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    America's Ten Best Rooftop Bars

    By By Chanize Thorpe
    May 31, 2014, 6:14:18 AM EDT

    The weather never looked bleaker — Mother Nature was giving the country a winter that left even the most cold-climate resilient curled into a ball. The never-ending snowstorms, pelting rain, hail, and freezing temperatures hit even the warmest parts of the States, causing general confusion and misery. If there was ever a time to need a drink, this was it. And we gave you the goods with these Hot Cocktails to Warm Your Winter.

    And even though there’s been a few surprise April snow showers, it looks like spring has finally arrived. Naturally this means one thing — it’s time to get outside! And what do we love best about being in the great outdoors? Summer cocktails and refreshing wines and beers! We can shed our dark, dreary clothes and say a temporary goodbye to the dimly-lit lounges and bars that’s made up our social life for the last six months. Where to head now? Rooftop bars, of course.

    We let you know the best Rooftop Restaurants out there, but since last summer, a slew of new choices have come on the scene from West to East Coast and all points in between. While stand-alone watering holes have popped up, hotels have embraced and nurtured this nifty new market of the dedicated rooftop bar.

    The scenes vary and there’s a fit for every party personality. You’ll find low-key, but fun Tiki bars along the seashore, mega spaces designed for the music-and-dance minded crowd, and even trendy see-and-be-seen hotspots in those high falutin’ high-rise hotels. What do they all have in common? Awesome views of the city, shore, or other fabulous scenery and landmarks, and delicious drinks to quench your thirst, including new sippers for the upcoming summer heat. Many even offer small plates and snacks to fill your belly while you’re knocking back these tasty creations — easy to swallow in the heat.

    The biggest perk of them all is having a place to chill every day of the week during the season, after all, the sun takes longer to set and this is the epitome of happy hour time. Summer is just around the corner and many of these rooftop bars also have pools and cabanas as well, so you can really dive in and have a cool time. We’ve ranked the best rooftop bars in America, some new, some classics, based on ambiance, killer views, and of course, the cocktail menu.

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    The Crow's Nest at The Water Club, New York

    High Hot Spot:

    The Crow's Nest at The Water Club, New York

    What’s Up: After Hurricane Sandy closed this iconic East River hangout, it’ll reopen this summer for a well-heeled crowd, plus the yacht crowd seeking waterfront sundowners before heading to The Hamptons.

    Top Sips: The Pomegranate Lime Rickey, Crow's Nest martini, and sangria pitchers.

    Tis The Season: Open year-round, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10 a.m. until 2 a.m., Thursday: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday: 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday: 2 p.m. until 12 a.m. Sunday: 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.


    Top of Newport at Hotel Viking, R.I.

    High Hot Spot:

    Top of Newport at Hotel Viking, R.I.

    What’s Up: Not only can you see stars (and fireworks) shining from this well-loved lounge, but you may spot Bruce Willis checking out the live music.

    Top Sips: Locally brewed beers like the Newport Storm are on tap, as well as chillers such as the “Blue-cumber,” made with Stoli Blueberry vodka, Kettle One Citron vodka, fresh cucumber and lime juices, simple syrup, and sparkling water.

    ’Tis The Season: Memorial through Labor Day, Wednesday through Sunday, 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.


    O’ Bar, Long Beach Island, NJ

    High Hot Spot:

    O’Bar, Long Beach Island, NJ

    What’s Up: This hotel has LBI’s only rooftop bar which allows guests to take in 130 miles of Jersey Shore coastline and the Atlantic Ocean.

    Top Sips: There’s a daily happy hour featuring reasonably-priced specials like the Sparkling Cosmo. New Jersey Monthly Magazine named this bar one of the “Best Cocktail” spots in 2012.

    ‘Tis The Season: Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, 4 p.m. until midnight.

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