Drink in the View
Our top 5 favorite roof-top wine bars.
While technically not a “roof,” this deck is still tops for its Pacific views. Between the small-plates menu and global wine list, your taste buds will rack up the frequent flyer miles. Savory stops: Barcelona (BBQ octopus), Tokyo (sake-braised short ribs), Burgundy (Maison Louis Latour’s Puligny-Montrachet) and Tuscany (Tenuta Argentiera’s Villa Donoratico).
Williamsburg’s best kept wine secret. This charming joint’s unpretentious ethos, bustling second-story roof and affordable but nuanced wine list feels like a bistro from the Belleville district in Paris was picked up and dropped in Brooklyn. Try the 2008 Fin Amour Grenache-Carignan blend from Languedoc-Roussillon.
This unrivaled roost delivers a bird’s-eye view of Cardinals’ games. Delight in the life-changing truffled popcorn while perusing the extensive West Coast wine list. Hint: Pair the popcorn with the tender and luscious Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay or the locally brewed Schlafly Pale Ale.
Sink into one of the plush deck chairs lining this sixth-floor sanctuary with big-sky vistas of the coast and Santa Ynez Mountains. The other gorgeous view: the wine list. It’s packed with the producers you more than likely came to visit, such as Margerum, Dragonette and Presqu’ile.
Soak in the Magnificent Mile skyline while lounging in your own private cabana at this posh fourth-floor outpost of the Peninsula. It boasts 40 wines by the glass, or you can BYOB for a $38 corkage fee. Must try: The bird’s nest dessert soup paired with a Sauternes from Château Laribotte.