Where else but Venice can you thoroughly enjoy rooftop cocktails while gazing down at the set of American Ninjas? We love the funky Hotel Erwin and all of the odd characters it attracts on a weekly
basis. What's more fun than sharing a spirit or two with some blokes from the UK who call each other f&*%er all night as they hug and congratulate one another? Reservations are vital, as this place is jam packed. Get past the security guards, check
in with the hostess, get a bracelet, and you're all set. Bring a jacket as it gets really cold up there and the heaters don't work that well. You can grab a blanket, but you don't want to look like a tourist, so politely decline. Take in the gorgeous view
of the boardwalk, and Venice Beach, then settle yourself into the comfy chairs or couches. Order a spirit like a Passion Fruit Mojito ($14) with Bacardi rum, mint, passion fruit puree, and lime or Sonoran Sun ($14) with Casamigos tequila, serrano chile,
lemon, orange, and cranberry juice, and a chile-sugar coated rim. If it's a hot drink you're after on a chilly night the Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate ($12) is perfect! Jose Cuervo Cinge tequila is mixed with Mexican hot chocolate, cardamom,and
whipped cream. Brews ($7-$8) include some of our favorites like Ruination "Double" IPA and Old Rasputin Imperial Stout. Wine lovers will enjoy Merryvale Chardonnay ($15/glass), Justin cab, and the rest of the ever-changing by-the glass or bottle selections.
When you get the munchies order some small plates from the ocean or grill. Poke tacos ($10) with wontons, ahi tuna and sweet onion are an excellent choice. We go crazy for the guacamole ($10) and fresh corn chips too. Topped with cotija cheese,
you'll definitely need to order two. Once you finish here, take the elevator down to the lobby and duck into Barlo Kitchen for some of the tastiest roast chicken and truffle fries in this city! High Rooftop Lounge 1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice (424)
214-1062. Hours: Mon-Thurs. 3-10pm, Fri 3pm-Midnight, Sat 2pm-Midnight, Su.n 2-10pm.
Recommended Dishes: Spirits, Wines, Hot Spirits, Guacamole