When the weather is hot, you’ll definitely be in need of a cool watering hole. Luckily for you, there are more than enough rooftop bars and restaurants where you can chill out with a drink in hand to beat the heat.
High At Hotel Erwin
1697 Pacific Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90291
Imagine watching a hot pink and purple sunset go down over the Pacific Ocean as if it were your own, personal movie screen, and you’ve got an average evening out up High. If you happen to get bored by beauty then you only need look down to see the crazy, kooky harmony of the Venice boardwalk — including some muscular eye candy in the form of Muscle Beach juiceheads.
448 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
High above an old art deco building in Downtown L.A. is Perch which serves French inspired bistro food along with unobstructed views of the skyline of Los Angeles. With two outdoor fireplaces and scattered fire pits, it is the perfect spot to lounge around. Located on the 15th floor, you will feel as if you have arrived at a beautiful antique restaurant of old times. With both indoor and outdoor seating, you have the best of both worlds depending on the weather. And, if you’re lucky, there’s often jazz music playing on the outdoor patio in Spring and Summer.
Andaz West Hollywood
8401 West Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Andaz is the Hindi word for ‘stylish’, which is why haute West Hollywood types still flock there in droves. The fact that his Hyatt hotel also happens to have the highest rooftop swimming pool in Los Angeles doesn’t hurt, either. Not only can you see all the action on the Sunset Strip, but you’ve got a pretty sick view of the Hills as well. Too bad Lauren, Audrina, Heidi and co. don’t live there as a group anymore. Shucks.
1717 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Located in the heart of Hollywood, The Redbury Hotel offers a terrific and chic boutique hotel experience. The hotel, brought to you by the SBE Group, offers its own rooftop bar complete with hanging Edison lights with a large seating area outside. Grab a pool stick and play a game of pool or grab a drink at the Library bar indoors.
The Roof Garden at the Peninsula Beverly Hills
9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
If you’re looking for a classy alternative to the typical bikini-clad Jersey-Shore-loving set that you can sometimes find running rampant in Hollywood, the Roof Garden is your kind of place. This high-end playground for the rich and famous just underwent a $4 million renovation as well, so when you’re munching on some organic delights poolside, you’ll be able to see the green, not just taste it.
The Standard Rooftop Bar
550 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Hotelier Andre Balazs knows a good thing when he sees it, which is why he owns some of the best hotels in the world, including the legendary Chateau Marmont and the Standard Downtown. He’s managed to make the latter an homage to 1960’s-era chic with its red, white and neon colored lounge, waterbeds and projector screening classic flicks on the wall of the building next door. You can imagine bad, bad things going down at this sinful spot — and that’s a good thing.
Skybar At The Mondrian Hotel
8440 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Skybar is technically perched just above the outdoor pool at West Hollywood’s Mondrian Hotel, but it’s still considered a swimming spot in the sky (where no one actually swims). The bar itself is like a giant treehouse in the sky, albeit one where couture-clad celebs frolic until the wee hours of the morning. It’s a scene all right — and there’s even a nightly DJ to prove it.
SIXTY Beverly Hills Rooftop
9360 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
The former Thompson Beverly Hills Hotel has now been rebranded as SIXTY Beverly Hills. The name may be different but the rooftop bar offers the same sweeping views of the city day or night. Hotelier Jason Pomeranc’s hotel bar doesn’t have just any old rooftop pool, oh no. The hotelier, known as much for creating swanky sleep spots as he is his celebrity clientele, actually has a bar encrusted with Swarovski crystals. You heard it right. You should go to this rooftop bar to enjoy a little local glamour. And, of course the views are great too.
Rooftop Pool At The London West Hollywood
1020 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069-3802
The London West Hollywood’s rooftop pool may be housed in a garden setting, but that’s where all similarities to anything British end. This spot is the crème de la crème of party pools, plain and simple. Things can get crazy here come summertime, and you will definitely see scores of blokes attempting to pull British (and non-British) birds. There’s also a marble fire pit for some saucy nighttime action.
Suite 700 at the Shangri-La Hotel
1301 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401
At the Shangri-La, your fantasy can become a reality. Although a typical night includes an up-close and personal view of the Santa Monica Promenade, you should check out this hot west side rooftop bar at the end of the week on Speakeasy Sundays. Dress up in your finest flapper gear, look up the weekly Twitter password @hotelshangrila and prepare to drink yourself silly with some bootleg Rum Rickeys at this Art Deco-inspired hotel.
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