Great Rooftop Bars
NEW YORK, NY, Press Lounge, 653 11th Ave. (at 48th St), 212-757-2224
Press Lounge is the rooftop bar located on the 16th floor of Ink48 hotel. The bar is inside the hotel, while the lavish seating area is completely outside. The view from Press is of the Hudson River and Midtown Manhattan. The decor of the lounge is glass enclosure of the bar and the narrow reflective pool that sits in the center of the deck. A casual tapas-style brunch is served on the weekends.
Float at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
SAN DIEGO, CA, Float, 207 5th St., San Diego, 619-702-3000
Float is the Hard Rock San Diego’s rooftop bar and lounge. The bar overlooks the Gaslamp Quarter of the city and evokes a tropical style with cabanas, dark wooden furnishings, and animal skin accents. Patrons can enjoy Float year round as there are fire pits located centrally in the lower level of the bar.
ADC At the Donovan House
WASHINGTON, D.C., ADC at the Donovan House, 1155 14th St., Washington, D.C., 202-737-1200
ADC stands for Above D.C., this bar has a completely open rooftop and has great views of the downtown district. Patrons can enjoy food from Zentan, the in house restaurant at the hotel. A vast outdoor fireplace and cherry trees surrounding the perimeter of the bar add to the ambiance of ADC. The bar has an extensive wine and martini menu in addition to a selection of signature cocktails.
Hard Rock Vegas
LAS VEGAS, NV, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, 800-473-7625
This rooftop bar and lounge centers around the hotel’s pool. Cutouts in the bottom of the pool allow patrons to look in on the happenings of bars on the lower levels of the hotel. Bar has teak flooring in the covered area of the lounge and great views of the Vegas strip.
Departure Restaurant & Lounge
PORTLAND, OR, Departure Restaurant and Lounge, 525 Southwest Morrison St., Portland, 503-802-5370
Departure Restaurant and Lounge is located on the 15th floor of the Nines Hotel. Patrons can enjoy two rooftop patios where they can admire views of downtown Portland as well as Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. The bar boasts an internationally influenced menu of cocktails and a sleek, modern ambiance.
Perch at the Canary Hotel
SANTA BARBARA, CA, Perch at the Canary Hotel, 31 West Carillo St., Santa Barbara, 805-884-0300
The rooftop lounge and pool is set against the backdrop of the nearby Channel islands Santa Ynez mountains. Cocktails to try here are the Pineapple Margarita and Kumquat Vodka Lemonade.
PHOENIX, AZ, The Clarendon, 401 West Clarendon Ave., Phoenix, 602-252-7363
The rooftop bar and deck at the Clarendon looks out over the Phoenix mountain ranges and city skyline. Locals and visitors flock to the Clarendon for drinks and the take in sunset views. Specialty cocktails such as the Michelada and the Prickly Pear Margarita are very popular here.
MIAMI, FL, Club 50, 485 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-503-4400
Club 50, the Viceroy Hotel’s rooftop bar is located on the 50th floor of the building. Visitors can enjoy views from the Miami’s Biscayne Bay to the Everglades. The lounge surrounds the hotel’s pool with Asian-inspired decor. The bar offers a menu of mediterranean influenced items, designed by Michael Psilakis. Club 50 is known for its signature mojito cocktail.
DENVER, CO, Tavern Downtown, 1949 Market St., Denver, 303-299-0100,
Located in a renovated warehouse in the trendy LoDo district, Tavern’s rooftop bar overlooks Coors Field and the Rockies. The outdoor bar is 11,000 square feet and has both indoor and outdoor sections with an outdoor fire place. The 190 Octane Slushy is a must-try drink here, it is a combination of Triple sec, orange juice, and punch.
West End Tavern
BOULDER, CO, West End Tavern, 926 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-444-3535,
Inspired by the classic American tavern, this rooftop bar offers over 50 varieties of bourbon and a selection of locally crafted micro brews, such as Arrogant Bastard. Patrons can order drinks from the vast antique wooden bar. Beautiful views of the Flatiron mountains can be seen from the roof deck.
CHICAGO, C-House, 166 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL, 312.523.0923
29th-floor indoor/outdoor rooftop is furnished in warm hues with wooden finishes. Specialty cocktails can’t be missed, especially the Helmet Optional with spicy ginger and citrus notes. Gorgeous views of Michigan Avenue.
Splash Ultra Lounge
BOSTON, Splash Ultra Lounge, 150 Kneeland St., Boston. 617-426-6397
Splash brings the a sense of Miami luxury and heat to Boston’s leather district. With a fountain, cabanas, and lush greenery, patrons can sip on specialty cocktails such as the Cooling Frozen Mojito.
DALLAS, The Joule Hotel, 1530 Main St., Dallas, 214-748-1300
The poolside bar at the Joule, is located on the eighth floor of the hotel. The bar’s structure and pool, extends past the building, which gives patrons the illusion of swimming past the edge. Try cocktails such as the Watermelon Sangria and munch on a selection of small plates designed by Charlie Palmer.