4 Hotel Rooftop Bars and Lounges To Visit in O.C.

O.C.’s hotel rooftop bars and lounges garnish their cocktails with spectacular views.
4 Hotel Rooftop Bars and Lounges To Visit in O.C.
Parkestry at the new JW Marriott Anaheim Resort; Photograph by Emily J. Davis

A massive contemporary sculpture of a kneeling woman tending a plant sets the tone at the new JW Marriott Anaheim Resort. A wall on the second-floor rooftop features 600 titanium butterflies and a spectacular garden, and the 11th-floor rooftop houses Parkestry, O.C.’s newest rooftop bar. Enjoy super-cushy sofas, cocktails using roof-grown ingredients, small plates of kofta or albondigas … and Disneyland fireworks when they go off. 1775 S. CLEMENTINE ST., ANAHEIM, 714-294-7800

Rooftop lounge Offshore 9 boasts the county’s highest coastal views, taking in Highway 1, the shore, and Huntington Beach Pier from a ninth-floor vantage atop Twin Dolphin Tower at Hilton’s Waterfront Beach Resort. Cozy up to a fire pit with a Devil Went Down to Mexico tequila-mezcal cocktail and an order of crispy asparagus. 21100 PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY, HUNTINGTON BEACH, 714-845-8000

The vibe is Cape Cod Cal-coastal chic. The views are of the peninsula, palm trees, and the ocean. Topside Roof Deck tops Lido House in Newport Beach. Bites and sips—clear margaritas with seasonal popsicles, peach-habanero-glazed pork belly tacos—are curated, too. The roof deck is festive and contemporary and has a lookout turret. Note: Reservations are required (unless you’re a hotel guest) and can run days in advance. 3300 NEWPORT BLVD., NEWPORT BEACH, 949-524-8500

Reservations routinely run a week or more out at the newly renovated Rooftop Lounge, which has offered Pacific panoramas at La Casa del Camino for decades. The Spanish-style boutique hotel was built in 1929. Even reaching the roof is fun: Cross the lobby, make a turn here and there, climb multiple flights of stairs. Then order Sardinian-style calamari and drink in the view with a Laguna Sunset cocktail. 1289 S. COAST HIGHWAY, LAGUNA BEACH, 949-497-2446

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