Summer is in the homestretch. The dog days of summer are howling as back-to-school deals and last-minute getaways battle for supremacy. So keep those dogs at bay with a cool drink, some chill tunes, and killer views at one of these rooftop lounges — and you don’t have to be a guest of the hotel to play along. Summer’s not over until you say it is.
LUSTRE Rooftop Garden
Rise above it all at Hotel Palomar Phoenix, where LUSTRE Rooftop Garden keeps the summer fun rolling with its 100 Days of Summer celebration. DJs set the tone Friday through Sunday, while movie nights, pool parties, table tennis, and private cabanas complement the flowing sangria, frozen cocktails, and delish small plates. The 100 Days bash comes to its sizzling conclusion over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5–6.
DNV Rooftop Lounge
Perched atop The Donovan hotel, DNV Rooftop occupies a sweet spot in the heart of the nation’s capital. Taking a cue from its sister restaurant, Zentan, DNV offers food and drink with a distinctly Far Eastern flair. Think Asian street food–inspired bites like robata skewers of slow-grilled pork belly or fresh sushi. Beat the Washington heat with a dip in the pool and some boozy popsicles; there’s also a weekend brunch and live music every Thursday night.
The ninth floor of Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh is the setting for meat-and-beer-loving Biergarten, an open-air hofbräu that perfectly honors the Steel City’s rich German heritage. You’ll find a variety of wursts, cheeses, housemade pickled-veggies, and a truly great selection of European beers, in cans, bottles and on draft. Jenga and other pub games add to the convivial, communal spirit. Prost!
Stratus Rooftop Lounge
On the other side of the state and working a decidedly different vibe is Stratus, located on the 11th floor of Hotel Monaco Philadelphia. This chic, indoor/outdoor lounge makes for a sexy and sophisticated retreat — it’s a perfectly cosmopolitan space for, well, a cosmopolitan. The wall-length outdoor fireplace, live jazz and DJs make it the perfect place to dress up (leave the sneakers and ball caps behind) for a night above the town.
SummerSalt PoolDeck & Lounge
We’re just going to say it: San Diego has the best weather in the world. And just like you’d expect from a place where it’s always 72 degrees, outdoor living is a high priority. Set on the fourth floor of Hotel Palomar San Diego, SummerSalt offers guests a backyard pool-party experience that includes games like table tennis and cornhole, as well as tasty food and drinks, and DJs dropping the latest summer smash-hit. And it’s all just steps from the city’s happening Gaslamp Quarter.