10 best rooftop bars in USA

Published: October 1, 2019

10 amazing venues to discover the United States from above

USA have some of the best rooftop bars on the planet. The variety of big cities and number of high skyscrapers makes the US a heaven for rooftop lovers.

Everything from high rise buildings in New York to beautiful terraces in Austin. There’s something for everyone here! Both regarding food, views, service, luxuriousness and so on.

Here’s The Rooftop Guide’s list of the 10 best rooftop bars in USA

1. High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin
/ Los Angeles

Best Rooftop Bars USA - High at Hotel Erwin
High Rooftop Lounge - Photo: https://hotelerwin.com/

Overlooking Venice Beach and the Pacific Ocean, High is LA’s top rooftop lounge in Venice, where large umbrellas and cozy lounge sofas welcome visitors for an upscale delight. When chilly, blankets and heaters will keep you warm.

The rooftop bar has a robust of hand-crafted delicious cocktails and a selection of fantastic craft Californian beers for those of you who love a cold drink. If you feel any signs of hunger, you can quickly order a fantastic bar bite or simply stop by the venue for a proper weekend brunch.

Best Rooftop Bars USA - High at Hotel Erwin
High Rooftop Lounge - Photo: https://hotelerwin.com/

The HIGH, set on top the fantastic Hotel Erwin, is perfect for sunbathing sessions, probably one of the reasons the staff has included sunscreen as part of their menu. Nights at the bar are lively, with a guaranteed party atmosphere by a live DJ set.

HIGH ROOFTOP LOUNGE AT HOTEL ERWIN

1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, Los Angeles

Mon–Thur: 12pm–11pm / Fri: 12pm–midnight / Sat: 11:30am–midnight / Sun: 11:30am–11pm

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2. The Press Lounge
/ New York

Best Rooftop Bars USA - Press Lounge
The Press Lounge - Photo: www.thepresslounge.com/

The Big Apple has many secrets, and the Press Lounge is a one to be revealed by those willing to seek for its location. Situated atop the Kimpton Ink48 Hotel, the Press Lounge rooftop bar opens its doors to a world of luxury and style.

With a view overlooking the Hudson River and the bright and picturesque Manhattan skyline, your perfect rooftop evening has a guaranteed happy ending. And it is offered year-round.

The venue is known for its superb service and top-notch menu. A fine selection of beverages and bar bites guarantees a delightful experience, whilst accommodating as many as 100 guests at once.

Best Rooftop Bars USA - Press Lounge
The Press Lounge - Photo: www.thepresslounge.com/

Despite its large rooftop terrace, we recommend arriving early to avoid waiting lines. Dress to impress, as the official dress code is more on the formal side.

THE PRESS LOUNGE

653 11th Avenue, Hell's Kitchen, New York

Mon–Tue: 5pm–1am / Wed-Thur: 5pm–2am / Fri-Sat: 5pm-3am / Sun: 5pm-12am

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3. Area 31 at the Epic Hotel
/ Miami

Best Rooftop Bars USA - Area 31 at the Epic Hotel
Area 31 at the Epic Hotel - Photo: https://area31restaurant.com/

Miami - USA’s favorite party destination. With its warm weather and cheerful crowd, you are yet to have a good time pretty much anywhere you go. Since we write about rooftop bars, a hidden gem in the crown is Area 31 - a rooftop lounge, situated on the top of Kimpton EPIC Hotel.

The hotel itself does correspond with its name, and so does the bar. Perched 16 floors above the ground, the rooftop terrace has a view to remember. Located in the heart of the city, the combination of a rooftop bar and restaurant is being surrounded with Miami’s signature skyscraper skyline.

The restaurant menu has a robust of delicious dishes, handcrafted by Executive Chef Wolfgang Birk. He hand his staff are only picking top-quality local produce, with main focus on seafood and butchery goods.

Best Rooftop Bars USA - Area 31 at the Epic Hotel
Area 31 at the Epic Hotel - Photo: https://area31restaurant.com/

Open all-day-round, you can stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner, enjoying a proper drink for each part of the day. Both the restaurant and the bar’s menus have a fine palette of crafted drinks, including bubbly wines and champagne for true beverage aficionados. Both spaces are equipped with comfy and cozy lounge sofas so you can chill-out while enjoying your order.

Area 31 rooftop bar is a fantastic choice to bring a date, or even have a casual business meeting for a drink.

AREA 31 AT THE EPIC HOTEL

270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami

Sun–Thur: 7am–10pm / Fri-Sat: 7am–11pm

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4. LH Rooftop
/ Chicago

Best Rooftop Bars USA - LH Rooftop
LH Rooftop - Photo: https://londonhousechicago.com/

Hosted on the roof of the five-star Hilton Hotel, LondonHouse is a tri-level rooftop bar overlooking Chicago River and Michigan Avenue. Despite its picturesque vista, the rooftop bar offers a diversity of environments and a robust of drinks and bites to order, once you are comfortably seated.

The tri-level architecture starts with a cozy indoor lounge, called LH on 21. A floor up is the bar’s largest terrace, located on floor 22, thus it explains its name - LH on 22. The 23rd floor is the last of the tri-level setting, called Cupola - a smaller space, left for private bookings and much more intimate and private environment.

Best Rooftop Bars USA - LH Rooftop
LH Rooftop - Photo: https://londonhousechicago.com/

The bar has a restaurant part, offering an acute menu of tasty and delicious local food dishes, crafty cocktails and a list of fine wines and sparkling champagnes. The place’s interior design is a mixture of luxury, turning it into one of Chicago’s trendiest spots to grab a bite or a drink on the weekend.

It is quite packed, so a reservation is highly recommended to skip the waiting lines.

LH ROOFTOP

85 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago

Mon–Fri: 11am–midnight / Sat-Sun: 10am–midnight

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5. Gallery Rooftop Lounge
/ Dallas

Best Rooftop Bars USA - Gallery Rooftop Lounge
Gallery Rooftop Lounge - Photo: https://canvashoteldallas.com/

The very heart of Dallas is also home to one of its most hip rooftop places - the Gallery Rooftop Lounge. Located right in the Cedars area, south of downtown Dallas, this 6th floor rooftop terrace suggests a panoramic skyline view and an infinity pool for the hotter summer days.

The pool is mostly reserved for guests of the hotel, so if you’re wondering where to stay while in Dallas, maybe consider booking a room at the excellent Canvas Hotel Dallas. But from time to time there are also vibrant pool parties, available to all.

Available to all is also the Gallery rooftop bar, where the luxurious touches start from the small details in the interior design and finish with the twist your cocktails are being served.

Best Rooftop Bars USA - Gallery Rooftop Lounge
Gallery Rooftop Lounge - Photo: https://canvashoteldallas.com/

Both the outdoor terrace and the inside lounge have an ambient, chilled-out atmosphere, creating the perfect spot for a casual drink or a business date. You can choose from a robust of delicious cocktails, crafty bears, bubbles and some smaller bites to fill your tummy if you ever start feeling hungry while enjoying the view.

Check out the venue for a Sunday rooftop brunch, available now and then. Casual attire is good to go. Once the clock hits 9pm, they prohibit underage visitors.

GALLERY ROOFTOP LOUNGE

1325 South Lamar , Dallas

Mon–Wed: 4pm–11pm / Thu-Fri: 1pm–2am / Sat: 12pm-2am / Sun: 12pm-11pm

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6. Westlight NYC
/ New York

Best Rooftop Bars USA - Westlight NYC
Westlight NYC - Photo: http://westlightnyc.com/

Westlight NYC is one of the Big Apple’s true treasures. It comes with a fantastic location - situated atop the 22nd floor of the William Vale in the very heart of Williamsburg.

Visitors are welcomed to a chilled atmospheric environment and a sweeping view of the Manhattan skyline. Ran by Chef Andrew Carmellini’s NoHo Hospitality Group company, the rooftop place offers a dynamic menu with both original and classic cocktails, a fine list of wines and some exclusive beers to treat yourself with. Served with small bar bites, to accompany the drinks in style.

Weekends are busy, so unless you have a reservation, be prepared to wait a little for your seat. Perfect spot for an after-work delight and early evening cocktails.

WESTLIGHT NYC

111 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY

Mon–Thur: 4pm–midnight / Fri: 4pm–2am / Sat: 2pm-2am / Sun: 2pm-midnight

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7. RoofTop at Exchange Place
/ New Jersey

Best Rooftop Bars USA - RoofTop at Exchange Place
RoofTop at Exchange Place - Photo: https://rooftopxp.com/

Situated uphill the 13th floor of the Hyatt House Jersey City, the swanky RoofTop at Exchange Place welcomes hip crowd and cocktail aficionados for a drink extravaganza.

Created with a multi-level indoor and outdoor spaces, the design suggests a lot of air and space, creating a sense of intimacy and luxury. Its retractable glass roof and walls make up for the colder months, when you can enjoy your favorite drink under the Jersey night sky.

It is a year-round destination for lunch, dinner, happy hour and some drinks with a live DJ sets.

Best Rooftop Bars USA - RoofTop at Exchange Place
RoofTop at Exchange Place - Photo: https://rooftopxp.com/

The Terrace a floor below is an indoor cocktail lounge with a chic ambience and self-playing piano to entertain its guests. With a trendy furniture finish and a large fire pit on the outdoor deck, you can get that Jersey spirit right away.

At the RoofTop you can enjoy a fare of sliders, wines, local craft beer and a selection of cocktails - both ice cold and hot ones, served with a twist.

ROOFTOP AT EXCHANGE PLACE

1 Exchange Pl, Jersey City, NJ

Mon–Wed: 3pm–midnight / Thurs: 3pm–1am / Fri-Sat: 12pm-1am / Sun: 12pm-midnight

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8. The Nolen Rooftop Bar
/ San Diego

Best Rooftop Bars USA - The Nolen Rooftop Bar
The Nolen Rooftop Bar - Photo: http://thenolenrooftop.com/

Overlooking Coronado Bridge to Point Loma, the Nolen rooftop bar is all you are looking for in San Diego. Its terrace gives a bird’s-eye view of the San Diego skyline, rising 14 floors above the Gaslamp Quarter of the city’s downtown.

The bar has mastered the craft of signature cocktails, providing a range of flavors, aromas and a stylish presentation to each. You can enjoy an evergreen classic, or be brave and chose one of the Nolen Originals, all made with the finer spirits you can get on the market. The rooftop bar also offers a list of bite specials, if you get hungry.

Best Rooftop Bars USA - The Nolen Rooftop Bar
The Nolen Rooftop Bar - Photo: http://thenolenrooftop.com/

The open-air terrace offers both a comfy dining seating and a chilled-out lounge area, large and cozy fire pits and an extravagant outdoor bar.

Visit between 4 and 6pm for a happy hour and a sunset delight. Each Sunday, Nolen’s chef serves a fantastic rooftop brunch, high above the San Diego madness. Dress smart-casual and be sure to leave your favorite (old) sneakers at home.

THE NOLEN ROOFTOP

453 Sixth Ave, San Diego

Mon–Thu: 4pm–midnight / Fri-Sat: 4pm-1am / Sun: 11am-2pm & 4pm-midnight

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9. SKY Waikiki
/ Honolulu

Best Rooftop Bars USA - SKY Waikiki
SKY Waikiki - Photo: https://skywaikiki.com/

SKY Waikiki is Honolulu’s rooftop vagary. Seekers of heights and thrilling cocktail taste are welcome to join this rooftop lounge restaurant, a nightclub and a classic rooftop bar - all at one.

SKY Waikiki offers a bit of everything, so you might spend much more than an hour for an after-work cocktail with your colleagues. Perched 19 floors up on a skyscraper in Waikiki, Hawaii, the rooftop bar gives away a view of the Pacific Ocean you cannot get anywhere else.

Best Rooftop Bars USA - SKY Waikiki
SKY Waikiki - Photo: https://skywaikiki.com/

You can choose from a modern menu with a variety of bites - including SKY-branded burgers and Ahi Poke & Avocado Mousse, classic Surf & Turf and some complementary bites to have you filled before the cocktail delight begins.

Visit between 5 and 7pm for a happy hour. If you’re in a party mood, check out the bar after 9pm on weekends, when it transforms into a nightclub for a full-blown rooftop party. Dress to impress and be sure to make a reservation prior.

SKY WAIKIKI

Waikiki Shopping Plaza, 2270 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu

Sun–Thu: 5pm–11pm / Fri: 5pm-1am / Sat: 5am-2am

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10. Azul at The Westin Austin Downtown
/ Austin

Best Rooftop Bars USA - Azul at The Westin Austin Downtown
Azul - Photo: https://www.marriott.com/

Azul has its home atop the Westin Austin Downtown hotel. With an exquisite view, the rooftop bar has a top-notch location and the whole city underneath for a cocktail of dazzling views.

The rooftop terrace has a modern and sleek design, creating an atmosphere of luxury and chilled-out vibes. Visitors can relax by the heated rooftop pool with one of the bar’s signature drinks, or lounge in the private cabana.

Best Rooftop Bars USA - Azul at The Westin Austin Downtown
Azul - Photo: https://www.marriott.com/

Notice that the bar itself is open for everybody, whilst the rooftop pool only welcomes guests of the hotel. Smart-casual attire applies.

Make sure you reserve your spot prior your arrival. It is one of Austin’s top-rated rooftop bars and gets packed fast, especially on the weekends.

AZUL

310 E 5th St, Austin

Sun–Thu: 5pm–9pm / Fri-Sat: 5pm-11pm

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The Rooftop Guide

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