The newest to arrive is Pearl’s Liquor Bar on the Sunset Strip, where partying under the stars is as hip as ever. Those with the best scene—and scenery—include Perch, a 15th-floor indoor-outdoor bistro with views of Pershing Square and downtown’s skyscrapers. Curl up with a cocktail near one of many fire pits. Ever-hip Skybar is West Hollywood’s hottest pool scene, and from the chic cabanas it’s possible to survey L.A. from downtown to the sea. If it’s ocean views you’re after, peep Santa Monica State Beach from Suite 700 at the Hotel Shangri-La or the Venice Beach Boardwalk from High at Hotel Erwin. An acronym for “above Beverly Hills,” ABH at the Thompson makes you feel like you’re on top of the world. Pagoda Bar belongs to the ornate, palatial Yamashiro in Hollywood.