LA consistently gets a lot of flack for seeming like a land of glamorous people that do nothing more than spend their time enjoying the warm weather while taking a dip in a rooftop pool.
Well, we do plenty more than that. We also take photos on rooftops, eat on rooftops and drink on rooftops. Oh, and once in a while we put our phones away and just enjoy the view as a light breeze hits our face. LA is the ideal city for enjoying a rooftop view, and there are a few public spaces where you can do just that (while rubbing it in everyone else’s faces).
For starters, let’s face it: most of the public rooftop spaces in LA are in fact bars and restaurants. But we doubt either will charge you for getting a little look-see of the gorgeous view. And what’s not to love about a rooftop view and a drink on a warm LA night? Visit these spots for a unique view of the city and enjoy the breeze as the rest of LA fights to get home in traffic.
City Hall Observation Deck
200 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Through a series of a few twists and turns, you can actually find a fantastic view from the observation tower at City Hall. Enter through the 201 North Main Street entrance and get a visitor pass before taking the elevator to the 22nd floor, another elevator to the 26th floor and then the stairs to the 27th floor. The trip is definitely worth the view — especially since admission is totally free. Just make sure you visit during business hours (this is a city building after all).
The Upstairs Bar at the Ace Hotel
929 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Open to the public, the Upstairs Bar at the Ace Hotel offers a great view of LA from Broadway. Take the elevator up to this hideaway and grab a drink while you take in the industrial beauty of the surrounding skyscrapers. Wear your swimsuit under your outfit if you fancy a swim in the concrete pool. On chillier nights, keep an eye out for the seats by the fireplace. Fair warning: this bar gets popular during drinking hours so try off-hours to avoid waiting in line.
448 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
For nights when you feel extra swanky, head to this hidden gem. Located in a skyscraper (because it’s Downtown, duh), Perch offers awesome cocktails and a 360-degree view of the city. Take the first elevator (press the button with the bird) and then hop on a second elevator to the restaurant. From there, take a sharp left by the bar to a staircase that leads to an area equipped with heat lamps and comfortable seating. Though its hidden, the restaurant and bar are pretty popular so get there early.
The Roof on Wilshire
6317 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Step into the Hotel Wilshire to take in the city from The Roof on Wilshire. There, you can eat and drink to your heart’s desire. You might want to consider making a reservation no matter what time you visit, though. The spot is popular not only for night-time rendezvous but also for sun-filled brunch dates. Enjoy the view from either inside or outside the space — and yes, there’s a pool here, too.
The Standard Hotel
550 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Fair warning; this rooftop can be incredibly difficult to get into on weekends. That might be due to the fact that it also boasts a dance floor, pods outfitted with water beds and a heated pool. The epitome of Downtown LA glam, the space often gets packed (especially when popular DJs stop by). Choose an early or off-peak time and get ready to do some waiting. We’re pretty you’ll find that the view is worth it.
High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin
1697 Pacific Ave
Venice, CA 90291
Photo via High Rooftop Lounge on Facebook.
Located close to Venice Beach, this rooftop lounge gives you views of the city and the waves. Locals warn that the drinks can get pricey but most of them seem to agree that the sunset as seen from here is stunning. It’s a good spot to enjoy an iconic LA area from a different point of view. If you plan on grabbing food, too, it’s best to make a reservation. Otherwise, just sip on a cocktail and enjoy that ocean breeze.