As you may know, I’m not the greatest fan of Los Angeles. In fact, it’s my least favorite city so far. This is largely due to the fact that you basically can’t walk around LA (though you can walk around certain parts of it).
Still, I had some enjoyable experiences in LA during the two times I’ve been there.
Right when we arrived in LA in August 2009, Jeff’s older brother and his then-girlfriend (now wife!) decided to take us to downtown LA to check out the Standard Hotel’s rooftop bar and pool.
We were a little jet-lagged so an afternoon of chilling by the pool sounded great to me.
When I think of LA, it’s places like this that I think of: hip and fancy. Also, I’d seen this particular bar highlighted on some travel show or other. I didn’t necessarily see anyone rich and famous, but I’d bet that some of the people there were rich.
Our friend who was on a cross-country motorcycle journey also happened to be in LA that day, and joined us for a couple of hours at the pool.
Overall, this is a great place to hang out and feel cool. You can go up if you’re not a guest. When we went, there was no cover charge or anything (I think there is at night, however). The bar is super expensive, but you can be cheap and not even get a drink there, like we did, and just have some great views of downtown LA and a relaxing environment.