Food & Drink

6 Rooftop Pool Bars Serving Some of the Best Cocktails in America

We love a good pool bar at Supercall, especially when you can sip your libation on one of those sunken swim-up stools. But we also love rooftops, which are such a blessing when you’re stuck in an urban jungle and want to beat the heat with a cool breeze. Combine the two, add amazing cocktails and you basically have our dream scenario. Not only do these rooftop pools offer views for days, but they serve some of the tastiest cocktails in the country.

Alto at Ace Hotel, New Orleans, LA

NOLA’s Ace Hotel is just far enough from Bourbon Street to offer you a cool respite in-between eating and drinking adventures in the French Quarter. The rooftop garden, Alto, features a glistening pool and an all-day Italian-inspired menu from chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman. But we’re here for the cocktails, which are some of the city’s tastiest. Kick back with a Dusk til Dawn—made with Plantation Pineapple Rum, Herbsaint, honey, lime and pineapple—or beat the heat with their frozen drink of the week.  

JIMMY at The James, New York, NY

This rooftop pool is small but mighty—just ask any New Yorker who’s made the Soho spot their after-work hangout. Even if you’re not one to get in the pool (you’d be in good company with a lot of NYC folks), stopping by for a cocktail is a must if you’re in the neighborhood. The menu by Johnny Swet changes seasonally, so expect to find a rotating selection of delicious drinks, and even some mocktails made with Seedlip for anyone who doesn’t want to indulge. Grab a classic like an Aperol Spritz or Gold Rush, or spring for one of Swet’s signatures like the Grapes of Wrath (Crop Cucumber Vodka, St-Germain, grapes, lemon and rosemary).

Waldorf Astoria, Beverly Hills, CA

Designed by the legendary Pierre Yves Rochon, the opulent rooftop pool at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is a study in grandeur. It offers 360-degree views of the city down below and has bright pops of pink and blue details to make your ‘Gram shine. Delectable poolside bites like pistachio guacamole and kimchi-topped wagyu beef hot dogs pair perfectly with their light and lovely cocktails. We’re partial to the Kumquat Mojito, a twist on the classic made with Matusalem Platino Rum, kumquat, mint and soda.

L27 Rooftop Lounge at The Westin, Nashville, TN

The L27 infinity pool is one of the coolest we’ve seen, designed with a unique shape that lets you relax in the sun or the shade depending on your mood (and UV tolerance). Perched 27 floors (hence the name) above Nashville’s downtown, the lounge offers stunning skyline views alongside delicious drinks. The beer, wine and spirits lists are some of the biggest we’ve seen, especially for a poolside menu, and there’s no shortage of cocktails for everyone to enjoy. Kick back with a Hemingway Daiquiri or Negroni, or sip a refreshing Watermelon Sling—made with rye, Aperol, and fresh watermelon and lemon juices.

Four Seasons Hotel, St. Louis, MO

You’ll be living in the lap of luxury when you spend a day at the Sky Terrace pool, which is set on the eighth floor of St. Louis’ Four Seasons Hotel. In between snapping pics of the Gateway Arch and cooling off in the 60-foot pool, order a bright, tropical beverage from the bar and let the relaxing vibes wash over you. Look out for boozy popsicles and their signature Sangria cart, which lets you customize your cocktail with different sparkling toppers and fresh fruits. Neighboring Cielo Bar hosts DJ nights with a tasty raw bar and sushi spread, so you can hang out poolside through dinnertime.

Skybar at Mondrian, Los Angeles, CA

You’ll be at the center of the action if you stay at West Hollywood’s Mondrian hotel, especially if you make it a point to imbibe at the property’s rooftop bar. While the scene is popping with DJs and parties most days and nights, we suggest hotel guests sip a cocktail by the pool before 1 p.m., when it opens up to the general public. In addition to an excellent wine list, Skybar boasts an awesome frozens menu and punch bowls filled with classic cocktails to serve a crowd. Check out one of their signature cocktails like the Elixir (Absolut Elyx Vodka, ginger, black tea, lime juice, black walnut bitters) or Casa Roja (blanco tequila, tamarind, yuzu, beet juice, agave, hibiscus) to get  a taste of SoCal.