Warm nights and blazing daytime temperatures are upon us.

Summer is here, and although that means cooling off at the beach on some days, it just as often means enduring triple-digit heat on others.

Keep cool at one of the the city’s open-air rooftop bars and check back next week for five more.

Upstairs at The Ace

Upstairs, located at the top of The Ace Hotel in DTLA, is one of Los Angeles’ best nightlife spots, but you may be surprised to find this rooftop getaway fully packed just after lunchtime each day. That’s because Upstairs is one of L.A.’s best kept creative secrets. Offering free Wi-Fi, small bites and killer views of L.A.’s booming construction on Figueroa, Upstairs makes a great place to work from on those days when you just need to get out of the office. Best of all, there’s plenty of parking at nearby Broadway Apartments if you arrive before the sun goes down. As temperatures increase this summer, consider catching up on emails at this downtown destination. After dark, Upstairs remains a classy hangout spot, great to settle in before finding the next party or nightclub to hit. It can get pretty packed, particularly on the weekends, but Upstairs remains a draw thanks to easy access to cheap food nearby at Two Boots Pizza and Tacos Mexico.

Mama Shelter

Set in the heart of Hollywood and just a few minutes walk from the Walk of Fame and from Red Line’s Hollywood/Vine station, Mama Shelter is a boutique hotel with locations around the world. Most come to stay for the night, but few realize that the hotel also boasts some of Los Angeles’ best views. On a clear day, it’s possible to see all the way to the Pacific Ocean, while you munch on California fusion food. While Upstairs is best visited in the afternoon, you’ll want to be at Mama Shelter just before sundown, so you can enjoy the world-famous sunset during happy hour. Wine and cocktails rule here, but if you’re the designated driver, you’re in luck. Mama Shelter’s menu features non-alcoholic “mocktails”


The Wilshire Grand now claims Los Angeles’ highest views, so it’s no surprise that the tower also hosts America’s highest rooftop bar. This is no destination for those scared of heights — Spire73 sits on the 73rd floor, at the top of the InterContinental Hotel. Not a hotel guest? No problem. Much like the Ace and Mama Shelter, you can still have a drink and something to eat, even if you’re just passing through. Be forewarned, though – there’s a $25 cover charge after 8 p.m. for those not staying at the hotel. You’ll also have to dress business casual to hang out here. This is no place for sloppiness, as the futuristic architecture, classy cocktail selection and whiskey menu show.

High Rooftop Lounge

Make sure you get a reservation to this Venice lounge. High Rooftop is in high demand among both locals and visitors, especially during the summer, thanks to its seaside sunset views. If you manage to grab a table, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the cool weather and craft brews. Gourmet street food may sound like an oxymoron, but that’s one of High Rooftop’s specialties, with sliders and tacos to share being the best choices on the menu. The fun doesn’t have to stop when the sun sets, either. Cozy blankets are available for patrons, and warm drinks like spiked hot chocolate and hot root beer floats can keep you comfy well into the night.

Perch LA

Perch LA is more than just a bar. This boozy bistro has a style all its own, featuring plush sofas and twinkling lights in potted trees. There’s good reason this DTLA hotspot is popular with L.A. professionals, particularly city and county employees. This is the place to be after-hours if you work in downtown Los Angeles. Thought it’s not as high as Upstairs or Spire73, Perch definitely has much to offer in terms of view, with great vantage points of the Los Angeles Central Library. Be advised that cocktails can get pricey, and Perch’s French-inspired food certainly isn’t cheap. But if you’re looking to unwind after work in a classy environment, Perch LA is the place.


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