11 L.A. Rooftop Bars and Lounges With Stunning Views

Raise the roof for these sky-high spring hangout spots.

Can you feel it in the air? L.A.'s stereotypical 72-and-sunny climate is inching closer which means it's time to shed your shearling, box your boots, and belly on up to a rooftop bar. Getting back into the swing of spring might give you butterflies in your stomach but we've taken the guesswork out of figuring out where to sip and soak in incredible views. From Downtown to Santa Monica, explore 11 of L.A.'s trendiest rooftop bars, lounges, restaurants, and more below.


Bar Lis, Thompson Hollywood

A new rooftop lounge that brings the sophistication of the Cote D'Azur to the heart of Hollywood, Bar Lis opened in 2021 with a South of France-meets-Socal vibe and libations that leave you wanting more. Expect to find comfortable lounge sofas, cypress trees, a stylish bar, a water fountain, and panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills and Downtown. Bar Lis, 1541 Wilcox Ave., L.A., 90028; (323) 410-6210


Bar Bohémien, Citizen Public Market

Despite what the world was enduring at the end of 2020, Culver City kept its chin up and welcomed the 7,500 square-foot market-hall Citizen Public Market and its rooftop bar Bar Bohémien – perfect for lively happy hours, thoughtful discussions, or a romantic date. Bar Bohémien, 9355 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 90232; (310) 730-6610


Perch

Offering a rooftop setting with small plates, handcrafted cocktails, and unobstructed views of the L.A. skyline, French-inspired bistro Perch features two outdoor fireplaces to keep you toasty, an array of fire pits, a lounge with antique-inspired furniture, and indoor or outdoor seating. Perch, 448 South Hill St., L.A., 90013; (213) 802-1770


The Private Rooftop, Petit Ermitage

A top-optional, heated, saltwater pool, and Hummingbird Garden spell priceless staycation fun at Petit Ermitage's private rooftop. The Moroccan-inspired, all-suite hotel only opens the rooftop to its guests, so maybe it's time to treat yourself to that staycation you've been putting off. Petit Ermitage, 8822 Cynthia St., West Hollywood, 90069; (310) 854-1114


Sant'olina, The Beverly Hilton

Situated above the historic Beverly Hilton, Sant'olina whisks you away from the city to a seaside escape. Chefs Michael Teich and Burt Bakman prepare Mediterranean cuisine with a Southern California touch to match the Mediterranean color palette, dazzling string lights, and open-air views of L.A. Sant'olina, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 90210; (310) 274-7777


Upstairs, Ace Hotel

With an unobstructed 360° view of Downtown, Upstairs at Ace Hotel is a vibrant rooftop bar with two terraces, an open pool area, tent-like covers for much-needed shade, and a weekend brunch menu. Expect to lounge and decompress during the day before nighttime brings DJs, live bands, pop-up shops, and other events. Upstairs, 929 South Broadway, L.A., 90015; (213) 623-3233


Skybar, Mondrian

A fixture of L.A.'s glam culture, Skybar is one rooftop perch that never goes out of style. Go for the spectacular views and stay for the creative cocktails, pool parties, live music nights, and more. Skybar, 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 90069; (323) 848-6025


Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel

Stash your phone in your bag and soothe your nerves at Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel, which features a rooftop pool deck with panoramic views of Downtown. For some added self-care, check out its 24-hour fitness center and food menu curated by James Beard award-winning restaurateurs Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne. Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel, 1100 South Broadway, L.A., 90015; (213) 806-1010


Spire 73

While not technically on a roof, Spire 73 is an open-air bar on the 73rd floor of the InterContinental and the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. That's enough reason to plan a visit pronto. Spire 73, 900 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 90017; (213) 688-7777.


I|O Rooftop, The Godfrey

Hidden on the 7th floor of The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood is I|O Rooftop. The lounge features 360° views, one indoor and one outdoor bar, a pool, and a drink called Amethyst Destiny. Amazing. I|O Rooftop, 1400 Cahuenga Blvd., L.A., 90028; (323) 762-1000


Onyx Rooftop Bar, Hotel Shangri-La

Get lost in views of the grand Pacific Ocean at Hotel Shangri-La's Onyx Rooftop Bar, the Angeleno's go-to for a laid-back, beachy scene. And in fitting in with the culture around it, Onyx's menu offerings feature local produce from the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Onyx Rooftop Bar, 1301 Ocean Ave. #1019, Santa Monica, 90401; (310) 394-2791

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