The weather is getting warmer, which means it's the season to take our cocktails to rooftops and enjoy them in the open air, and no matter where you are in U.S. of A., a solid rooftop bar awaits with strong drinks, tasty bites, and killer views.
Here, 10 great rooftop bars and lounges around the nation where you can get party down way above ground this spring and summer.
Percheron at Crossroads Hotel
Kansas City, MO
Located on the roof of the Crossroads Hotel in Kansas City, Percheron is named for the famed horses of the Pabst Brewery -- a nod to the hotel’s location inside a former PBR bottling plant.
The bar serves up frozen cocktails, craft beers, light bites, and sweeping views of Kansas City in a lively beer garden setting with picnic-style tables, Sunday DJ Sessions, a weekly bocce league in partnership with The American Bocce Company, and for those looking to get in a quick sweat before imbibing, a special run club serving up free post-run PBRs on the roof.
Mountaineering Club at Graduate Seattle
LA-based hospitality vets Marc Rose and Med Abrous recently opened the Mountaineering Club at the new Graduate Seattle hotel in the University District, offering sweeping views of Mt Rainier and Mt Olympus, cocktails inspired by the state of Washington, beer, and wine alongside a raw bar and a vegetable-forward snack menu.
The Rooftop at Charmant Hotel
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Perched atop Charmant Hotel, the lively Rooftop Terrace provides sweeping views of the city where guests can enjoy the sunshine during the day, and the warmth of gas-burning fireplaces at night. The bar serves beer, wine, and handcrafted cocktails to accompany the Rooftop Terrace’s specialty: wood-fired pizza.
Hu. Roof at Hu. Hotel
On top of Memphis’ newest boutique hotel Hu. is Hu. Roof, a year-round rooftop bar with breathtaking Mississippi River and sunset views where guests can grab a bite, sip on a craft cocktail, and enjoy local live music.
Everdene at Virgin Hotels San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Virgin Hotels San Francisco's new rooftop bar and lounge Everdene just opened this April in the city's SoMa neighborhood, and serves up cocktails and shareable dishes and snacks. True to the roots of Sir Richard Branson’s iconic Virgin brand, the bar also features live performances and DJ sets.
Cabra at The Hoxton
Cabra is a bar and restaurant on the 12th floor of The Hoxton in Chicago’s Fulton Market District where guests can enjoy the ceviche bar and standalone bar with signature cocktails. Take a seat on one of two outdoor lounges that flank both sides of the restaurant and take in the panoramic views of the West Loop neighborhood.
Top of The Gate at The Watergate Hotel
This energetic and sophisticated rooftop bar and lounge boasts 360-degree views of the Kennedy Center, the Potomac River, the Key and Arlington bridges, the Washington Monument, and the rest of the D.C. skyline. For those looking to stargaze all night long, The Watergate Hotel is offering an over-the-top urban glamping package where guests can sleep under the stars on the Top of the Gate in a "luxury Glamping Globe."
The Crown Rooftop at 50 Bowery
New York, NY
With unobstructed views of both the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines, The Crown Rooftop is launching a new “Royal Summer at The Crown” theme for the season with two different outdoor terraces and an indoor bar/lounge with plush seating and floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the downtown Manhattan views.
The Rooftop at Hewing Hotel
This cozy year-round indoor/outdoor rooftop not only has glittering views of the city skyline and an awesome bar, but also an outdoor spa pool and a large 24-person sauna with sauna meisters who provide guided R&R experiences.
The Lost Square at The Alida
Situated high above Savannah’s Riverfront, The Lost Square at The Alida is inspired by the city’s nautical heritage, and guests can mingle over coastal Southeast bites and rum punch bowls on the terrace or curled up on a couch by the fireplace.