Tapacubo

Tapacubo

Tempe

The quirky-cool atmosphere of Tempe's Graduate Hotel is complimented by Tapacubo, a rooftop bar and lounge nestled on the fourth floor of the building that houses views of neighboring Arizona State and "A" Mountain, margarita-filled gas pumps behind the bar (seriously), a counter made of 38,000 pesos, a seemingly endless supply of tacos and guac, and a great selection of craft beer and cocktails. It's definitely one of the most enjoyable places in the area and well worth a visit -- especially if you're looking to get a margarita from a gas pump. (Don't worry. It tastes nothing like gas. We swear.)

Lustre Bar

Lustre

Downtown Phoenix

Downtown Phoenix’s Kimpton Hotel Palomar is a luxurious place to rest your head when seeking a little R&R, whether you're a local or just visiting. It's outdoor lounge, Lustre, is one of the most recognized rooftop spaces in The Valley; and despite our triple-digit temps, it's a cool spot to hang out for a day by the pool, a great one for a date, and even a good choice for a quick cocktail or beer before catching a game.

Bar Smith

Downtown Phoenix

If it's a place for dancing you're looking for, you can't do better than Bar Smith. This club is tucked between a row of nightclubs on Washington St and regularly hosts some of the city's biggest DJs, making it a favorite for dancers (pro or non) in the area. So hit up the floor for a little while, check out the open-air rooftop bar to cool down, and then make your way back to the dance floor.

The Casablanca Lounge

Casablanca Lounge

Scottsdale

Overlooking Camelback Mountain is Scottsdale's swanky Casablanca Lounge. The Southbridge spot is nothing like the nearby clubs in neighboring Old Town: it's substituted the loud beats for live music and thrown out the bad vodka drinks for handmade libations. Barrel-aged drinks and craft cocktails are the stars of the show here, but the outdoor lounge also shines. It's equipped with a fire pit and decorated with overstuffed furniture, making it a great place to hangout on a weeknight or weekend when you're seeking an alternative to the Old Town nightlife.

Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar

Scottsdale

It’s not exactly a "rooftop" bar, but the second story patio at this appropriately named restaurant and liquor bar is just too good not to mention for a number of reasons: 1) its kitchen is manned by executive chef Nick Rusticus (he's not even 25 and is already killing the game), and 2) it's a speakeasy-style bar that has more than 200 whiskeys to choose from. Be ready to hang for a while, especially if you're not good at making quick decisions.

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The Perch

Downtown Chandler

Between the views, the tap selection, and all those birds down in the garden (real birds, 50 of them, so it might not be for you if you’ve got ornithophobia), it's hard not to list this place as one of the coolest rooftop bars in town. The patio offers panoramic views of surrounding Downtown Chandler, perfect for that late-night drink or the occasional weekend yoga session (aptly called rooftop yoga). Plus, it's a brewery, so you know you'll never go thirsty.

CASA

Tempe

Mill Ave has been the go-to spot for ASU kids looking to make some bad decisions (thanks cran vodkas and Fat Tuesdays). But amid those decisions sits at least one good one: deciding to go to CASA. If you're not into the buckets of booze (it's a real thing), stop by the rooftop bar area; it overlooks all of the debauchery happening on the street, making it an excellent spot for people-watching anytime of the day or night. But a warning: don’t be caught here if you're over 30. Just don't.

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1. Tapacubo 225 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

The quirky-cool atmosphere of Tempe's Graduate Hotel is complimented by Tapacubo, a rooftop bar and lounge nestled on the fourth floor of the building with great views of neighboring Arizona State and "A" Mountain, margarita-filled gas pumps behind the bar, a counter made of 38,000 pesos, a seemingly endless supply of tacos and guacamole, and a great selection of craft beer and cocktails.

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2. Lustre Rooftop Bar 2 E Jefferson St Ste 200, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (Downtown Phoenix)

Downtown Phoenix’s Hotel Palomar is a luxurious place to rest your head when seeking a little R&R, whether you're a local or just visiting. Its outdoor lounge, Lustre, is one of the most recognized rooftop spaces in The Valley; and despite triple-digit temps, it's a cool spot to hang out for a day by the pool, a great one for a date, and even a good choice for a quick cocktail or beer before catching a game.

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3. Bar Smith 130 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (Downtown Phoenix)

If it's a place for dancing you're looking for, you can't do better than Bar Smith. This bi-level club is tucked between a row of nightclubs on Washington Street and regularly hosts some of the city's biggest DJs, making it a favorite for dancers in the area. So hit up the floor for a little while, check out the open-air rooftop bar to cool down, and then make your way back to the dance floor.

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4. The Casablanca Lounge 7134 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (North Scottsdale)

Overlooking Camelback Mountain is Scottsdale's swanky Casablanca Lounge. The Southbridge spot has live music and serves handmade libations. Barrel-aged drinks and craft cocktails are the stars of the show here, but the outdoor lounge also shines. It's equipped with a fire pit and decorated with overstuffed furniture, making it a great place to hang out on a weeknight or weekend when you're seeking an alternative to the Old Town nightlife.

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5. Second Story Liquor Bar 4166 N. Scottsdale Rd #102, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (Old Town Scottsdale)

It’s not exactly a "rooftop" bar, but the second story patio at this appropriately named sleek restaurant and liquor bar is just too good for a number of reasons: 1) its kitchen is manned by executive chef Nick Rusticus, and 2) it's a speakeasy-style bar that has more than 200 whiskeys to choose from. Be ready to hang for a while, especially if you're not good at making quick decisions.

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6. The Perch Pub & Brewery 232 S Wall St, Chandler, AZ 85225 (Phoenix)

Between the views, the tap selection, and all those birds down in the garden, it's hard not to list The Perch Pub and Brewery as one of the coolest rooftop bars in town. The patio offers panoramic views of surrounding Downtown Chandler, perfect for that late-night drink or the occasional weekend yoga session (aptly called rooftop yoga). Plus, it's a brewery, so you know you'll never go thirsty.

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7. CASA 15 E 6th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

Mill Ave has been the go-to spot for ASU kids looking to make some bad decisions. But amid those decisions sits at least one good one: deciding to go to CASA. If you're not into the buckets of booze (it's a real thing), stop by the rooftop bar area; it overlooks all of the craziness happening on the street, making it an excellent spot for people-watching anytime of the day or night.

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