Nightlife

West Hollywood has LA’s Best Rooftop Bars


Fancy a delicious craft cocktail while taking in the Hollywood Hills? Maybe a quiet, romantic corner where you can people-watch until the sun drops? From the quiet and cozy, to the raucous and weird, West Hollywood has been nursing and developing its (responsible) drinking habit for over a century; welcoming both the well-to-do and the hope-to-be with amazing culinary experiences.

Our fantastic weather and abundance of unique rooftop dining (and drinking) experiences are sure to please even the most difficult tastes, so don’t be shy. We’ve compiled a few of our favorites below and an honorable mention includes Skybar at The Mondrian, although it is technically not a rooftop, it has the same ambiance and is perfect for anyone who is afraid of heights!

Chill Out

If you like the idea of unwinding by a warm 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. We can’t get enough of their Where Love Lives cocktail, made with bourbon, mandarin liqueur, peach, ginger, fresh lemon and house-made Bellini Boba Pearls. You’ll enjoy scintillating 360-degree views at this multi-level dining house serving up delectable Southeast Asian cuisine. Learn more about E.P. L.P. here.

Photo courtesy E.P. L.P.

While you’re nearby: If you crave the relaxing, calming, and cool, you’re certain to like the newly-renovated rooftop at Le Parc Suite Hotel. This property, just off world-famous Melrose Avenue and in West Hollywood’s Design District, is sure to please. Yeah, you have to be a hotel guest to get in, so go ahead and check out Le Parc’s hotel room rates.

See and Be Seen

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 compliment 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. Learn more about Catch L.A.

Photo courtesy Catch.

Artistic & Funky

Unleash your artistic hippy-meets-French-provocateur on Petit Ermitage’s amazing rooftop. With original art on display throughout the halls from Miro, De Kooning, Rauschenberg, Dali, Erte and more, it’s no surprise that this boutique hotel was featured in The Upsider’s Best Accommodations for Art Lovers! Although this is a guest only hotel, when staying spend a little time at their rooftop restaurant and you’ll find that it’s 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. Crave a dreamy WeHo evening? Impress your date with champagne or a vintage vine from their Rooftop Club’s extensive wine cellar. Indulge your senses with the 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. Learn more about their rooftop here. Oh, and don’t forget to ask them about what goes on in The Master’s Lounge.

Photo courtesy Petit Ermitage

London Meets West Hollywood

Experience the newly-opened Boxwood on the Roof at The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills. It’s referred to as playfully sophisticated, and we think that’s just perfect. Enjoy dreamy views of the city while tasting a Crystal-Inspired Cocktail or one of our favorites–the Churchill Goes Japanese. (It’s Kikori Whiskey, Yuzuri, Rose Wine, Lemon, and Mint.) You might as well stay for a few days, so check out their hotel room rates.

Photo courtesy The London

Work Your Network

While most of West Hollywood’s best views are open to the public, we couldn’t miss out on telling you about SoHo House. You can’t just walk in to 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 WeHo night lights.

Photo courtesy SoHo House

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