There’s an easy way to take in the same amazing views from the SkySpace observation level atop the US Bank Tower in DTLA without paying the $25 admission fee. Bypass the Skyspace entrance, and instead head up to the 71Above restaurant’s SkyLounge. Okay, you won’t get the full 360 degree views of Los Angeles that you get at SkySpace, and you won’t get access to the SkySpace attractions like the SkySlide, but you can take the $25 and buy a cocktail in the SkyLounge.
You enter the 71Above restaurant and lounge through the main lobby of the US Bank building, not through the SkySpace entrance on the side of the building. SkyLounge is a separate space from the fancy 71Above restaurant. It’s a more relaxed social setting. SkyLounge is the perfect place to meet friends for appetizers and cocktails. Unlike the restaurant, reservations are not required to get into SkyLounge, but access is on a first-come first-served basis. If it’s a busy night, you may have to wait in the lobby for some people to leave. We checked SkyLounge out a few days ago and enjoyed everything about it… the drinks, the food and the view (well, almost).
We started with a round of their signature craft cocktails. They are $16 each, but remember you’re getting the amazing view for free. I ordered Bees Knees off the classic cocktails list. It was made with Oxley Gin, honey and lemon. It was so good, I ordered another one. The drink menu is filled with a slew of original cocktails, many of them inspired by and cleverly named after LA neighborhoods.
We ordered several dishes to share off the bar menu. First out of the kitchen was the Fritters ($8) made of potato, Gruyère and goat cheese, truffle and scallion. Then came the Hamachi ($16) served with apple, kohlrabi, Meyer lemon, horseradish and white soy.
We proceeded to get a little more adventurous with our ordering. Despite some objections from the group, we ordered the Foie Gras ($19) served with quince, pistachio, and fennel. I’m not really a fan of Foie Gras, but this was delicious. I was most excited to try the Octopus ($19). It was beautifully presented with dustings and dollops of sumac, avocado, Aleppo pepper, Lebneh yogurt and Serrano.
The surprising hit of the appetizers was the Steak Tartare ($19) mixed with mustard seed and truffle, then topped with an egg yolk and chives, served with a slice of olive toast. We scraped this plate clean. It was delicious.
We really enjoyed everything about the night… especially the view. Just like at SkySpace, we could see for miles. Well, until the marine layer rolled in and completely obstructed everything. We were then literally sitting in the clouds. Despite the fog, we had a wonderful evening. If you are looking for an awesome place to entertain friends, you should check out SkyLounge at 71Above.
71ABOVE SKYLOUNGE 633 W. 5th Street (atop the US Bank Tower) 213.712.2683 71above.com