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America's Coolest Rooftop Bars (PHOTOS)

06/27/2014 01:50 pm ET | Updated Aug 27, 2014
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When the golden hour hits on summer evenings, a ritual unfolds in cities across America: cubicle dwellers rush for the exits; lines form waiting for elevators to open; and social media is flooded with images of backlit skyscrapers and bright cocktails. It's rooftop time.

The coolest rooftops, like D.C.'s Jack Rose -- with a 1,400-plus spirits collection that encourages policy wonks to unwind -- have a way of amplifying your typical bar experience. Drinks are more piquant, conversations a tad more interesting, the sunsets and fresh air intoxicating. They provide a vertical respite far from all the life that happens on ground.

One taste, and you may never come down.

America's Coolest Rooftop Bars (PHOTOS)

--Nate Storey