Nothing beats a beautiful view. And during the summer, with the late sunsets and open terraces, those rooftop places with stunning vistas are even more appealing.If you're able to partake in some classy drinks, and maybe even a bit of good food, you know you're in for a good time. Here's a selection of bars and restaurants around the country that boast spectacular views of their surroundings. 1) The Rise, New York Yeah, sure, there's the Rainbow Room, but that's so overdone by now. Why not go for a drink as you watch the calmer side of Manhattan? This bar, at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the financial district, allows you to sit either inside or outside, and look out at the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor, watching the Staten Island ferry and sailboats go by. 2) Signature Room, Chicago The restaurant is on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center, and the lounge is up another staircase. Enjoy one of the lounge's Signature martinis, or share a bottle of Dom Perignon ( DEO) Champagne, as you look out over the lights of the Windy City. It's so high up, you might get vertigo. 3) Top of the Mark, San Francisco San Francisco has a lot of great views, from places such as the San Francisco Marriott's ( MAR) View bar, but Top of the Mark can't be beat for the combination of history and great cocktails. Top of the Mark opened in 1939, and the wives and girlfriends of soldiers sailing off to duty in World War II would gather to watch the men ship out. You'll probably be able to enjoy the views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz a little more than they did, especially if you're working from the 100 Martinis menu. 4) The Fort, Golden, Colo. OK, so it's not in the city. But from the Fort, you can see for miles out to Colorado's Front Range. This restaurant actually looks like an Old West fort, and the food evokes that era, as well. Try the Historian's Platter, which includes such delicacies as bison tongue and Rocky Mountain oysters. 5) Top of the World, Las Vegas Top of the World is a rotating restaurant 800 feet high in the Stratosphere hotel. You'll be able to look out over the Vegas Strip, the downtown area and more. It's probably not the most glamorous restaurant in the city, but it's worth a trip away from the main Strip to see the city from the heights. 6) Nikolai's Roof, Atlanta Located on the 30th floor of the Hilton ( HLT) Atlanta, with a vantage point over the city, Nikolai's Roof is the place to go for cuisine with a Russian/French flair.
|Nikolai's Roof, Atlanta|
|Top of the Hub, Boston|