It’s Friday night with clear skies and you’re with your friends, family, significant other, or whoever you enjoy spending time with.
You and your company are in the mood for a drink, so you end up searching online for a local bar in the area.
Low and behold, you happen to stumble across a bar that sparks your interest, has some great looking drinks, and has a cool atmosphere.
You also notice that it’s no ordinary bar, but rather a bar you can only access through a tall building and need to take an escalator several flights up to get to.
What kind of bar is this?
What we’re talking about here are rooftop bars.
Rooftop bars are bars that are usually more upscale and Orange County has many of them. These bars also offer some amazing views of the city, the county, and even beyond (depending on how high up the bar is and how clear the night sky is)
Let’s climb the list.
The Best Rooftop Bars in Orange County, CA
1. Hive & Honey – Irvine, CA
Hive & Honey is a rooftop bar located at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum.
Not only do they serve tasty drinks, but they also serve some amazing food including burgers, tacos, charcuterie plates, and tapas.
Their open-air lounge seating with plenty of comfortable couches and chairs is inviting for both small and large groups.
With a 360 view of the city of Irvine, Hive & Honey is a must-visit for the sights, sounds, and tastes.
2. The Rooftop Lounge – Laguna Beach, CA
Located at La Casa del Camino hotel, this rooftop bar is a great spot for both locals and visitors to hang out and relax while enjoying breathtaking ocean views, drinking some tasty beverages, and nibbling on some delicious appetizers. In fact, it’s said that they have one of the best happy hours in town.
Bacon-wrapped dates? Steak empanadas? How about coconut breaded shrimp?
Those are just a few. Sounds like the makings of a great happy hour menu to us.
But we’ll let you judge that for yourself.
When you’re there, make sure to try one of their mojitos. It’s what they’re known for.
The Rooftop Lounge occupies a large space, so it’s a perfect place for hosting weddings and other special events.
Coastal views and amazing cocktails make this rooftop bar a must-visit.
3. The Fifth – Anaheim
The Fifth is a large, upscale cocktail bar and a rooftop lounge that offers some stunning views of the city of Anaheim and showcases talented live music acts & special events.
Their craft cocktail selection alongside their amazing cuisine make this an establishment a go-to just the fare alone, but everything else in this chill atmosphere of a place can be considered a bonus.
Make sure to drop into this cocktail bar and enjoy one of the coolest spots in Anaheim!
4. Topside Roof Deck – Newport Beach
Located Lido House, Autograph Collection, the Topside Roof Deck is a cool rooftop bar that offers a chill ambiance, great music alongside some amazing views of the city.
Their signature cocktail menu consists of tasty drinks including the Topside Margarita, Man Overboard, and the Popsicle Infused Tequila Margarita. Their selection of champagnes, rose, ciders, beers, and more leaves patrons with plenty of options.
Their appetizer menu can also be considered the cream of the crop, with dishes including Pepper Marinated Kampachi, Warm Lobster Lettuce Wraps, and the Krug + Chicken Sandwich ( a $125 per person plate)
A rooftop bar definitely worth visiting when in Newport Beach!
5. Offshore 9 Rooftop Lounge – Huntington Beach
Stunning views of the coast alongside delicious food and specialty drinks including cocktails, wines, and champagnes make this rooftop lounge and bar on top of the Hilton Waterfront Resort a definite must-visit.
Their cocktail list consists of creations including the classic Old Fashioned, Sangria, Margaritas, Mai Tais, and much more.
Enjoy a charcuterie board or some short rib fries with your amazing views of the ocean for a rooftop bar experience you won’t soon forget.
Looking for local rooftop bars and lounges around the Irvine and Orange County area? The Hotel Atrium is conveniently located directly across the street from John Wayne Airport and close to popular rooftop bars. If you’re looking for even more things to do around Orange County during your stay, check out our attractions page. Book your Orange County stay with Hotel Atrium today!