The 5 best rooftop bars Los Angeles

E.P. & L.P.

603 N La Cienega
Boulevard
West Hollywood
+1 310 855 9955
eplosangeles.com

This ‘Asian eating house’ has cuisine inspired by Vietnam, Fiji and China, and the rooftop bar (the L.P. of the equation) serves casual street-style food and craft cocktails. The sweeping view of the Hollywood Hills and the twinkling basin below is breathtaking. There’s also a private bar called Frankie’s attached.

MAMA SHELTER

6500 Selma Avenue
Hollywood
+1 323 785 6666
mamashelter.com

This fun hotel and restaurant from the French chain is cheeky and casual, with a colorful, rec-room vibe. The rooftop offers a near 360-degree view of the LA basin, from the Hollywood Sign to the sea. There isn’t another view like this at this price point, which is why it’s full of twentysomethings.

ONYX ROOFTOP LOUNGE

1301 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica
+1 310 394 2791
shangrila-hotel.com

You are not here for the overpriced cocktails, the food, or the décor – you are here to enjoy the incredible view of the ocean, Santa Monica pier, and cliffs of Malibu in the distance. This is a gorgeous place to be at sunset, period.

PERCH LA

448 S Hill Street
Downtown 
+1 213 802 1770
perchla.com

This French-inspired bistro has a patio and, up a few more stairs, a rooftop bar that boasts unobstructed views of downtown. Come for happy hour and/or stay for supper; the panoramic views aren’t going anywhere.

STANDARD HOTEL

550 S Flower Street
Downtown 
+1 213 892 8080
standardhotels.com

Think panoramic views with a party – there’s a pool, a dance floor, a beer garden, and waterbed ‘pods’ at this rooftop bar. But admission is not guaranteed, even for hotel guests. If the scene is too much, here’s a tip: the city’s big parking decks (The Arclight, the Grove) offer some of the best views, sans the bars.

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