Or ignore them all and take in the sweeping views.
ABH at Thompson Beverly Hills
The ABH (which stands for Above Beverly Hills) rooftop bar is part of the Thompson hotels. Along with a rooftop Swarovski pool, a steady stream of celebs, luxury cabanas, and a 360 degree view – you guessed it – above Beverly Hills, this rooftop bar has it all. Try some Bond Street sushi rolls or one of ABH’s signature cocktails.
The Sky Bar in the Mondrian Hotel on the bustling Sunset Strip is tried and true. It doesn’t matter how many times you go – it never disappoints from its spectacular views of the city, sparkling pool, and servers circulating with cocktails. On weekends it can be hard to get past the bouncer, but just arrive early or dine at the hotel’s Asian fusion restaurant for dinner, Asia de Cuba and head out to the patio afterwards for drinks.
The Standard, Downtown
At the Standard you just feel like you’re in an episode of HBO’s Entourage and Turtle is passing you a drink. Surrounded by towering buildings, a neon blue pool, lounge chairs, and rocking music, this is the rooftop bar for rock stars, or for those who don’t mind being mistaken for one.
The Roof Garden at the Peninsula
The Roof Garden Pool, Restaurant and Bar at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills is now open after completing a $4 million renovation. While hotel reservations can run a fortune, instead swing by and check out the rooftop where you can order a cocktail or fortified fruit juice boost while taking in coastal breeze.