3 Phoenix-Area Rooftop Bars Readymade for Summer Lounging

Nightlife — By P. Escarcega on July 28, 2011 at 8:37 pm

With jaw-dropping views and cozy ambiance, these three Phoenix-area rooftop bars offer the perfect perch to enjoy nights full of high-altitude summer lounging.

The Skydeck at the Clarendon Hotel in central Phoenix offers views of downtown Phoenix and the Valley's amazing desert sunsets. Photo: clarendonhotel.net

Bar Smith. Climb up the red staircase to this stylish rooftop bar, located in a stellar downtown location just a stroll from Chase Field and US Airways Arena, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns, respectively. The hip crowd, glittering night skies, downtown panorama, and movies and live games projected on the wall above the bar make for a winning combination for visitors making the downtown scene.

Skydeck at The Clarendon. This landmark central Phoenix hotel is known for its rooftop bar, featuring a 60-foot water wall and a hydro spa with enough room for 50 guests. Theme nights, including Sunday night’s Brazilian dance party, make this a hot spot for locals and out-of-towners. Come for the atmosphere and creative cocktails, and stay for the view of the city’s crimson-pink desert sunsets.

Sunset Beach at the W. Fancying South Beach style in the middle of the desert? Welcome to Sunset Beach at the W, Scottsdale’s oasis of beach opulence, featuring private cabanas with flat-screen TVs, deluxe daybeds, and plenty of pool attendants ready to hand you a couple of chilled cucumber slices to cool your eyes after a long day of sightseeing in the bright desert sunshine. Tropical drinks, including an impressive menu of martinis and mojitos, round out this sublimely chic rooftop bar.

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