Whether it's happy hour on a Tuesday or day-drinking on the weekend, I'm always on the hunt for a new favorite watering hole. I have a few standards when it comes to deeming a bar worthy, though. Delicious drinks, friendly service, and an inviting atmosphere are among the top requirements. Combine all those things and elevate them – quite literally – to a rooftop, and I'm smitten. That's why VASO Rooftop Lounge in Dublin, Ohio is worth the two-hour drive north to check out.
Perched atop the AC Hotel, the lounge has sweeping, panoramic views of the Scioto River and historic downtown Dublin. Nab a drink and enjoy it all from inside the bar or from the outdoor terrace. The fire pits, private cabanas, and comfy loungers will make you feel like you've stepped into a tropical oasis with a signature swanky, yet laid back vibe.
As for the drinks, any bar can pop open a can of craft beer these days, so it takes a bit more pizazz to impress me. Luckily, VASO has an extensive menu of cocktails. For something citrus-y and fresh, try the Ships Across the Sea (tequila, Banane du Brésil, lemongrass, and lemon). Or, if you're feeling extra #basic, grab a glass of their Frosé (frozen rosé).
And if you're not keen on drinking on an empty tank, you'll find a Spanish-style tapas menu filled with everything from chorizo empanadas and blackened fish tacos to lamb meatballs and a brussels sprout caesar salad. They offer brunch, dinner, and dessert with a seasonally-changing menu to capture the freshest of flavors.
VASO certainly checks all the boxes on my list. I think I'd be my happiest self lounging in a private, rooftop cabana with some sangria in hand while snacking on small plates. But hey, who wouldn't be happy in that scenario? Get a glimpse of the wow-worthy view by heading on up to the gallery.
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VASO Rooftop Lounge is located at 4515 Banker Dr., Dublin, OH (43017) on the rooftop of the AC Hotel.