Top 10 Best Rooftop Bars in Downtown From the Bottom to the Top

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It’s Official, Downtown LA is back on Top! The only thing higher is you, especially after a few signature cocktails high above the city. Check out The Top 10 Best Rooftop Bars in Downtown from the bottom to the top.

ONE: The Nixo Patio Lounge at E-Central Hotel 

Nixo

Back with a whole new look is E Central (formally known as the Luxe). Kicking off the grand opening, there is a whole new drink and beverage menu for previously existing rooftop deck Nixo Lounge, making their cocktails the envy of LA LIVE. 

Whether enjoying the game or great cigar, winding down during happy hour, or getting together with friends, the Nixo at E-Central is the best choice for class that’s not overly pretentious; which makes this rooftop one of the best rooftops in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Nixo global kitchen + patio lounge features light bites, specialty cocktails, and extreme ambiance. Located on the second-floor, rooftop patio of the E-Central, Nixo offers live entertainment at no cover charge. Salsa and chips or salsa dancing every Monday night at Nixo.  https://ecentralhotel.com

TWO: LA CHA CHA CHA

Cha cha cha

Ever since La Cha Cha Cha opened in the Arts District, diners in the district have had the only chance to enjoy one of our best new rooftop bars in downtown, serving spicy bites and spicy cocktails, totally uninstructed by the sun.

Although the roof is well shaded by mini palms and private cabanas, diners from rooftop corner to corner, find Cha Cha Cha a great place for family and friends, with traditional Mexican Cuisine plates basking along side under the final rays of the day’s sun.

We recommend the Sana Sana Pain Killer, a tasty blend of Cachaka, Aged Rum, Pineapple, and Manderin and Jarritos to bring in the night, it feels like a thousand tiny maracas shaking in your shoes all at once.

Be sure to make reservations a few days in advance as La Cha Cha fills with the sounds of enjoyment rather quickly. @chachachala

THREE: Perch

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One of Downtown’s pioneering nesting rooftop situations. Perch is located on the 13th and 15th floors of the historic Pershing Building. Enter the lobby, take the elevator past the eel to the “BIRD Floor” and exit the lift – where you must play the secret note on the old piano for entry. Just kidding…

But, that would be cool and hey, there is an eel in the lobby. Either way, once you’ve arrived chances are you will find you fit comfortably within Perch’s copious surroundings on what has many times been voted the best rooftop in Downtown Los Angeles.

Sip and enjoy while being virtually surrounded by the murmur of a dozen confirmations, live jazz and some of downtown’s most historic uprights. Look over Pershing Square to the south, face the Spring Street Strip to the east or dine face to face with the Historic CalEdison Building on Perch’s westside patio. 448 S Hill Street, 90013. perchla.com

FOUR: Pilot DTLA 

Book a flight to the Mediterranean coast, and you may just end up on the rooftop of The Hoxton hotel. This open-air rooftop bar offers DJ sets and special guest to bring in the night on the 8th floor of the Hoxton Hotel. 

Pilot by far is one of DTLAs most underrated rooftop bars. In all, actually it is a premier rooftop oasis, complete with dining room, pool, private cabanas, and tremendous views of Broadway Ave to enjoy while you dine. 

For cocktails, we recommend the Salty Dog, it’s a blend of Tequila, Aquavit, Grapefruit, Port and Lime and taste just dandy, however it’s the salty dog part we couldn’t resist. ROOF! 

FIVE: The Bonaventure Lounge @Westin Bonaventure

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel has got to be one of the most adored landmarks in all of Los Angeles. Built in 1974, the 35-story monument’s smoked glass-elevator ascension to enlightenment conveys to award-winning restaurant/bars on both the 34th and 35th floors offering relaxed atmospheres and refined services.

Breathtaking views of Downtown Los Angeles mix well with delicious appetizers and specialty drinks served in souvenir glassware. “It’s the perfect location for a romantic date or high-powered business meeting”. 

The western was also an architectural marvel but the cocktails deserve a cape of their own. thebonaventure.com

SIX: Upstairs @The Ace Hotel

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Inspired by Hollywood’s famous Les Deux Cafe, Upstairs is the sky-high urban nest at Ace Hotel. With a miniature pool and city lights stretched out in all directions, the bunker-like rooftop bar hosts events most nights of the week.

The 13th floor keeps DJs and live bands in constant rotation. Security is stern, and the bartenders can be a bit too serious, but the drinks are always strong so it balances out nicely.

Plus, it’s on top of a 100-year-old hotel. For history or architectural design buffs, from the lobby to rooftop, the renovated designs of the Ace Hotel are nothing less than splendid. acehotel.com

SEVEN: Broken Shaker @Free Hand Hotel

Broken shaker

Freehand’s hostel/boutique hotel brings DTLA a rooftop pool-deck bar full of culinary souvenirs from the Mediterranean to the tropics, with layovers in the Carribean and the Middle East. Playing on DTLA’s love for exposed brick and rooftop pool parties with fantastic views, Broken Shaker quickly became an instant sensation.

Broke Shak’s eclectic menu of handcrafted cocktails and small bites earned them the title of Winners of Tales of the Cocktail’s Best American Hotel Bar award, and Downtown Weekly’s Best Time While Intoxicated Award after enjoying, the Trash Tini, a peculiar mix of Grey Goose, Plymouth Gin, Luxardo Bitter Bianco, charred onion infused noilly pratt, accented with a celery shrub. freehandhotels.com

EIGHT: Takami Sushi 

The Financial District has no shortage of skyscrapers.  If you really want to have a blast, consider taking the elevator 21 floors up to one of DTLA’s most unique rooftop lounging experiences.  With a view that stretches around the corners of the rooftop exposing the south and west of DTLA and beyond, guests are only separated from the monstrous sky-capped neighbors by a thin smoked glass, making the atmosphere at Takami hard to top.

Takami has one of the most elegant wine list in Downtown beginning with their Bordeaux-style wine, Opus Meritage, One ’07, ’09, ’11 from Napa Valley at $385, ending with classic metallic bottles of Armand De Brignac “Ace of Spade” Champaign from Reims, France, B at $550. 811 Wilshire Blvd, 90071.  www.takamisushi.com

NINE: 71 Above

71 Above is back! Now serving 950 feet above ground level once again. When Covid 19 forced the sudden closure of Skyspace, Vista 71 Mediterranean substitute allowed the OUE Building to continue to reflect the light of the sun.

71Above

Now booking reservations, 71Above once again invites patrons to observe tremendous views of their open kitchen, incredible wine collection and of course unbelievable panoramic sights overlooking all of Los Angeles. As close to a perfect atmosphere as one can come for an elegant lounge experience, 71 Above boast a full bar with a handcrafted cocktail menu featuring both traditional and signature varieties. 

Have you tried the Sunset Cocktail? This cocktail is so fitting for the sophisticated, with its delicate mix of Siempre Blanco, Cinnamon, Lemon, Sweet Vermouth, Aperol, and Faire la Fête Brut, this cocktail pairs perfect with the full view of the sunset every evening. This high up, there’s no disputing 71 Above is just as high on the list of best rooftop bars in downtown Los Angeles. www.71above.com

TEN: Spire 73@Intercontinental Hotel

Enter the 73rd floor to Spire 73 – the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. This rooftop lounge offers breathtaking views of the entire city, chic fire pits, signature cocktails and a wide selection of whiskey, including Downtown Weekly’s recommended 1100 FEET, a mix of Glenmorangie scotch, Benedictine, Lillet blanc, creole bitters, and dried apricots as culinary expressions to rival the view. Entry is free for non-hotel guest but there is a  $25 entry fee after 8pm. Enjoy. www.spire73.com

Author: Keri Freeman

Military mom and proud parent, artist, writer, musician and film maker. Cocktail connoisseur. Publisher of DTLA Weekly.