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Wonho Frank Lee

15 Rooftop Bars with Incredible LA Views

Take in the most impressive vistas in the City of Angels paired with great bites

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| Wonho Frank Lee

Now that springtime arrived in LA, the temperature is in the midst of its erratic peaks and dips. With recent 100-degree mid-season temperatures settling into the low 70s, both are ideal conditions to sit on a rooftop and order a drink. Scattered around the city are beautiful outdoor spaces with some high above the streets, while others overlook SoCal landmarks and neighborhoods. Here are the 15 essential rooftop bars in Los Angeles.

Added: Bar Bohémien, Bar Lis, Cabra, Cara Cara, Celestina, Cha Cha Cha, Desert 5 Spot, Grandmaster Recorders

Removed: Upstairs at Ace Hotel, Highlight Room, Margot, Perch, Sorra (closed), the Standard DTLA, the NoMad Hotel Los Angeles (temporarily closed) Terra at Eataly

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Desert 5 Spot

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Inspired by Pioneertown, Desert 5 Spot adds to Hollywood’s Vinyl District where the laid-back lounge offers colorful drinks like the ring of fire with Bruxo mezcal, Ancho Reyes Verde liqueur, prickly pear, lemon, ginger, and honey.

Mama Shelter

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Few restaurants offer unobstructed views of the iconic Hollywood sign like Mama Shelter does, the hotel rooftop that is a local meeting spot for meeting friends to drink or snack later into the night.

Bar Lis

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Once entering the the Thompson Hotel, prepare yourself. The French Riviera-inspired Bar Lis is gorgeous with a retractable roof, a menu developed by former Bon Temps chef Lincoln Carson, and panoramic views of the Hollywood skyline.

Bar Lis at the Thompson Hotel in Hollywood.
Bar Lis
Michael Mundy

Grandmaster Recorders

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Before going up the elevator to Grandmaster Recorders’ 4,000-square-foot rooftop deck, be sure to take a glance at the restaurant and 71 Studio Bar lounge. The upstairs view is breathtaking with the Hollywood skyline directly to the north. Creative cocktails and bites are plentiful.

Grandmaster Recorders rooftop bar overlooking the Hollywood, California skyline.
Grandmaster Recorders
Wonho Frank Lee

Harriet's

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Harriet’s is a mellow kind of hang out space perfect for those who favor light bites and ambiance. The decorations come mostly from the city itself, while the menu includes teriyaki beef skewers, charcuterie, and chicken bolognese.

Harriets
Harriet’s
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The Rooftop by JG

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Perched atop the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is an alfresco paradise from chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch on weekends. On the menu are familiar Southeast Asian flavors and things like a Thai short rib burger, grilled octopus, and a beef tenderloin fricasse.

Spire 73 at the Intercontinental

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High atop the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is Spire 73, the hotel’s 73rd-story rooftop bar that claims to be the highest open-air bar in the entire Western Hemisphere. There’s plenty of outdoor seating, lounge cabanas, and fire pits. On the menu are bar bites, a slew of sweets, and cocktails too, of course.

Spire 73
Spire 73
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LA Cha Cha Chá

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A piece of Mexico City with an outstanding view resides in the Arts District with Cha Cha Chá. Though a full-service restaurant that faces the east end of DTLA, the outdoor bar is a cozy spot to order the blackberry hibiscus swizzle or the strawberry milk punch.

The rooftop bar at Cha Cha Chá restaurant in Los Angeles.
Cha Cha Chá
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Broken Shaker at Freehand LA

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Nominated for two James Beard awards and considered one of the world’s best bars, Broken Shaker comes to Downtown’s Freehand by way of Miami. The rooftop bar exudes an effortlessly casual aesthetic, complete with a pink-hued mural from artist Luke Pelletier, and tropical cocktails.

Cabra Los Angeles

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Chef Stephanie Izard’s opened the West Coast arm of her Chicago restaurant in 2021. Both Cabras are in the Hoxton Hotel where the Top Chef winner prepares Peruvian-inspired dishes like the skirt steak saltado, ceviche, and empanadas. For refreshment, try the traditional pisco sour or the pisco fever with mango, and aji pepper while taking in the view.

A Peruvian-inspired brunch spread at Cabra in Downtown.
Cabra
Cabra

Cara Cara

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It’s easy to find something to eat or drink on the Cara Cara rooftop. With all-day fare from A.O.C. chef Suzanne Goin, there are cozy nooks situated throughout the space, along with cocktails, wine, and beer curated by Goin’s longtime business partner and sommelier, Caroline Styne.

Celestina Rooftop

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Culver City’s Shay Hotel has a low-key rooftop spot with a wide array of tequila and other agave drinks served along with modern Mexican fare. With so few other tall buildings in Culver City, the vistas are great for long spring and summer sunsets in LA.

Bar Bohemien

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Sitting atop Citizen Public Market, Bar Bohemien’s interior sports an open, vaulted high-ceiling retro vibe with 1920s brickwork, arched window, and leather bar seats. The patio is partially shaded and captures SoCal’s beautiful sunset light while overlooking Culver Boulevard.

The rooftop for Bar Bohémien in Culver City, California.
Bar Bohemien
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Onyx Rooftop Bar at the Hotel Shangri-La

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Tuck into this indoor-outdoor rooftop restaurant and bar for beachside breezes and views. Onyx’s menu is dependably straightforward, with things like Brussels sprouts and sliders on the menu. The cocktails are equally approachable.

Onyx rooftop lounge at Hotel Shangri-La
Onyx rooftop lounge at Hotel Shangri-La
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High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin

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This social and scenic space isn’t just for guests of Hotel Erwin. Open at 3 p.m., there’s a lounge menu that runs until late evening, so it’s always a good time to stop by for a sip or bite. This place fills up early, especially before sunset.

Desert 5 Spot

Inspired by Pioneertown, Desert 5 Spot adds to Hollywood’s Vinyl District where the laid-back lounge offers colorful drinks like the ring of fire with Bruxo mezcal, Ancho Reyes Verde liqueur, prickly pear, lemon, ginger, and honey.

Mama Shelter

Few restaurants offer unobstructed views of the iconic Hollywood sign like Mama Shelter does, the hotel rooftop that is a local meeting spot for meeting friends to drink or snack later into the night.

Bar Lis

Once entering the the Thompson Hotel, prepare yourself. The French Riviera-inspired Bar Lis is gorgeous with a retractable roof, a menu developed by former Bon Temps chef Lincoln Carson, and panoramic views of the Hollywood skyline.

Bar Lis at the Thompson Hotel in Hollywood.
Bar Lis
Michael Mundy

Grandmaster Recorders

Before going up the elevator to Grandmaster Recorders’ 4,000-square-foot rooftop deck, be sure to take a glance at the restaurant and 71 Studio Bar lounge. The upstairs view is breathtaking with the Hollywood skyline directly to the north. Creative cocktails and bites are plentiful.

Grandmaster Recorders rooftop bar overlooking the Hollywood, California skyline.
Grandmaster Recorders
Wonho Frank Lee

Harriet's

Harriet’s is a mellow kind of hang out space perfect for those who favor light bites and ambiance. The decorations come mostly from the city itself, while the menu includes teriyaki beef skewers, charcuterie, and chicken bolognese.

Harriets
Harriet’s
Wonho Frank Lee

The Rooftop by JG

Perched atop the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is an alfresco paradise from chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch on weekends. On the menu are familiar Southeast Asian flavors and things like a Thai short rib burger, grilled octopus, and a beef tenderloin fricasse.

Spire 73 at the Intercontinental

High atop the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is Spire 73, the hotel’s 73rd-story rooftop bar that claims to be the highest open-air bar in the entire Western Hemisphere. There’s plenty of outdoor seating, lounge cabanas, and fire pits. On the menu are bar bites, a slew of sweets, and cocktails too, of course.

Spire 73
Spire 73
[Official Photo]

LA Cha Cha Chá

A piece of Mexico City with an outstanding view resides in the Arts District with Cha Cha Chá. Though a full-service restaurant that faces the east end of DTLA, the outdoor bar is a cozy spot to order the blackberry hibiscus swizzle or the strawberry milk punch.

The rooftop bar at Cha Cha Chá restaurant in Los Angeles.
Cha Cha Chá
Wonho Frank Lee

Broken Shaker at Freehand LA

Nominated for two James Beard awards and considered one of the world’s best bars, Broken Shaker comes to Downtown’s Freehand by way of Miami. The rooftop bar exudes an effortlessly casual aesthetic, complete with a pink-hued mural from artist Luke Pelletier, and tropical cocktails.

Cabra Los Angeles

Chef Stephanie Izard’s opened the West Coast arm of her Chicago restaurant in 2021. Both Cabras are in the Hoxton Hotel where the Top Chef winner prepares Peruvian-inspired dishes like the skirt steak saltado, ceviche, and empanadas. For refreshment, try the traditional pisco sour or the pisco fever with mango, and aji pepper while taking in the view.

A Peruvian-inspired brunch spread at Cabra in Downtown.
Cabra
Cabra

Cara Cara

It’s easy to find something to eat or drink on the Cara Cara rooftop. With all-day fare from A.O.C. chef Suzanne Goin, there are cozy nooks situated throughout the space, along with cocktails, wine, and beer curated by Goin’s longtime business partner and sommelier, Caroline Styne.

Celestina Rooftop

Culver City’s Shay Hotel has a low-key rooftop spot with a wide array of tequila and other agave drinks served along with modern Mexican fare. With so few other tall buildings in Culver City, the vistas are great for long spring and summer sunsets in LA.

Bar Bohemien

Sitting atop Citizen Public Market, Bar Bohemien’s interior sports an open, vaulted high-ceiling retro vibe with 1920s brickwork, arched window, and leather bar seats. The patio is partially shaded and captures SoCal’s beautiful sunset light while overlooking Culver Boulevard.

The rooftop for Bar Bohémien in Culver City, California.
Bar Bohemien
Stan Lee

Onyx Rooftop Bar at the Hotel Shangri-La

Tuck into this indoor-outdoor rooftop restaurant and bar for beachside breezes and views. Onyx’s menu is dependably straightforward, with things like Brussels sprouts and sliders on the menu. The cocktails are equally approachable.

Onyx rooftop lounge at Hotel Shangri-La
Onyx rooftop lounge at Hotel Shangri-La
Hotel Shangri-la [Official photo]

High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin

This social and scenic space isn’t just for guests of Hotel Erwin. Open at 3 p.m., there’s a lounge menu that runs until late evening, so it’s always a good time to stop by for a sip or bite. This place fills up early, especially before sunset.

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