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From NYC to LA: Hotels Open Profitable Rooftop Bars
USA Today | July 12, 2012 | 02:41 PM EDT

When it comes to hotel bars, the sky has no limits.

Rooftop bars are increasingly showing up in hotels from New York to New Orleans to Los Angeles, and they're getting more elaborate with their decor and food and cocktail menus.

Some even have heaters or fire pits so they can stay open in the winter.

Pioneered by boutique hotels, rooftop bars are popping up at bigger hotel chains as part of a larger trend of taking any space available and turning it into social areas where food and drink can be sold.

Among the newer bars:

The Conrad New York recently opened its rooftop bar, Loopy Doopy, 16 stories above downtown Battery Park City. It claims to be the only rooftop bar in the United States to serve prosecco on tap. Revelers can also indulge in alcoholic Popsicle sticks.

The Raffaello Hotel in Chicago recently opened Drumbar on its 18th floor, a speakeasy-style lounge with an extensive cocktail menu and collection of bourbon, scotch and whiskey.

The Saint Hotel in New Orleans, part of Marriott's Autograph Collection, will soon open Halo, a rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the city and a misting system for daytime sunbathers. An in-house DJ will entertain in the evening, and the menu will feature gourmet fare such as lobster corn dogs.

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