For your next girls night out in Los Angeles, point your Louboutins in the direction of the Rooftop at the Standard, Downtown LA, the perfect spot to get together with friends and enjoy cocktails and conversation under the stars. This stylish poolside lounge is as hip as it gets, with a well-dressed crowd of artists, professionals, and jet-setters taking in the panoramic view of the downtown skyline while grooving to the sounds of the live DJ. Arrive early to secure seats near the fire pit–great for keeping warm on breezy nights while mingling and taking in the scene–or take over one of the truly unique red waterbed pods with your pals. You’ll feel like you’ve climbed into some futuristic spaceship while you hang out and catch up on gossip.
This being Tinseltown, movies are part of the decor, and you might catch a classic like Lawrence of Arabia projected on the wall of the building next door as you sip sweet-and-sour Hennessy lemonade. Once you’ve got your courage up, hit the dance floor, where world-renowned DJs will be spinning anything from house to funk to down-and-dirty rock ‘n’ roll, depending on the night. (Those looking for a live performance should come on Thursday, when the the house band, led by Jason Myers, takes over.) All that shimmying and shaking can make a girl peckish, so take a break and share a couple of small plates from the enticing menu, which has a tasty assortment of bites ranging from Vietnamese tacos to pulled-pork sliders.
All this is nice, of course, but what about those friends of yours who expect to actually be able to swim at a pool party? Don your bikinis and coverups and show up on a weekend afternoon this summer, when nightlife turns to daylife at LA’s wettest, wildest rooftop.