12 Rooftop Bars in Los Angeles You Need to Visit

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Looking for sky-high L.A. scenes with handcrafted cocktails, fresh cuisine, and stellar sights? It’s time to raise your glass and check out all the cool spots Los Angeles has to offer. These twelve rooftop bars in Los Angeles guarantee a good time–just make sure to book a reservation in advance to get through the door!

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1. Calabra Santa Monica

$$ – 700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA

(424) 390-0737 | properhotel.com/santa-monica/restaurants-bars/calabra/

Mon–Thu, Sun: 7:30 am–9:30 pm | Fri–Sat: 7:30 am–10:00 pm

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According to Forbes 2021, Calabra is the “Best Outdoor Hotel Restaurant Patios in Southern California.” Located at the Santa Monica Proper Hotel, Calabra’s elevated rooftop bar offers hand-crafted cocktails, fresh Mediterranean fare, and California cuisine, paired with a great ambience and stunning ocean view.

Food Recs: Calabra Meze, Charcuterie Board

Drink Recs: Infamous Act, Mezcal in Montenegro

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2. Élephante Beach House

$$$$ – 1332 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA

(424) 320-2384 | elephantela.com

Mon–Wed: 10 am–10:30 pm | Thu: 10 am–11:30 pm

Fri-Sat: 9 am–11:30 pm | Sun: 9 am–10:30 pm

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Established in 2018, Élephante Beach House is the latest venture from seasoned designer Nicholas Mathers. This Mediterranean oasis is located in the heart of Santa Monica and has breathtaking views with open air lounge-style seating. Come at night for the lively DJ scene and crafted cocktails.

Food Recs: Whipped Eggplant, Vodka Pasta, Soppresata Pizza

Drink Recs: Élephante Cocktail, Eponymous Cocktail

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3. High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin

$$ – 1697 Pacific Ave Venice, CA

(424) 214-1062 | highvenice.com

Wed–Fri: 3 pm–10 pm | Sat–Sun: 11 am–10 pm

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High Rooftop is the only rooftop on the Westside with 100% outdoor seating. Their lounge offers craft beers, crafted cocktails, and bottomless mimosa weekends. If it gets too windy up top, the staff will provide you with blankets. While walk-ins are welcome, reservations are highly recommended!

Food Recs: O.G. Burger + Fries, Salmon Tacos, Sheet Pizza

Drink Recs: LA Woman, Spanish Caravan, Hot Toddies

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4. L.P. Rooftop Bar

$$ – 603 N La Cienega Blvd West Hollywood, CA

(310) 855-9955 | eplosangeles.com

Mon–Fri: 4 pm–2 am | Sat–Sun: 12 pm–2 am

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Established in 2015, L.P’s ambiance is top-notch, complete with a lively crowd, twinkling lights, and one of the largest format roof decks in LA. It’s the ideal spot for a night out with friends, especially if you want to show friends from out-of-town a nighttime view of the Hollywood Hills and Sunset Strip. Make a reservation in advance or you’ll definitely face a long line at the door.

Food Recs: Calamari, Spicy Twice Cooked Chicken, Truffle Fries

Drink Recs: Sexy Back, Kickstart My Heart

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5. Mama Shelter

$$ – 6500 Selma Ave Los Angeles, CA

(323) 785-6600 | mamashelter.com

Mon–Thu: 12 pm–1 am | Fri–Sat: 11 am–2 am | Sun: 11 am-1 am

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Mama’s roof terrace has sprawling 360-degree views of Los Angeles from Downtown to the Hollywood sign. With homemade food, signature cocktails, and music sessions, this rooftop bar is perfect for relaxed gatherings or lively get-togethers. Mama doesn’t take any reservations, so expect first-come first-serve.

Food Recs: Chingona Skillet, Boujee Fries, Crispy Brussels

Drink Recs: Sangria Pitcher, Endless Summer

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6. Margot

$$ – 8820 Washington Blvd Ste 301 Culver City, CA

(310) 643-5853 | margot.la

Mon–Thu: 5 pm–11 pm | Fri–Sun: 11 am–11 pm

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Situated at the stunning rooftop of Platform in Culver City, Margot offers Mediterranean-style cuisine, including plant-based dishes, pasta, and proteins. The rooftop bar’s indoor and outdoor spaces offer 360 degree views of the city.

Food Recs: Hammachi Crudo, Grilled Focaccia, Charred Broccoli, Rigatoni, Seafood Risotto

Drink Recs: Strawberry Spritz, Sting & Tonic

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7. Openaire

$$ – 3515 Wilshire Blvd Fl 2 Los Angeles, CA

(213) 814-3651 | www.thelinehotel.com/los-angeles/bars-restaurants/#openaire

Wed: 5:30 pm–9 pm | Thu–Fri: 5:30 pm–10 pm

Sat: 10 am–2:30 pm; 5:30 pm–10 pm | Sun: 10 am–2:30 pm; 5:30 pm–9 pm

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Led by surfer and two Michelin-starred chef Josiah Citrin, Openaire is an outdoor garden oasis located on the 2nd floor terrace at the LINE hotel in the heart of K-Town. Citrin serves a culinary vision built around California’s bounty from land and sea. Stop by for dinner or weekend brunch.

Food Recs: Ahi Tuna Tartare, Dry Aged Bone-In New York Steak

Drink Recs: Midnight Margarita, LA Woman

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8. Perch La

$$$ – 448 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA

(213) 802-1770 | www.perchla.com/

Mon–Wed: 4 pm–9 am | Thu–Fri: 4 pm–2 am

Sat: 10 am–3:30 pm; 5 pm–2 am | Sun: 10 am–3:30 pm; 4 pm–1 am

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Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles in the Pershing Square Building, Perch LA’s whimsical French-inspired rooftop bistro offers delicious dishes and drinks, including rare Cognacs, Armagnacs, Calvados and French Cordials. Stay for the Jazz Wednesdays from 7 to 10pm, Live Music Fridays from 9 to 11pm, and DJs spinning on Thursdays and Fridays from 9 to 11pm.

Food Recs: Ahi Tuna Tartare, Perch Truffle Cheese Fries, Bacon Mac & Cheese, Chicken Supreme, Shrimp Scampi

Drink Recs: My Fair Lady, Hemingway

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9. Rooftop By JG

$$$ – 9850 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA

(310) 860-6700 | www.waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.com/dining/the-rooftop-by-jg/

Mon–Fri: 11 am–10 pm | Sat–Sun: 10 am–10 pm

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Located in the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s all-day eatery has 360 degree views of the city from 12 stories aloft. The rooftop’s all-day eats and crafted cocktails guarantee endless good times.

Food Recs: Tuna Tartare, Avocado Toast, Ora King Salmon

Drink Recs: Vodka Thyme Lemonade, Cucumber Martini

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10. Spire 73

$$$ – 900 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90017

(213) 802-1770 | http://spire73.com/

Mon–Sun: 5 pm–12 am

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Rise above the day-to-day at Spire 73–the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. Located atop the Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown’s 73rd floor, this rooftop restaurant and bar offers breathtaking views of the entire city.

Food Recs: Tuna Poke, Truffle Fries, Pollo Fresnado

Drink Recs: Seoul Margarita, The Name of the Rose

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11. Terra at Eataly L.A.

$$$ – 10250 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles, CA

(213) 310-8008 | www.eataly.com/us_en/stores/los-angeles/la-terra/

Mon–Wed: 11:30 am–3 pm, 5 pm–9 pm | Thu–Fri: 11:30 am–3 pm, 5 pm–10 pm

Sat: 10 am–3 pm, 5 pm–10 pm | Sun: 10:30 am–3 pm, 5 pm–9 pm

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Located on the third floor of Eataly Los Angeles, Terra is a wood-burning Italian grill restaurant, bar, and lounge with great views of the Hollywood Hills. Their brand new menu features brunch classics with an Italian twist.

Food Recs: Burrata e Barbabietole, Branzino, Spaghetto con Pomodori Affumicati

Drink Recs: Penicillin, G&T No.2

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12. 71Above

$$$$ – 448 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA

(213) 712-2683 | www.71above.com/

Sun–Thu: 5pm–9:30 pm | Fri–Sat: 5 pm–11 pm

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Nearly 1,000 feet above ground level on the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower, this luxe eatery is the highest restaurant west of the Mississippi. 71Above offers elevated seasonal modern American cuisine coupled with spectacular 360 degree views.

Food Recs: Yellowfin Crudo, Spring Lamb, Grilled Octopus, Ora King Salmon

Drink Recs: Soronatown, Mojito, Hollywood

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed KC’s roundup of the top 12 rooftop bars in Los Angeles. If you have visited any of these bars, let me know how your experience was in the comments section below!

 




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