Five Rooftops We’d Like to Chill On This Summer

We’ve all waited so long for this balmy weather that we’re determined not to waste it. Since taking in the breeze from a rooftop perch is one of our favorite ways to enjoy the summer, we’ve made a hit list of five up-in-the-sky spots we’d love to visit. And since we can’t be everywhere at once (if only!), stop by on our behalf and tweet us a pic of the views we’re missing! Image 1. Rooftop Films, New York City

As the name implies, Rooftop Films specializes in showing underground films at (way) aboveground locations. Locations rotate throughout the boroughs all summer long, and although the vibe is relaxed (it’s BYOP—bring your own picnic), the screenings sell out fast, so snagging tickets online prior to showtime is a must.

2. Brit’s Pub, Minneapolis

Lawn bowling, anyone? The decor (and the menu) of Brit’s Pub leans toward British kitsch, but the opportunity to roll bowls toward the jack while surrounded by the Minneapolis skyline is utterly unique. All it takes is a quick call ahead of time to reserve a spot on the field.

3. El Techo de Lolinda, San Francisco

We won’t need to worry about the infamous San Fran chill—not only does this newly opened Mexican eatery stock its rooftop with plenty of heat lamps, the cocktail menu is also fairly caliente. We’re dying to try a provocatively named Cloak and Dagger or a Devil’s Backbone while looking over the city.

4. Radio Room, Portland

Famous for its boozy brunches, the Radio Room is a former ‘40s-era Texaco station with an irresistible rooftop patio. We’d love to check out the Art-O-Mat, a retired cigarette machine that dispenses small-scale original artworks at $5 a pop. And, thankfully for all of us Portlandia fans, the restaurant offers plenty of bike parking.

5. The Standard Downtown LA

OK, so it’s a little spring-breakish (um, poolside vibrating waterbeds?), but The Standard Downtown LA’s stunning sky-high pool is second to none. Depending on the night, visitors can take in a movie from the water or enjoy live music at one of their frequent parties. (Plus, there’s a biergarten!)

For more inspiration, check out our Summer in the City Pinterest board!