Rooftop bars should be on every couple's list for at least one date night on every honeymoon. There are few better ways to enjoy stunning views of your destination of choice along with chic surroundings and delicious cocktails, wines, and local brews. For some of the best rooftop haunts in the country, look no further. Read on for ten of our favorites, and check out some hot shots from each rooftop bar's official Instagram account (where applicable) below:
Pod 39 - Manhattan, New York City
New York City has its fair share of rooftop bars, especially throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn -- but Pod 39 is one of our favorites. Dramatic brick columns and tons of plants create an ambiance that's quintissentially New York, but with none of the hustle and bustle of the busy streets below. We just love the vibe here -- if it's too crowded when you arrive, or just for another option with super-stunning visuals, check out The Skylark in Midtown as well.
Bell Tower Bar - Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe is the perfect honeymoon destination for everything funky, quirky, and artsy. At the Bell Tower Bar, you experience a little of all three, along with amazing views of the area from the top of the very southwestern adobe mud-style building. Located at the La Fonda on the Plaza hotel, this rooftop is adorned with plenty of fun, authentic New Mexico artwork, and plenty of perfect spots to watch the sunset while you enjoy one of the best margaritas you've ever had.
Sugar at the East Hotel - Miami, Florida
Inspired by a southeast Asian jungle, the gardens strewn about the Sugar rooftop bar at Miami's East Hotel create a spectacular foreground to frame the cityscape backgrounds that lie beyond. Enjoy Asian fare like spring rolls and Korean-style chicken wings, or just savor craft cocktails until you catch that famous Miami sunset.
The Quirk Hotel Rooftop Bar - Richmond, Virginia
For a smaller city, Richmond, Virginia is as trendy as they come. The rooftop bar at the Quirk Hotel encapsulates the hippest aspects of Richmond, attracting well-dressed local swells and hip-hop breakdancers who stage impromptu dance battles while the crowd watches and swoons. The views are fantastic and there's a decent amount of seating, but most of all, this is where you come when you want to feel like a trendy local and have an absolute blast.
POV at The W Hotel - Washington, D.C.
Washington D.C. has its share of hip rooftop bars, including a new one atop the infamous Watergate hotel. But for the best in the District, we went with POV. Located at the W Hotel, known for incredible views of iconic Washington landmarks, POV features modern decor and furnishings, a funky chandelier, graffiti-style artwork, and one heck of a location overlooking the Washington Monument.
Voodoo - Las Vegas, Nevada
For an amazing night out in Vegas, look no further than Voodoo. You'll be fifty-one stories high, with plenty of room to dance or lounge, depending on your style. The bartenders are total pros, showing off fancy moves while they mix up the club's own signature drinks. It's a true bird's eye view of the city, with plenty of the Vegas party vibe infused with good old-fashioned nightclub fun.
Hot Tin - New Orleans, Louisiana
Laid back and fun with stunning views, Hot Tin has a modern look and feel, with a design that means you don't have to be right on the balcony to get great views. That means people aren't all jockeying for the same seats, making this place one of a kind. It's the perfect place to sip, chill, and watch the sparkling jazz-soaked city of New Orleans below.
The Nest at Thompson Seattle - Seattle, Washington
Kick back in a comfy lounge chair with an ice-cold drink listening to music and absorbing the exciting, sexy vibe. The views are great, of course, and the crowd is chic. If you're hungry they serve gourmet, fine dining-style snacks along with the drinks...but the view here is so cinematic you might forget you're even hungry! This is a must-visit spot in Seattle for couples who want to be blown away.
Linger - Denver, Colorado
You'll definitely want to "Linger" here. Strangely enough, this location started out as a mortuary before being converted into one of Denver's hippest nightlife hotspots. Grab drinks from a repurposed VW bus on the patio, then lounge the night away. The Asian fusion cuisine they serve here is amazing, and the atmosphere is mountain-hip. Come for the drinks, stay for the views and people watching! And if you need a nibble, they serve a variety of small plate dishes to keep you sated.
El Techo de Lolinda - San Francisco, California
El Techo de Lolina features fantastic coktails and delicious, fresh-to-order Latin American street food with a focus on Mexican and Argentinian food like empanadas, delicious guac, and succulent meat skewers. But they also serve up incredible views of the city, and the rooftop area is loaded with features to keep you comfortable, like wind screens and heat lamps so that you get an outdoor experience with climate control to keep you comfy. The only downside is that it's so good, it can get crowded, so arrive early!