The cocktail and nightlife scene is a constantly changing beast. First it was VIP lists and velvet ropes, and now its all about gaining exclusive access to the best and most elite nosebleed seats across the country. Rooftop bars have become a part of the fashion conversation, enabling those that live in cramped quarters and operate within certain stylish confines to attain a new perspective. From breath-taking city landscapes to picture-perfect ocean views, the idea of being “seen” is just as important as “seeing” the world high atop one of these chic social outposts.
So where should you go if you want to rub shoulders with today’s hottest fashion, tech, entertainment and business influencers? Here’s a rundown of our favorite rooftop bars and lounges:
A home-away-from-home for New York’s downtown crowd, The Standard Hotel’s rooftop space comes equipped with retro furniture, astroturf, an exceptional view of the Hudson River and “it” girls aplenty. Great for celeb-spotting and model carousing, this Meat-Packing District landmark offers up the perfect summertime cocktail of sun, fun and fashion elite.
Sure, you can head downtown to the Standard’s rooftop LA outpost, but if you’re looking for something a bit more intimate, give Altitude a whirl. Perfect for weekly power lunches, this is the place to go if you’re looking for a little one-on-one time with your agent or an opportunity to break bread with your favorite A-lister in private. Bonus: An eclectic oasis, the elegant cabanas, oversized mirrors and potted plants add intimacy while the pig in the pool proves to be the ultimate ice-breaker and conversation starter.
Photo studio by day and European-inspired nightclub at night, Studio Paris is ideal if you crave a turn in front of the cameras. With bottle service available, and a retractable roof at the ready, Windy City scenesters never have to worry about their after-hours fun suffering a rain delay.
You’ll never feel the chill of rejection when lounging about at W Hotel’s Wet heated poolside bar in South Beach. Intent on offering every amenity, you can bask in sun while enjoying a cocktail and custom Sunblock Application Assistance. Feel the need for some privacy? Rent a cabana for you and your friends — each comes equipped with flat screen TVs and plenty of wi-fi access so you can indulge in a day of texting and tweeting.
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