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These 13 U.S. Hotel Bars Promise Some Incredible Views

by Aoife O’Riordan

Apr 5, 2024

© Courtesy of The RoofTop at Exchange Place


A good cocktail or glass of wine goes a long way, but good company and even better views can take the evening to a new level entirely. These 13 hotels have some of the best outlooks in the country. Why not stop by one?


© Courtesy of the RoofTop at Exchange Place

RoofTop at Exchange Place, Jersey City, New Jersey

Situated atop Hyatt House Jersey City, this spot offers panoramic views of the New York City skyline and Hudson River. Unwind with handcrafted cocktails and tasty bites against iconic landmarks like the Statue of Liberty. Signature cocktails include Chilltown (Titos Vodka, Aperol, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice and simple syrup) and Tropical Storm (ginger beer, pineapple juice, lime juice, Malibu and Gosling Dark Rum).

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Percheron © Visit KC

Percheron, Kansas City, Missouri

You’ll find this elevated beer garden within Crossroads Hotel. This space features views of downtown Kansas City and is open seven days a week during the warmer months. Percheron offers creative cocktails, light bites, and regular events including a summer concert series and themed parties.


Catbird © Gus Schmiege

Catbird, Dallas, Texas

Head to the ninth floor of Thompson Hotel to surround yourself with rustic charm and modern elegance. Of course, the expansive windows in Catbird spoil guests with views of the city life below. Crafted cocktails and delicious bites only heighten the experience here.

The Piccolo

Tetto © Visit SLO CAL

Tetto, San Luis Obispo County, California

Found at The Piccolo, Tetto was designed to soak in the vineyard-covered hills of SLO CAL. Sip on locally inspired craft cocktails in this al-fresco atmosphere, where you can even spot the tree-lined town square below. Featured cocktails include Lavender Bee’s Knees and a strawberry negroni.


MDRD © Experience Grand Rapids

MDRD, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Sitting high above downtown Grand Rapids is MDRD, the 27th-floor bar at The Amway Grand Plaza. Take in the city skyline while munching on modern, Spanish cuisine and tapas, elevated entrées, and over-the-top desserts. Don’t forget about the cocktails and wine, either, especially Flamenco Reserva, a Spanish gin concoction with magdala, lemon, alma de trabanco and fresh peaches rested on white oak.


Beacon Social Drinkery © Fort Myers Islands, Beaches and Neighborhoods

Beacon Social Drinkery, Fort Myers, Florida

Climb up to the 12th floor of Luminary Hotel to find this special spot. With panoramic views of the lush scenery and waterways surrounding the hotel, Beacon Social Drinkery is a place to enjoy cocktails, fine wines and beers, and good views. Head here at sunset for the best views. Highlight cocktails include The Beacon, featuring Van Gogh Raspberry Vodka with lemonade and hibiscus cube, and Sweetheart Sangria.


© Madera Bar at Rosewood Sandhill

Madera Bar, Menlo Park, California

Situated at Rosewood Sand Hill, Madera Bar & Lounge overlooks the Santa Cruz mountains via a redecorated California Garden terrace. The Chicago Fizz (Plantation 3 Star Rum, Graham’s Port, lemon and egg white) is a popular choice.

Cypress Beach House, San Luis Obispo County, California

Also in California is Cypress Beach House at Inn at the Pier. This newly reimagined rooftop concept offers a new menu and, if possible, an even better setting. Sip a signature cocktail while drinking in the Pacific sunset.

h20 Grill

H20 Bar & Grill © Visit Atlantic City

H20 Bar & Grill, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Located within The Golden Nugget Atlantic City Hotel Casino & Marina, this bar and grill offers both ocean and skyline views, top-shelf cocktails and outdoor pools. The bar is open daily in the summer and is the perfect place to relax.

Broadway Lounge

© Courtesy of the New York Marriott Marquis

Broadway Lounge, New York City, New York

At New York Marriott Marquis, you’ll find this eighth-floor bar and lounge boasting expansive, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city’s iconic neon lights below. Expertly crafted cocktails, like the Wall Street Whiskey Sour or West Side Cosmopolitan, make for the perfect accompaniment to watch the happenings of Times Square below.

The Beach Bar, Manasota Key, Florida

With arguably some of the best views of the sunset on the East Coast, this bar at Manasota Key Resort brings refreshing drinks and beach sights together in one place. Watch the sun set across the Gulf of Mexico from a luxurious lounge chair.

Broken Shaker, Los Angeles, California

Make for The Freehand, a luxurious boutique property in downtown Los Angeles, to enjoy handcrafted cocktails and views of the city skyline beneath string lights. Broken Shaker is a James Beard Award finalist and winner of Tales of the Cocktail’s Best American Bar award. Cocktails are infused with homemade elixirs and exotic ingredients, bringing beach flavors to the city. Think drinks like Revive the Day (Jameson Black Barrel, Ancho Reyes, cold brew, demerara and angostura bitters) and Not Your Abuela’s Cocoa (El Sativo Tequila, Illegal mezcal, Mr. Black Coffee liquor and hot cocoa).


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