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One of the many advantages to living in and visiting Los Angeles is being able to dine alfresco under a sun-filled or starlit sky throughout the entire year. For those who prefer to raise a toast within a natural environment, these are some of the best-loved bars in L.A., with either an inviting ground-floor terrace or rooftop patio deck with spectacular views.
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(credit: Aventine Hollywood)


Aventine
1607 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 500-0969
www.aventinehollywood.com

Adorned with the aesthetics of dark wood, squints of white light and other artistic extracts, the patio area at this Italian restaurant and bar is categorically seductive. It is here where patrons are able to wine and dine within the grace of old-world Rome and the charisma of new-fashioned Hollywood. The trattoria’s full bar dishes out such delectable food items as fried calamari and beef tenderloin skewers, with a slate of specialty drinks made well and priced affordably. The dinner menu offers an epicurean lineup of scrumptious options, including grilled lamb chops and slow-roasted short ribs. It’s an ideal spot to host a party or engage in a romantic date too.

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Enterprise Fish Co.
174 Kinney St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 392-8366
www.enterprisefishco.com

Since 1977, locals have been flocking to this first-class food outlet and bar, and for good reason. Its menu selection is expansive and the award-worthy hot spot spills out onto an alluring courtyard, where happy-hour celebrants amass daily to enjoy the bar chef’s delicious blends of signature cocktails and some of the best-prepared fish, shellfish, molluscs and chilled seafood platters on the Pacific Coast. At this Santa Monica spot, guests can either dine at a private table or lounge around the snugness of intoxicating fire pits. Within this delightful garden oasis, attentive servers are covetous to quench the public’s refined taste for five-star quality at a cost that makes perfect sense.

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A.O.C.
8700 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 859-9859
www.aocwinebar.com

Dining within open air, with a brick fireplace holding court, is what awaits guests at this highly-applauded upscale tavern. Co-owned by Suzanne Goin, an acclaimed chef and cookbook author and Caroline Styne, a celebrated sommelier, A.O.C. features an all-encompassing wine list, including a throng of domestic and international varieties. In a family-style atmosphere, guests pair their favorite glasses of wine, beer and specialty cocktails with such appetizing dishes as Spanish fried chicken, pork cheeks and grilled swordfish. It is a big-league location to easily laze away a sun-filled afternoon or starry evening.

Related: Best Wine Bars In Los Angeles

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High Rooftop Lounge
1697 Pacific Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
(424) 214-1062
www.highvenice.com

Sprawled across the crowning level of Hotel Erwin in Venice is an open-air spot that gives visitors exclusive panoramic views of one of L.A.’s more popular seaside resort communities. In fact, it is Venice Beach’s only bar with a rooftop patio deck. While absorbing the stateliness of the shimmering Pacific Ocean and the rolling mountain range that embraces it, patrons also enjoy socializing and relishing the unique venue’s complete bottle service, specialty drinks and comprehensive wine menu. It is a supreme destination point to catch a picturesque sunset while sampling an array of savory food items fresh from the blue sea or sizzling from the grill.

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(credit: Hennessey’s Tavern)


Hennessey’s Tavern
8 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 372-5759
www.hennesseystavern.com

Established in 1976, this Irish-themed location has been a festive gathering place for those who like to watch sunbathers, volleyball players and bodysurfers in the South Bay region of greater L.A. It highlights two open-air spaces, one that overlooks beach activity and another patio at ground level. In addition to its broad selection of wine and spirits, the pub offers a generous collection of Irish whiskey. Its food menu includes such favored plates as traditional fish and chips, slow-cooked ribs and grilled salmon. In dedication to beer lovers, the popular site boasts the world’s largest pint of domestic or international draft, served in a 50-ounce souvenir glass.

Related: Best Whiskey Bars In Los Angeles

Sharon Raiford Bush is an award-winning journalist who covers topics of social interest in greater Los Angeles. Some news articles she has authored have been archived by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Sharon also contributes to Examiner.com.

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