We gave you a preview in November, but now that London looks determined to finally fight off a seemingly eternal winter, taking the elevator up to Radio at the ME Hotel looks much more appealing. Views are pretty stellar, and we're happy to see that some new, comfier seating areas had been created inside as well. Before 9pm, seating goes on a first come basis. After that you can reserve for a minimum of 2 people, but that requires a minimum spend of £75 ($115) per person. Outdoor cabanas fit up to 12 people and require big-spender min of £750 ($1,140), with time slots of 5pm-9pm or 9pm to close. (JasonD, Contributing Editor)
The Graham, Washington DC
We just learned about this hotel's recent opening, and even better, that it's got The Observatory, one of the few public rooftop bars in Georgetown. We guarantee those aqua-blue chairs are going to be full of D.C.'s well-heeled in no time. Light snacks are served to go along with the fab panoramic view, such as smoked salmon BLTs, charcuterie and Kobe beef sliders.
The cocktails have cute names to tie to the hotel, like "The Telegram", a 10 cane, Malibu coconut rum concoction mixed with mint, pineapple and strawberry and served on the rocks. Then there's the "Graham Cracker" , made with marshmallow-flavored vodka, Godiva liqueur, and a graham cracker rim.
If you wanna get fancy bottle service begins at $200 for Tanqueray and goes all the way to $450 for a bottle of Krug. We'd rather splurge on the more affordable (well, sorta) bar packages like "The Congressman", where for $350, you get 375ml of the following: Russian Standard Platinum vodka, Moët Chandon, Avion Silver tequila 375ml, and Jim Beam, 3 pairings of soda or juices as well as Snickers, martini olives, and Pringles.
After a major rehab, the historical Ritz-Carlton, Vienna is fiercely competing with the staggering new hotels opening in its magical city. One such way is unveiling one of Vienna's few rooftop bars, called Atmposphere. The snow has finally cleared and it's the right time to go to the hotel's 8th floor (especially as the word isn't fully out that this place exists!) and take a look. If you're seeking a romantic corner to sip some crisp Viennese Reislings, local beers, or try the odd-sounding strudel Bellini, this is the place for it. Of course, one must order a plate of mini pork sausages with mustard and bread, too. It's the thing to counter all the fancy. Enjoy all that plus views of the city's famous St. Stephen's Cathedral and the parliament buildings and you've got some ritzy rooftop splendor. (Chanize, Editor)
Hotel Monaco, Philadelphia The Stratus Rooftop Lounge has caught on with locals for its outdoor patio, Vapor and Mist lounge areas, fab for sipping G&Ts. The recently opened rooftop has been extremely popular thanks in part to its location on Independence Mall next to the Liberty Bell. Guests who book Hotel Monaco’s “Gold Status at Stratus” package (just $50 above best rate) are guaranteed VIP access (and a gold entry band) for two along with two cocktails per night. Just know if you’re staying elsewhere and plan to visit on a Friday or Saturday night, you may find yourself deferring to those with gold bands.(WakeandWander, Contributing Editor)
[Photos: The Graham/ME Hotels/Ritz-Carlton Hotels/Kimpton Hotels]