The physics of it doesn’t make sense — we’ve always heard that heat rises, and yet our favorite places to cool off during these sultry summer months are rooftops. And really, there’s nothing better than sipping a slammin’ cocktail, stories above the street while the city sweats below. Sure, they're all the better if they've got the grub to back up the elevator ride to the top, but a nice cold one and an epic view pair together perfectly in our book. From brunch spots with an altitudinal attitude to pool-equipped boîtes for above-sea-level aquatics (and alky sips), our city’s rooftops rule the scene when the sun comes out..and goes down. Here are our favorite 12 that have really… erm… raised the roof?