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2 • mar • 2018

Top 5 Outdoor Restaurants & Rooftop Bars in LA



March 20th marks the first day of Spring, and guess who’s welcoming it with open arms? Me. Why? Because although I don’t consider LA “winter season” to be unbearable for outdoor activity, most LA-natives do. Once it drops below 60 degrees, people retreat home and Postmates’ delivery fees surge dramatically all because of a little wind chill. Spring’s arrival means outdoor dining and drinking can begin once again. So, if you’re looking for me this season, I’ll be sipping on a refreshing bev at some of my favorite LA rooftop bars. Join me, won’t ya?

The Standard

Upon moving to LA, my roommate re-newed my obsession with the show, Entourage. If you haven’t heard of this particular show, you should probably keep that to yourself and really re-evaluate what you are doing with your free time. But, back to my main point, the cast frequently visits The Standard throughout the course of the second and third season. I went here last weekend, and I am totally obsessed. The decor is stunning: extremely modern, with a red Astroturf deck and waterbed pods. Located in the heart of downtown, it offers a panoramic view of the entire city. If you are traveling to Los Angeles, or if you have friends visiting, you have to check this place out.

The Ace Hotel Rooftop Lounge

Also located downtown, The Ace Hotel contains a rooftop bar with an urban-oasis vibe and Mexican-inspired decor. Featuring a concrete pool and lights streaming in all directions, this bar is lively with a somewhat cozy element. They also host an absurd amount of events every night of the week, so it’s a great place to check when scoping out entertainment. Grab a poolside drink and enjoy your wonderful brew with a view (see what I did there?).

L.P Rooftop Bar

For those residing in West Hollywood, this is your spot. E.P. & L.P. (L.P. being the rooftop part of the restaurant) has one of the largest rooftop bars in Los Angeles, and is located at the intersection of La Cienega and Melrose. This is the perfect place to meet your bestie after work for a much deserved glass of pinot (or 5 glasses) while overlooking the Sunset Strip and Hollywood Hills. Oh, and don’t worry about the hours– they’re open daily until 2AM.

Mama Shelter

Ah, Mama Shelter–the first rooftop I visited after moving to the west coast–so it will forever and always hold a special place in my heart. What sets this place apart? The day beds. Forget table etiquette- you and 5+ people can fit on these colorful couches, kick back, and wine & dine yourselves. Because it’s walking distance from our apartment, Alexis (my roommate) and I stumble home from this place a concerning amount. Warning: the moscow mules are dangerously good.



Takami Sushi & Elevate Lounge

Perfect for a romantic night out, this cute AF date spot is known for their mouthwatering sushi and elegant ambiance. Takami is located twenty-one floors above LA’s financial district. This outdoor, Japanese restaurant offers a stunning view and unique dining experience. After having a quick bite, you can continue the evening at Elevate Lounge. Upon stepping into Elevate you’ll feel as if you just walked into a 21st floor penthouse. Stylishly decorated, the lounge has a dance floor and offers VIP/private seating.

Cheers to Spring


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