Baby it's cold outside, but these rooftop bars in trendy cities across America stay hot in the winter, thanks to features such as retractable roofs, heated igloos, and more. Get ready to grab a cocktail and take in the view, no matter what the weather may bring.
As one of the hottest hotels in Boston’s emerging “Innovation District” at the moment, of course The Envoy’s hotspot Lookout Rooftop & Bar would have fire pits and a pop-up igloo concept. Not only can you see the best views of the harbor and skyline at night, but these heated igloos seat up to eight guests and can be reserved for private events. They’re also available as first-come, first-served and open Thursday to Saturday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. through April 16, 2018. House-made craft cocktails, microbrews, and wines by the glass collection are paired with an elevated bar menu, but to make sure you stay extra warm, we recommend a Mulled Toddy (Pinot Noir, bourbon, sugar, orange juice, cinnamon) or a Cocoa Caliente (mezcal, hot chocolate, cayenne, smoked marshmallow).
When you're in Chi-Town, there’s no better place to relax after work then at Raised, the Urban Rooftop Bar. Inspired by the Main Stem river district, the name Raised refers to the drawbridges that line the Chicago River, the river locks that raise the water for boats, and the elevation of the rooftop location. With an industrial raw aesthetic and eclectic vibes, you’re guaranteed a good time in the indoor-outdoor bar, private VIP greenhouse overlooking the skyline, or out on the rooftop for a quick pic, before you freeze in the middle of February. While there are plenty of signature cocktails and wines by the glass or bottle served here, the real highlight is the extensive list of local breweries featured. Choose between six rotating draft beers or over 40 beers by the bottle, including Off Color Brewing from Logan Square, Local Option from Lincoln Park, and more.
The best thing about The Skylark is that it’s just as fun when it’s cold out as it is when it’s hot out. This indoor-outdoor lounge that’s thirty stories above the heart of Times Square has awesome views of the Hudson River, Hudson Yards, Empire State Building, and Midtown Manhattan. It’s definitely the perfect choice for date night or happy hour with your girlfriends. Plus, the all-season destination boosts delish light bites and mixologist Johnny Swet’s modern takes on classic cocktails like the Fort Knox (Elijah Craig Bourbon, mezcal, yellow chartreuse, honey syrup, grilled lemon ice block) and The Coco (a stylized fruit and botanical infusion of peach, violet, chartreuse, St-Germain, Nolet’s Gin, sparkling with Prosecco and floating strawberry pearls).
Located atop the landmark Meier & Frank building, which is now the seriously luxe Nines Hotel, Departure offers creative Asian fusion fare and globally-inspired cocktails. Besides gorge views of downtown Portland and beyond, this sky-high retreat also has some of the best sushi in town.
Most New Yorkers flock to Jimmy at the James for their rooftop pool in the summer, but cozy fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views, and sinfully good libations await you in the winter months. Sip on a Grilled Pineapple Mojito (Caliché Rum, muddled pineapple, mint, lime) or a French Kissing in the USA (Dorthy Parker Gin, Cassis, Champagne) and definitely don’t leave without taking a selfie or three with the impressive city backdrop behind you.
A retractable glass roof, two-level fire pit, and specialty winter-themed cocktail menu make Chicago’s largest indoor-outdoor lounge the place to be, any night of the week. Go for the views, but stay for the Godfrey Toddy—a steaming concoction that uses a siphon coffee maker to heat Jameson Irish Whiskey, honey, and water until the liquid boils, rising into the upper container that houses cinnamon sticks, star anise, lemon peel, vanilla bean, clove, lemongrass, and rosemary. The steaming concoction bubbles around the solid ingredients, becoming infused with their flavors and finally falls back down into the pot, ready to be poured, sipped, and savored. Just try to beat that at home. The Godfrey Toddy is served table-side and each carafe serves two.
McCarren Hotel & Pool Rooftop in Brooklyn, New York
McCarren’s rooftop pool has become the *it place* to be in the summer, but it’s just as lively in the winter, thanks to its retractable covering. Go for sunset happy hour, then stay for the live concerts and fun nightlife scene. With craft cocktails and a hot lineup of no-cover events, you’ll forget how chilly it is outside. Cold weather food options include jerk chicken tacos and roasted duck steam buns. YUM.