Embrace the Season at These 5 Winter-Ready Rooftop Bars

Embrace the Season at These 5 Winter-Ready Rooftop Bars

Al fresco sipping is not just for summer.

By Karen Gardiner

Winter means you've long since said goodbye to your favorite rooftop cocktail spot, right? Not anymore. Even in the chilliest of American cities (looking at you, Chicago, Boston and NYC!) you can continue al fresco drinking with the assistance of a few thoughtful amenities such as fire pits, cozy blankets, and heated igloos. Behold:

1. I|O Godfrey, Chicago

Winter in the Windy City's no reason to stay indoors. I|O Godfrey, the rooftop lounge at the Godfrey hotel, has a retractable glass roof that offers south-facing city views without the chill. This winter, the rooftop's open terrace will be filled with clear, domed, heated igloos for groups of up to 10 people.

2. The Lodge at Gallow Green, New York City

On the rooftop of the McKittrick Hotel (not a real hotel), home of the infamous Sleep No More, The Lodge at Gallow Green is kitted out to mimic a cozy Alpine chalet, complete with bunk beds and a small forest. In keeping with the vibe of the theatrical experience that is Sleep No More, guests are encouraged to rummage through old books and drawers while sipping on a mulled wine.

3. Lookout Rooftop, Boston

The rooftop bar at Boston's Envoy Hotel will also be decked out with igloos this winter season, kitted out, mercifully, with heaters and fleece blankets. While taking in the skyline and Boston Harbor views, you can sip on hot cocktails like the Senior Mint made with vodka, mint liqueur, salted caramel Kahlua and topped with house-made marshmallows.

4. The Nest, Seattle

On the top floor of Thompson Seattle, Seattle's highest hotel bar offers a sleek indoor-outdoor space with unobstructed views of the city, Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains. The outdoor area is tented in the winter, complete with cozy fire pits.

5. HarbourView Inn, Charleston

Admittedly Charleston doesn't get quite so cold as the other cities on this list, but with average winter temperatures at around 65 degrees, it's chilly enough to snuggle beneath the blankets provided at the HarbourView Inn's rooftop terrace bar. Making for an even cozier experience, the bar offers complimentary wine and cheese every evening.

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