Spring in Los Angeles means longer days and plenty of time to catch a beautiful smog-induced sunset. If you’re looking for a killer rooftop view, or just a little perspective—be it of Downtown L.A.’s skyscrapers, the glowing Hollywood Hills, or an endless ocean expanse—we’ve got you covered. Here are the city’s best rooftop bars and hangouts.
At the top of the Freehand Hotel sits Broken Shaker, the type of rooftop spot that L.A. desperately needs more of. Bright, trendy, and colorful, Broken Shaker features some of the best Downtown views of any rooftop in the area. The cocktail and bites menus are superb too—and they’re open during the daytime.
Above SIXTY provides the name, direction, and vibe of 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 top-class bar crowd at night. The rooftop lounge offers wine, beer, and “sunkissed cocktails,” such as the Strawberry Smash, crafted with vodka and fresh muddled strawberries. Appetizers and meals, including kale chips and avocado toast, are also available on the roof of the sleek hotel, as are occasional weekend pool parties. Above SIXTY is worth every penny.
Walk ten minutes from Abbot Kinney and you’ll find Hotel Erwin’s beautiful rooftop bar, High Rooftop Lounge. The sea breeze goes great with one of their craft cocktails, some mahi-mahi tacos, or really any selection from their menu. Easy street parking and unbelievable sunsets are a major plus.
There’s always something going on at the intersection of La Cienega and Melrose, and while everyone is invited, not everyone gets in. The place is crowded on weekends, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a try. Located above E.P., a restaurant featuring a range of vibrant Asian cuisine, you’ll find L.P., a rooftop bar featuring killer views and swanky, photo-ready clientele. Plus, hit this roof at just the right time during the spring and summer and you can even catch an outdoor screening—with snacks included.
This central Hollywood hotel opened its rooftop just in time for summer 2016, and it’s entirely open to the public. Featuring amazing panoramic views of the city, a full-on yoga studio with daily classes, a Mediterranean restaurant, and evening programming that includes DJs, film screenings, and acoustic sets from local songwriters, this is a hangout you don’t want to miss out on.
It may initially seem strange that Terra at Eataly made our list of top-notch rooftop hangouts, but we promise it won’t disappoint. Despite being located in the Century City Westfield Mall, this new rooftop is one of the best around. Drinks are a no-brainer, but if you’re hungry there’s also a full-service lunch & dinner restaurant.
Since the hotel’s opening in 2014, the Upstairs bar at Ace has become a staple in the rooftop world, thanks to a killer view, amazing drinks, a pool, and a roaring fireplace. The bar even features DJs and performances nearly every night. It’s also a perfect place to stop before a show at Ace’s Theater.
Created in collaboration with two-star Michelin Chef and Los Angeles native, Josiah Citrin, Openaire is a poolside restaurant at the center of Koreatown. Citrin has introduced new seasonally driven concepts emphasizing California produce, and the hotel’s designer, Sean Knibb, has updated the aesthetic of the lobby bar, restaurant, café, and adjacent pool deck. Openaire is a celebration of indoor and outdoor living at the center downtown L.A.
We had to include one rooftop hangout in Malibu, and Moonshadows is the one. Forget flip-flops and sunscreen at this longtime PCH watering hole, Moonshadows features an outdoor lounge area lined with white sofas and curtained booths that hang right over the Pacific. Catch afternoon sun at weekend brunch or check out the sundeck at sunset or after dark, when Malibu locals turn out for mojitos and truly unbeatable margaritas.
NoMad hotel’s gorgeous rooftop is one of the city’s newest elevated hangouts, which means it’s also one of the most popular. Make a reservation online to guarantee seating, or take your chances with a walk-in and sit or lean against the marble bar. No matter where you end up, you’ll enjoy a delectable food menu and classic cocktails such as sherry-based painkillers—served here in fun pineapple glassware—and frozen cocktails by one of L.A’s best bar teams. Enjoy.