When it comes to outdoor drinking, can anything possibly beat a view from the top? With skyline vistas as delicious as the cocktails they serve, rooftop bars are ideal scenes for post-work happy hours and lazy weekends. Not surprisingly, more and more rooftop bars open every year, so we’ve done the hard part of choosing 15 of the best offerings around the country. In addition to open-air settings, these spots serve up small plates and drinks with distinct, regional flavors to complement exceptional views of the cities they call home. Whether you're looking to lounge poolside at a Beverly Hills hot spot or admire the twinkling lights of the Second City, there are plenty of reasons to raise your glass at one of these elevated oases.
by Emily Wasserman