Nothing beats relaxing with friends on a rooftop. There is something special about being off the ground and being able to take in your surroundings. Here are the top ten best highrise rooftop bars.
P.O.V Roof Terrace
W Hotel – Washington, D.C.
Our capital’s newest rooftop bar has unbeatable views of the White House and other famous landmarks. It is currently considered one of the hottest spots in the D.C. area and is always packed.
Private Rooftop Garden
Surrey Hotel – New York City, New York
The guests-only bar is one of New York’s hidden treasures. Inspired by traditional English Gardens, the rooftop is covered in so much lush foliage that you may forget you are in the middle of the nation’s biggest city. If there weren’t enough plants, trees, shrubs, and vines on the roof, the location provides direct views of Central Park.
Sky Lodge Hotel – Park City, Utah
If you are looking for a quiet getaway there may be no better place than the Sky Blue bar on the top of the Sky Lodge Hotel. Sky Blue is the perfect place to relax after a long day of skiing. Recently opened in 2011, the heated outdoor rooftop deck features a charcoal firepit and glass-tiled hot tubs. For those who wish to hang out on the deck, the hotel offers complimentary hooded robes to fend off the typically cold weather.
Nines Hotel – Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon has a reputation for trendy food and drinks. Departure epitomizes this atmosphere and offers some of the most unique drinks in the world. The bar is proud of the city’s maritime history and is deeply reflected through the architecture and atmosphere. One side of the bar offers some of the best views of Mt. Hood around.
Peninsula Hotel – Chicago, Illinois
Shanghai Terrace opened in 2011 at the Penninsula Hotel. Summertime in Chicago is nothing short of spectacular and the terrace is one of the best places to enjoy it from. The terrace is covered by comfortable couches and beautiful foliage. If you are hungry, the terrace offers many traditional Cantonese cuisines to satisfy your taste buds.
Hotel Erwin – Los Angeles, California
Rooftop bars are nothing out of the ordinary in Los Angeles. With so many to chose from it may be hard to know which ones are worthwhile. One that stands out from the rest is High. High offers a relaxed, typical, SoCal rooftop experience, but with added flair. The bar itself overlooks Venice Beach and has perfect views of the ocean. The food is great too. Dishes range from fresh sea food to authentic-styled Mexican cuisine. Space heaters keep the roof warm and party going year-round.
Thompson Hotel – Beverly Hills, California
If you like to see and be seen, ABH is the place to be. ABH is an acronym meaning Above Beverly Hills. With famous clientele that include celebrities such as David Beckham and Rihanna there is always a sense of excitement in the air. The rooftop bar is decked out in flatscreen TVs, minibars, private cabanas, palm trees, and a Swarovski crystal pool. The only downside is that you must be a hotel guest in order to have access to this world of luxury.
Level Three Bar
Four Season Hotel – Denver, Colorado
Level Three Bar is the Mile High City’s first highrise rooftop pool bar. Opening in 2010, Level 3 is an urban sanctuary offering beautiful panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains in the background. The pool deck is covered in native Colorado trees and foliage including over 60 aspen trees, juniper trees, and pear trees. Additionally, frozen grapes and iced-tea lollipops are provided free of charge. In order to enjoy these amenities you must be a hotel guest.
Viceroy Hotel – Miami, Florida
Recently opened in 2009, Club 50 finds itself on the 50th floor of the Viceroy Hotel. The bright interior was designed by famous designer Kelly Wearstler and is very reminiscent of Miami a few decades back. The open air lounge provides spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Biscayne Bay, and some truly awe-inspiring sunsets. At around 11:00 pm the tranquil bar because a blaring nightclub, where world-famous DJs including the likes of Paul Oakenfold spin until the early hours of the morning.
James Hotel – New York City, New York
Jimmy at the James Hotel in the SoHo district of Manhattan is truly one of a kind. The lounge is both homely and modern. The bartenders at Jimmy have created some of the world’s most unique drinks that you won’t find at any other place. The atmosphere lingers of creativity and ingenuity and inspires that certain intangible sophistication. The bar also shares the rooftop with a teak-decked pool that provides some stunning views of the Woolworth building in all of its architectural glory and the Brooklyn Bridge. If you are ever in the area, you have to stop in to experience it all for yourself.