Whether you’re a movie fanatic, a nature lover, or a fashionista, Los Angeles will fill your itinerary with iconic and unforgettable activities.
A trip to Mann’s Chinese Theater will leave you starstruck, while a stroll along the Santa Monica pier at sunset will leave you awestruck.
No matter what tourist attractions interest you most, you’re guaranteed sunny days and perfect weather year-round.
A bright and cheerful California climate coupled with epic scenery of the surrounding mountains, ocean sunsets, and urban skylines makes Los Angeles the perfect destination to enjoy dinner and drinks al fresco.
- High Rooftop Lounge
- Harriet’s Rooftop
- Mama Shelter Los Angeles
- Broken Shaker at the Freehand Los Angeles
- LA Cha Cha Chá
- Bar Bohemien at Citizen Public Market
- Spire 73
- Upstairs at Ace Hotel
- Bar Lis
- Celestina Rooftop
- E.P. & L.P.
- The Rooftop By JG
- Upstairs at Ace Hotel
If you’re looking for delicious drinks with a view, read on to explore my list of the best rooftop bars in Los Angeles.
1697 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291
High Rooftop Lounge is located atop the funky Hotel Erwin in the heart of Venice Beach with incredible views of the coast and colorful buildings that comprise the Venice neighborhood scene.
The vibe at High Rooftop Lounge is a hip, yet casual beachside bar with California-inspired cuisine. They have a full lunch, brunch, and dinner menu, plus a great workweek happy.
I loved their tropical takes on classic cocktails, like Godzilla Mule with Japanese vodka, lychee juice, and tree lime yuzu.
8490 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
A favorite celebrity hangout, Harriet’s Rooftop is a classy, period-piece lounge that will transport you to the elegance and glamour of Hollywood in the 50s.
Located atop West Hollywood’s Hotel 1 with views of the famous sunset strip, Harriet’s Rooftop is an elegant destination to enjoy seasonal drinks, dinner, and weekend brunch.
Their beautiful drinks have been featured in Thirsty and Kismet. I ordered the Blue Velvet with Bacardi White rum, crème de Violette, lime, and blueberry.
448 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
If a cityscape view is what you seek, Perch is the perfect destination.
Appropriately named, Perch is a gorgeous French Bistro and bar that occupies the top two floors of the Pershing Square Building in Downtown LA.
The lower level has a glorious outdoor patio with an elegant high-ceilinged interior where you can dine on decadent French cuisine.
The rooftop bar has giant fire pits, ornately tiled floors, and mismatched tables, creating a bohemian atmosphere to sip a fine French wine by firelight.
6500 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Located in the heart of Hollywood, Mama Shelter is an international hotel chain with a cool, casual-hipster vibe.
Mama Shelter’s rooftop restaurant and bar have boho-chic beach décor and large potted palm plants adorning a 360-degree view of Hollywood, including the famous Hollywood sign.
You can enjoy creative cocktails with silly names and scratch-made American cuisine while listening to live DJ sets and competing in ping pong tournaments.
I loved the Peach Please cocktail with peach, lime, mezcal, and Aperol.
416 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Featured as one of LA’s premier bars in Eater and James Beard Award-finalist for Best American Hotel bar, Broken Shaker is a favorite for sipping tropical cocktails poolside.
Located in the Freehand Hotel in downtown LA’s Financial District, Broken Shaker is a colorful and vibrant beach-chic bar with wonderful downtown views and a pool to boot.
They have the most creative and exotic cocktails I’ve seen. Take, for example, the PB & J Old Fashioned with peanut butter fat washed lot rye, bourbon, guava cordial, and everything bagel bitters.
812 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Teetering between the Toy District and the Arts District, LA Cha Cha Cha is a high-end, contemporary Mexican bistro and cocktail bar.
Its chic rooftop patio is cluttered with succulents and tropical plants surrounding modern wooden tables and wicker chairs.
Cocktails take inspiration from Mexico, with classic margaritas, mezcal drinks, rum punches, and Micheladas.
I had a delicious margarita to accompany an authentic plate of Carne Asada tacos with salsa de arbol, cilantro, and shallots over hand-made corn tortillas.
9355 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Bar Bohemien is a European Mediterranean tapas bar on the roof of Culver City’s Citizen Public Market, a high-end food hall.
Its old-world atmosphere is a romantic ambiance for date nights and lively get-togethers alike.
They have an extensive wine list and an expertly curated cocktail list to accompany Spanish-inspired tapas items.
I enjoyed the Moonchild cocktail, with scotch, lemon, banana-ginger, orange honey, and walnut bitters.
900 Wilshire Blvd fl 73, Los Angeles, CA 90017, United States
You’ll get an iconic bird’s-eye view of the city all the way out to sea from Spire 73, located on the 73rd floor of Downtown LA’s InterContinental building.
Spire 73 is a fine-dining restaurant and bar with a cozy rooftop setting replete with large modern fire pits.
Spire 73 is a special occasion experience, offering the finest wines, bubblies, cocktails, and New American cuisine.
I dined on a decadent platter of char-grilled filet mignon, washing it down with a bottle of prosecco.
929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Located on the roof of the iconic Texaco Building in Downtown LA, Upstairs is the Ace Hotel’s rooftop bar and restaurant, featuring California-inspired cuisine and drinks.
The Southwestern-style décor features rough-cut wood tables and booths lined with indigenous textile pillows.
The simple yet delicious menu of southwestern-style bar fare and cocktails is also an affordable option. They have a great happy hour with cheap chips and salsa and a rotating Chef’s favorite cocktail.
1541 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
A fusion of Southern France and Southern California, Bar Lis is Hollywood’s newest rooftop lounge, located atop the trendy Thompson Hotel.
Bar Lis is chic and lively, offering weekly live jazz performances, DJ sets, and dance parties.
Their French-inspired small plates and snacks pair wonderfully with a wide menu of light and elegant cocktails.
I loved the French Riviera, with gin, chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, pineapple gomme, and lime.
700 Wilshire Blvd (Entrance on, 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Calabra is a California Mediterranean fusión restaurant and rooftop bar inside the Santa Monica Proper Hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Forbes voted Calabra Best Outdoor Hotel Restaurant Patio for its gorgeous mid-century modern décor, deck pool, and incredible ocean views.
Calabra has an extensive wine list, featuring California and Old-World wines, not to mention a high-end selection of Sake to pair with their sushi menu.
I tried a bottle of the umami-flavored Kubota Manjyu sake with a spicy tuna roll.
8801 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Celestina is a festive Mexican cabana bar on the roof of The Shay hotel in Culver City.
The rooftop has a large pool with cozy lounge chairs and a crystal fireplace surrounded by lush tropical plants and lovely views of the downtown LA skyline and the Hollywood hills.
They serve authentic Mexican cuisine with creative plating.
I especially enjoyed their spiked paletas, Mexican-style tropical fruit popsicles spiked with tequila or mezcal. They taste like a trip to Mexican paradise.
603 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Voted LA’s Best Rooftop Bars by both Thrillist and Complex, E.P & L.P is hip, funky, and musically inspired restaurant and bar in West Hollywood.
L.P. is the rooftop bar with massive patio space to enjoy small plates and cocktails to the beat of live DJ sets or amazing soundtracks.
In addition to fun cocktails named after famous songs, they also have a killer bar snack menu. I was feeling festive and went for a pina colada to accompany a pair of Baja fish tacos with tomatillo salsa and crema.
1332 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Elephante brings Southern Italy to Southern California in a lively rustic-beach chic rooftop bar in Santa Monica, overlooking the palm tree-lined Pacific shore.
Garnering rave reviews from Digital Journal and Vogue, Elephante serves coastal Italian fare so authentic, that you’ll wonder whether you’re overlooking the Pacific Ocean or the Amalfi coast!
I recommend watching the sunset with a glass of their Golden Hour cocktail, made with bourbon, apple, lemon, vanilla, and cinnamon bitters as a prelude to a grilled Branzino dinner.
8820 Washington Blvd Suite 301, Culver City, CA 90232
Margot is an artsy and modern Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and a rooftop bar with various dining spaces.
Margot has one of the most beautiful interior and exterior designs, its multiple rooms evoking an art gallery feel.
Located in the heart of Culver City, the rooftop at Margot has modern wood flooring and mosaic walls with a panoramic view of the city and the Hollywood hills beyond.
I recommend trying a black mamba mezcal, blackberry, and habanero cocktail to pair with seafood risotto.
9850 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Located in the Beverly Hills Waldorf Astoria, The Rooftop By JG is as iconic as the hotel in which it lies. The Rooftop is a glamourous New American restaurant and bar, serving breakfast, brunch, dinner, and drinks.
A Traveler’s Choice and Forbes Travel Guide winner, The Rooftop epitomizes old Hollywood glamour.
I recommend heading there for brunch so you can try their raspberry lychee Bellini and utterly decadent Eggs Benedict.
8440 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
The epitome of hip, new L.A, Skybar Los Angeles is a rooftop pool deck by day and a romantic, chic cocktail bar by night.
Located in the Mondrian Los Angeles Hotel along Sunset Strip, Skybar offers two different Hollywood glamour experiences: a hip pool party and an elegant sunset cocktail hour.
Cocktails are expertly mixed, and they also offer a seasonal menu of frozen cocktails, beer, cider, and seltzers.
I went for the sunny poolside experience, so I went for the refreshing Watermelon Julep drink with vodka, watermelon juice, lemon juice, and mint simple syrup.
Los Angeles is both a beachside paradise and the height of Hollywood glamor. If you’re looking for fashionable, fun, and creative spots to enjoy a meal or a drink overlooking this star-studded city, you’ll have countless options.
If you want to enjoy the outdoors without going sky-high, check out LA’s best restaurants with outdoor seating.
My list of the best rooftop bars in Los Angeles narrows it down to a diverse selection of favorite. Did I leave a bar out of this list? Make sure to leave us a comment and we’ll check it out!