As temperatures continue to rise, nothing beats the feeling of sipping chilled cocktails on an outdoor patio. This summer, throw on a pair of shades and elevate your average al fresco dining experience by making your way up to any one of these area rooftop bars—complete with comfy lounge furniture, seasonal eats and drinks, and exceptional sunset views.
Blue Hill Tavern Within eyesight of the winking Natty Boh, Blue Hill Tavern is an upscale dining and cocktail option in Brewer's Hill. For a more casual vibe, head upstairs where a side balcony and rear rooftop deck offer unparalleled views of the city. We recommend taking in the vista while sipping a dirty martini with blue-cheese-stuffed olives. 938 S. Conkling St., 443-388-9363.
Café Gia This intimate Little Italy restaurant does a lot of things right—including bruschetta and eggplant Parmesan. But we especially love the New Orleans-style deck, which would make for a romantic setting to watch Inner Harbor fireworks or other Star-Spangled 200 events. 410 S. High St., 410-685-6727.
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The Chasseur: With a menu of New American fare and plenty of microbrews on tap, this Canton corner bar already has a devoted following. And the restaurant will soon boast even more amenities when it debuts a top-level space later this summer. Management has added an entire third floor to the building, which will act as an indoor-outdoor area with retractable garage-style doors that lead out to a patio with high-top tables, television screens, and a fully stocked bar. The spot will also roll out a brand new selection of Crushes and a full raw bar in conjunction with the patio opening, which is slated for early August. 3328 Foster Ave., 410-327-6984
Grand Central: Known for its themed dance parties, karaoke nights, and daily drink deals, this stalwart Mt. Vernon club always makes for a fun night out. Make your way up to “The Loft” on the second floor to enjoy flat screens, pool tables, and a patio deck overlooking North Charles Street. 1001 N. Charles St., 410-752-7133
The Greene Turtle Towson: A favorite of Towson University students, this laid-back roof deck has all of the essentials: roll-up garage doors, glowing strung lights, and even round patio tables with built-in fire pits. Soak up some sun while chowing down on pub grub (you can’t go wrong with the soft pretzels and creamy crab dip) and sipping an ice-cold Orange Crush. 408 York Road, Towson, 410-825-3980
LB Skybar: At the historic Lord Baltimore Hotel in the heart of the city, take the elevator all the way up to the nineteenth floor to arrive at this luxe hideaway. The top-level bar features comfy lounge furniture, glowing lanterns, and a shareable menu of seasonal eats and drinks. Look out for charcuterie platters, pressed paninis, and shrimp salad sliders paired with cocktails like the “SkyCollins” (lime vodka, ginger syrup, and lemon juice) and the “SkyBreeze,” which combines vodka, muddled cucumber, and strawberries. 20 W. Baltimore St., 855-539-1928
This crab house is an institution and it's also a stone's throw away from Fort McHenry. But, the best part is that L.P. Steamers has a rooftop deck full of picnic tables for cracking crabs, drinking beer out of plastic cups, and enjoying the harbor views. 1100 E. Fort Ave., 410-576-9294.
Mt. Washington Tavern: This multi-level neighborhood haunt has a different dining space for every occasion. There’s the casual front bar, Hunt Cup-themed Pimlico Room, and seafood-inspired Chesapeake dining room. But the upstairs Skybar is not to be missed with its flat screens, comfy outdoor sofas, and killer views. Grab a cocktail and order a snack while watching the sun set over Mt. Washington. 5700 Newbury St., 410-367-6903
Nick's Fish House
With multi-level decks overlooking the Patapsco River and Hanover Street Bridge, Nick's Fish House has one of the best views in town. Nick's also features plenty of seafood options (hard-shell crabs, calamari, lime mussels) and drinks like the state signature Orange Crush or $12 beer buckets. 2600 Insulator Dr., 410-347-4123.
Splash Pool Bar & Grill Though you technically have to be a guest at the spa to have access to the Four Seasons Hotel's rooftop terrace, once you get up there, the water view is breathtaking. An infinity pool practically spills out onto the harbor and the bar offers treats like poptails (frozen, boozy popsicles). (While not on the roof, Wit & Wisdom's patio below is a lovely alternative). 200 International Dr., 410-576-5800.
Woody's Rum Bar Located above both Sláinte and Kooper's , Woody's Rum Bar boasts a third-floor balcony and delicious food and drinks. You'd be hard pressed to find a more relaxing time than sipping on a daiquiri, chowing down on fish tacos, and staring out onto the cobblestoned Fells Point waterfront. 821 S. Broadway, 410-563-6800.