HIT THE HEIGHTS WITH THESE 8 NEW HOTEL ROOFTOPS
Hotel rooftops are always a good idea—anywhere in the world. But for cities that suffer through long, dreary winters, they’re even more exciting — a harbinger of good times to come all summer long.
We’ve already taken a look at some of the newest hotel pools you can dive into this summer, and that list includes one of the biggest new hotel rooftops to open this year, the Rooftop at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. But what else is happening in rooftop land in North America this year? Here are eight of the newest hotel rooftops on the scene.
The main restaurant at this new downtown NYC hotel, opening on May 16, won’t come along until later in the summer – but until then, you can get a taste of what the Three Kings Restaurant Group (chef Dale Talde and business partners) will be doing at spot Rice & Gold by hitting the rooftop lounge, The Crown. Perched at the top of the hotel, The Crown will serve three meals with a street food-inspired menu and cocktails, all served up alongside kick-ass views of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.
With Dale Talde and his team at the helm yet again, we’re going to start calling the Three Kings Restaurant Group the Three Kings of New York. Their new rooftop bar at Arlo NoMad is now open for the summer, serving lunch, dinner snacks, pizza and cocktails. Say hi to the Empire State Building as you sip a cocktail named after different NYC neighborhoods featuring “Heights” in their names (Dyker, Jackson, Crown, Prospect, Brooklyn Washington). Just make sure you’re actually OK with heights—the rooftop has a cantilevered glass floor that might make you feel like you’re levitating 30 floors above street level.
The other Arlo Hotel in NYC has a new name (bye Arlo Hudson Square, hello Arlo SoHo) and the rooftop bar, Good Story, has a new name and look for the warmer weather too: Surf Shack. The pop-up rooftop scene is set with an outdoor grill; oyster and rosé station; surf shop gear; tiki drinks; and summer snacks like burgers, whole grilled fish and tacos. We hear they will even fill baby pools with beer for groups. Last Friday, Cinco de Mayo provided a great excuse to check it all out, including a 2.5-hour open bar featuring margaritas and Teaches, plus tacos from chef Harold Moore.
Montreal may have one of the toughest winters of all the cities on this list, but that’s what makes its summers so much sweeter. Montrealers and visitors will be able to soak up the sun on the expansive rooftop terrace at Hotel William Gray, which opened in Old Montreal last summer. Terrasse William Gray serves a seafood-centric menu, charcuterie, light bites and drinks, and is open from 11:30am daily, closing at 11pm Sunday through Wednesday, and 1am Thursday to Saturday. Santé!
The Revere is fresh from a $28 million renovation, which includes a new lobby, guest rooms, event space—and the rooftop pool. This space has a full bar and new outdoor and poolside seating. The menu will serve New England summer classics and seasonal cocktails, with a side of Insta-worthy views of Boston’s Back Bay.
The hotel opened last summer, but if you missed it, now is the time to hit the roof in downtown Seattle and savor the city’s brief, breezy summer months. The bar is as hip as you’d expect from a Thompson, with house-bottled cocktails and cocktails on ice on the menu. Small-plate snacks have a Pacific Northwest flavor, and the views over the water and famous Pike Place Market also check all the requisite ‘local’, ‘authentic’ and ‘seasonal’ boxes.
The rumors are true – we're opening a new bar on our terrace later this month! Expect boozy popsicles by Executive Pastry Chef Jove Hubbard, multiple rosé options curated by Sommelier Sterling Knight, a rotating large-format cocktail menu by Spirit Guide Nandini Khaund, and more available right outside.
Cindy’s was already a popular spot, but this summer the rooftop bar of the Chicago Athletic Association expands with a new outdoor bar on the terrace overlooking Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. Hopes are that the new space will help alleviate waits to get into Cindy’s, although the addition of boozy popsicles, ice cream pops, a new cocktail menu and lashings of rosé will no doubt keep the thirsty coming.
Also in the Windy City, the new Conrad Chicago (which opened last fall) will reveal a new rooftop restaurant, Noyane, in late May. The outdoor space on the 21st floor will focus on Japanese specialties from chef Richard Sandoval. Sushi, nigari and steamed buns will be available alongside Japanese whiskies and beers, as well as sake sangria.