Drink in the View at These 11 Watering Holes

Whether on a Pacific-locked pier or atop a Windy City skyscraper, knock back a top-notch tipple from some of America’s finest vantage points this summer.

Two Goats Brewing | Hector, NY

The brewpub’s perfect (and sole) pairing, a slow-cooked roast beef sandwich and the house IPA, is even more delicious while enjoying the postcard-worthy view of Seneca Lake.

Sinor-Lavallee WinesAvila Beach, CA

This new beachside tasting room boasts killer sunset views and, of course, Mike Sinor’s tasty wines. Be sure to try the Pinot Noir if he has any on hand. It’s a local favorite.

Three Sixty | St. Louis

Pair game-day cravings like sliders and pizza with a bird’s eye view of Busch Stadium from this rooftop bar atop the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. Wash it all down with one of 50-plus wines by the bottle.

Scribe Winery Sonoma, CA (pictured)

The charmingly worn hacienda is the just the spot to indulge in Scribe’s cult-favorite wines like the Pinot Noir rosé, perched atop a grassy knoll overlooking the lush vineyards.

Rooftop Perch at the Canary Hotel Santa Barbara, CA

Soak in the sun, red-tile roofs and Santa Ynez Mountains as you tip into the Santa Barbara-heavy wine list here, including the 2012 Zaca Mesa Viognier and 2012 Stolpman Grenache.

Jimmy at the James Hotel New York City

Eighteen stories above Soho, mixologist Johnny Swet cranks out cocktails like the Legal in Vermont, made with whiskey, maple syrup and purple basil. The posh rooftop lounge offers views of the East River bridges.

Trump WineryCharlottesville, VA

Virginia’s largest winery is also one of its most picturesque: 1,300 bucolic acres cozied into the Blue Ridge Mountains. Don’t miss the sparkling rosé.

J Parker at Hotel LincolnChicago

Take in sweeping views of Lake Michigan from the 140 outdoor seats while nibbling on pulled pork okonomiyaki and beef shank chili and sipping an Off Minor: Pimm’s #1, Bombay Gin and hibiscus.

Wisconsin UnionMadison, WI

Believe it or not, one of the Midwest’s best outdoor haunts is the terrace at the University of Wisconsin student union, which overlooks Lake Mendota. Make like a coed and order a brat and one of 96 beers on tap.

The Crow’s Nest Montauk, NY

One of Long Island’s best views of the Atlantic is found in this laidback surfing town. Opt for a white blend, rosé or Cabernet Franc from local favorite Wölffer Estate Vineyard.

DelachaiseNew Orleans

Overlooking mansion-lined St. Charles Avenue, this wine bar offers a lauded by-the-glass list  (22 options!) on the outdoor patio, complete with the sounds of passing streetcars.

Published on May 27, 2015
Topics: Travel Trends, Wine Travel



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