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The Best Hotel Rooftops in the U.S.

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Summer is the season of outdoor living, and hotel rooftops across the U.S. are courting visitors with handcrafted cocktails and stirring sunsets. Sure, every city has its must-see bars with incredible vantage points, but sometimes you want a spectacular rooftop view, deliciously curated cocktails, and date-worthy ambiance without leaving the hotel. From a trendy boutique destination to a luxe oasis, here are nine rooftop hotel bars to check out now.—Alene Dawson

Le Bain at The Standard, High Line
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The Standard Hotel, High Line

WHERE: New York City, New York

The rooftop vantage point of this sleek André Balazs–designed West Side statement hotel rising above the High Line is the perfect place to enjoy a sunset. Perched above the Meatpacking District, Le Bain penthouse discothèque and rooftop bar has sweeping views of the Hudson River and downtown Manhattan. There’s also a plunge pool and crêperie in addition to “grass” carpeting the rooftop.

New York has a surplus when it comes to rooftop hotel bars. A few other options include: Jane Hotel Rooftop Bar, SPYGLASS Rooftop Bar atop the Archer Hotel, Roof at Park South, The Rooftop Lounge at Pod 39, The Roof at the Viceroy, and Refinery Hotel Rooftop.

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Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
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Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

WHERE: Chicago, Illinois

Once a private men’s club, this newly remodeled 1890s Venetian Gothic landmark is now home to a hotel and rooftop restaurant and bar that features views of Lake Michigan, Millennium Park (including the famous Cloud Gate sculpture nicknamed “The Bean”), and the Art Institute of Chicago. Their potions, elixirs, apothecaries, tisanes, and mocktails soothe the soul after a long day of sightseeing. You’ll want to try the whole menu, but we recommend the Full Bloom cocktail made with Encanto Pisco, Nolet’s Gin, Tempus Fugit Crème De Cacao, Luxardo Maraschino, and a Cherry Blossom. Get cozy by the fire pits and fall in love with the city while checking out the building’s unique architecture.

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NYLO Hotel
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NYLO Hotel

WHERE: Dallas,Texas

This South Side rooftop destination atop the boutique NYLO hotel has a modern interior replete with an infinity pool and views of sparkling downtown Dallas. Saddle up at the modern, neon-accented bar and wet your whistle with refreshing cocktails like the Summer Shanty made with Stella Artois Cidre, Goose Island 321, and Deep Eddy Lemon.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Dallas Guide

Hotel Erwin
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Hotel Erwin

WHERE: Los Angeles, California

L.A. is graced with an array of hotel rooftop bars with a wealth of striking vistas. If you want a downtown view of soaring, sparkling skyscrapers and L.A.’s historic Art Deco buildings, there’s The Standard Hotel Downtown L.A. and Ace Hotel. But for palm trees and the Pacific Ocean, the Hotel Erwin in Venice Beach delivers the quintessential Southern California experience, complete with sunscreen and sunglasses on the menu and a view of the Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel in the distance.

Insider Tip: The line to get in gets a bit long at sunset, so call ahead for a reservation or book online.

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San Francisco Marriott Marquis
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The View Lounge at The Marriott Marquis SOMA

WHERE: San Francisco, California

This newly renovated 4,500-square-foot destination sits on the 39th floor of the Marriott Marquis in SoMa. The domed floor-to-ceiling windows frame panoramic views of downtown SF. Celebrate the city with a range of regional wines or their summer-ready Skyline Punch made with white rum, pineapple juice, fresh citrus juice, and brandied grenadine. Another option is Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel in Nob Hill, with views of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Alcatraz, and the East Bay Hills.

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Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
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Mandarin Oriental

WHERE: Las Vegas, Nevada

Overlooking the Strip via floor-to-ceiling windows, the Mandarin Bar is a sophisticated option. The Smoke & Mirrors cocktail, a take on the classic Manhattan made with Basil Hayden bourbon, Lagavulin 16-year Scotch rinse, Martelletti vermouth, black tea–infused simple syrup, and a fresh lemon zest befits the sultry atmosphere.

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Departure Restaurant
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The Nines Hotel

WHERE: Portland, Orgeon

You’ll discover an elevated experience at this modern pan-Asian rooftop restaurant with panoramic views of Portland and the Willamette River. Browse their robust list of whiskeys and cocktails including the Shadow Warrior made with Buffalo Trace bourbon, Cointreau, lemon, honey, and Prosecco as well as the Seoul Spring made with Jinro soju, bamboo syrup, and lime.

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Claudio Rangel
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Stratosphere Tower

WHERE: Las Vegas, Nevada

If you’re looking for a quintessential Vegas vantage point, the Level 107 Lounge at Stratosphere Tower located right on the Strip offers a 360-degree view. Sunset is a popular time to visit, as is their popular afternoon Happy Hour. Since you’re high in the clouds, try the Cosmic Cucumber cocktail made with Effen Cucumber vodka, triple sec, syrup, fresh lime, and cranberry juice. Other great options include Skyfall Lounge at The Delano Hotel, Ghost Bar inside the Palms Casino Resort, and Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at the Paris Las Vegas.

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