Come summertime, rooftop imbibing ranks right up there with our other favorite seasonal pastimes, barbecuing and swimming in the ocean. At one of these five high-altitude establishments, you’re assured a well-crafted cocktail and an amazing view. We’ll see you upstairs.
Area 31 Terrace Bar, EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, Fla., 305 424 5234:
Miami has its fair share of sexy outdoor nightspots, but Area 31 at the EPIC Hotel has an edge on the competition: great cocktails and a killer view. The drinks were created by Jacques Bezuidenhout, Kimpton Hotels’ talented master mixologist. Have one while taking in the sights.
What to Drink: Passionada (Partida Blanco Tequila, passion fruit, mint, club soda)
POV Roof Terrace, W Hotel, 515 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 202 661 2478:
The red velveteen banquettes at the W Hotel’s POV Roof Terrace, across from the White House, are some of the capital’s most coveted seats. Famed New York City bar owner Sasha Petraske runs POV (pictured above), which features classic cocktails made from scratch and hand-cracked ice.
What to Drink: The Presbyterian (Jim Beam Rye, house-made ginger soda, lime juice)
ROOF, theWit Hotel, 201 N. State Street, Chicago, Ill., 312 239 9501:
On nice summer evenings, ROOF, the 7,000-square-foot bar on theWit Hotel’s 27th floor, is packed with revelers. Guests gather around stylish fire pits to snack on artisanal pizzas and sip cocktails made by Jonny Abens while gazing at the Loop’s skyline below.
What to Drink: Sex on the Roof (Ketel One Citroen, St-Germain, Aperol, lemon juice, orange juice)
Salon de Ning, The Peninsula Hotel, 700 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y., 212 903 3097:
New York has many rooftop bars to choose from, but we like the Salon de Ning on the 23rd floor of the posh Peninsula Hotel in midtown. The bar has two large outdoor terraces, fine cocktails and views of historic 5th Avenue.
What to Drink: Ruby Red Breeze (Absolut Ruby Red, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, lychee puree, mint)
West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colo., 303 444 3535:
Bourbon is the star at the West End Tavern, which stocks more than 60 different ones. And mixologist Sage Swink whips up drinks showcasing the spirit’s light and summery side. The rooftop deck, which offers sweeping views of Boulder’s majestic Flatiron rock formations, is open all year.
What to Drink: Black Bulleit (Bulleit Bourbon, blackberries, lemon, agave nectar, limoncello, rose essence)
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