L.A.'s Best Poolside Bars

Life's a beach without the sand

Frozen Negroni swirled with a Pina Colada at Broken Shaker | Instagram by @dramawise
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Los Angeles is renowned as the city of the "Endless Summer." For visitors and locals alike, there's no better way to cool off than sipping a chilled drink while relaxing by the pool. Read on for the best poolside bars in L.A.

The Highlight Room - Dream Hollywood

The Highlight Room Pool | Photo courtesy of Dream Hollywood
The Highlight Room Pool | Photo courtesy of Dream Hollywood

At the apex of the Dream Hollywood is Tao Group’s newest dining, daylife and nightlife concept, The Highlight Room. The luxe 11,000 square foot outdoor rooftop, lounge, pool and grill is set high above Hollywood with unparalleled aerial views of the famed Hollywood sign and the Los Angeles skyline. The Highlight Room is L.A.’s most anticipated new hangout, offering lively experiences day and night, in addition to casual fare in a stylish atmosphere no matter what the weather. The Highlight Room’s chic, modern sundeck is the ideal destination to relax by the pool on plush loungers or in luxurious private cabanas, while enjoying a light menu and handcrafted refreshments. The Highlight Room’s grill serves freshly prepared Californian fare from breakfast through dinner amidst a serene environment of lush cascading foliage and unforgettable city views. At sundown, the Hollywood retreat transforms into a rooftop bar and lounge.

After 6pm, guests are required to wear sophisticated casual attire. Men must wear closed shoes and avoid any athletic gear and/or excessive jewelry. Entrance to The Lounge at The Highlight Room is at doorman’s discretion. Open Thursday to Saturday from 10:30 pm to 2 am.

Broken Shaker - The Freehand

Broken Shaker at Freehand Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of Broken Shaker at Freehand Los Angeles

Handcrafted cocktails, beautiful people and a hip mural by artist Luke Pellitier: you’re in good company at one of L.A.'s hottest poolside soirees. An oasis in the heart of Downtown L.A., Broken Shaker is located on The Freehand hotel's rooftop pool deck, offering an eclectic menu of cocktails and small bites. A James Beard Award finalist and winner of Tales of the Cocktail’s Best American Hotel Bar Spirited Award, Broken Shaker serves up delicious cocktails, infused with homemade elixirs and exotic ingredients, bringing the flavors of the beach to the center of the city.

Rick’s - Hotel Figueroa

Rick's at Hotel Figueroa
Rick's | Photo courtesy of Hotel Figueroa

Angelenos and visitors gather at the Morroccan-themed Rick’s for a lively, neighborhood vibe fueled by coastal and tropical-inspired cocktails, fine spirits and beers on tap. Located on the opposite end of the pool from the hotel's Veranda restaurant, the two-story Rick's can be accessed through the hotel lobby or a back entrance. Frozen Jungle Bird FTW!

The NoMad

Rooftop pool at the NoMad Los Angeles
Rooftop pool at the NoMad Los Angeles | Instagram by @lisanapoli

With sweeping views of Downtown Los Angeles’s skyline and the city expanse below, The Rooftop Bar features an outdoor café, cocktail bar, and lushly landscaped pool area - all designed by Jacques Garcia. The Pool is reserved for guests of NoMad. The Rooftop is open to the public for lunch, and for evening drinks and snacks - by reservation only. Reservations can be made for a table reservation, or for general access to the rooftop and its bar. The entrance is located at 649 S. Olive St. (Reservations available here.) With 5,178 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, evenings on The Rooftop can accommodate seated dinners or large-scale cocktail receptions with a wide variety of set-up options.

The Standard, Downtown LA

Rooftop pool at The Standard Downtown L.A.
Photo courtesy of The Standard Downtown L.A.

The Rooftop at The Standard, Downtown LA offers stunning, panoramic views of Downtown Los Angeles and the mountains beyond, a heated swimming pool, red AstroTurf deck, dance floor, nightly DJs, bar, outdoor fireplace, waterbed pods, and sculptured topiary. During the summer, DJs take over the entire rooftop for a Sunday Funday dance party.

Upstairs at the Ace Hotel

Sangria three ways at Upstairs at the Ace Hotel
Sangria three ways at Upstairs at the Ace Hotel | Instagram by @acedtla

Inspired by Hollywood's famous Les Deux Cafe, Upstairs is the rooftop bar at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. With a concrete pool inspired by Donald Judd’s in Marfa, TX, and the city's bright lights stretched out in all directions, Upstairs' bunker-like bar hosts a busy calendar of events every night of the week — DJs, live bands, book release parties, pop-up shops and creative collaborations — with bright, global twists on traditional cocktails.

No Dive Bar - Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown

No Dive Bar at InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
No Dive Bar | Photo courtesy of InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown

Enjoy outdoor cocktails and poolside fare at the No Dive Bar, located on the 7th floor rooftop of the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. The No Dive Bar is open to the public.

Tropicana Pool & Cafe - Hollywood Roosevelt

Sipping a "La La Land" at the Hollywood Roosevelt Tropicana Bar
Sipping a "La La Land" at the Tropicana Bar | Instagram by @co_topia

Enjoy American café fare beside the renowned David Hockney pool and give your day a decidedly sexy edge at this exclusive ‘60s-style poolside lounge and bar. Wellness with a heavy dash of indulgence describes the Tropicana Pool & Cafe’s style. Signature dishes include fresh watermelon salad with mint and feta, the ultimate fish tacos and sliders with crispy onions and chipotle aioli, accompanied by draft beers and the ultimate tropical cocktails. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Group dining, semi-private and private events available.

Kimpton Everly Hollywood

Rooftop pool at the Kimpton Everly Hollywood
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The epitome of SoCal’s indoor-outdoor scene, The Kimpton Everly Hotel's fifth floor rooftop pool is stylishly activated from day to night. Adjacent to the pool, is the outdoor lounge area, perfectly situated for the evening events that range from special screenings and chef demos to live music performances. Enjoy refreshing cocktails and light food offerings like avocado-feta dip and chips, pulled chicken pitas, fresh fruit salads, roasted vegetable and mozzarella paninis plus shrimp and preserved lemon flatbreads. Social bartenders are as much entertainers as they are servers, so order a refreshing daiquiri or gin lemonade, and perhaps make a brand-new friend.

Mr. C Beverly Hills

Poolside cocktails at Mr. C Beverly Hills
Poolside cocktails at Mr. C Beverly Hills | Photo courtesy of Mr. C

Relax under the sun as you savor a menu of Cipriani classics poolside at Mr. C Beverly Hills. The "Mr. C Yacht Club" menu features appetizers, salads, Crudo alla Veneziana, pizza, sandwiches & pasta, and pressed juices. Signature cocktails include the Mr. C Cocktail, Bellini, Aperol Spritz and Cipriani Royale.