The Best Rooftops in LA

It’s a great time of year to be an Angeleno! Last week we made it through the last major heat wave of the year (fingers crossed) and the weather is finally starting to feel a little like fall. Also, with Halloween almost over, tourist season ending, and the pace of the city slowing down, locals are free to roam the streets again. But that relief we felt after putting together the perfect Halloween costume will soon be replaced by the excitement and stress of holiday season. Don’t panic! We have a great solution for dealing with all that pre-holiday stress: hanging out at the best rooftops LA has to offer! From up there you can take a well-earned break from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy some breathtaking views of the City of Angels. Here’s our list of the best rooftops in LA.

West Hollywood

Photograph/ Courtesy E.P. & L.P.

E.P. & L.P.

For those that love modern Asian dining and views of the Hollywood Hills, the multi-leveled E.P. & L.P. is a restaurant worth visiting. This establishment opened a couple of years ago with the help of investor Axwell from house music supergroup Swedish House Mafia. Knowing his musical background helps shine some light on the meaning of the restaurant’s name. Confused? E.P stands for extended play and L.P. stands for long play, lingo used to describe vinyl records. At this location, the names help guests understand the function of different levels of the establishment. E.P is located on the second floor and is also the Asian Eating House without regional boundaries. It closes a few hours before the rooftop bar, L.P., which is open until 2 am and is one of the largest roof decks in Los Angeles.

SkyBar Mondrian

Soak up the autumn sun while living your best life on the rooftop at the Sky Bar Mondrian. Located on Sunset Boulevard and open early at 11 am, you can watch the world go by on the strip below. If you don’t have any plans for Halloween, SkyBar is hosting its “Back to the 80s Halloween Party” on October 31st. Prefer to go when everyone isn’t dressed up as Marty McFly? SkyBar during the day is the perfect place and time to enjoy a poolside cocktail. Go in the evening if a hot bar scene is more your style and be sure to try their mojitos. We hear they’re to die for.

Hollywood

Photograph: Courtesy of Filifera.

Filifera

If you’d prefer to keep things cool and avoid the wild Hollywood crowd, then LA’s newest cozy rooftop bar and lounge has the atmosphere you’re looking for. Filifera is located on the 23rd floor of the Hollywood Proper Residences and is open six days a week.  Tuesday through Sunday, you can lounge away your afternoon in chairs by the pool or try their tasty food and drinks at the bar. However, take note that they’re closed on Mondays. Even relaxing rooftop proprietors sometimes need a day off,  you know?

The Highlight Room at Dream Hotel

The Highlight Room, located above the Dream Hotel, is another new addition to the rooftop club in Hollywood. This open-air hotshot is only four months old but receives plenty of foot traffic. Its popularity comes as no surprise considering it’s part of the TAO Group’s newest dining and nightlife concept. With its reputation for packed houses, you’ll want to arrive as close to its 6 pm opening time as possible and call ahead just to make sure the roof isn’t closed for a private party. Otherwise, this rooftop spot is a great place to party with other Angelenos under the stars.

Photograph: Courtesy of Mama Shelter Los Angeles.

Mama Shelter

The rooftop at Mama Shelter is a truly unique experience. In comparison with most Hollywood haunts, this place leans more toward the artistic. With its colorful decor and relaxed beanbag chairs, you’ll feel right at home at Mama Shelter. For entertainment, you can challenge your friends to a game of foosball or you can watch a movie without sound on the big screen projector while you chat with your friends. Our recommendation?  Go on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, for a slightly quieter vibe. You can also swing by for brunch too. Thursday through Sunday is the best time for a crowded who’s who experience. Located on Selma and Wilcox, it’s about a 3-minute walk from The Highlight Room, so you can rooftop hop if you want to.

Downtown LA

The Upstairs Bar at Ace Hotel

The rooftop at the Ace Hotel is a staple for DTLA locals. Inspired by Hollywood’s famous Les Deux Cafes, this downtown treasure gives off old Hollywood vibes just like the rooftop you imagine in your city of dreams. Make reservations for brunch or watch the sunset over dinner and take in the beautiful architecture.

Photography by Wonho Frank Lee.

Spire 73

Ah, Spire 73! Downtown’s newest rooftop is turning heads and setting records. The tallest rooftop bar in the Western Hemisphere, this open-air bar has the best view of the city. The modern lounge cabanas, outdoor seats, metal umbrellas, fire pits, and bar are all beautiful additions to the already epic atmosphere. We highly recommend you check it out and dress to impress. They’re open from 4 pm to 1:30 am and enforce a business casual dress code.

Perch

Are you dreaming of sipping a nice Côtes du Rhône at a Parisian café? Save yourself the airfare and instead head up to Perch, a classic Paris-inspired bistro atop the Pershing Square Building. Perch wants you to enjoy yourself in true French fashion. That means that after 9 pm, this rooftop hotspot is 21+ with a business casual dress code. For a more laid-back experience, go while the sun is still out to catch their wallet-friendly happy hour Monday through Friday, 4 pm to 6 pm.

Broken Shaker

Surround yourself in an oasis-like atmosphere located in the heart of Downtown. New hotel, Freehand, has a rooftop deck called Broken Shaker and it’s anything but broken. Decorated with the vibe of Miami in mind, this rooftop makes it natural for visitors to relax. Try sitting by the pool with one of their handcrafted cocktails in hand or snacking on some of their delicious street-food inspired bites. They’re open every day from 12 pm to 2 am, and if you decide to check in for a lovely LA staycation you’ll be able to swim in the pool and get some R&R.

 

Best Rooftops in LA
Photograph by Prayitno via flickr.

The Rooftop at The Standard Hotel

Last but certainly not least, no list of LA rooftops would be complete without mention of The Rooftop at The Standard Hotel. With panoramic views of the city, this oldie but goodie is just as fun during the day as it is after 8 pm when it transforms into a nightclub. Daytime and weeknights are best if you want to avoid RSVPs and long lines. If you have your sights set on the nightclub, we recommend making friends with someone with a guest list or calling ahead to RSVP.

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