While hotel stays can involve enjoying some time relaxing indoors, there is one key space that beckons guests out for some fresh air and a drink— outdoor hotel bars! From overhead scenery to adjacent green space, or even a splendid patio view or lawn games, these hotels are raising the bar, so to speak, for providing an outdoor gathering spot for unwinding after a day out or catching up before settling in for the night. Here are some of the coolest outdoor hotel bars around.
Cabana Club at The Robey, Chicago
This seasonal indoor/outdoor hotel bar at The Robey lets you marvel at the Windy City with 180-degree views of the Chicago skyline and, to the east, the John Hancock building. You can take a seat poolside and then relax as you nosh on small buns, dips and flatbreads, and enjoy the club’s Tuesday special of half-off beer and wine, plus $10 frozen cocktails!
Ides Bar at the Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn
The sixth-floor bar and terrace at Williamsburg waterfront hotel Wythe is buzzing with views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. So those seeking a nightcap should come as early as 11 p.m. as the venue fills up quickly. There’s a daily menu of small plates — think oysters and salted caramel popcorn — along with beer, wine and house cocktail specialties.
The Rooftop at Mama Shelter, Los Angeles
The restaurant and bar at this colorful boutique chain’s LA location has far reaching views of the city and its famous Hollywood sign, plus a happy hour downstairs from 3–6 p.m. daily. And its menu is quite nice with a build-your-own charcuterie board and a drinks menu with cocktails, beers and mocktails, an extensive wine list and a mule bar to choose from.
The Beach Bar at Moana Surfrider, Honolulu
The oceanfront bar at Moana Surfrider has amazing views on its stretch of Waikiki Beach, and a relaxing spot under the hotel property’s banyan tree. Opt for a Lilikoi and Coconut Mojito, Cucumber Ginger Cooler or Moana Mai Tai and sample Hawaiian-inspired dishes such as Surfrider Ahi Poke “Nachos” or Kalua Pork Flatbread.
The Skylawn at Embassy Suites by Hilton New York, New York City
The outdoor urban terrace at this Midtown hotel gives off a backyard vibe complimented with patio seating and a lot of greenery. Order sharable snacks ranging from Cuban Finger Sandwiches to Mojito Glazed Prawns or flatbread, and match them with an inventive craft cocktail.
The Yard at Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee
This outdoor seating bar at the Iron Horse provides a true flavor of Milwaukee, with city-produced beers and spirits on the menu along with locally-sourced cheeses and breads. It’s also reflected in the hotel bar’s programming such as weekly motorcycle-themed Bike Nights and Sunday Sounds, an afternoon series headlined by top local bands.
Rocks on the Roof at The Bohemian Savannah Riverfront, Autograph Collection, Savannah
At the Bohemian Savannah Riverfront, the rooftop bar’s maritime décor sails forth with oyster chandeliers and prime views of the riverfront and Savannah’s historic district. Its tapas-style menu dishes out Southern dishes along with flatbreads and other trendy servings, plus drink options include barrel-aged cocktails and the “Hail and Farewell,” a ceremonial parting drink based on a local tradition.
Backyard at Oasis at Gold Spike, Las Vegas
At this hip hotel in downtown Las Vegas, you’ll find an adjacent nightlife venue, Gold Spike, which includes The Backyard, an outdoor courtyard which pretty much reflects its name. Have some play time on various over-sized games like table tennis, chess and Jenga, and listen to live music provided by house bands.
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