Best Outdoor Bar, May 2004
If we're going to drink outside in L.A., we want to experience L.A., which is exactly what the rooftop bar at The Standard Downtown lets us do. At sunset, from the rooftop's edges, we can't spot a single landmark informing us that we're in L.A. Yet this could be no other place. With plastic cup in hand, we float 13 stories up, surrounded by the reflecting skin of 50-story buildings and a happy-hour crowd of MBAs, paralegals, Hollywood club kids, Eastside slackers, high-power attorneys, bike messengers, and city hall flacks. It's a panorama quickly working its way to landmark status.