9 Best Rooftop Bars in West Hollywood
Raise a glass at these scenic hot spots.
West Hollywood is known for its beautiful rooftop locations with views of the Hollywood Hills or downtown Los Angeles. Our fantastic weather and abundance of unique rooftop dining (and drinking) experiences are sure to please even the choosiest tastes – so don’t be shy. We’ve compiled a few of our favorites below.
If you like the idea of unwinding by a fire pit or lounging on a posh daybed sipping artisan cocktails, then famed fusion restaurant and bar-cum-nightspot E.P. & L.P. is totally your vibe. You’ll enjoy scintillating 360-degree views at this multilevel dining house serving up delectable Southeast Asian cuisine. We can’t get enough of their Where Love Lives cocktail, made with mezcal, damiana, passion fruit, guava, Thai chili and lime.
Famed New York transplant Catch has made a splash in West Hollywood. On any given night expect paparazzi to haunt the front door, waiting for some star or starlet to try to sneak away into the night. Reserve a table to imbibe and feast under the stars—indoors or out. (No reservation? You might be able to convince the door guy to let you up for a drink at the bar.) Cleverly designed cocktails complement amazing seafood delights. A retractable roof opens the main dining room and bar to indigo skies. Or enjoy the cityscape from the surrounding outdoor patio, complete with mini succulent gardens.
Unleash your inner hippy-meets-French-provocateur on the amazing rooftop of Petit Ermitage. This is a guests-only spot, but when staying, you’ll find that the rooftop restaurant is a regular gathering point for a larger community of locals and visitors alike who share a common appreciation for the artistic, the weird, the unique, and the beautiful. Craving a dreamy West Hollywood evening? Impress your date with champagne or a vintage wine from their Rooftop Club’s extensive wine cellar. Indulge your senses in the rooftop garden, a hummingbird and butterfly sanctuary with kumquat trees and glowing lanterns. Choose a cabana, sunken fireplace or the cozy Butterfly Bar next to a saltwater pool.
The Boxwood Restaurant on the roof of The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills is referred to as “playfully sophisticated,” and we think that’s just perfect. Enjoy dreamy views of the city and tasty libations such as the Brit with a Twist (Kikori Japanese whiskey, orgeat and fresh lemon juice.) You might as well stay for a few days, so check out their hotel room rates.
Chic and historic, the famous Formosa Café was once frequented by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Elvis Presely and John Wayne, who was once caught making scrambled eggs in the café’s kitchen after a late night of debauchery. Today, it’s known as one of the best Chinese restaurants in Los Angeles. Over the years, Formosa Café has undergone several renovations, including the addition of a fabulous rooftop bar.
Described as “revelry with a remarkable view,” Harriet’s Rooftop at 1 Hotel provides an intimate open-air rooftop setting with some of the best views of Los Angeles. The bar has the vibe of an old-fashioned lounge but with modern takes on classic cocktails. One of our favorites on the menu is Old Dog, New Tricks, a robust drink made with Jim Beam bourbon, maple, chocolate bitters and lemon essence.
The Roof at The West Hollywood EDITION resembles a sunken living room overlooking Los Angeles. Clean white chairs and sofas and raw-wood tables are rimmed in tropical foliage at waist level. The stark, angular lines give the view the featuring it deserves. The menu showcases the tropics as well, with a heavy mezcal list and fresh-squeezed juices. Even on rare, chillier days, you can sit inside for the view, via enormous glass windows.
Check out the ivy-laden Skybar for beautiful panoramic L.A. views at the pool deck of Mondrian Los Angeles – day or night. Known for its world-class DJ sets and the quintessential Sunset Strip experience, Skybar is sure to please. Their bar menu boasts a variety of creative cocktails including the Strawberry Moon Spritz, a delightfully light gin drink with maraschino liqueur, lemon juice, strawberry and cucumber, topped with club soda.
While most of West Hollywood’s best rooftops are open to the public, we couldn’t miss out on telling you about SoHo House. You can’t just walk into this exclusive celebrity hangout – you must be a member (or the guest of a member) to get in, so start schmoozing now. There’s a reason A-listers love the top floor of the Luckman Building on Sunset Blvd. Sensual and swank, you’ll be enchanted by the fairy-tale rooftop garden with lanterns hanging from olive trees and an outdoor balcony built for gazing upon the glittering West Hollywood night lights.