Dalle rilassanti viste sulle montagne agli eleganti scenari cittadini, in California c’è un rooftop dove vi aspetta la vostra versione personale di paradiso. Condizioni meteorologiche quasi perfette unite a una bellezza naturale e tramonti idilliaci vi consentono (e dovreste davvero cogliere l’occasione) di trasformare il vostro pomeriggio o la vostra serata tutto l’anno.
Alcuni dei migliori pasti nel Golden State possono essere goduti in quota sotto un cielo stellato. Dirigetevi sulla costa dove potete osservare il mare mentre ne gustate la magnificenza. A nord di San Diego al George’s at the Cove, eletto come uno dei 10 migliori ristoranti al mondo da Fodor’s Choice, la cucina California viene servita su ogni livello. Prenotate un tavolo nella Ocean Terrace sul rooftop che dà sulla scogliera La Jolla. Immergetevi nelle meraviglie dell'entroterra nelle capitali agricole come la Sonoma County. Al Single Thread diHealdsburg (che vanta tre stelle Michelin), lo chef Kyle Connaughton serve 11 portate con cibi assolutamente locali sul tetto della locanda (ugualmente eccezionale) che porta lo stesso nome.
Dimenticate il vecchio detto per cui è meglio non fare il bagno subito dopo aver mangiato e buttatevi dritti nella piscina sul tetto. Il Sawyer a Sacramento, The Andaz a San Diego e il Rowan Palm Springs sono solo alcuni degli hotel alla moda in cui potete fare un tuffo nella storia. Chiedete un bagnino privato, ehm concierge, al The London West Hollywood e lasciate che qualcun altro vi porti un cocktail sempre fresco.
Provate in prima persona il glamour nuova scuola di Hollywood in uno dei molti club sui rooftop di Los Angeles. Per un’esperienza davvero straordinaria, provate lo Spire 73, il bar all’aperto più alto dell’emisfero occidentale. Ovunque siate diretti in California, c’è quasi sicuramente un rooftop lì vicino dove panorami e divertimento distano una mera fuga in ascensore.
The sun sliding below the western horizon, a blanket of city lights spread out at your feet, the Hollywood Sign glowing from its hillside perch—these are memorable sights from any vantage point, but there’s nothing quite like taking them in from a rooftop in the middle of Los Angeles. One of the best things about L.A. is the weather, and sunny days offer an extra bonus: warm evenings and nights. So relaxing outside, perhaps on cushy banquettes around a swimming pool glowing with cool blue light—well, it doesn’t get much sexier than that.
For a sultry, see-and-be-seen experience, head to E.P & L.P. This West Hollywood spot is part swanky Asian restaurant (E.P) and part rooftop club (L.P.). Rub shoulders with the stars as you sip a spiked boba tea and gaze out at the glimmering Hollywood Hills. Those preferring a lower profile should retreat to the nearby Rooftop at the Palihouse. Lush greenery, stylish chairs, and chic lanterns complement 360-degree views and hibiscus cocktails. For a brush with the super exclusive, book a room at WeHo’s Petit Ermitage. Open only to hotel guests, the rooftop is pure magic with its saltwater pool, seasonal cocktails, and a butterfly garden so legit it’s recognized as a sanctuary by the National Wildlife Federation.
Another excellent option is The Roof on Wilshire, above the Hotel Wilshire in the heart of Downtown. Relax on wraparound banquettes to watch the skyline light up, and sip on one of the bar’s signature mule-style drinks until the stars come out. Also in the Downtown neighborhood is Upstairs Bar at the Ace Hotel, with tropical drinks and views of the towering San Gabriel Mountains. A new addition to DTLA, The Rooftop at The Nomad serves tiki cocktails and inspired ice-cream sandwiches on the terracotta deck, which is dotted with lemon trees. Just a few blocks away is the literal pinnacle of the city’s nightlife: Spire 73, which sits atop the Intercontinental Hotel and is the highest outdoor bar in the Western Hemisphere. If you want a wacky and unforgettable night, try to nab one of the spaceship-like waterbed pods alongside the pool at The Rooftop at The Standard, Downtown LA. Or head to The Fonda Theatre, where rooftop guests can watch a live feed of the night’s performance.
For nearly a century, Palm Springs has served as a glamorous escape for desert dreamers and the Hollywood elite. And there’s no better place to play starlet-on-her-holiday than on a rooftop lounge with a cocktail in hand. Thanks to a recent revival, downtown Palm Springs boasts a handful of high-up spots where its trendiest visitors love to lounge. Whether you’re in the mood for dinner with a view, poolside drinks, or a full-on party, Palm Springs has the perfect rooftop spot for you.
In November 2017, the Kimpton Rowan Hotel Palm Springs opened its swanky doors to become the tallest building within city limits. Head all the way to the top of this mid-century modern structure to enjoy the only rooftop pool in all of Palm Springs at High Bar. Enjoy views of vibrant palm trees, framed by the hazy San Jacinto mountains as you sip your piña colada and dangle your feet in turquoise water.
Kimpton’s roof also plays host to the desert city’s highest restaurant, 4 Saints. Executive chef Stephen Wambach, who previously led the kitchen at Chicago’s Four Seasons, blends French technique with local ingredients and whimsical flair. The ever-changing menu features dishes like artichoke salad with miso dressing and shaved black truffle. Enjoy exceptional cuisine as you gaze out onto a desert panorama.
For an equally delicious (and exceptionally photo-friendly) adventure, head to Sugar High at Azucar Restaurant & Bar. Enjoy Mediterranean fare surrounded by iron chandeliers and colorful portraits of Frida Kahlo before stargazing from the rooftop lounge. A tiled fireplace and sheepskin throws ward off the post-sundown chill, as does the Spicy Melon cocktail, made with mulled jalapeño, watermelon, and mezcal.
Wherever you start the evening, end the night at Moxie, where letting it all hang loose is practically a requirement. Every Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, the laid-back bar turns into a full-fledged dance party with a DJ spinning until 2 a.m. Fuel your moves with cold beer and fried pickles served all night.
A cocktail somehow tastes even better when paired with a beautiful view—and San Diego has some stunners. Experience America’s Finest City in all her glory from the luxurious perch of a rooftop bar. Whether you’re in the mood for poolside glamour or board short bliss, there’s a sky-high bar for you.
If you’re in the mood for a swanky hotspot, head to downtown San Diego. Atop the Pendry Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter sits The Pool House, complete with turquoise tiling and oasis-like cabanas (open to the public 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily). At 14 stories high, The Nolen offers skyline views, best enjoyed over a make-your-own mimosa during Sunday brunch. Also up high (on the 12th floor) sits the iconic Mister A’s, where you can sip cocktails while watching airplanes fly over the skyline. Coming with a big group? Reserve a coveted cabana—either for brunch or evening cocktails—at the rooftop lounge at Kettner Exchange in Little Italy.
Get your own private box at a Padres game (no tickets required) at Altitude Sky Lounge, which has an unobstructed view of Petco Park. Or travel through time on the roof of the award-winning steakhouse, Born and Raised. Don Draper vibes permeate both the mid-century design and the cocktail menu: gimlets, martinis, and Manhattans—straight up.
As the unofficial craft brewing capital of California, San Diego boasts a number of high-up hoppy options. Relax oceanside at Amplified Ale Works (babies and dogs are welcome on the rooftop). Equally laid-back, the Pacific Beach Alehouse is known for creative brews, exceptional skewers, and dynamite sunset views. Just five miles south, OB Brewery serves beer flights on wooden surfboards right next to Ocean Beach Pier. For a rowdy time, check out the massive 10 Barrel Brewing, where fresh beer is washed down with elevated comfort food (think pork belly & watermelon salad).
Head outside of San Diego proper for a variety of vistas. Go all the way up at George’s at the Cove in La Jolla (named one of the top 10 restaurants in the world by Fodor’s Choice), where the Ocean Terrace offers sweeping views of the shoreline. Head north to Oceanside for oyster shooters or fish tacos with views of surfers below at Hello Betty Fish House.