At most rooftop bars in L.A., the dramatic views are partially obstructed by d-bags in Ed Hardy shirts. The Ace's Upstairs Bar is no exception, but somehow their presence is more tolerable thanks to sophisticated decor, strong cocktails and some of the coolest DJs in town. Daytime selectors include such local tastemakers as Dublab and Innovative Leisure, while after dark, the sounds range from the soul, world music and garage rock of the Times, a Friday monthly featuring DJs from L.A. Record and Funky Sole, to Spaced, a mix of psychedelic sounds and visuals every second Sunday. A partially covered dining and lounge area with comfy wicker furniture and tree-trunk tabletops rambles out to an intimate pool deck, presided over by the Ace's dramatic, neo-Gothic tower and even more dramatic views of the downtown skyline. It's the perfect spot to sip a White Rabbit (cognac, Scotch, vermouth, yellow chartreuse, bitters and mint) and appreciate our city's boundless ability to stay awesome, no matter how many d-bags flock to it.
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