A guide to the state’s most scenic rooftop bars

There’s no better way to enjoy sunsets, good friends, and tasty libations on high and al fresco at some of Virginia’s most well-positioned rooftop bars. We’ve compiled some of the standouts. 

Bee & Butter, the rooftop bar and restaurant above Radford’s Highlander Hotel, offers 360° views of the New River Valley, the peaks of the Blue Ridge, and the city of Radford below. With comfortable seating inside and out, plates designed for sharing, plus a creative cocktail menu, Bee & Butter brings the concept of unwinding to a whole new level. BeeAndButterRadford.com

Farmville’s swanky Weyanoke Hotel is home to Catbird, its rooftop bar. Here guests can enjoy hand-crafted cocktails, craft brews and wines, tapas and other small plates, along with panoramic views of the bucolic landscape that goes on for miles. Delicious wood-fired pizza and appetizers like tirokafteri and crispy pork belly are on the menu. Other Weyanoke perks include its Taproot Tavern and Effingham’s as well as its proximity to Longwood University, Hampden-Sydney College, the shopping mecca of Green Front, and the R.R. Moton Museum, which tells the story of a 1951 student strike that helped ignite the Civil Rights era. HotelWeyanoke.com

Bristol’s Sessions Hotel, nestled in the birthplace of country music, features its Rooftop Bar & Lounge, which boasts views of the city below and the Appalachian Mountains beyond. Tune into an acoustic set on the adjacent lawn, cozy up to firepits and private igloos on chillier nights, and sip creative craft cocktails on top of what was once the Jobbers Candy Factory that dates to 1920, now part of the Sessions’ complex. SessionsHotel.com 

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This article originally appeared in the August 2024 issue. 

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