24hrs in L.A. by R. Farmer

Los Angeles, Rooftop Bars, Rooftop Pools, California, 24hr City Blog

The Roof on Wilshire was where I started my long day of checking out the latest rooftops of Hollywood and Santa Monica in Southern California’s city of Los Angeles. A thoroughly standard two-part elevator journey spat me out to a lovely rooftop pool cum dining area with good service and a great view over La Brea and Fairfax with Hollywood in the distance.


I had a “build your own scramble” (-d egg) which was cooked perfectly and a great start to the day. The coffee was almost not necessary as the sun was already beating down on the terrace area, but it felt a bit too decadent to switch it for a cold beer at that time of the morning. Although in my defence, my body clock was still on UK time some eight hours ahead, putting it at 6pm. Fuelled up, it was time to pay and move on to the next place. But The Roof on Wilshire is a great place to start!

I then took a 20 minute taxi ride up to the Sky Bar at the Mondrian Hotel. The Sky Bar opens to non-hotel guests at 1pm, and attracts a young and vibrant crowd.

The place is fantastic so well worth a check out if you’re in the area. A picturesque pool with great views looking south over LA, and a nice elevated cabin with a well stocked bar serving some lovely cocktails at $16 a pop. A tad pricey, but considering you get the pool access with it, it’s actually very reasonable in my opinion.
The only drawback was the whole place absolutely stank of strong marijuana the whole time, which was a shame.
Dinner was calling. So I jumped into another Uber (where would we be without them?!) and headed off towards Santa Monica Pier where I had dinner booked at Sonoma restaurant.
Happy hour is Monday to Friday, 3-6pm. I walked in at 6:02pm. Gutted. Well serves me right for not doing sufficient research beforehand as I would have made sure I was there a bit earlier had I known. All in the name of blogging and reviews, I promise!
The food here was lovely – I had a shrimp and avocado cocktail to start, followed by grilled salmon and quinoa for the main course. The ambiance was fine, but it was lacking a view. It’s set back one block from the coast, so the sea view is a technicality rather than an easy spot unfortunately.
The last stop of the day was Onyx Rooftop Bar at the Shangri La hotel. A beautiful 1920s Art Deco hotel with an authentic rooftop bar to match. Regrettably I wasn’t the only one who decided to go there for sundowners (funny that!) so certainly recommend pre-booking as there’s a big surge as people flock there to see the glorious sun setting over the Pacific.
I just managed one drink here, the most popular one – Tamietini – a vodka based cocktail which was decent. Now it’s time for a taxi, I am rapidly fading as it’s 5am according to my body clock. Until next time LA. It’s been a pleasure as always!