Whether it's the fresh air, the towering views or the refreshing libation in hand, life at the top -- the rooftop, that is -- is good.
Here are 10 handpicked Tablet hotels whose enviable rooftops draw the crowd -- but whose cocktails keep them hanging around.
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<a href="http://www.tablethotels.com/Hotel-Unique/Hotels-Sao-Paulo-Brazil/4212" target="_hplink">Hotel Unique</a>’s rooftop lounge, with its bright crimson pool and its underwater sound system, does its best to live up to the name. Throw in a weekend DJ and some of the city’s best skyline views and there’s no better spot to sip a cucumber martini.
In a town already known for its nightlife, <a href="http://www.tablethotels.com/Le-Gray-Hotel/Beirut-Hotels-Lebanon/106681" target="_hplink">Le Gray</a>'s latest rooftop bar, Cherry on the Rooftop, is doing its bit. We recommend a pitcher -- that's right -- of the Cherry Lust, a mixture of vodka, champagne and kirsch marinated cherries.
It's not often one can play bocce with a towering urban view, but that -- along with lounging al fresco with a loaner Kindle -- is just what's on offer at the <a href="http://www.tablethotels.com/Limes-Hotel/Brisbane-Hotels-Queensland-Australia/103816" target="_hplink">Limes Hotel</a>'s seventh-floor poolside lounge, Bar d'Eau.
High above the crowds of the Ponte Vecchio, atop the Consorti Tower, the <a href="http://www.tablethotels.com/Continentale-Hotel/Florence-Hotels-Tuscany-Italy/3460" target="_hplink">Continentale</a>’s sofa-lined terrace offers views of the River Arno and the countryside beyond. With a glass of Prosecco in hand, the vita is as bella as ever.
Guests of top Angeleno hotels are no strangers to nice pools, but the saltwater one at the <a href="http://www.tablethotels.com/Petit-Ermitage-Hotel/Los-Angeles-Area-Hotels-California-USA/116091" target="_hplink">Petit Ermitage</a>, surrounded by private cabanas and gardens, is an unrivaled oasis. Combined with the signature "Catcher in the Rye" cocktail, an old-fashioned with a twist, it's an instant Hollywood classic.
Not just anyone can pop up to Sky Yard, the guests-only pop-up bar on the roof of the <a href="http://www.tablethotels.com/Drake-Hotel/Toronto-Hotels-Ontario-Canada/3860" target="_hplink">Drake Hotel</a>. The theme changes every few months, along with the cocktail list. For this summer, check out the refreshing Lavender Lemonade.
It’s not the tallest rooftop on the list, but you can still glimpse the occasional Spanish star at <a href="http://www.tablethotels.com/ME-Madrid-Hotel/Madrid-Hotels-Spain/97496" target="_hplink">ME Madrid</a>’s Penthouse Bar, by nightlife maven Rande Gerber. The drink of choice, Serendipity, promises a “provocative” mix of ginger and vodka.
By night, the <a href="http://www.tablethotels.com/The-Fullerton-Bay-Hotel/Singapore-Hotels-Singapore/114481" target="_hplink">Fullerton Bay Hotel</a>'s rooftop pool deck transforms into the fittingly named Lantern Bar, surrounded by the city’s gently glowing lights. The fresh fruit cocktails, featuring a few tropical rarities, put a new twist on the classic mojito menu.
With sweeping views of the Hudson River and the High Line park, the rooftop at Manhattan's <a href="http://www.tablethotels.com/Hotel-Americano/New-York-City-Hotels-New-York-USA/115957" target="_hplink">Hotel Americano</a> makes for prime people-watching over a sunset cocktail. The focus is on tequila, a nod to Grupo Habita's Mexican heritage.
In London a rooftop lounge is by no means a standard amenity, but the <a href="http://www.tablethotels.com/Boundary-Hotel/London-Hotels-England/115891" target="_hplink">Boundary</a>’s al fresco offering comes complete with heaters, a generous canopy-covered area and Welsh blankets, not to mention a cocktail that includes that chill-relieving English staple: Earl Grey tea.
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