Looking out over the Pacific and watching dolphins play in the waves while rehashing your day over happy hour drinks is something not everyone gets to enjoy, but to those kicking back at the Rooftop Lounge, it comes standard. Literally, you look to the right: ocean. You look to the left: more ocean. Perched high above the sea, you can watch the sun as it sinks behind Catalina Island. As a bonus, they specialize in killer mojitos and awesome appetizers. (1289 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-2446; rooftoplagunabeach.com) Runners up: Las Brisas; Splashes; The Deck; The Beach House; Claes Ovation