The rooftop venue is a summertime staple of any city’s social scene. It offers a relaxed atmosphere, delectable food, and beautiful views. This chic destination is perfect for spending an evening or afternoon indulging in a drink or two. With the official start of summer a month away, get tempted by one of these rooftops in undiscovered cities where you can take in the views with a cocktail in hand. From the world’s largest Texas-shaped rooftop lazy river to a stunning terrace overlooking the turquoise waters of Greece, see highlights below.
Altitude Rooftop & Pool at Marriott Marquis Houston – Houston, TX
Besides being a downtown sanctuary, Marriott Marquis Houston also boasts the world’s largest Texas-shaped lazy river with deluxe, resort-style amenities, and spacious suites. The 6th-floor Altitude Rooftop & Pool is the ideal place to enjoy a photo-worthy cocktail (think: a new, colorful Pride-inspired cocktail), float down the lazy river, or cool off in the infinity pool. Known for stunning urban sunsets, the rooftop features sweeping views of downtown Houston.
The Rooftop Bar at The Sinclair – Fort Worth, TX
The Sinclair, an Autograph Collection hotel in downtown Fort Worth, is home to the tallest rooftop bar in the entire city. Named The Rooftop Bar, it is perched atop the adaptive reuse 1940s Art Deco building. The venue offers creative craft cocktails, shareable plates, freshly shucked oysters, decadent desserts, and unparalleled views of the Texas sunset. The Sinclair is powered entirely by ethernet cables, reducing the building’s energy consumption by over 30% and making summer evening cocktails into an eco-friendly affair.
Illume at the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa – Orlando, FL
The JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek‘s Asian-influenced rooftop lounge, illume, injects Orlando with a bit of luxury, with a sleek, contemporary design, comfortable lounge furniture, Asian tapas, and handcrafted cocktails. The 5,200-square-foot rooftop is the ultimate venue to enjoy dinner while admiring jaw-dropping views of Orlando’s nightly theme park fireworks.
The Roof at Esme Miami Beach Hotel – Miami, FL
The Roof at Esmé Miami Beach, a bohemian Spanish-inspired destination, connects the four roofs of the hotel to create a deck like no other, offering a tranquil space by day replete with cabanas, a full bar, and restaurant, and wellness areas where guests can enjoy everything from – yoga, an out-door remote terrace to catching some sun (or shade) by the pool with a sangria in hand and enjoy light modern Latin cuisine from the All-Day menu. When the sun sets, it’s the perfect place for a celebratory tipple with pals while you soak up the music and culture in an oasis of cool. Dance under the stars on weekends: Fridays catch ‘Disco Night’ and Saturdays Live DJ Sounds until 2 a.m.
Denim at The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville – Nashville, TN
Denim a is a vibrant rooftop bar located on the 21st floor of The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville. The interior of the rooftop bar is garnished with denim, while outdoors, a living green wall and a saltwater pool take center stage. Four luxury cabanas designed by Tuuci and architectural columns frame views of the striking Nashville skyline and Cumberland River below. Denim offers a menu of seasonally inspired craft cocktails as well as elevated Americana cuisine by James Beard Award-winning, Michelin-starred chef, Tony Mantuano and wine expert Cathy Mantuano. Guests can take in beautiful Nashville views while sipping on delicious cocktails.
Infinity: Rooftop Restaurant & Bar – Lexington, KY
Lexington Marriott City Center and Residence Inn Lexington City Center opened in early 2020 with a combined 336 guest rooms, becoming the first full-service premium and extended-stay hotels to open downtown in more than three decades. Leisure enthusiasts will enjoy an outdoor seasonal rooftop pool with cozy spaces and a stylish bar and restaurant. The rooftop restaurant serves tasty American cuisine and handcrafted cocktails and boast stunning views of downtown Lexington. The rooftop meshes modern luxury with a casual work-and-play vibe and on nice days guests can enjoy fresh air with their retractable roof.
HarbourView Inn, Charleston, SC
HarbourView Inn is a newly refreshed waterfront retreat in the heart of Downtown Charleston, featuring one of the only remaining private rooftops in the Historic District. Guests of the 52-room boutique hotel can access the rooftop, which boasts 180-degree views of the historic harbor and Charleston’s steeple-lined skyline. Open from sunrise to sunset for guests, the rooftop is the place to enjoy gourmet breakfast or afternoon wine and cheese hour. On Thursdays – Saturday from 5-6pm, live music is also available.
Lumac Rooftop Bar at The Bristol Hotel – Bristol, VA
The Bristol Hotel in the heart of the picturesque Appalachian Mountains is home to the only rooftop bar in the Tri-Cities region, Lumac. The venue boasts sleek industrial accents with pops of color reflected in the mod-printed sofas and swanky décor. This year, Lumac began operating as a full restaurant and bar while COVID restrictions took place in Virginia, adding southern-inspired dishes and shareable plates to the menu, along with hand-crafted cocktails made with local spirits, for visitors to enjoy in an open-air environment while soaking up 360-degree Mountain views.
Gainey House at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa – Scottsdale, AZ
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa‘s Gainey House casita features a private entrance, multiple bedrooms, chef’s kitchen, multi-level patio, and rooftop deck ideal for summer sipping. After a day well spent beating the heat on the resort’s 2.5-acre water playground, indulging in unique treatments at the on-site Spa Avania, and enjoying a fresh seasonal meal at one of the resort’s eight dining concepts, guests can end the evening from the privacy of the Gainey House rooftop. Enjoy a lineup of creative hand-crafted cocktails and light bites while taking in the scenery of the surrounding desert landscape and listening to live music from the resort’s lively Center Stage Bar nearby.
Radio Hotel – Washington Heights, NY, NY
Radio Hotel, opening in June, in the neighborhood of Washington Heights features a 2,500 SQFT rooftop with unobstructed, panoramic views of the George Washington Bridge, High Bridge Park, the Harlem River, Central Park, White Plains, Queens and the entirety of downtown Manhattan – the only rooftop in New York with these 360 views. The space, which comfortably seats 60+ patrons, and includes an indoor/outdoor bar and an adjoining event space (4,600 SQFT), can act as an intimate rooftop lounge or a prime venue for over-the-top weddings, quinceñeras, or bar mitzvahs.
The Shay – Culver City, California
Perched 6-floors above Los Angeles’ Culver City neighborhood, The Shay is an urban hotel that features the area’s first curated rooftop pool experience. Boasting dual views of the Santa Monica Mountains and Downtown Los Angeles skyline, this chic hotspot offers laid-back lounge chairs and private cabanas. With a food and beverage program by Michelin-starred chef Danny Grant’s What If Syndicate group, Celestina Rooftop at The Shay serves an agave-focused bar program and large-format dishes – shot-opus and Taquiza Tower.
Treehouse Lounge at Pasea Hotel & Spa – Huntington Beach, CA
Set on the rooftop of Pasea Hotel & Spa in the heart of Huntington Beach’s vibrant coastal community, the open-air Treehouse Lounge features panoramic views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Guests are greeted by the photo-worthy bar, enveloped by a large tree sculpture adorned with hanging lanterns. They can lounge in cabanas, swing chairs, or lush sofas, while enjoying seasonal craft cocktails and California coastal-inspired bites. In addition to weekend DJ sets, the lounge just announced its weekly ‘Treehouse Time Machine’ nights, where a DJ will play 70s, 80s, 90s & 00s throwback hits every Friday.
Thompson Playa del Carmen – Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Thompson Playa del Carmen features one of Playa’s most lively rooftops and an infinity pool stretching an entire city block boasting panoramic views of the ocean and the buzzing Quinta Avenida. This adults-only urban resort is the perfect place to sip on some cocktails while overlooking the views of the city. Visitors can also enjoy pool parties hosted every Saturday at the Alessia day club, where mixologists are ready to prepare your favorite summer cocktail. Also available on the rooftop are mezcal and tequila tastings led by the property’s expert mixologists.
Vertigo at Angsana Corfu – Akra Punta, Corfu, Greece
Debuted in June 2021 as Banyan Tree Group’s first-ever European property, Angsana Corfu is perched on an idyllic hilltop overlooking the turquoise waters of the historical bay of Benitses. This season’s highlight will be the opening of Vertigo Rooftop Bar. This will be the very first Vertigo in Europe, following the concept’s success in the Banyan Tree properties in Asia. The space will feature panoramic views of the Ionian Sea, sushi & Asian bites, vibrant signature cocktails, parties and happenings with famous DJs and much more.
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