The Best Rooftop Bars in L.A. to Enjoy a Sundowner This Summer

While the weather is warm and the evenings are long, there's no better place to enjoy happy hour or a romantic night out than high above the city on a rooftop bar. It's the best time to sip a cocktail among the palm trees and tall buildings at one of the many rooftop bars in L.A., each with their own signature style, drinks, and breathtaking views.

Although each venue is unique, most include some version of the same ritual. Upon arriving, you'll be led to—or expected to find—an elevator that will transport you upstairs to the top floor of a building where you'll emerge to find an entirely new vision of the sprawling city. Downtown, you'll walk among sleek modern skyscrapers. In Hollywood, you'll find yourself surrounded by palm trees. On the West Side, a hazy view of city lights in the distance will dominate your line of sight.

Head to L.A. staples like Mama Shelter, Perch, and Pearl's for refreshing cocktails and stick around for the sweeping views as the night grows long. Here are 10 of the best rooftop bars in the city that deserve a spot on your L.A. bucket list.