1 Part Great View + 1 Part Great Bar = Our Favorite Rooftop Hotel Bars

(Photos courtesy of High Rooftop Lounge, blackbookmag.com, and michiganavemag.com)

As a follow-up to our "10 Cozy Hotel Bars for Winter," we've come up with a list of our spring/summer favorites. With temperatures rising, we're ready for a refreshing drink spiked with breathtaking panoramas. Check out these rooftop hotel bars serving drinks that could battle their views:

  • SummerSalt, Hotel Palomar, San Diego, CA—This rooftop pool and lounge combines the best of both worlds: skillfully crafted cocktails and a chic place to cool off. The bar is buzzing day and night, offering refuge from the heat during the day and a vibrant nightclub once the sun sets.
  • The Joule Poule, The Joule, Dallas, TX—The gem of this hotel is undoubtedly the roof Joule "Poule." The pool extends eight feet beyond the hotel's structure and is glass-fronted so the views are fabulous from any angle. After your dip, peruse the extensive menu full of creative cocktails. This outdoor oasis doubles as the perfect location for high-profile parties, fashion shows, and cocktail receptions. Note: The Joule Poule is an amenity of the hotel and is exclusive to hotel guests.
  • High Rooftop Lounge, Hotel Erwin, Venice, CA—Overlooking the Venice Beach boardwalk, the High Rooftop Lounge offers unparalleled views of the ocean and beautiful sunsets. If you can pull yourself away from the views, each seating area has its own personal movie screen and cozy blankets for warmth post-sun. We suggest trying the piñacoco sangria and a hot dog with bacon, cream cheese, and jalapeño (preferably not together).
  • C-View, MileNorth, Chicago, IL—This year-round rooftop bar offers amazing views of downtown Chicago and attracts both tourists and residents. Located on MileNorth's 29th floor, guests have their pick of artisanal cheese, cured meats, and dessert items from the candy bar. Warm up during the winter with an eggnog shake or a hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows.
  • Jade Bar, Gramercy Park Hotel, New York, NY—This chicer-than-chic rooftop bar offers amazing views of Lexington Avenue from the plushness of velvet-upholstered seats. You don't have to wait until night to enjoy these views—you can settle into your morning routine with a cup of coffee in this bar. Or turn up the heat at the end of the day with the Jade Bar's fun and exotic cocktails, classic aperitifs, and delicious dishes.

Which of these hotel bars have you visited (or would you like to visit)? Tell us below!

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