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The 6 best rooftop bars in the Valley
Talk about an elevated experience.
December 22, 2023
Though Phoenix isn’t exactly known for its massive skyscrapers — the tallest building, Chase Tower, is only 40 stories high — the city’s rooftop bar scene is still quite impressive. There are many fantastic options between Phoenix and Tempe worth visiting for a chill afternoon or funky nighttime experience (free sunsets included). Invite your friends to these trendy spots to discover craft cocktails, live music, or a delicious meal.
Located at Rise Uptown Hotel, Don Woods’ Say When is a ‘70s-inspired rooftop and lounge with a large terrace filled with ample seating and firepits. Take in the views of the Phoenix skyline and Camelback Mountain while sipping retro cocktails featuring brandy, bourbon, and gin, and nibbling small bites like Not Your Grandma’s Meatloaf and deviled eggs.
Soaring 18 stories up, Skysill Rooftop Lounge at The Westin Tempe is the Valley’s highest open-air rooftop bar. During the day, it’s a hip scene thanks to a rooftop pool with panoramic views. And as the sun sets over the Phoenix horizon, Skysill transforms into a luxurious lounge with a curated wine list, twists on classic cocktails, and a full menu.
Located in Phoenix’s Biltmore neighborhood and beloved by locals, Upstairs at Flint is an open-air rooftop cocktail lounge with chef-crafted bar bites and wood-fired pizzas. Try specialty cocktails like the Flint Old Fashioned, The Girl from Ipanema, or The Adults are Talking. The sunset views are spectacular from here, and seating is first-come, first-served, so plan accordingly (the bar opens at 5 p.m., weather permitting).
Experience the heart of downtown Phoenix from this chic spot — the views overlooking the city skyline are worth the visit alone. The terrace is the place to be, with firepits and space heaters ready for chilly evenings, and comfortable furnishings for long hours of lounging. Fun fact: The historic building was featured in the opening skyline scene of the 1960 Psycho movie.
High atop Cambria Hotel Downtown Phoenix, From the Rooftop, is a cozy open-air space in Roosevelt Row — the walkable arts district home to art galleries, restaurants, bars, and boutiques. This hot spot brings in live musical acts and serves inventive cocktails (like a Mango Mezcalita and Cactus Juice) and a full menu (from wings and salads to burgers and tacos).
Head to the heart of Tempe to visit the Lucero Rooftop Lounge on the 16th floor of the Omni Tempe Hotel at ASU. This modern space is surrounded by glass, so your view of the sunset isn’t obstructed, and features firepits to help set the mood. Try the Prickly Pear Margarita or AZ Old Fashioned while diving into a plate of Wagyu sliders or beef short rib croquettes.
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These Dallas New Year’s Eve hotel bundles help you party more and plan less
Raise a glass to 2024.
As we approach the end of 2023, it’s time to start planning for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration in Dallas. Luckily, plenty of hotel packages are available to suit every taste and preference. Whether you’re in the mood for a swanky soirée, an elegant evening, or a disco party, numerous events promise a night of indulgence, dancing, and unforgettable moments.
W Dallas – Victory: For those who want to be in the center of the action
2440 Victory Park Ln, Dallas, TX 75219
Bid farewell to 2023 in style. This chic event (cocktail or black-tie attire is encouraged) promises an unforgettable night of revelry in the heart of Dallas. Enjoy a five-hour pre-paid bar selection for general admission (with VIP upgrades available) and three top-rated Dallas DJs to keep the dance floor alive with a mix of hip-hop, EDM, and Top 40 tunes.
The hotel’s second floor will be transformed into a lively party space featuring multiple rooms with themed experiences, and head to the Great Ballroom before midnight, where hundreds of expected attendees will gather for the big countdown. For a premium experience, consider a VIP table package, including top-notch seating, champagne, premium alcohol, mixers, and a personal cocktail server. Tickets range from $119 – $2,395. Click here for more information on the party and room prices.
Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh: For fine dining to start off the new year
2927 Maple Avenue Dallas, TX 75201
This one’s for the foodies. Diners can enjoy a four-course menu curated by executive chef Esayas Estifanos at Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh. You’ll also receive a bottle of house sparkling wine to toast the arrival of 2024, plus special party favors to commemorate the night. Extend the night on the dance floor with DJ JosefK, who will be spinning until 1 a.m. There’s complimentary valet available (plus gratuity), but you can always consider booking a room to avoid driving altogether. Event tickets range from $200-$300. Click here to book.
The Statler Dallas: If you want to see and be seen
1914 Commerce Street Dallas, TX 75201
The NYE Masquerade Ball event at The Statler in downtown Dallas is an evening fit for royalty — and often sells out, so book while you can.
For those seeking the ultimate experience, there’s a three-course dinner option with two seating times available (6 p.m. and 8 p.m.) Start your meal with crispy panko-crusted green tomatoes, then choose between pan-seared halibut or coffee-crusted prime rib. Finish with a German chocolate cake filled with coconut and pecans, then wash it down with select beer or premium wine, which is included.
After the feast, don your finest masquerade mask, enjoy an open bar (with premium drinks from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.), and test your luck at the onsite casino. You can also dance to a mix of Top 40 and hip-hop mashups in the ballroom with other partygoers. Book a stay in the high-rise hotel to extend the fun. Tickets range from $150 – $7,500. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Virgin Hotels Dallas: For stylish partygoers looking to dance
1445 Turtle Creek Boulevard Dallas, TX 75207
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dallas by going back a few decades at the Virgin’s Disco Heaven party filled with glitz, glamor, and groovy beats. Enjoy a three-hour open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight, featuring champagne, premium spirits, specialty cocktails, and unlimited food-station access.
The entire fourth floor will come alive with two parties and two different DJ sets by Disko Cowboy and Sparkle City Disco. Capture memorable moments with photo ops and take in the breathtaking views of the Dallas skyline as fireworks light up the night. Reserved tables are available in three different spaces on the fourth floor.
If you don’t feel like driving, there are special offers on stays with perks, including admission to the party and a complimentary bottle of bubbly delivered to your room. Plus, you can take advantage of the “Recovery Brunch” on Jan. 1, offered at the Commons Club. Tickets range from $200 to $6,000. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Hotel ZaZa: If brunch is critical to your post-party plans
2332 Leonard Street Dallas, TX 75201
Longtime Dallas favorite Hotel Zaza is ready to party with “decadent activations, heightened experiences, and spectacular entertainment,” according to the site. Enjoy wine, beer, and cocktails from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and hors d’oeuvres stations available from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. At midnight, raise your glass for the champagne toast. For those seeking an extra level of luxury, bottle service will be available from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. As part of Zaza’s special NYE room packages, you can enjoy the party and wake up for a special New Year’s Day brunch for two with mimosas and classic breakfast and lunch fare. Tickets cost $135 – $1,000. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
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5 ways to have an unforgettable New Year’s Eve in Atlanta
Enjoy a glamorous evening of reflection and fun without the hassle of planning.
It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2023. After a year of hustle and bustle, you deserve a fabulous, stress-free New Year’s Eve. Leave the coordinating to someone else. Opt for a night of ease with New Year’s Eve bundles that offer an immersive experience of entertainment, dining, and festive activities. Whether it was a year to forget or one for the books, you can go out in style and welcome 2024 with these five inclusive New Year’s Eve celebration packages.
Around the World Gala at Chateau Elan
100 Rue Charlemagne Braselton, GA 30517
Count down to midnight at the premium winery and resort Chateau Elan, where you can enjoy a decadent sendoff to 2023 at the Around the World Gala. The event includes a cocktail hour, five dinner stations with culinary options from all over the world (with wine pairings included), live performances, a midnight champagne toast, and more. You can opt for the Gala package alone or include an overnight stay at the Inn at Chateau Elan. Dress to impress in cocktail attire and make this night one you won’t soon forget. Learn more here.
VIP Carnival Masquerade Ball at the OMNI Hotel
100 CNN Center, Atlanta, Georgia, 30303
Vibe out and dance like no one’s watching at this one-of-a-kind Masquerade Ball. There will be plenty of music, including a live Latin band and Atlanta’s DJ EU and Friends spinning Top-40 hits from around the world. The package offers South American-inspired food stations, an open bar (plus a champagne toast), and more. The VIP package includes an overnight stay at the hotel (with valet parking for one car), so you can skip the drive home after a long night of dancing, dining, and drinking. While the event is formal, don’t forget your carnival-themed masks. Learn more here.
Skate the Sky at Ponce City Market’s The Roof
675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30308
For those who prefer a more laid-back celebration, enjoy ice skating and a private Igloo on the rooftop winter wonderland at The Roof. This package is an ideal option for families and small groups, with private igloos that seat up to six guests, plus an assortment of shareable food, and a dedicated server. It also comes with 50 minutes of skating time, free games, and rides at Skyline Park — and plenty of photo ops to remember the magical night forever. Learn more here.
Take a ride under the sea at the Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker ST NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Get exclusive after-hour access to an Atlanta staple for an adults-only evening of live music, cocktails, holiday treats, and gallery exploration. Come adorned in formal or cocktail attire and see the Aquarium in a new light. Guests can choose between a general admission package that includes four drink tickets and access to the main gallery, or a VIP upgrade offering additional drinks, catering stations, admission to the VIP lounge, and a midnight countdown party. No matter the package you choose, your contribution will go to a worthy cause, as all proceeds from the night are donated to the Aquarium’s research and conservation efforts. Learn more here.
The ‘80s MTV Experience at Park Tavern
500 10th St NE (Corner of 10th and Monroe) Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Attention all dancers: This one’s for you. Enjoy two floors of music with live DJs and Electric Avenue playing your favorite hits from the ‘80s. The open bar will serve premium drink options, and you can grab a bite from several buffets that include vegetarian options, a carving station, and numerous southern favorites. In addition to the champagne toast, you get a Krispy Kreme doughnut at midnight for a sweet start to 2024. Round up 20 or more friends to get a group discount on tickets. Learn more here.
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