Readers Pick Refinery Rooftop at Best Hotel Rooftop Bar

IO Godfrey, Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails, LUSTRE Rooftop Garden and FIFTY Miami Ultra Lounge also winners

Top notch cocktails, stunning views, energetic vibes – these elements make for a great rooftop bar experience, and each of the 10 winners for Best Hotel Rooftop Bar certainly deliver.

  • Living Room Terrace at W Fort Lauderdale

    Fashioned after a traditional hotel lobby, the Living Room at the W Fort Lauderdale is worthy of the elevator ride upstairs, especially for those who head out onto the terrace overlooking stunning white sand beaches and the Atlantic Ocean. DJ-spun tunes set the mood, while an impressive menu of specialty cocktails, including a rotating seasonal menu, wash it all down.
    Photo courtesy of Niels Johansen / W Fort Lauderdale

  • POV at the W Washington D.C.

    Spend some time sipping quality craft cocktails at POV, and you won't need to do much sightseeing. This rooftop bar in the W Washington DC is true to its name, boasting an elevated POV from the eleventh floor over some of the capital's most famous landmarks, like the White House and Washington Monument.
    Photo courtesy of Daniel Swartz / W Washington D.C.

  • The Observatory at The Graham Georgetown

    Opened in 2013, the Observatory at The Graham Georgetown in Washington boasts sweeping views of the nation's capital, with its iconic landmarks dotting the horizon. Some drinkers come early for the sunset, while others stay late into the night. Graham-crafted cocktails pair with specialty cigars for a memorable evening outdoors.
    Photo courtesy of The Graham Georgetown

  • Whiskey Blue at W Atlanta Buckhead

    At Whiskey Blue inside the W Atlanta Buckhead, guests take in the views from 125 feet above the street. The bar's two outdoor terraces boast excellent views of Buckhead, Lenox Square and Midtown, and retro-chic furniture provides plenty of places for socializing.
    Photo courtesy of Whiskey Blue

  • Upstairs Bar at the Ace Hotel Downtown L.A.

    The Ace Hotel Downtown L.A., one of the city's hippest hotels, is also responsible for one of the city's top cocktail programs at Upstairs Bar. Inspired by the famous Les Deux Cafe, Upstairs Bar hosts events just about every night of the week.
    Photo courtesy of Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

  • FIFTY Miami Ultra Lounge at Viceroy

    Located 50 stories up atop the Viceroy Miami, FIFTY is one of the city's most iconic lookout points. This Asian-inspired private pool and lounge welcomes Miami's top DJs for a chic and sexy late night party comfortably separating from the tourist crowds of South Beach. Drinks can be steep, but not when you consider you're playing for the stellar views.
    Photo courtesy of Viceroy Hotel Group

  • LUSTRE Rooftop Garden at Hotel Palomar Phoenix

    Locals and tourists alike head upstairs in the Hotal Palomar Phoenix to enjoy cocktails on tap, premium spirits and micro brews at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden. Situated on the third floor pool deck, this little oasis above the desert offers panoramic views of Downtown Phoenix and South Mountain.
    Photo courtesy of Kimpton's Hotel Palomar Phoenix

  • Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails at Motif Seattle

    Perched atop the Motif Seattle, Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails boasts a 4,000-square-foot patio space that is at once edgy and playful. Where other rooftop bars are all about posh pools or secluded seating, Frolik offers ping pong and shuffleboard. Eye-catching outdoor fireplaces keep things toasty, and the views aren't bad either from this fifth floor perch.
    Photo courtesy of Destination Hotels & Resorts

  • IO Godfrey at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

    Billing itself as Chicago's largest indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge, IO Godfrey occupies the fourth floor of The Godfrey Hotel Chicago. Chef-crafted cocktails can be sipped beneath the retractable roof or next to a two-level fire pit when the weather gets chilly. While the views could be better, this rooftop hangout scores points for its laid back vibe and tasty food menu.
    Photo courtesy of The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

  • Refinery Rooftop at Refinery Hotel

    The crown atop the Refinery Hotel in NYC, Refinery Rooftop is where the Big Apple's young and beautiful come for stunning views beneath the shadow of the Empire State Building. Alex Ott developed Refinery's signature cocktail list with an emphasis on natural ingredients and surprising combinations.
    Photo courtesy of Luca Francesco Giovanni Bertolli

Winning top honors in the category of Best Hotel Rooftop Bar is The Refinery Rooftop at New York's trendy Refinery Hotel, housed in a turn-of-the-century former hat factory. Guests and hotel visitors imbibe with views of the iconic Empire State Building.

In the Windy City, IO Godfrey at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago came in as runner-up for Best Hotel Rooftop Bar. This indoor/outdoor venue – the largest in Chicago – features a retractable roof and two-level fire pit.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Hotel Rooftop Bar are as follows:

  1. Refinery Rooftop at Refinery Hotel
  2. IO Godfrey at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
  3. Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails at Motif Seattle
  4. LUSTRE Rooftop Garden at Hotel Palomar Phoenix
  5. FIFTY Miami Ultra Lounge at Viceroy
  6. Upstairs Bar at the Ace Hotel Downtown L.A.
  7. Whiskey Blue at W Atlanta Buckhead
  8. The Observatory at The Graham Georgetown
  9. POV at the W Washington D.C.
  10. Living Room Terrace at W Fort Lauderdale

A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Prairie Rose (Bit by a Fox) and Nancy Trejos (USA TODAY) were chosen for their expertise in the cocktail and hotel industries.

Additional nominees included Drumbar at Raffaello Hotel Chicago, The Ides at Wythe Hotel, The Rooftop at The Standard, Downtown LA, The Rooftop Bar at The Vendue, Shanghai Terrace at The Peninsula Chicago, Sky Yard at The Drake Hotel, SODA Bar at NYLO Dallas South Side, Spire Bar & Lounge at The Hotel of South Beach, Suite 700 at Hotel Shangri-La Santa Monica and VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub at Rio Las Vegas.

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY.

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