The summer is winding down, and the weather is perfect for rooftop dining. We know travel is a big part of your life as a locum tenens physician, so we found some unique outdoor, elevated restaurants you won’t want to miss if you’re near one of these hot spots.
- Three-Sixty in St. Louis, Missouri. This swanky rooftop bar offers a 360-degree view of St. Louis and it’s right in the heart of downtown. Sip a cocktail (or three) while you take in the panoramic views of the infamous Gateway Arch and the twinkling city lights shimmering on the mighty Mississippi River. The smoked salmon chips and the crispy spinach tots are two of our foodie favorites, and you can’t miss the Island in the Sky cocktail with Captain Morgan 100, Tiki Lovers pineapple rum, Don’s cinnamon mix, almond and lime. It’s meant to be shared but we won’t tell if you drink the whole thing yourself.
- 9 Mile Station in Atlanta, Georgia. You’ll find this elevated beer garden (pictured above) on the roof at Ponce City Market and it’s a must-stop for foodies, wine-lovers, and beer fanatics alike. Under the stars you’ll find craft beers from near and far, classically-prepared cocktails, tasty nibbles – and sweeping, unobstructed views of Atlanta’s skylines spanning Buckhead, Midtown, and Downtown. This rooftop spot is also famous for its shareable plates (though you may want to keep them all to yourself).
- The Deck in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One of Philly’s most unique dining experiences isn’t on a rooftop – it’s on a ship top called The Deck. Billed as “Philly’s best outdoor venue for dining, drinking, and late night,” the open-air wheelhouse deck features a bar with spectacular views of the city and riverfront. The cuisine comes in all forms from chicken Tinga quesadillas, to short rib toast, to scallop ceviche. If you’ve got a throbbing sweet-tooth, finish it off with the HOLY SHIP! SUNDAE; it has everything but the kitchen sink. Because it sits atop a ship, this rooftop find is only open May through September so plan ahead but you can drool over their menu options now.
- Merchant & Trade in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dress to impress is the motto of our next rooftop dining experience, so Merchant & Trade has a firm dress code – which we think it’s rather nice for a change (flip-flops, baseball caps, tank tops, sports apparel, sweatshirts, work or hiking boots, and ripped clothing aren’t allowed). This modern-chic style rooftop bar has incredible handcrafted cocktails with inspiring names like Death from Below, The Velvet Slipper, Beet It! and Otherworldly. The modern-American cuisine can’t be beat, either. Complement your beverages with an exquisite meal or some delicious bite-sized temptations like tempura pimento cheese, Jalapeno poppers, and Carolina crab cakes.
- Brit’s Pub & Eating Establishment in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This rooftop eating establishment has been Minneapolis’s own little corner of the UK for more than 25 years, but Brit’s isn’t about the rooftop dining as much as the ROOFTOP LAWN BOWLING. That’s right folks, this massive – and massively popular – outdoor boozing/British food/soccer/rugby haven has outdoor lawn bowling on one of its many rooftops. Offering classic fare and English pints, the relaxed wood-clad setting has a fireplace (because it’s in Minnesooooota) and draws a diverse crowd who demand English ales, fish’n chips, and sports matches on the telly. In fact, Thrillist just named Brit’s Pub as “one of America’s favorite rooftop bars,” and we agree 100%. If you’re ever in the MiniApple, don’t miss a visit to Brit’s.
- Hemingway’s Cuba in Asheville, North Carolina. Sit back and enjoy paradise at this inspired restaurant and bar founded by Cuba native, Tony Fraga – who grew up dining at one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite restaurants. When you arrive at the Terrace of the Cambria Hotel, you’ll think you’ve entered old Havana – until you gaze at the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains. Hemingway’s Cuba is an incredible place to indulge in traditional cuisine like empanadas and paellas. Whatever you do, pair every exquisite bite with a Cuban Daiquiri, which Hemingway himself declared “The Best Daiquiri in the World.” You’ll leave this rooftop spot singing Havana-na-na-na.
Ready to hit one (or all) of these amazing rooftop spots now? You won’t be disappointed. If you have a rooftop spot you never miss, we’d love to hear about it! Simply add your comments below or email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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