Hollywood Bars with a View
No less than six stunning views are to be had from rooftop bars in the Hollywood Entertainment District. Here are some of those commanding views that come with a great cocktail or two.
1550 N El Centro Ave.
Sorra is located on the rooftop of Columbia Square Living, 1550 N. Gower St. (Courtesy photo)
A block off the Walk of Fame at the top of the rebranded Columbia Square Living, the sleek golden and brown palette of this indoor/outdoor spot offers a terrific view that includes the Hollywood Hills. Popular sips: a Sorra Margarita with mescal, honey, lime, and soda, and a Classic Old Fashioned. Enjoy a chilled watermelon salad or Sashimi with your view.
The Highlight Room
6417 Selma Ave.
The Highlight Room is positioned ten stories high with unobstructed, 360 degree views of Los Angeles. (Courtesy photo)
Occupying the top floor of Dream Hotel, this sundeck/lounge offers California cuisine, drinks, and a dynamic view ten floors above street. Pool deck by day, at night, it’s a hip lounge party amid the city lights of Hollywood and the Hollywood Hills. Refreshing specialty cocktails fit the sizzling scene: the Frozen Red Bull combines Volcan Blanco tequila or Hangar vodka with coconut berry; a virgin cocktail like watermelon juice, lime, and mint refreshes. Bites include tuna poke and salt & vinegar chips.
6500 Selma Ave
Mama Shelter's rooftop serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as craft cocktails. (Courtesy photo)
A warm and friendly vibe is served up with a sweet skyline view on the roof of the Mama Shelter hotel. Enjoy mocktails and cocktails, with drinks named for classic and recent films such as the Who Framed Roger Rabbit, made with rum, fresh carrot juice, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup. Share tacos or inventive dishes like tempura cauliflower in a colorful atmosphere that has a modern South of the Border feel.
Beauty & Essex
1615 Cahuenga Blvd.
Beauty & Essex's “Old Dirty Bramble:” Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila, Smoked Blackberries, Honey, Ginger Juice, Lemon. (Courtesy photo)
Not quite a rooftop, but the second-level patio gives an elevated foodie spin to al fresco drinks and dinner. Another inventive iteration of the Tao Hospitality Group family, guests can enjoy dishes such as grilled cheese, bacon, and tomato soup dumplings; BBQ fries; lamb and salmon; and a chocolate pot de crème. Try the O.D.B. with tequila and smoked blackberries, or go for a savory cocktail like The Woodman, featuring Makers Mark 46, Allspice maple syrup, lemon, and muddled pears.
W Hollywood – WET Deck
6250 Hollywood Blvd.
The WET Deck at the W Hollywood Hotel accepts cabana reservations. (Courtesy photo)
Coffee in the morning, drinks at night. A stellar view, comfortable seating, and of course, a pool. The venue’s pool parties are a trend setters must. The Wet Deck’s “Dial It In” weekend party provides attendees with LA-based D.J.s, free entry, glittering LA lights, and of course drinks, beer, wine, and small bites. To make cabana reservations, click here.
Skyline Pool at the Kimpton Everly
1800 Argyle Ave.
Located in the heart of Hollywood, The Kimpton Everly is the epitome of style and glamour. (Courtesy photo)
In addition to The Ever Bar, a light-filled space with a craft cocktail bar and cushy seating, Kimpton's Everly Hotel also features the Skyline Pool. Available to the public through a day pass or cabana rental, the Skyline is open Monday through Sunday from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Pool service runs from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and includes food and drinks such as fish tacos and Frosé.
Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer. Passionate about everything-Los Angeles, you can see her work in the arts on her own www.diversionsLA.com.