From the rooftop of the Hotel Erwin, it's a little less “see and be seen” and a little more “gazing at psychedelic Los Angeles sunsets.” Reminiscent of rooftops in Greece or Turkey, the High Rooftop Lounge has it all: attractive, 20-something couples snogging in the corner, LED-illuminated menus (perfect for after the sun goes down) and blankets to lay in your lap when it gets cold. Come for the sunset, stay for the cocktails — our favorite is the blood orange julep, with small-batch bourbon and orange liqueur. When paired with ocean breezes and seventh-floor views of Venice Beach and the Pacific, it's sublime. 1697 Pacific Ave., Venice. (310) 452-1111,

—Katharine Gammon

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