Summer may technically be drawing to a close, but luckily, the enjoyment of our abundant outdoor spaces doesn't abruptly stop on September 22nd. Which is basically an excuse for writing this post very late into the outdoor drinking season. Either way, when the sun's out, it seems almost sacrilegious to sip on our glasses of Rosé or Aperol Spritz inside and accompanied by blazing AC. I mean, can you even fully appreciate a cocktail if there isn't sweat running down your back? With the proliferation of beautiful outdoor spaces and rooftop bars galore, now is a better time than ever to head out in the early evening, and take a few classic sunset grams, and get your drink on. Although there are many more outdoor bars in the city, we're narrowing it down to our 5 all-time favorites.
1. E.P. + L.P.
Arguably still one of the buzziest spots amongst WeHo's ample drinking scene, it's a rare day when this rooftop bar (the L.P. atop the E.P. eatery) isn't completely packed. And for good reason. I'll gladly wait in a line down the block for the chance to gallivant around this beautiful, stylish space overlooking the heart of West Hollywood and the Hollywood Hills. The sleek wood-filled space is punctuated by bright accents of blue and green, the chic bar also boasts an impressive cocktail list that features plenty of bright, summer-y options. My favorite drink of late is the Weho Welcome; With house curacao, fresh tangerine, bubbles, and bitters, it's a really nice and refreshing balance between sweet and fruity, with just the right amount of citrus and bitter. So in case you're wondering...yes, E.P. + L.P. is still hot as hell.
One of our original rooftop loves, Perch will always have a place in our hearts, especially when we're in need of a good drink and a view of the Downtown skyline. Perched (*eye roll*) above Pershing Square, this two-story restaurant-bar manages to appeal the diverse Downtown crowd, exemplifying the kind of upscale casual space that is incredibly accessible but seemingly exclusive. The line can get pretty long as the night goes on, but if you're not getting there early for golden hour, then you're missing out. Go early, find a table, and enjoy.
Admittedly, our experience at Viviane has been mostly of the brunch variety. But let's be real...their boozy brunch selection is on point. Plus, we've heard wonderful things about the late night scene, making this another one of our ultimate choices for outdoor drinking (even if that drinking occurs many hours before 5pm). And with a bar program by Ryan Wainwright (of Terrine, also by Stephane Bombet and Francois Renaud), the drinks have been lauded as some of the city's best and most precise takes on classics. With a beautiful, bright space full of colorful patterns and vintage-inspired cabanas, it's an undoubtedly chic yet modern way to spend your day or evening.
4. High Rooftop Lounge
A favorite space for skipping the clusterfuck that is reserving tables at bars (is it free? is there a minimum?), High Rooftop Lounge at Venice's Hotel Erwin is a truly unique and perpetually underrated gem. Let me be clear; High is a Rooftop Bar...by the Ocean...where you can reserve a free table for up to 8 people. Seriously, if you know of other spots that check all these boxes, let me know in the comments! The setting is certainly a bit quieter (it's mostly reservations-only, except for a small bar area with standing room) and more tranquil than your typical night-out hotspot, but it's undoubtedly one of the best spaces for a low-key night of drinks and beautiful views.
5. Arts District Brewing
Ok, so this bar isn't completely outside, but the lovely outdoor patio easily earns Arts District Brewing a spot on this list. One of Downtown's best (and in our opinion, only) spots for day drinking, this local brewery is a spacious and ultra-cool bar for downing some brews and Fritzi bites while also enjoying games of skee ball and darts. During the day, the patio becomes packed with young Angelenos from all over the city, creating a buzzing social scene lubricated by the brewery's original beers.
What are your favorite outdoor spots? Tell us in the comments!