The American Bars with the Most Spectacular Views
Notable bars may come equipped with claim-to-fame distinctions -- i.e., lab-worthy craft cocktails, fabled history, a place where everyone knows your name -- but you can’t beat a killer view. Thanks to prime settings, some unique watering holes effortlessly tout ridiculous landscapes, skylines, and sunsets as integral to the bar experience as the libation you’ll drink. Grab a stool and savor these 15 bars known specifically for their insanely gorgeous backdrops.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
The boom in Downtown LA has brought plenty more rooftop hotspots -- but the Ace remains unrivaled for its 360-degree Downtown skyline vantage. An eclectic, craft-beer toting bunch (OK, mostly hipsters) scatter throughout the 14th-floor rooftop oasis of this 1927 Spanish Gothic building that has live DJs at night, a partially covered dining and lounge area, and a pool deck. Views are gargantuan (with retro neon signs to boot).
KEY WEST, FLORIDA
In Key West, it’s all about celebrating that famed sunset with a toast literally every night of the week. If you’re not at Mallory Square, you’re saddled up at Schooner Wharf Bar in the historic seaport. This institution has that no-frills, good-times island vibe that hasn’t changed since it opened in 1987 where parrot heads in flip-flops congregate to salute the sinking sun with strong rum cocktails. There’s definitely going to be a Jimmy Buffett song playing at some point, and you know you know the lyrics.
Virtually the only way to get to Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro is via ski or snowboard, meaning this sweet little alpine ski hut 10,740ft high in the mountains is a legend among ski bunnies and trust-funders who like to pop après-ski champers while admiring the vast mountain views. It’s a trek to get to, so celebratory table-top dancing is not uncommon.
Despite the miles of sandy coastline in the islands of Hawaii, not many bars are actually on the beach. Not so at this tropical, open-air oasis that hugs the west coast of the Big Island. On a given night this outdoor bungalow bar is a hotspot for local ex-pats and laid-back visitors who knock back huge island-themed cocktails while a local Hawaiian musician plays the ukulele. Dip your toes in the sand, feel the breeze, and expect an orgasmic sunset.
This article was published by Thrillist. Feature image courtesy of St. Cloud.