The 5 best rooftop bars in Los Angeles

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.

rooftopbar EP & LP

603 N La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood

+1 310 855 9955

http://eplosangeles.com

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.

Mama Shelter rooftop view

6500 Selma Avenue, Hollywood

+1 323 785 6666

http://mamashelter.com

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.

view from the onyx rooftop lounge

1301 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica

+1 310 394 2791

http://shangrila-hotel.com

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.

Perch rooftop

448 S Hill Street, Downtown

+1 213 802 1770

http://perchla.com

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.

red lounging pods at the Rooftop of the Standard Hotel LA

550 S Flower Street, Downtown

+1 213 892 8080

http://standardhotels.com

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