Where are the million-dollar views in Los Angeles? On the rooftops. Blessed with perpetual sunshine, a zippy elevator ride is all it takes to get to these easy, breezy lookouts. By night, the views twinkle. What better way to peer out across this ritzy metropolis than over the rim of a freshly poured beverage. Say cheers to the views on offer at these top rooftop bars in Los Angeles.
Upstairs at the Ace
Have a drink in the name of history at this Moroccan-inspired oasis nestled around an elaborate cupola – the imposing crown of the magnificently opulent United Artists building. Built in 1927 in true Spanish Gothic style, the historic and exotic setting attracts a varied crowd ripe for people-watching. Relax in the funky casual bunkers, take a deck chair by the pool or opt for the open-air courtyard in full view of the cascading city skyline. Events take place practically every night, from live bands to book releases, and a long list of drinks, globally-inspired cocktails, brunches and bites more than satisfy.
This charming rooftop nest could quickly fool you into thinking you were ‘laxing in the heart of Paris. Vintage furniture, old world relics, fire pits and potted trees roll out across a layering of eye-catching Art Deco tiles to create a French chic sidewalk ambiance 15 stories in the air. Away from the 360-degree views, plush leather couches, red velvet and vintage oil paintings offer a more formal dining affair inside. Savour this slice of Europe over French fare and cocktails, or take a pick from the Californian-dominant wine list and thirst-quenching beers.
High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin
Escape the city hustle and wind down to the sound of crashing waves and chinking glasses at this beachside gem. A sun-kissed, open-air deck hovering seven floors above the iconic Venice Beach boardwalk, it truly is a one-of-a-kind view as it’s the only rooftop bar in Venice Beach. Sunset is particularly enchanting, but at any time of day or night the swaying palms and Pacific Ocean vistas set a most relaxing mood. Kick back in the cosy couches, enjoy the inventive drinks list – and some great local craft brews – and snack on delicious gourmet munch items to the smell of salt straight off the sea.
The Rooftop at the Standard
For the young at heart, this ever-popular meeting place is pool party central. Set atop a mid-century Downtown LA landmark, the colourfully-lit heated pool may take centre stage, but there’s no denying the allure of the dazzling city and mountain views petering out into the distance. An outdoor fireplace, waterbed pods and large film projector inject a sense of casual relaxation while the dance floor, poolside bar and DJ brings party vibrations well into the nights. The adjoining Biergarten with its quaint garden atmosphere, German beers and food tones it back down a notch.
Bonavista Lounge at Westin Bonaventure
Expect more than your regular sky-high views: this elegant 34th floor cocktail lounge is revolving. Swivelling a full 360 degrees every hour, soak up the myriad of perspectives direct from the city skyline to the comfort of your seat. As if that weren’t impressive enough, floor-to-ceiling glass windows ensure zero obstruction and by night, the glittering lights are particularly fairytale-like. Pick a seat and watch the show over a premium drink or stylish concoction in this quintessentially classic hotel bar setting that’s understated yet cheery.
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