The Rooftop Bar at the Standard

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    The Standard Rooftop Bar - The Venue

    The Rooftop at The Standard in Downtown LA
    ••• The Rooftop at The Standard in Downtown LA. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The Rooftop Bar at The Standard Hotel was one of LA's most popular night spots, and is still a favorite happy hour and weekend afternoon destination, but it's no longer open late, closing at 10 pm. It's still on my list of the Coolest Downtown LA Clubs and Bars.

    The Standard Rooftop Bar in Downtown LA wraps around the center core of the hotel tower, so it is not one big area, but more of a veranda around the building. The entrance is on the north side opening onto a lounge area with towering topiaries, convertible grey sofa/chaise/chairs, 60s retro yellow plastic tables and chairs and a tiny dance floor. To the west, you'll find colorful sofas and loungers on Astroturf. If you make your way around to the south, a short stairway leads up to the pool. The east wing is home to retro red waterbed pods and the bar.

    However, it’s the open-air view of surrounding downtown skyscrapers that gives this spot its greatest appeal.

    Address: 550 South Flower at 6th Street, Los Angeles,...MORE CA 90071
    Phone: (213) 892-8080
    Hours: Daily noon to 10 pm. On weekends, only hotel guests can get in before 7 pm, except for special events
    Cover Charge: $20 on weekends, no cover for hotel guests
    Bottle Service/Group Table Reservations: No (Champagne is available by the bottle)
    Dress Code: Casual chic
    Wait: maybe hours or none
    Guest List: only for special events
    Website: www.standardhotels.com

    This information was accurate at the time of publication. Please check with venue for the most current information.

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  • 02 of 05

    The Crowd at the Rooftop Bar

    The Rooftop at the Standard in Downtown LA
    ••• The Rooftop at the Standard in Downtown LA. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Hotel guests have priority access to the Rooftop Bar, so you'll find travelers from across the country and around the world. If there's any space left after hotel guests are in, they let in hip Angelenos, OCers and inland escapees.

    Like other LA hot spots, admission is "at the discretion of the door," so come dressed to impress, which in this case means, if you've got it, flaunt it, and if you don't, cover it up with style.

    Many locals who want to be sure to get in, book a room for the night.

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    The Music

    The Rooftop at The Standard hotel in Downtown LA
    ••• The Standard hotel in Downtown LA. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The Rooftop Bar has a hundred different DJs in rotation playing an eclectic mix of world dance music. There are usually 3 DJs on weekdays and 4 on weekends.

    You may also stumble upon an unannounced live music performance from time to time. Peaches, Justice and Hot Chip have performed here.

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    Food and Drink

    Rooftop Bar at The Standard
    ••• Rooftop Bar at The Standard. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    The Rooftop Bar at The Standard Hotel serves a lunch menu from noon to midnight. It includes variations on classics like grilled cheese, a bacon wrapped corn dog, a chopped kale salad, and beef sliders, among others. The most expensive item on the food menu on the website is $13 (but a lot of their website is out of date). A more extensive menu is available downstairs in the hotel restaurant.

    Drinks, on the other hand, are quite pricey. Ask about specials.

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    Special Events at The Rooftop Bar

    The Rooftop pool and bar at The Standard in Downtown LA
    ••• The Rooftop pool and bar at The Standard in Downtown LA. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    There are regular summer pool parties on some Saturday afternoons. Check the website for current events and to get on the guest list.