Onyx Rooftop Bar At Hotel Shangri-la

The view from Oxyx Bar, an indoor-outdoor rooftop bar atop the Hotel Shangri la, is unparalleled.

You can see for miles and miles - Malibu to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the west - which happens to make it the perfect venue for watching the sun melt into the ocean.

And with a chilled craft cocktail in hand, you might think you've found your paradise. Which would be apropos, given that Shangri-la is a word often used to describe paradise. No false advertising here. 

It's a cozy spot even on that rare chilly night, thanks to the fire pit, outdoor heaters and plush couches and chairs sprawled across the rooftop. 

Once a distinct penthouse suite on the 7th floor of the Art Deco-style hotel, today Onyx rooftop bar and lounge effortlessly capture an elusive sense of Hollywood glamour by the sea.

Curated Cocktails and Savory Small Plates

Onyx rooftop bar is atop the hotel shanghai-la.

You'll find a carefully curated and maintained drink menu, small plates, and a work-week happy hour from 4:30 - 7 p.m. It's a great venue for catching the sunset over cocktails with friends to get the night started.

In true Santa Monica night life form, the place will be a lot more crowded and lively Thursday through Saturday nights.

The vibe during the week ismore chill, with the outdoor area usually filled with casual after-work get togethers or business professionals unwinding after work.

The dress code is beach casual, and anything from your clubbing outfit for later in the evening to jeans and sandals is acceptable attire. If you arrive on a week night,  be sure to check out the happy hour menu, which includes a selection of savory food items from as well as happy-hour priced beer, wines, and well cocktails.

Location: Inside the Hotel Shangri-la at 1301 Ocean Av., Santa Monica; (310) 394-2791.

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