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America’s Coolest Rooftop Bars: Upstairs Ace Hotel, Los Angeles (Downtown)

Courtesy of Ace Hotel/ Spencer Lowell

Upstairs Ace Hotel, Los Angeles (Downtown)

Only an Ace Hotel could take the 14th-floor roof of a 1927 Spanish Gothic building in hipster-renewed downtown L.A., model it after Frank Lloyd Wright’s concrete-block Ennis House, give it a Middle Eastern–inspired makeover, and instantly turn it into L.A.’s next hot spot. (Don’t leave without taking the obligatory selfie.) A coral tree strewn with ceramic lanterns is the centerpiece of Upstairs, a deck adorned in bandanna-patterned awnings, alcoves with reclaimed cedarwood tables and Moroccan kilim cushions, and a pool fringed by teak loungers. Three routes to take for cocktails: low-, mid-, or high-proof.

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