Summer Hotel Rooftop Bites and Sips Around Los Angeles

Dark & Stormy, Thompson Beverly Hills

Who doesn’t love a good rooftop in the summer? Fortunately, there are a few hotels around Los Angeles that are holding special events designed especially for the high peaks from which we can enjoy our Southern California sun … or sundown. At night, the city lights make for a beautiful view. Why not watch a movie against the outdoor backdrop, high in the sky?

Blues & BBQ (Photo credit: Mi & Mo Photography)

The ION at JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE is hosting Blues & BBQ event every Sunday through September 2, 2012 from 12  – 4 PM at the outdoor poolside deck. Blues and soul musical guests like George Dez Blues Band and Gregg Wright “King of the Rockin’ Blues will be performing. For $18, you get one main entrée with side dish accompaniments

  • BBQ Chicken brined in fresh herbs
  • Grilled Skirt Steak with brown sugar spice rub
  • boneless Baby Back Ribs with pineapple-bbq sauce wash
  • slow-cooked baked beans, corn cobettes

If you’re more into Taco Tuesdays, they’re also offering $3 tacos, $3 tortilla chips and salsa with specially priced margaritas and Mexican beer from 5 – 8 PM.


Salmon Ceviche at Thompson BH Rooftop

Thompson Beverly Hills Rooftop Summer Film Festival – Tuesday nights

If a Beverly Hills rooftop is more your speed, check out the Thompson Beverly Hills’ on Tuesday nights for some contemporary classic films during their Summer Film Festival, serving eats and drinks from Caulfield’s. You can also purchase one of several packages with food and drink available at many price points in advance on the website – and they’re all set for two.

Doors open at 7 PM while the movie starts at 9, so get cozy during sunset and watch the lights gradually appear around you with this 360 degree view. The admission is $20 and includes a small popcorn & soda.

Check out the Summer Film Festival Menu. You can even buy tickets and preorder some packages for your pleasure.



Ribs on the Roof, Peninsula Hotel

The Peninsula Beverly Hills Weekend BBQ – Saturdays and Sundays, 5 – 9 PM

The Peninsula Beverly Hills is doing a rooftop BBQ on the weekends, and the eats are pretty succulent. Choose from 16 oz Bone-in Prime Dry Aged Harvey Guss Rib Eye Steak, Giant Tiger Char Siu Shrimp, Swordfish, and more. The Ribs on the Roof are made with a 24-spice rub and confited in pork fat.

They’ve also got summery cocktails to accompany your BBQ, which I’ve tried, and was pleasantly surprised to find a couple very good ones that didn’t prove too sweet like you might assume. The jalapeno margarita is always a go-to, but I also found a good raspberry-gin substitute for a Cosmopolitan – made with real juice and none of that annoying tartness.

See the Rooftop BBQ menu here.

So enjoy the view, the breeze, the food and the menu. We’ve still a couple months left of whatever we call “summer” here in L.A., and these events are all the more reasons to enjoy them from on high.

BBQ: Sat & Sun through September 2, 2012

12 – 4 PM

Taco Tuesdays through September 4, 2012

5 -8 PM

ION at JW Marriott– L.A. Live
900 W. Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015


Film Festival: Tuesday nights until September 25, 2012

Tickets: $20 (incl small popcorn & soda)

Summer Film Festival at
Caulfield’s Rooftop, Thompson Beverly Hills
9360 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212


BBQ: Sat & Sun until September 2, 2012

Peninsula Beverly Hills
9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212