Eight Destinations Where You Can Enjoy Spectacular Cocktails and Breathtaking Views
When you're traveling, visiting spots that offer stunning views may be at the top of your list; for others, enjoying a taste of the local fare alongside a hand-crafted cocktail may take precedence. Why not do both? Nestled among some of the most breathtaking landscapes across the country are restaurants, lounges, and cocktail bars that serve up more than just delicious drinks. You'll be treated to views of rolling hills, blue horizons cutting through pristine beaches, and sleek city skylines when you grab a table at any of these establishments.
Where can you go to enjoy great drinks and even better views? Naturally, more than a few locations in California have earned their place on this list. In the heart of Burbank, for instance, there's a patio so grand that you'll find yourself face-to-face with nature, a part of the City of Angels that you may have forgotten. Perched high above the range of bustling highways and high-rises, the outdoor space at Castaway, a steakhouse-style restaurant tucked into the hills of DeBell Golf Club, is a perfect place to view the San Fernando Valley. The view is framed by mountains and dotted with lush greenery nearly everywhere you look. The same is true for rooftop haven Cindy's in the heart of downtown Chicago, where Lake Michigan is on view in every direction. And unlike most well-kept secrets, these destinations aren't too far from the beaten path—like the picturesque beachside shack at the Rusty Nail in Cape May, New Jersey, just hours away from New York City.
Read on for more of the very best places to enjoy happy hour and golden hour all at once.
Big Sur, California
Grab a spot on the deck at Sierra Mar restaurant located on the grounds of the sprawling Post Ranch Inn on California's golden coast. Perched on one of the most scenic spots in Big Sur, between the Pacific Coast and the Santa Lucia Mountains, Sierra Mar has a wine list with approximately 2,600 of the world's best offerings.
Cape May, New Jersey
Asheville, North Carolina
The namesake behind Hemingway's Cuba inspired this mountain-side restaurant's signature beverage: a daiquiri made with a splash of grapefruit juice, reminiscent of the renowned writer's choice cocktail during his time in Havana. You'll also get to enjoy a dead-on view of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.
Adjacent to a chic Asian-fusion restaurant on the 15th floor of the Nines Hotel, Departure pairs sightseeing and sips with sweet treats, too. Equipped with two sweeping decks that overlook downtown Portland in all its glory, patrons can enjoy new vegan ice cream flavors every single week throughout the summer.
A restaurant built on dreams as big as the star-studded city it calls home, Castaway reopened last summer with a patio spanning its length and boasting palm-lined views of the lush San Fernando Valley. Soak it all in on a cushy lounge chair with a luxe cocktail in hand (we love the rum-based Lost at Sea with brûléed banana), and you'll feel like a true celebrity.