Few things are as enjoyable after a long day at work than taking in the setting sun with a panoramic view of the skyline. If drinking by yourself on the rooftop of your apartment building doesn’t excite you as much as it once did, here are some fun places on the Westside that still might.
High Rooftop Lounge — Hotel Erwin
In Venice, the first thing that comes to mind is the Hotel Erwin with its aptly named High Rooftop Lounge. “Hey what’s the name of that lounge? It’s on the rooftop… oh, that’s right, duh.” There’s a fair amount of munchies at the lounge bar, but if you’re feeling especially adventurous come downstairs to see what off-beat meats Chef Adam Steudle is working with at Barlo Restaurant on the ground floor. Crispy pig’s ear with rabbit and marrow pie sounds nice.
Suite 700 — Hotel Shangri-La
Further north you can take in the picture-perfect skyline with a cocktail in hand at Suite 700 at the top of Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica. If the patio gets a bit chilly, step inside to the bar, which blends a timeless Art Deco feel with a breathtaking ocean view. The restaurant downstairs, with another wildly creative name, is called The Dining Room. But where its name might be lacking in personality, it’s décor is certainly not as the exquisite dining room is full of beautiful hardware and an equally impressive menu to match.
A spread at West Restaurant on the top floor of Hotel Angeleno.
West Restaurant — Hotel Angeleno
For a view a little more panoramic and a little further east, West Restaurant on top of the Hotel Angeleno offers unparalleled views of Brentwood and West Los Angeles. Have a drink and enjoy a meal in what amounts to a viewing deck with crystal clear floor to ceiling windows.
Sonoma Wine Garden
If you don’t mind the fact it’s located in a shopping mall, Sonoma Wine Garden offers another go-to spot for happy hour sunset seekers. Situated in a corner of the top floor of Santa Monica Place — amid a pretty cool patio space as far as shopping centers go — the wine bar offers a respite from the busy downtown core, and parking is a cinch.
Chef Daniel Tiger shows off a spread of select favorites at Del Frisco’s Grille in Santa Monica.
The Penthouse — The Huntley Hotel
For another high-rise dining experience check out The Penthouse on the top floor of The Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica. Where do they keep coming up with these names, right? This place is another world with its antique styles that can’t help elevate the stature of any occasion. The Penthouse is definitely a must-visit on the Westside.
Del Frisco’s Grille
If it’s people watching you’re after while also enjoying the skyline, might we suggest Del Frisco’s Grille. Situated at one of the busiest cross sections in Santa Monica at Ocean Boulevard and Colorado Street, take a perch at the corner bar and enjoy the scenery. And while it’s not technically that high above the ground, the views are incredible. Chef Daniel Tiger’s Philly cheese-steak egg rolls and ahi poke tacos with a cold beer are amazing.