11 L.A. Rooftop Bars You Need To Visit This Summer

Living in Southern California, we're spoiled with perfect weather, endless options for al fresco dining, and the ever-present chance of running into a celeb at dinner. But the sad fact is we often neglect the year-round privilege to take these regional benefits to the next level. Of course, we're talking about L.A.'s raddest rooftop haunts.

We may not have as many rooftop bars as, say, New York, but what we lack in numbers we make up for in breathtaking sights. Ahead, we've rounded up 11 of the best in dining with a view. Looking for a California-cool spot on the Westside to sip rosé? Roger that. Prefer a fancy bar in Beverly Hills for craft cocktails? We’ve got you covered. Before you even consider an indoor resto this weekend, we suggest you consider one of L.A.'s sky-high gems.
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The Rooftop West
If you're like us, making it out of the office for happy hour's 7 p.m. last call is no easy feat. Luckily, the happiest of hours gets extended on The London Hotel's rooftop. Every weekday (including Friday!) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., experience "The London Hour” atop one of L.A.’s swankiest hotel pools. Ten buck English cocktails on tap will have you forgetting your workday woes, all whilst overlooking the Hollywood Hills and munching on things like Avocado Toast Tartine and Lamb Ribs with Tiki Masala.

The London West Hollywood, 1020 North San Vicente Boulevard (at Sunset Boulevard); 310-358-7788.
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The Roof On Wilshire
In the restaurant world, a name can be almost as crucial as a bar program, but with The Roof On Wilshire's inventive and delicious menu, they don't need gimmicks. For proof, stop by for a boozy brunch and order their Pancake Lasagna and one a few Berry Bellinis. Prefer sunset dining? Go for the Ricotta Gnocchi, a craft cocktail, and finish your meal with their addictive PB&J beignets.

The Roof on Wilshire, 6317 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Crescent Heights Boulevard); 323-852-6002.
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E.P. & L.P.
To put it plainly, L.P. is a place to see and be seen — in the best way possible. Think of it as a bustling, swanky West Hollywood bar, minus the roof. There's plenty of seating and incredible views of the Hollywood Hills, but be warned, it gets crowded. Swing by early for Thai street food-inspired apps, then stay for people watching and mingling.

E.P. & L.P., 603 North La Cienega Boulevard (at Melrose Avenue); 310-855-9955.
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Upstairs At Ace Hotel
Sweeping views and ultra-hip vibes are most certainly on the menu on the roof of the perennially-cool Ace Hotel. Also available for your sensory pleasure: seasonal frozen cocktails and the El Dorado, a rum-spiked coffee that you can't miss. The only thing that will make this experience better? Add an order of their house-made doughnuts.

Upstairs at the Ace Hotel, 929 South Broadway Avenue (near West Olympic Boulevard); 213-623-3233.
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Perch
Perch has undoubtedly become synonymous with L.A.'s rooftop scene — just check out that bird's-eye view of DTLA. Few spots downtown offer cityscape views, and for that, this mainstay resto remains a dining destination for both hungry Angelenos and curious out-of-towners alike. Post up high above the pavement and choose from a selection of French-inspired cocktails, over 25 different wines by the glass, or several rare featured liquors.

Perch, 448 South Hill Street (near West 4th Street); 213-802-1770.
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Above Sixty Beverly Hills
Less exclusive than Soho House (no membership needed), but more private than Perch (reservations are required), Above Sixty offers one of the best panoramic view of Los Angeles. The space is open to hotel guests and cabana reservations by day, and the public by night, so you can sit pretty while sipping specialty cocktails poolside all summer long.

Sixty Hotel, 9360 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Crescent Drive); 310-273-1400.
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Sunset Cocktail Lounge
If you don't know that Palihouse West Hollywood has a rooftop bar, let this serve as a friendly neighborhood alert: You've been missing out! However, it's not a swing-by-any-time kind of place like others in the 'hood. Space is limited, so the under-the-radar lounge is limited to those who RSVP and it's only open Thursday through Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. Reservations must be made via email and are up for grabs every Monday. What seems like a lot of planning surely pays off when soaking in killer sunset views of the hills.

Palihouse West Hollywood, 8465 Holloway Drive (at La Cienega Boulevard); 323-656-4100.
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Pagoda Bar
With peaceful views of the city, this Japanese-inspired bar is located on the (you guessed it) roof at Hollywood’s Yamashiro restaurant. Take a seat in the serene Japanese garden or explore the historical property, which has served as 'Japan' in countless films since the '20s. We consider this one of L.A.’s best-kept secrets and is open from 5 to 10 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday.

Yamashiro, 1999 North Sycamore Avenue (near Franklin Avenue); 323-466-5125.
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High Rooftop Lounge At Hotel Erwin
No list would be complete without the High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin. Surprisingly, it's the only rooftop lounge in Venice Beach, sitting above the Hotel Erwin, just a stone's throw from the bustle of the boardwalk and walking distance from Abbott Kinney. With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, the local favorite does get crowded, so we suggest you make a reservation.

Hotel Erwin, 1697 Pacific Avenue (at Venice Way); 424-214-1062.
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Skybar
In a city where people and places are generally granted 15 minutes of fame, Skybar is the nightlife equivalent of George Clooney’s steadfast career. Nested above the pool at the Mondrian Hotel, Skybar offers frequent DJ sets, classic cocktails, the occasional celeb sighting, and bites that don't disappoint.

Mondrian Los Angeles, 8440 Sunset Boulevard (near North La Cienega Boulevard); 323-848-6025.
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Commissary
Just one of the rad destinations within Koreatown's coolest hotel, Commissary is a peaceful greenhouse on the roof. Grab a cocktail and a seat at the bar, or venture outside of the structure with your beverage of choice and soak in the sights of this mid-city lookout. Bonus? The menu focuses on plant-based fare and was fathered by fan-favorite Roy Choi, so it's healthy and yummy. Win win.

Commissary at LINE Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Normandie Avenue); 213-368-3030.
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