America’s 10 Best Rooftop Bars (Slideshow)

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Skybar at the Mondrian Los Angeles
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Skybar at the Mondrian Los Angeles
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High Hot Spot: Skybar at the Mondrian Los Angeles

What’s Up: Celebrities like RHOA’s NeNe Leakes, Lindsay Lohan, and Adam Levine have partied under the open-air, ivy-covered pavilion perched above this famous hotel’s pool. It’s all Hollywood, all the time, and style is the name of the game.   

Top Sips: The Mondrian margarita, French Pear martini, and Choco Raz martini are popular and pretty drinks for glitterati guests.

’Tis The Season: Open daily, year-round, 10 a.m. until 2 a.m. 

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Skybar at the Mondrian

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Bar 54 at Hyatt Times Square, New York
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Bar 54 at Hyatt Times Square, New York
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High Hot Spot: Bar 54 at Hyatt Times Square, New York 

What’s Up: Fresh on the scene since February 2014, this hotel’s 54th floor watering hole is now Manhattan's highest rooftop bar. The outdoor terrace has awesome river sights and views of the Chrysler Building and One World Trade Center.

Top Sips: 20 signature cocktails grace the menu, plus punch bowls serving three to four guests. The Brooklyn-made Dorothy Parker American Gin, was created especially for the bar.

’Tis The Season: Open year-round, Sunday thru Thursday, 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday

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Bar 54 at Hyatt Times Square

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DNV Rooftop at Donovan House Hotel, Washington, D.C.
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DNV Rooftop at Donovan House Hotel, Washington, D.C.
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High Hot Spot: DNV Rooftop at Donovan House Hotel, Washington, D.C.

What’s Up: Named one of the best poolside bars in 2013 by USA Today, the just-renovated DNV is lauded for its captivating city views, innovative drinks, and tasty bites menu from Zentan Restaurant — once visited by Michelle Obama.

Top Sips: There’s a new line of Asian street-drink inspired cocktails such as a Pimm’s Cup with salty lemonade and a bubble tea concoction. D.C.’s movers and shakers show up for the $5 happy hour drinks, too.

’Tis The Season: Mid-Spring through Fall, Sunday, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Monday, 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Tuesday thru Thursday, 4 p.m. – 12 a.m., Friday, 4 p.m. – 1 a.m., Saturday, 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.


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DNV Rooftop at Donovan House Hotel

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The Roof at Viceroy New York
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The Roof at Viceroy New York
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High Hot Spot: The Roof at Viceroy New York

What’s Up: This Gerber Group bar is located on the 28th floor of the newly opened, Central Park-facing hotel which has already had members of Divergent and Modern Family as guests.

Top Sips: The vodka and gin-laced Suit and Tie, Chicago martinis with blue cheese stuffed olives, and Moscow Mules served in a classic copper mug are faves.

’Tis The Season: Open year-round from 3 p.m. to 4 a.m.

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The Roof at Viceroy New York

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Reflections at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver, Canada
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Reflections at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver, Canada
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High Hot Spot: Reflections at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver, Canada

What’s Up: This open-air rooftop bar in the heart of Vancouver has a laid-back vibe with a fire pit, private cabanas, and oversized teak couches. If it’s chilly, heaters and warm blankets are given to patrons.

Top Sips: In addition to beers, wines, and hard ciders, cocktails are mixed using locally sourced ingredients. Bartenders keep busy serving the Hotel Georgia, named 2012 “Cocktail of the Year” by enRoute Magazine.

’Tis The Season: Open daily from April to the end of September, 11:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.

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Reflections at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia

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Bar d’Eau at Trump SoHo New York
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Bar d’Eau at Trump SoHo New York
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High Hot Spot: Bar d’Eau at Trump SoHo New York

What’s Up: Naturally a Trump hotel bar will be over-the-top and this place qualifies with its exhilarating city views and attentive service on the pool deck.

Top Sips: Beat the summer heat with pricey, but tasty spiked lemonade and berry mojitos

’Tis The Season: Open May through September, Tuesday to Saturday: 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.; Sunday and Monday: 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.

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Bar d’Eau at Trump SoHo New York

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Shade Lounge at W Scottsdale, Ariz.
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Shade Lounge at W Scottsdale, Ariz.
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High Hot Spot: Shade Lounge at W Scottsdale, Ariz.

What’s Up: Jessica Simpson and Rihanna have partied at Shades with its dramatic desert-inspired water and fire backdrop. DJs spin Euro-inspired beats lending to the space’s young and hip vibe. The cool WET pool (with its underwater music) is near the bar, for seen-and-be-seen soirees.

Top Sips: There’s more than 30 specialty cocktails like the Peach Saketini to try, or get serious with VIP bottle service.

’Tis The Season: Open year-round, Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. until the last patron leaves and Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. until 2 a.m.


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Shade Lounge at W Scottsdale

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The Crow's Nest at The Water Club, New York
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The Crow's Nest at The Water Club, New York
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High Hot Spot: The Crow's Nest at The Water Club, New York

What’s Up: After Hurricane Sandy closed this iconic East River hangout, it’ll reopen this summer for a well-heeled crowd, plus the yacht crowd seeking waterfront sundowners before heading to The Hamptons. 

Top Sips: The Pomegranate Lime Rickey, Crow's Nest martini, and sangria pitchers.

’Tis The Season: Open year-round, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10 a.m. until 2 a.m., Thursday: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday: 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday: 2 p.m. until 12 a.m. Sunday: 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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The Crow's Nest at The Water Club

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Top of Newport at Hotel Viking, R.I.
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Top of Newport at Hotel Viking, R.I.
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High Hot Spot: Top of Newport at Hotel Viking, R.I.

What’s Up: Not only can you see stars (and fireworks) shining from this well-loved lounge, but you may spot Bruce Willis checking out the live music.

Top Sips: Locally brewed beers like the Newport Storm are on tap, as well as chillers such as the “Blue-cumber,” made with Stoli Blueberry vodka, Kettle One Citron vodka, fresh cucumber and lime juices, simple syrup, and sparkling water.

’Tis The Season: Memorial through Labor Day, Wednesday through Sunday, 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. 

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Top of Newport at Hotel Viking

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O’ Bar, Long Beach Island, NJ
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O’ Bar, Long Beach Island, NJ
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High Hot Spot: O’Bar, Long Beach Island, NJ

What’s Up: This hotel has LBI’s only rooftop bar which allows guests to take in 130 miles of Jersey Shore coastline and the Atlantic Ocean. 

Top Sips: There’s a daily happy hour featuring reasonably-priced specials like the Sparkling Cosmo. New Jersey Monthly Magazine named this bar one of the “Best Cocktail” spots in 2012.

‘Tis The Season: Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, 4 p.m. until midnight.

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O’ Bar