Hotel rooftop bars creating elevated experiences for guests
Rooftop bars offer guests a plethora of experiences – captivating views with fresh air plus a culinary adventure of food and drinks. Hotels across the United States are elevating their culinary packages to entice their potential customers to choose their hotel over the competition.
Go big or go home
Hotel rooftop bars are grabbing national attention by offering over-the-top foods and cocktails, designed to make ordinary guests feel like superstars. The Refinery Rooftop is the crowning jewel of the Refinery Hotel, a rooftop bar and lounge offering cinematic views of the Manhattan skyline and Empire State Building. This majestic hotel offers appetizers that outshine the view! The menu offers Lobster Tater Tot Nachos, topped with crème fraiche, uni and Cheddar cheese. This upscale nachos is already head-and-shoulders over the traditional nachos, but The Refinery Rooftop doesn’t stop there. They also offer a 1 ounce OSETRA GUELDENSTAEDTII CAVIAR for an additional $250. The caviar topped tater tat nachos will be a forever memory for all guests.
Not to be outdone by New York, Washington DC features an open air rooftop bar that opened in April of 2013 – The Observatory, located at the The Graham Georgetown. Most rooftop bars at high-end hotels offer food and cocktails. The Observatory takes it a step further and offers a Cigar Menu, with cigars ranging from $12 to $34 per cigar. But the extravagance doesn’t stop there! They also feature “Specialty Packages” for both men and women. Their male package – “The Distinguished Gentleman” – is designed for a guys’ night out, and comes with two bottles of alcohol (Belvedere Vodka, Henderick’s Gin, Angel’s Envy, or Bulleit Bourbon or Rye) plus five cigars, all for $750. As girl’s want to have fun too, they offer a “Girls Night Out” package for $500, that includes three bottles of rose and one bottle of Belvedere and up to three mixers.
Hotel rooftop bars are a great setting for group parties, and hotels are catering to these partiers by offering large beverages designed for sharing. Across the country from New York and DC is a rooftop bar at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles - Upstairs. This hip bar hosts events every night of the week — DJs, live bands, book release parties, pop-up shops and creative collaborations — and offers “Oversized Drinks” designed for groups of six to eight people. The Refinery Rooftop offers “Cocktail Caddies” – big pitchers with four servings, meant for sharing!
Cocktails turn up the heat
Spicy foods have been on-trend for a few years, and hotel rooftop bars are applying this trend to their innovative cocktails. The W Atlanta-Buckhead features the Whiskey Blue rooftop bar with two outdoor terraces, DJ’s and an swanky vibe along with a spicy twist on the traditional margarita. Their version, called the Jalapeno Margarita, is made with muddled jalapenos and Don Julio Silver Tequila.
Other hotel rooftop bars have incorporated jalapenos into their beverages for a premium sizzle. Press Lounge NYC, a Manhattan Rooftop Bar, atop of Ink48 Hotel, offers a drink called the Zapfino, made with Correlejo tequila, mango puree, cilantro, jalapeno puree, orange liqueur. The Refinery Rooftop also jumped on the jalapeno cocktail trend, offering a Rooftop Margarita, made with Patrón Reposado, clementine cordial, fresh lime juice, agave, and muddled jalapeño. Whether the jalapenos are pureed or muddled – this trend is on fire!
Habaneros are another way trendy hotel rooftop bars are adding heat to their signature cocktails. I|O Godfrey is a Chicago rooftop lounge that features a state-of-the-art retractable roof designed to keep out Chicago’s frigid winter cold, but allow guests to enjoy the spectacular summer heat. This skyline hotel bar offers a Chef’s Margarita, made with Gently Blended Fresh Juices, Don Julio Blanco, Cointreau, Cointreau Noir and Tuaca with a Signature Habañero Salt Air Foam. This beverages captures three trends in one – habaneros, salt and foam! In addition to the Chef’s Margarita, they feature habaneros in their Spicy Strawberry Lemonade, made with Ilegal Mezcal, Strawberry, Lemon, Habanero and Basil.
Chili syrups and liquors are another way to add a surprising sizzle to a cocktail. POV, W Washington’s DC iconic rooftop lounge offers a Oaxaca Tea with mezcal and reposado tequila, ancho chili cinnamon syrup, xocolati mole bitters and hot water. Chicago’s theWit Hotel, is topped by ROOF ON THE WIT, offering guests stunning views and innovative culinary creations. This see-and-be-seen rooftop bar offers the Hell Chapo! Cocktail, made with tequila, Rich Yuzu syrup, ancho reyes chili liqueur, lemon and Thai Chile.
Cool down cocktails with cucumber
Cocktails with jalapenos, chilies and habaneros are on one side of the trend spectrum, while cocktails with cucumbers are on the opposite side. Cucumbers offer a refreshing twist to traditional beverages, and are found on several trendy hotel rooftop bars.
Soda Bar, high above the NYHO Dallas hotel, is an ultra-modern rooftop bar that offers a Cucumber Refresher, made with Hendricks Gin, St. Germain Orange Juice and Cucumber.
The Refinery Rooftop offers the Luster cocktail, also made with Hendricks Gin, plus fresh lime juice, white cranberry juice and muddled cucumber. Upstairs features a cucumber cocktail, made with tequila instead of gin. Their beverage, called the El Toro Verde, also features lemon, thyme agave, lillet, absinthe and cucumber. San Francisco Marriott Marquis offers awe-inspiring views and equally awe-inspiring cocktails, including the Fog City Collins, made with Notlets Silver Gin, St. Germaine, and Cucumber.
Whether you want to heat up the night, or cool down in the day, hotel rooftop bars from coast to coast offer guests innovative cocktails to suit any desire.