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High Rooftop Lounge

1697 Pacific Avenue, at the Hotel Erwin, Los Angeles, CA 90291 (Venice / Beach Areas)
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Ranked #220 of 8,566 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Eclectic, International, Californian
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Venice / Beach Areas
Cross street: Windward
Description: Perched atop the Hotel Erwin overlooking the Pacific Ocean, High is the premiere Venice Beach open-air lounge, where the nightly sunset is the main event.High takes full advantage of its outdoor rooftop location and delivers breathtaking, nearly 360 degree views of the city, from famed Muscle Beach and the Boardwalk below to the Hollywood Sign and Downtown L.A. With an inviting, "no velvet ropes" attitude and a comfortable, contemporary design, tourists and locals alike mingle and enjoy a drink menu of premium handcrafted cocktails, artisan beers, interesting wines and light snacks.Whether you're here to try out a new cocktail, relax with some friends or simply to check out the view, there's no better lounge in Venice Beach than High.
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56 reviews from our community

90% Recommend
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014 via mobile

The 360 degree view is amazing and gives you a great view of venice beach and the rest of LA. You can book tablesso if you plan to go with a group for sunset I suggest you book. My boyfriend and I went on a monday at 6pm and were able to get a seat through to sunset luckily but... More

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Westwood, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I brought a business client here to celebrate a new endeavor, and it was a great choice. The view at sunset was absolutley amazing, really something to see. The only let down was the wait staff. At one point we waited for easily 20 minutes to get a refill on our drinks. The manager was very nice when we made... More

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186 reviews 186 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Open aired viewing of the Venice beach area including Venice beach pier and all other beach activities--360 degree panoramic views---fabulous food and beverages--very accommodating staff. This is a must-do!

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Moorpark, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

IF you are a guest of Hotel Erwin, you get priority seating. Excellent service but a little loud (we went on a Saturday afternoon).

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

Great atmosphere, delish views, great music, love the energy, truly cozy BUT....the menu is too light. Cocktails & sun are a great combo, but I shouldn't have to go down to the boardwalk for a heartier, greaser meal. Add some garlic or sweet potatoes fries, some turkey or chicken sliders, Mac & cheese. The 2 skewers per order is not... More

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Washington, DC
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36 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed happy hour at the High Rooftop Lounge. It is an experience that shouldn't be missed when you're visting Venice Beach. The scenery from the lounge, especially at sunset, can't be beat. The food wasn't as good as the view, thus the "very good" rating instead of "excellent." It's a great place for a stunning view -- the... More

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67 reviews 67 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Brilliant atmosphere, great chillaxing loungy atmosphere and fantastic view at magic hour. Good drinks, but don´t expect food here - they only serve tiny little snacks - which is absolutely fine with your drink. The view on the ocean is exquisit and people love to hang out here - flirty atmosphere which is fun to watch...

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Gainesville, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

This rooftop bar offers one of the best panoramas I've seen yet. You can watch a gorgeous sunset over the ocean, then tun your head east and see snow-topped mountain (Big Bear, I believe). And this was in March. The bar offers very good wine and cocktails. (I didn't sample the beers.) One of my favorite places to people-watch in... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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69 reviews 69 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

This place is all about the views and they are spectacular! Make reservations because it is very popular rooftop lounge and the drinks are good but limited. They didn't have a blender and my friend had to explain how to make a B52. Also be prepared to take the stairs if you're planning on arriving just before sunset. The elevator... More

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7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

I haven't stayed at this hotel but I have used the rooftop bar - definitely has one of the nicest views in Los Angeles (aside from Griffith Park) looks down on venice beach - the hustle and bustle then beach and ocean. Great place to relax, drink and watch the sunset Drinks are hotel prices but good and service was... More

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