This summer, what could be better than taking in stunning sunsets while enjoying invigorating aperitifs? And where better to do that than on an urban parapet in Downtown Los Angeles (#DTLA #MoveToDTLA)? Here are our Top 5 Picks for the best rooftop bars DTLA has to offer.
WP24 Wolfgang Puck – The Ritz-Carlton, 900 w Olympic Blvd
If it promotes the name “Puck” you know it’s primo. Wolfgang Puck’s WP24 atop DTLA’s Ritz-Carlton is open to the public Memorial-through-Labor Day, inviting everyone to enjoy top-notch cocktails, wine and beer, and world-class bites. Refreshing cocktails include champagne floats with passion fruit, strawberry and peach sorbet, the Rhubarb Shiso Fizz and the Avant Gardener with Buffalo Trace, lemon, basil and blackberry — Ahhh!
Upstairs – Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway
Upstairs at the Ace has become the unquestionable imperative for urbanites looking to quench their ultimate thirst. Surrounded by spectacular views and Spanish Gothic-style architecture — and a now-trademark “Jesus Saves” sign — Upstairs is where to go for a great selection of seasonally-rotating cocktails and elevated bar snacks, pressed sandwiches, and salads. It even has brunch on the weekend! The elevator next to L.A. Chapter is the key to getting inside (or rather, outside).
Perch – 448 Hill Street
As the name suggests, you’ll feel like you’re flying high above the city streets when you come home to roost at Perch. It’s hard to imagine a better view of Downtown — the ample portico looks out onto perennial favorite, Pershing Square — whether you’re looking for a romantic date-night spot, and after-work watering hole, or a bountiful weekend brunch.
The Standard – 550 S Flower Street
The Standard Downtown is anything but. Lipstick-red waterbed pods, EDM DJs, an authentic biergarten — the rooftop, poolside bar at this hip hotel is the place to see and be seen any weekend afternoon in Los Angeles. Take the elevator up to the top floor and enjoy all this mod mezzanine has to offer.
Kyoto Gardens – The Hilton Doubletree
If you’re looking for peace and quiet in Downtown Los Angeles then the Japanese garden atop the Hilton DoubleTree in Little Tokyo is your answer. The half-acre rooftop garden features waterfalls, ponds, and plenty of greenery to put you at ease. There are two terrace levels and a banquet room perfect for private events — like your wedding.