The best roof top bars in LA

LA does roof top bars like no other city. A combination of warm balmy nights and Instagrammable views of the Los Angeles skyline make it the perfect place to take in dreamy, tangerine sunsets and cocktails.  

Here at House of Coco, we’ve sussed out the best bars for sky-high views, delicious drinks, good tunes and a sprinkle of that cool Cali-vibe. 

Skybar at the Mondrian, West Hollywood

If you are looking for that hip, Hollywood glamour then the Skybar at the Mondrian is the place to visit.  During the day it’s a chic poolside lounge, perfect for soaking up some rays and relaxing and, at night, it turns into one of the hottest party spots in LA. World-class DJs pump out the tunes while guests hang out sipping on champagne, signature cocktails, spirits and beers.  Boasting some of the finest views of the city, this popular rooftop bar is the place to be seen; so, dress to impress.

Hot tip: If you aren’t staying at the Mondrian, arrive after 1pm when the bar opens to the public.

Mama Shelter, Hollywood

Take in the sweeping views of Hollywood at this casual, chilled rooftop bar.  Settle down on one of the bright, cosy sofas and sample the rustic, home-cooked food. Think baby back ribs that just drop off the bone and home-made cookies; just like mama would bake.  This is a great venue to meet up with friends, grab a bite to eat, sample a cocktail from their infamous Moscow Mule menu, lounge on the day beds or have a go at the table games and foosball.

Hot tip: Mama’s has a first come, first served policy so try and get there early in the evening.

Above SIXTY, Beverly Hills 

Located on the rooftop of the SIXTY Beverly Hills, Above SIXTY was named LA’s best rooftop al fresco bar and restaurant. With an extensive bar and 360 views of the city, it’s easy to see why.  There’s a contemporary and stylish split-level terrace; the lower has a bar and lounge seating while the roof terrace has a pool, lounge areas and cabanas. This is a great spot for brunch on a weekend or, if you are looking to hang with the cool crowd, reserve your table for sundowners.

Hot Tip: A great place if you are looking to splurge.

Upstairs Bar at Ace Hotel, Downtown

The Upstairs Bar at the Ace has it all; DJ sets, live music, splendid drinks, book release parties and rooftop yoga.  With stunning views of the city, this bar has definitely upped the rooftop game.  It’s more than just a bar, it’s a great social space that offers a daily line up of events.

Hot tip: Check out their website before you visit, as there are lots of different events on each night.

High Rooftop Lounge at Erwin Hotel, Santa Monica

As the only rooftop bar in Venice Beach, you can count on epic sunset views year-round. The vibe here during the day is laid back, with 360 views that take in Muscle Beach, Catalina Island, Malibu, Downtown LA and the Hollywood Hills.  When the sun goes down, the energy goes up a notch as the hip crowd dance around the glass fire pits, while the guest DJs spin out the beats.

Hot tip: Even if you are staying at the hotel, make a reservation as it gets busy.

Petit Ermitage, West Hollywood

Petit Ermitage

You might well believe that you are in the Mediterranean, rather than Hollywood, when you arrive at Petit Ermitage.  This beautiful boho bar is like an Italian secret garden.  The pool and bar area is flanked with citrus trees, scattered with twinkly fairy lights.  Sip on cocktails created by the Spirit Master in the Butterfly Bar and escape the ordinary.  This Hollywood hideaway is humming with birds and butterflies.  On an evening, step in the gypsy wagons and have your tarot cards read or snuggle under a blanket and watch an exclusive film premiere on the fire deck.

Hot Tip: This is guest-only, so you need to be staying at the hotel to get in.

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Anji McGrandles

Anji is obsessed with all things wellbeing. She runs a workplace wellbeing business, The Mind Tribe, coaching teams to be more resilient and less stressed through mindset tools. Anji loves travel and scoping out new wellness trends and products for House of Coco. You can read her Well and Good column in our print issue and catch her tips and travels at @themindtribe

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