Few things say “summer” like a good rooftop patio. You’ve got friends, the sun on your back, cold drinks being served to you, a killer view… What more can you ask for? We gathered some of the most notable rooftop patios that we could find and compiled them into a list for your perusal and daydreaming pleasure. Enjoy!
The Roof (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
The Roof is the latest trendy spot from Glowbal Group to crop up in the city. Located on the top of Black & Blue on Alberni Street, the patio is designed for the “sophisticated” late night crowd and is decorated with ultra modern furnishings and open pit table fireplaces. It also boasts Vancouver’s largest rooftop patio and has a completely separate menu from downstairs.
Bumpy’s Cafe (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Sure, Bumpy’s patio faces an alley, but it’s a clean alley with some cool shade under which to enjoy award-winning espressos and fantastic paninis. (bumpyscafe.com)
Bovine Sex Club (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
With notable punk and alt-rock bands coming through constantly, the Bovine has done its time in the city’s rock scene. But there’s always room for new additions, like the recently added patio, where the rockabilly love prevails in a tiki bar-themed oasis. Rock on!
Six Resto Lounge (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Located on the 6th floor of the Hyatt Regency Montreal, this is the perfect spot to enjoy summer festivals and great drinks. It overlooks the Quartier des spectacles in the heart of the Montreal cultural scene. During the summer, every Thursday from 5 – 7pm, go and enjoy a cool beverage outside while taking in the music from one of their famous DJs.
The Argyle (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)
The Argyle makes the list with not one, but two patios. The spacious rooftop patio (open Wednesday through Saturday) is one of the largest in Halifax, and is divided into three bars, with plenty of tables, chairs, and umbrellas to go around.The sidewalk patio (open daily) is a great place to sit and people watch, and best of all, it’s close enough to the kitchen to tantalize patio-lovers with the smell of pizza cooking in the Argyle’s traditional wood ovens.A hot spot for the party crowd on Thursday nights (as the Aqua Lounge dance club is located in the downstairs level) and a relaxing place for Sunday brunch—the Argyle really is the best of both worlds.
Rooftop 360 at AVIA Hotel (Long Beach, California, USA)
L.A.’s nightlife scene keeps getting hotter, extending even all the way out to the AVIA Long Beach. Since its March 2011 unveiling, the Rooftop 360 bar — complete with a swimming pool and views of the Queen Mary — is fast becoming the It spot to hang out in Long Beach.In town to catch a cruise? On weekdays, it’s all about the afternoon cabana rentals. On weekends, the space transforms into a lounge with cocktails, food, and music. In addition to martinis and mojitos, the menu evokes California cool with favorites like a halibut fish taco or frozen chocolate-milk drinks. Every third Sunday of the month features live entertainment.
Highbar at Dream South Beach (Miami, Florida, USA)
Fresh off its July opening, Highbar — Dream South Beach’s brand-new rooftop bar — features 1970s-inspired décor, but with modern amenities (like a custom infinity-edge pool that glows with blue and purple lights at night) and food from the downstairs restaurant (Tudor House by celeb chef Geoffrey Zakarian).Described as a contemporary take on the famed discotheque Studio 54 in New York City, the Lucite and glass tiles help promote a vintage vibe but the all-white structures (and two bed-size cabanas with flat-screen TVs) remind you that this is South Beach. In addition to drinks, food can be brought to you from Tudor House, ranging from upscale poolside snacks (poached tuna in a jar) to meatier options like organic buttermilk fried chicken or a Cuban-style pressed sandwich.
Ibiza at Hotel Andaluz (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)
While this 107-room hotel opened near Albuquerque‘s Old Town in 2009, the rooftop bar didn’t reveal itself until April 2010. Named after the nightlife-centric island in Spain, Ibiza boasts a view of Albuquerque’s skyline — and the Sandia Mountains.On weekdays, appetizers served at Ibiza during happy hour include flatbreads topped with Mediterranean-inspired ingredients; paella with black mussels, chorizo, pork loin, clams, rock shrimp and bay scallops; and a Croque Star sandwich with Spanish sweet-potato fries.
Level 3 at Four Seasons Hotel (Denver, Colorado, USA)
The Mile High City’s latest high-altitude attraction — a third-story rooftop terrace with a pool — was revealed just before Memorial Day weekend. Outfitted with lounge chairs and beds with sun shields, Level 3 is typically reserved for hotel guests, except for Thursday nights when it’s a scene with 300 to 500 people.A special menu from EDGE, the hotel’s steakhouse, includes lighter items such as spiked frozen “push-pops,” ceviche, grilled fish tacos, and key-lime tarts. During the day, complimentary flavored tea lollipops and smoothie shots are available poolside.Because this rooftop bar is weather-dependent, the fun is not expected to last beyond Sept. 15 — so you better get to Denver soon.
Rooftop Lounge at Thompson (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Since opening in June 2010, the lounge has had two personalities: a poolside club during the day (complete with cabanas and an infinity-edge pool) and a nightclub vibe after dark. No matter what time of day or night you swing by, enjoy panoramic views of Lake Ontario and the Toronto skyline.Even when autumn arrives, this lounge is worth a visit: An indoor bar area is decked out with lots of windows and sleek décor (think black-and-white-striped couches and a black granite bar). Above all, exclusivity is flaunted here; you must be a hotel guest or member to enter.