The 5 best rooftop bars
1) E.P. & L.P.
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.
2) Mama Shelter
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.
3) Onyx Rooftop Lounge
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.
4) Perch LA
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.
5) Standard Hotel
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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