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20 Delightful Places to Sip Cocktails Outside in LA

Have drinks outside on rooftops, patios, and sidewalks

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| Wonho Frank Lee

One good thing happened for restaurants in 2020: the pandemic helped expand outdoor seating in LA. Because outdoor dining and drinking became preferred in the era of social distancing, city officials streamlined the process and made adding outdoor seats less costly and significantly less wait times during the approval process.

It’s a welcome add to the Southland’s already stunning patios and rooftops, where adjacent parking lots and sidewalks are now ideal al fresco drinking spots for the foreseeable future. It makes sense in a city with 330 average days of sunshine, so LA will take its wins wherever it can. Here are our picks for fabulous places to drink al fresco in Los Angeles from north to south.

Added: Alta Adams, Antica Pizzeria, Ballast Point LBC, De Buena Planta Silver Lake, Canopy Club, Hermanito, Lady Byrd

Removed: Employees Only, Belle’s Beach House, Cigar & Whiskey Bar, Here & Now, Spirit House Echo Park, the Cigar and Whiskey Bar, the Green Room, Thunderbolt, Tonga Hut

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1886 Bar at the Raymond

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The Raymond features three outdoor patios. The largest West patio, is primarily for dining but will accommodate walk-ins. The 1886 bar, which has been around for more than a decade, has built a reputation of offering well-crafted cocktails, not only on its seasonal menu but an impressive 600 cocktails available off-menu. A longtime favorite since the bar opened in 2010 is the Smoking Jacket, a smoky sipper made with pot still Irish whiskey, tobacco bitters, maplewood smoke, and orange vanilla ash. 

Big Bar

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The Alcove’s bricked outdoor patio — a longtime favorite of the weekend brunch set — offers two very different vibes: a bustling sunny scene out front facing the street or the more intimate shaded oasis tucked out of the way along the side of the building. For whatever mood or weather, Big Bar’s extensive cocktail list has a cocktail that will accommodate. Will it be a refreshing patio pounder or serious martini?

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

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In 2021, Antica opened an additional outdoor lounge called Caffè degli Artisti to take overflow from the popular Hollywood restaurant. It’s a lovely add to the mostly outdoor spot, and available for cocktails along with its Neapolitan pies, pastas, and excellent wine list.

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L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
Wonho Frank Lee

Lady Byrd Cafe

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This Echo Park neighborhood restaurant/bar’s unique outdoor seating areas — including tables inside a greenhouse — each have their own characteristics. What’s also available are the solid day-to-nighttime menus and drinks like the Lilett spritz with French fortified wine, tonic, mint, and strawberry.

Greenhouse dining at Lady Byrd Cafe in Echo Park, California
Lady Byrd
Ali Buck

Melrose Umbrella Co.

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Escape the bustle of Melrose Avenue by ducking into Melrose Umbrella Co’s open-air courtyard. Located in the back of the bar and decorated with greenery, string lights and a fountain, it’s an oasis that’s perfect for date night, a friends’ night out, or even brunch. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations can be made via Resy. Day drink frozen Irish coffees and pina coladas, or end the night with a variety of old fashioneds, including one with mezcal, creme de cacao, yellow chartreuse and orange bitters.

De Buena Planta

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Silver Lake’s outdoor charmer De Buena Planta is in high demand. The staff is aware that it’s challenging to squeeze in during busy hours, but does its best to accommodate in this plant-based Mexican restaurant that serves margaritas, palomas, and mezcal negronis.

An outdoor patio with wood tables, colorful, planters, and a large bar with barstools.
De Buena Planta
Wonho Frank Lee

E.P. & L.P.

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Take in a cinematic favorite, such as Pulp Fiction, while passing around a pitcher of frozé with the Hollywood Hills as your backdrop. L.P. Rooftop’s summer movie series Melrose Rooftop Theatre is now a permanent fixture of the rooftop bar, taking over part of its nearby parking lot. Every night from Sunday to Thursday, a different movie is screened with the option to reserve bean-bag chairs for dinner or do first-come, first-serve general admission and order food and cocktails a la carte.

An outdoor patio overlooking the Hollywood Hills.
E.P. & L.P.
Wonho Frank Lee

Bar Flores

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Bar Flores, the vibrant cocktail bar upstairs from Lowboy, boasts a brick-lined patio populated with colorful flowers, umbrellas, and lights. The cocktails here are day-friendly options such as a pisco lavender spritz, a cognac and tepache refresher, and michelada. But on Margarita Wednesdays, come for the $8 margaritas and stay for the live music.

High tables, brick patio in Echo Park’s Bar Flores.
Bar Flores, Echo Park
Wonho Frank Lee

Umbrella Social Club

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The folks behind Melrose Umbrella Co. cocktail bar took over the Sixty Beverly Hills hotel’s food and beverage program, which means delicious, well-crafted cocktails in an impeccably decorated setting. For peak staycation vibes, sip on a three-rum piña colada served in a pineapple while taking in the sun setting over Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

Rooftop lounge with pool and cabanas with people inside.
Umbrella Club at Sixty BH.
Sixty BH

All Season Brewing Company

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This Miracle Mile brew pub could be the best use of an old tire shop ever. The 13,000-square-foot Firestone building has patio seating on what used to be a driveway and a taproom and bar in the former high-ceilinged garage. The bar by the Pouring With Heart crew (Casey’s Irish Pub, Seven Grand, and more) naturally offers plenty of drink options. Choose from beer made on premises, wine or cocktails on tap, or a cocktail menu featuring classics such as an old fashioned or penicillin. 

A long open warehouse room with a taco stand in the corner.
All Season Brewing Company
Wonho Frank Lee

The Mermaid

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The Mermaid’s first-come, first-serve outdoor patio is shared with neighboring businesses in the Little Tokyo strip mall and is open seven days a week, going off ‘til 2 a.m. Fill up on hardy pub grub such as loaded nachos and buffalo wings, and wash it all down with the tropical punch Drink Like a Fish, with rum and Earl Grey tea, or the Smokey Eye mezcal pineapple cocktail.

A neon sign for a bar in Little Tokyo, California.
The Mermaid
Oscar Velasquez

Broken Shaker at Freehand Los Angeles

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Freehand Hotel’s rooftop bar has always been one of the best places in the city for drinking cocktails poolside with a view. The pool area can accommodate any party from solo drinkers to groups of 13. Non-hotel guests must spend a minimum of $45 during hours before 7 p.m., which is not an issue when ordering a dish, a beer, and a cocktail such as the Thirst Trap mezcal-white wine spritzer.

A rooftop pool with lounges and chairs in Downtown Los Angeles.
Broken Shaker
Wonho Frank Lee

Hermanito

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Over the last few years, Hermanito expanded with its sprawling patio. It’s also dog-friendly with an excellent mezcal and tequila collection, along with the merging of Mexican with Chinese cuisine, resulting in food options like the al pastor pork belly bao.

Duck and a cocktail at Hermanito in Sawtelle, Los Angeles.
Hermanito
Mona Holmes

Chef Keith Corbin’s inspired, California-inflected spins on soul food are reason enough to visit Alta in West Adams, but the restaurant’s got a not-so-secret weapon in its dreamy garden patio — and it’s now got a greenery-infused streetside parklet to match. Either one is the ideal place for catching up over a cocktail like the citrusy Cali Soul or a spicy Hot n Ready, made with tequila, grilled pineapple, and jalapeño.

Canopy Club

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Having a refreshing boozy beverage poolside is one thing. When that beverage is a carafe of pomelo spritzes that can be shared with friends, and the poolside comes with views of downtown Culver City, it’s entirely another. Head to this Palm Springs-inspired restaurant on the rooftop of the Shay Hotel for all of the above, as well as snacks like a crudite board made with local vegetables, or rosemary-dusted fries.

Poolside tables and plants at Canopy Club.
Canopy Club
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Party Beer Co.

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This West Adams brewery/bar offers a 6,000-square-foot patio that’s open to both kids of all ages and dogs. Seating is first come, first serve. Cool down with draft beers that are made on-site from a 10-barrel system. Got a favorite? Take a growler to-go for $20. Plant-based food offerings include Neopolitan-style pizzas, calzones, and meatball subs.

Bar Bohemien

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Those looking to grab a bite before the drinking begins will appreciate this rooftop bar that sits atop food hall Citizen Public Market in Culver City. Fill up on stuffed pizzettes from Nancy Silverton’s Pizzette or chicken sandos from Go Go Bird, and then head to Bar Bohémien for the Witching Hour, a cocktail with bourbon, apple brandy, maple syrup, and bitters.

The rooftop for Bar Bohémien in Culver City, California.
The rooftop for Bar Bohémien in Culver City.
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The Brig

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Have a stiff drink or a cold beer with a side of prime Abbot Kinney people-watching on the expansive parking lot patio at The Brig, the institution that’s been around since 1952. You might even catch a live DJ or food truck while you’re there. Go early, grab a beverage, and settle in to watch the sky morph into the color palette of a perfect Venice sunset.

This modern Mexican restaurant in Venice boasts two spacious sun-washed patios furnished with teak tables and tropical plants. A few booths are located in the main dining room but open out into the patio for an outside-in feel. Fueling festivities is an extensive agave collection curated by Raul Yrastorza (El Carmen, Las Perlas), as well as mezcal and tequila cocktails. Reservations are available via Resy, and walk-ins are welcome.

Ballast Point Brewing Long Beach

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Clocking in at one of the most stunning ocean views in Southern California is Ballast Point Brewing. The brewery juts out at LA County’s southern most point, where the seating, shoreline, and boat landing is part of the design. In addition to the dining menu, there’s also a tasting room.

A brewery with outdoor seating overlooking the sunset in Long Beach, California.
Ballast Point Brewing Long Beach
Ballast Point

1886 Bar at the Raymond

The Raymond features three outdoor patios. The largest West patio, is primarily for dining but will accommodate walk-ins. The 1886 bar, which has been around for more than a decade, has built a reputation of offering well-crafted cocktails, not only on its seasonal menu but an impressive 600 cocktails available off-menu. A longtime favorite since the bar opened in 2010 is the Smoking Jacket, a smoky sipper made with pot still Irish whiskey, tobacco bitters, maplewood smoke, and orange vanilla ash. 

Big Bar

The Alcove’s bricked outdoor patio — a longtime favorite of the weekend brunch set — offers two very different vibes: a bustling sunny scene out front facing the street or the more intimate shaded oasis tucked out of the way along the side of the building. For whatever mood or weather, Big Bar’s extensive cocktail list has a cocktail that will accommodate. Will it be a refreshing patio pounder or serious martini?

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

A covered outdoor patio.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
Wonho Frank Lee

In 2021, Antica opened an additional outdoor lounge called Caffè degli Artisti to take overflow from the popular Hollywood restaurant. It’s a lovely add to the mostly outdoor spot, and available for cocktails along with its Neapolitan pies, pastas, and excellent wine list.

A covered outdoor patio.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
Wonho Frank Lee

Lady Byrd Cafe

Greenhouse dining at Lady Byrd Cafe in Echo Park, California
Lady Byrd
Ali Buck

This Echo Park neighborhood restaurant/bar’s unique outdoor seating areas — including tables inside a greenhouse — each have their own characteristics. What’s also available are the solid day-to-nighttime menus and drinks like the Lilett spritz with French fortified wine, tonic, mint, and strawberry.

Greenhouse dining at Lady Byrd Cafe in Echo Park, California
Lady Byrd
Ali Buck

Melrose Umbrella Co.

Escape the bustle of Melrose Avenue by ducking into Melrose Umbrella Co’s open-air courtyard. Located in the back of the bar and decorated with greenery, string lights and a fountain, it’s an oasis that’s perfect for date night, a friends’ night out, or even brunch. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations can be made via Resy. Day drink frozen Irish coffees and pina coladas, or end the night with a variety of old fashioneds, including one with mezcal, creme de cacao, yellow chartreuse and orange bitters.

De Buena Planta

An outdoor patio with wood tables, colorful, planters, and a large bar with barstools.
De Buena Planta
Wonho Frank Lee

Silver Lake’s outdoor charmer De Buena Planta is in high demand. The staff is aware that it’s challenging to squeeze in during busy hours, but does its best to accommodate in this plant-based Mexican restaurant that serves margaritas, palomas, and mezcal negronis.

An outdoor patio with wood tables, colorful, planters, and a large bar with barstools.
De Buena Planta
Wonho Frank Lee

E.P. & L.P.

An outdoor patio overlooking the Hollywood Hills.
E.P. & L.P.
Wonho Frank Lee

Take in a cinematic favorite, such as Pulp Fiction, while passing around a pitcher of frozé with the Hollywood Hills as your backdrop. L.P. Rooftop’s summer movie series Melrose Rooftop Theatre is now a permanent fixture of the rooftop bar, taking over part of its nearby parking lot. Every night from Sunday to Thursday, a different movie is screened with the option to reserve bean-bag chairs for dinner or do first-come, first-serve general admission and order food and cocktails a la carte.

An outdoor patio overlooking the Hollywood Hills.
E.P. & L.P.
Wonho Frank Lee

Bar Flores

High tables, brick patio in Echo Park’s Bar Flores.
Bar Flores, Echo Park
Wonho Frank Lee

Bar Flores, the vibrant cocktail bar upstairs from Lowboy, boasts a brick-lined patio populated with colorful flowers, umbrellas, and lights. The cocktails here are day-friendly options such as a pisco lavender spritz, a cognac and tepache refresher, and michelada. But on Margarita Wednesdays, come for the $8 margaritas and stay for the live music.

High tables, brick patio in Echo Park’s Bar Flores.
Bar Flores, Echo Park
Wonho Frank Lee

Umbrella Social Club

Rooftop lounge with pool and cabanas with people inside.
Umbrella Club at Sixty BH.
Sixty BH

The folks behind Melrose Umbrella Co. cocktail bar took over the Sixty Beverly Hills hotel’s food and beverage program, which means delicious, well-crafted cocktails in an impeccably decorated setting. For peak staycation vibes, sip on a three-rum piña colada served in a pineapple while taking in the sun setting over Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

Rooftop lounge with pool and cabanas with people inside.
Umbrella Club at Sixty BH.
Sixty BH

All Season Brewing Company

A long open warehouse room with a taco stand in the corner.
All Season Brewing Company
Wonho Frank Lee

This Miracle Mile brew pub could be the best use of an old tire shop ever. The 13,000-square-foot Firestone building has patio seating on what used to be a driveway and a taproom and bar in the former high-ceilinged garage. The bar by the Pouring With Heart crew (Casey’s Irish Pub, Seven Grand, and more) naturally offers plenty of drink options. Choose from beer made on premises, wine or cocktails on tap, or a cocktail menu featuring classics such as an old fashioned or penicillin. 

A long open warehouse room with a taco stand in the corner.
All Season Brewing Company
Wonho Frank Lee

The Mermaid

A neon sign for a bar in Little Tokyo, California.
The Mermaid
Oscar Velasquez

The Mermaid’s first-come, first-serve outdoor patio is shared with neighboring businesses in the Little Tokyo strip mall and is open seven days a week, going off ‘til 2 a.m. Fill up on hardy pub grub such as loaded nachos and buffalo wings, and wash it all down with the tropical punch Drink Like a Fish, with rum and Earl Grey tea, or the Smokey Eye mezcal pineapple cocktail.

A neon sign for a bar in Little Tokyo, California.
The Mermaid
Oscar Velasquez

Broken Shaker at Freehand Los Angeles

A rooftop pool with lounges and chairs in Downtown Los Angeles.
Broken Shaker
Wonho Frank Lee

Freehand Hotel’s rooftop bar has always been one of the best places in the city for drinking cocktails poolside with a view. The pool area can accommodate any party from solo drinkers to groups of 13. Non-hotel guests must spend a minimum of $45 during hours before 7 p.m., which is not an issue when ordering a dish, a beer, and a cocktail such as the Thirst Trap mezcal-white wine spritzer.

A rooftop pool with lounges and chairs in Downtown Los Angeles.
Broken Shaker
Wonho Frank Lee

Hermanito

Duck and a cocktail at Hermanito in Sawtelle, Los Angeles.
Hermanito
Mona Holmes

Over the last few years, Hermanito expanded with its sprawling patio. It’s also dog-friendly with an excellent mezcal and tequila collection, along with the merging of Mexican with Chinese cuisine, resulting in food options like the al pastor pork belly bao.

Duck and a cocktail at Hermanito in Sawtelle, Los Angeles.
Hermanito
Mona Holmes

Alta

Chef Keith Corbin’s inspired, California-inflected spins on soul food are reason enough to visit Alta in West Adams, but the restaurant’s got a not-so-secret weapon in its dreamy garden patio — and it’s now got a greenery-infused streetside parklet to match. Either one is the ideal place for catching up over a cocktail like the citrusy Cali Soul or a spicy Hot n Ready, made with tequila, grilled pineapple, and jalapeño.

Canopy Club