Los Angeles, the traffic is insane, the rent is way too high and don’t even get us started on the air quality. But…it’s all worth it because of the beautiful views. There’s very few places where one can get to the mountains and beach in just the span of a few miles. Therefore, we should take advantage of taking in the city any chance we get, and one of the best ways is rooftops.
Here at Loop Magazine, we’ve been keeping our finger on the pulse of the best rooftops in the city, and we are breaking it down neighborhood by neighborhood, starting with Hollywood.
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From lunch to late night, Mama Shelter’s colorful furniture and views that span from the Hollywood Sign to Downtown can serve your needs any time of day. On the weekdays and Sunday, drinks are available from 12 p.m.- 12 a.m., and food is available from 12 p.m.- 11 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the party keeps going with drinks being available until 2 a.m. and food until 12 a.m..
While there, it is a must to try one of their signature burgers, but one can’t go wrong with anything on the menu because everything is homemade. Different nights they’ll have special features including comedy night and DJs. This terrace is located on top of the Mama Shelter hotel and is a great option for guests and non-guest alike.
6500 Selma Ave., Los Angeles@mamashelterla
The Highlight Room is located at the Dream Hollywood hotel; the perfect location because this rooftop quite literally feels like a dream. This 11,000 square foot rooftop includes a lounge, pool, and grill! Feel like a night swim? This place has you covered because while the daytime pool closes at 6, at 21+ night pool opens from 11:00pm-2:00am Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
This space curated by the Tao group not only has two full service bars but also cabanas and VIP seating as well as two DJ stations to keep the energy high.
6417 Selma Ave., Los Angeles @thehightlightroom
A rooftop with a history, Grandmaster Recorders is a revamped space that used to house the original Grandmaster Recorders recording studio that opened in 1971. The rooftop is open until 12 a.m. Sunday – Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. They also offer bottle service and weekend brunch.
One truly feels like they are in the heart of Hollywood, the land of musical dreams getting made with not only views of the Hollywood sign but also the Capital Records building. In addition to the rooftop, one can also go to the lower levels for the disco bar known as 71 Studio as well as the restaurant.
1518 N Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles@grandmaster_recorders
Travel to different parts of Southern California while staying right in Hollywood with Desert 5 Spot. Inspired by vintage Palm Springs and Pioneertown, guests are transported to the desert while still taking in all the rooftop views.
The vibey decor is based on Joshua Tree hideouts, roadside motels, and cosmic Americana. Each night, there is music whether it is the house band or DJs or just the vintage jukeboxes that play a mix of country music and classic rock. There’s also events including line dancing classes and karaoke night
One can also not forget about the bar and its speciality margaritas, and good news if you are the designated driver for the night as the bar gives complimentary non-alcoholic drinks to DDs as a part of their safe driving program.
6156 Selma Ave., Los Angeles@desertfivespotla
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Described as an “oasis in the middle of LA,” the I|O Rooftop has everything for your daytime and nighttime needs. Located at the top of the Godfrey Hotel, this space includes a pool perfect for relaxing during the day and a dance floor perfect for decompressing at night.
The bar is known for hosting DJs, parties, and even movie nights. The shareable bites are a crowd favorite and so are the specialty drinks including the Frozen Margarita and the Smokey Paradise that has rum, mezcal, cranberry and aperol.
1400 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles@io_hollywood
Good food, good views: it’s one of the best combinations out there and you’ll get it at Lemon Grove. This restaurant that sits at the top of The Aster Hotel has a menu curated by celebrity Chef Marcel Vigneron. The menu is always evolving with seasonal offerings based on what California has to offer and has options that are vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free.
On social media, guests have raved about the lemon pasta, surf and turf dishes, as well as the pizza. It’s perfect for date night, a catch up with friends, a work dinner or just a treat out for yourself.
1717 Vine Street, Los Angeles@lemongrovelosangeles
Feel transported to the French Riviera at Bar Lis. This rooftop space at Thompson Hollywood puts on a variety of events to a weekend clubbing atmosphere to a jazz eclectic night. We are huge fans of Bar Lis here at Loop for not only their great drinks but also good vibes.
The indoor-outdoor space is roomy and the music is diverse with something for everyone. The views are of course the show stopper, you’ll get all the Instagram photos you need.
1541 Wilcox Ave., Los Angeles @barlisla
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