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The Air Up There

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The Air Up There

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Like threesomes, rooftop drinking is often better in theory than practice. Don't get us wrong: Drinking a manhattan while gazing over Manhattan can be heavenly-when it's not too hot, too crowded, or too touristy. That's what makes fall the perfect season to pull a Mary Poppins and dance on the rooftops. Here are five favorites.

New York is packed with rooftop lounges, but Hlghbar (pictured; Highbar-NYC.com) has, pardon the pun, really raised the bar. Incorporating slate, bamboo, and loads of lush plants, it's a secret grotto above the city's canyons.

Dark wood and dazzling views are served up at ABH (Above Beverly Hills), the rooftop wonder at the new Thompson Beverly Hills hotel (ThompsonBeverlyHills.com). Like that of its sister hotel in Manhattan, the airy space-complete with a Swarovskistudded pool-is usually filled with VIPs, celebrities, and other luxe lovers who dip into the cabanas for private moments or order up sushi from the Bond Street restaurant on the ground floor. …

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