Globespotting: Six Unbelievable Rooftop Bars

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It's Easy To Put On Airs When You're Pontificating From The Peak

Rooftop Bar at the Standard Downtown in Los Angeles.

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Jul 11, 2012 —  It’s okay to look down your nose at people – at least when you’re 50 floors up, sipping a frothy pint or tasty cocktail on a rooftop overlooking the city.

Rooftop bars come in many different shapes, sizes, and required sojourns to the summit, but what they all have in common are the out-of-this-world views that make drinking on high such an alluring trend. 

Sometimes the hardest part about hanging in a sky high watering hole is when the weather isn’t cooperating; a factor that’s probably more relevant to denizens outside of Los Angeles, but rest assured, we’ve got plenty of lofty favorites that offer ample protection from the elements without sacrificing the views.

Other times, the hardest part can just be getting in, what with bouncer-guarded elevators and cocktail prices that seem to go up with each floor you climb. But for those who want a nice dose of attitude with their altitude, there’s no shortage of venues featured in Party Earth’s global offering that tout velvet ropes stretching to the clouds.

Rowdy or refined, baking in the New York summer sun or wrapped in London fog, here’s a roundup of some of our worldwide favorites that’ll get you itching to scream, “I’m on top of the worrrrrld!”

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    Hudson Terrace

    Rooftop Bar / Rooftop Lounge

    Hudson Terrace - Rooftop Bar | Rooftop Lounge in New York.
    New York

    621 West 46th Street
    New York, NY 10036

    212‑315‑9400

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    De Las Letras Hotel and Restaurante

    Hotel Bar / Lounge / Restaurant / Rooftop Bar

    De Las Letras Hotel and Restaurante - Hotel Bar | Lounge | Restaurant | Rooftop Bar in Madrid.
    Madrid

    Calle Gran Vía, 11
    28013 Madrid

    91 523 79 80

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    Rooftop Bar at The Standard Downtown

    Hotel Bar / Rooftop Bar / Rooftop Lounge

    Rooftop Bar at The Standard Downtown - Hotel Bar | Rooftop Bar | Rooftop Lounge in Los Angeles.
    Los Angeles

    The Standard Downtown Hotel
    550 South Flower Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90071

    213‑892‑8080

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    Skyline Bar

    Hotel Bar / Restaurant / Rooftop Lounge

    Skyline Bar - Hotel Bar | Restaurant | Rooftop Lounge in Venice.
    Venice

    Giudecca, 810
    30133 Venice

    041 2723311

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    ROOF on theWit

    Hotel Bar / Lounge / Restaurant / Rooftop Bar

    ROOF on theWit - Hotel Bar | Lounge | Restaurant | Rooftop Bar in Chicago.
    Chicago

    theWit Hotel
    201 North State Street
    Chicago, IL 60601

    312‑239‑9501

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    P.O.V. Roof Terrace and Lounge

    Cocktail Bar / Hotel Bar / Restaurant / Rooftop Lounge

    P.O.V. Roof Terrace and Lounge - Cocktail Bar | Hotel Bar | Restaurant | Rooftop Lounge in Washington, DC.
    Washington, DC

    W Hotel
    515 15th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20004

    202‑661‑2478

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Alex K. Aug 1, 2012
The Roof was closed for filming when I tried to go. I still haven't made it back yet, but I can't wait to check it out!
Anonymous Jul 27, 2012
Swimming with Sharks every Saturday at the downtown Standard is the best place in LA for daytime DJ sets.
Paula P. Jul 27, 2012
I found Venice's High Bar using the site and took my boyfriend there for a date - he was so amazed at the scenery and got some incredible pictures of the sunset. Also the drinks were bomb.
Sara G. Jul 26, 2012
Nothing better than a good cocktail overlooking the city as the sun sets. The Roof on Wilshire is a great spot for this as well.
Alex K. Jul 26, 2012
If you like great views, check out The Penthouse at The Huntley Hotel. It's not outdoors, but it has beautiful ocean views.
Anonymous Jul 26, 2012
The other rooftop bar at the Standard in LA is cool too - it's just a Beer Garden and obviously much easier to get into.
Anonymous Jul 26, 2012
Great rec's-I would definitely add PH-D to this list.
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