2022 Best of Lake Erie: Rooftop Views

Settle down at some of Lake Erie's most stunning spaces.

By the Bayfront: Pier 6 Rooftop Bar & Restaurant
Dine, sip and enjoy stunning views of Lake Erie’s bayfront at Pier 6 Rooftop Bar and Restaurant in Erie, Pennsylvania. The city’s only indoor and outdoor rooftop bar and restaurant features indoor-outdoor fireplaces, a west deck with outdoor dining under large umbrellas and an east deck with comfortable lounge seating. The menu includes a large selection of craft beers, appetizers, flatbreads, handcrafted sandwiches, pub burgers and grain bowls — along with Sunday brunch and a kids’ menu.
Erie, Pennsylvania, 814-413-7437, upick6.com/pier-6

Scene from Sandusky: Moseley’s Rooftop Bar
Sip on a refreshing beverage and grab a seat in the heart of one of Lake Erie’s most desirable destinations. Boaters and beach goers boast the magnificent views that can be found at Moseley’s Rooftop Bar, located atop Hotel Kilbourne, featuring unobstructed views of Jackson Street Pier and Sandusky’s waterfront. Featuring a casual, relaxing atmosphere, this drinks-only location offers tropical refreshers, including pina coladas and daiquiris, as well as on-tap and canned beer and other mixers. “It’s normally packed on the weekends, and people love to come and watch the sunsets,” says Betsey Luipold, manager of Hotel Kilbourne, adding that one of her favorite drinks is the strawberry basil mojito. “We grow our own basil up there, and it’s made especially for the upstairs bar.”
Sandusky, Ohio, 844-373-2223, hotelkilbourne.com

Great Heights: Bar 32
See Cleveland like you’ve never seen it before. Perched atop the 32nd floor of Hilton Cleveland Downtown, Bar 32’s stunning vista encompasses Lake Erie and the iconic Cleveland skyline that make any visit a special occasion for the 21-and-older crowd. The small plate “coast to coast” style menu features fare from the East, West and Gulf coasts, as well as Cleveland’s North Coast, ranging from lobster rolls and mushroom flatbread to jumbo cocktail shrimp. Save room for the sweet, warm carrot loaf topped with Cleveland’s own Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream and candied pecans.
Cleveland, Ohio, 216-413-5000, bar32cle.com