Best of L.A.: The Most Scenic Happy Hours For Cheap Sunset Sips

It's no secret, Angelenos have alfresco dining down pat. But, sometimes we'd rather skip the meal altogether and make a beeline for the bar. Sure, that stiff drink may be as many calories as a bowl of pasta, but none of that matters when you're taking in those Instagram-worthy L.A. sunsets after a long day of meetings, deadlines, and traffic.
While not all of our top picks host happy hours in the traditional sense (you know, discounted booze), each of these seven cocktail spots are sure to put a smile on your face after work. So, go on, clock out a couple minutes early, grab some girlfriends, and enjoy a dusk-time drink in one of these stunning locales. You so deserve it!
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Tucked in a nook between Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards, Petit Ermitage's plush rooftop dining area is intimate and ideal for couples looking for a romantic evening. Consider this hidden treasure found!

Petit Ermitage, 8822 Cynthia Street (at Larrabee Street); 310-854-1114.

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The Drink: L.A. Fresh
Ingredients: Fresh cucumber, honey, Lillet, and gin, topped with soda water.

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Comfort is key at Erwin Hotel's beachside rooftop. Not only are heat lamps blazing when the temps drop, but blankets are provided. Our suggestion: Pack a cute cardi, or cozy-up next to a Venice hottie once the sun starts to set!

Hotel Erwin, 1697 Pacific Avenue (between Windward Court and 17th Avenue); 310-452-1111.

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The Drink: Bartender's Choice
Ingredients: The recipe's a secret, but it's well-known that this fruity beverage is tops!

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Bring your girlfriends to The Hotel Wilshire's modern spot with plenty of seating to spare. There's no better way to unwind than getting the gang together and setting up at one of the hotel's poolside cabanas.

The Hotel Wilshire, 6317 Wilshire Boulevard (at McCarthey Vista); 323-852-6000.

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The Drink: Bourbon Smash
Ingredients: Bourbon, fresh lemon juice, honey, and raspberries.

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Appropriately named ABH (Above Beverly Hills), the Thompson's towering top floor is great for small parties. Perhaps you could even host your next office "team-building" happy hour here?

Thompson Beverly Hills, 9360 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Crescent Drive); 310-273-1400.

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The Drink: Pineapple Mojito
Ingredients: White rum, fresh lime, puréed pineapple, and mint served long with a dark rum float.

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The Penthouse at the Huntley Hotel plays host to some of the best impromptu dance parties we've ever attended. Just make sure to leave the embarrassing moves at home if you choose to bring your co-workers!

Huntley Hotel, 1111 2nd Street (between California Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard); 310-393-8080.

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The Drink: Spicy Hot Margarita
Ingredients: Muddled serrano chili pepper, Paqui Reposado tequila, Solerno blood-orange liqueur, and fresh lime juice.

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Perfect weather calls for a perfect outdoor venue. With a multi-tiered setup, Perch sits above DTLA and offers seeping views along with chic decor. Don't forget to grab some grub (we love the bread pudding) and enjoy the experience.

Perch, 448 South Hill Street (between West 4th and West 5th streets); 213-802-1770.

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The Drink: My Fair Lady
Ingredients: Fair quinoa vodka, cranberry, fresh lime, and crème de peche.

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If you find yourself feeling dizzy, it's not because you've had one too many cocktails. Bona Vista lounge atop The Bonaventure hotel actually rotates! It's at a slow pace so by the time the sun has set, you've taken in a 360-degree view of downtown (and probably more than one drink). So, hold that martini tight, and get ready for a fun ride.

Bona Vista Lounge at The Bonaventure Hotel, 404 South Figueroa Street (at West 4th Street); 213-612-4550.

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The Drink: Tom Collins
Ingredients: Gin, lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water.

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