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Mar 2, 2010 02:17 PM

Downtown L.A. Bar & Restaurants With a View of the City?

Its been 20+ years since I enjoyed some drinks and a view of the city from atop the revolving bar at the Bonaventure Hotel. L.A.'s skyline has grown since then and I am wondering if any of those skyscrapers have a bar-restaurant with a view? Or do I have to return to the Bonaventure?

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  1. The Standard has a rooftop bar.

    1. If you can wait until the end of the month, Wolfgang Puck will open WP24 on top of the new Ritz Carlton. The view there should be pretty amazing.

      1. Nothing rotating, but there are some rooftop places for dinner:

        (1) Takami, 811 Wilshire Blvd.
        (2) The City Club on Bunker Hill, 333 S. Grand Ave 54th floor (213) 620-9662
        (3) The new Ritz-Carlton Downtown will have a 24th floor bar/eatery with great views

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        1. re: J.L.

          Unless their rotation mechanism has gone on the blink I believe that the Westin Bonaventure does indeed have a rotating bar with a nice view of the city, and the window side tables at their restaurant "LA Prime" have a nice view of the city lights.

          LA Prime at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel
          404 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

          1. re: Servorg

            I thought the OP was looking for somewhere other than the Bonaventure.

            1. re: J.L.

              Yes, I was looking for something other than the Bonaventure----but I'm glad to know that its still there and an option. Thanks for the suggestions...I will check some out (one is 54 stories up!). From what I know, L.A's tallest building (I forgot the name of that handsome structure) is over 70 stories, but has no public lookout area (too bad----the view from up there must be spectacular!).

              1. re: HBfoodie

                The U.S. Bank Tower, at 633 W. 5th St., is the tallest North American skyscraper west of the Mississippi River. No resturants up top, though. My friends landed a helicopter there once to propose to his girlfriend.

              2. re: J.L.

                This is what comes of replying to a post by only reading the title and nothing H. Simpson is wont to say "doh!" (and channeling another of my favorite TV characters from yesteryear I'll just say "Sorry about that, Chief!")...

                1. re: Servorg

                  That perfectly fine Servog----I appreciate your effort and it also let me know that the rotating bar is still open (I may revisit it for oldtime sakes and if my memory is right it seems like they had a glass look-out elevator which was fun). 20+ years ago it was THE spot to go to in L.A. for drinks.