L.A.'s Five Best Rooftop Bars
Discover the best and upcoming rooftops in town, with stunning views of the City of Angel's iconic skyline, for sky-high dining and drinking.
Atop InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown’s 73rd floor is Spire 73 – the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. This rooftop lounge offers breathtaking views of the entire city, chic fire pits, signature craft cocktails (think classic cocktails with updated twists) and a wide selection of whiskey, as well as a small menu of elevated bar snacks (think carnitas fries and uni deviled eggs). The stunning views from this spot - with its beachy open-air bar - go all the way to the ocean and are simply breathtaking. Cozy up on futuristic furniture, or sit around a fire pit and toast your own s'mores whilst drinking in the views.
Pass the soaring crystal chandelier in the lobby at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and take the elevator to the 12th floor, where you’ll be met by 360-degree panoramic views of Beverly Hills and Hollywood. An impeccably styled garden setting, the Rooftop by JG is among the largest of its kind in Beverly Hills and fitted out with luxurious private cabanas, fireplaces and a (guest-only) rooftop swimming pool. Sip on a Kumquat Mojito whilst; the JG in question is Michelin-starred Chef Jean-George Vongerichten, who helms the hotel’s main dining room, and here gives his touch to the light, sharing dishes such as: eggplant fritters with honey and manchego and tuna tartare with avocado, radish, and ginger marinade.
At the apex of Dream Hollywood is TAO Group's newest dining and nightlife concept, The Highlight Room. The luxe 11,000-square-foot outdoor rooftop, lounge, pool and grill is set high above Hollywood with unparalleled aerial views of the famed Hollywood sign and the Los Angeles skyline. The Highlight Room’s chic, modern sundeck is the ideal destination to relax by the pool on plush loungers or in luxurious private cabanas, while enjoying a light menu and handcrafted refreshments. The restaurant serves signature drinks and freshly prepared Californian fare from breakfast until mid-day. At sundown, this Hollywood retreat opens its doors to the rooftop bar and lounge and pool transforms into a dance floor at the push of a button.
Located on the corner of 7th and Olive streets, the second offshoot of the New York flagship is housed in Giannini Place - formerly the Bank of Italy - with Italian-inspired interiors by the legendary Jacques Garcia. With sweeping views of the Downtown Los Angeles skyline, the rooftop features an outdoor café, cocktail bar, and a lushly landscaped pool area - complete with a Gardens of Bomarzo style stone sculpture. The pool is reserved for hotel guests from sunrise to sunset, while the café and bar is open to the public all-day. Michelin-starred chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, the men behind the original NoMad and Eleven Madison Park, dish up produce-driven dishes alongside epic cocktails.
The Soho House Group are opening a much highly-anticipated Downtown destination for their third house in the city - the others are in WeHo and Malibu. Soho Warehouse is located in a 100 year old building located in the Arts District. The 48-room hotel will be designed by LA firm Killefer Flammang Architects and will be a complete renovation and refurbishment of this iconic building recalling the property's industrial past. In addition, will house a “public market” with a restaurant and bar on the ground floor, and atop that, a spa and salon, a gym, a screening room, a club and bar and restaurant, an observation deck and the requisite sun lounger-lined rooftop pool - set to become the city's most popular celebrity hot spot - perhaps until The Arts Club opens on Sunset Strip.