Three Sixty Named One Of The Best Rooftop Bars In The World
A rooftop bar is the perfect vantage point for life’s three most important C’s: contemplation, conversation and celebration. This is according to Premier Traveler, and we couldn’t agree more. The luxury travel magazine recently named the world’s best rooftop bars, and Three Sixty is one of them.
To help celebrate Three Sixty’s inclusion on the list, we caught up with Steve O’Loughlin, owner, chief operating officer and Lodging Hospitality Management president.
ALIVE: What was your first reaction upon receiving the news of getting named one of the top rooftop bars in the world?
Steve O’Loughlin: I was very excited, especially looking at the other rooftop bars recognized on the list. To see that Three Sixty is acknowledged in the same league as these other amazing rooftop bars is a great feeling. I am incredibly proud of all the incredible team members who work hard to make it such an amazing dining destination and a world-renowned bar. This award is also a testament to the growth and development of our city skyline—it’s truly an amazing view from up there.
ALIVE: And how does it feel to be one of only two that were selected in America?
SO: I think what makes Three Sixty so special is that we have incredible views of St. Louis in every direction including the Arch, Busch Stadium, Citygarden, the Old Courthouse and the Mississippi River. Three Sixty has been named on similar lists for the best rooftop bars in the world before, and to be awarded again reaffirms how special Three Sixty and St.Louis are. St. Louis often gets overlooked as a dining destination, but visitors are always pleasantly surprised to discover what a great melting pot of culinary options our city offers.
ALIVE: In addition to the views of the city, how do you think Three Sixty has been able to stand apart from other rooftop bars to gain the attention it has in St. Louis?
SO: Three Sixty truly cares about our customers and we look for ways to make each experience enchanting, whether you’re visiting from oversees or just popping in from the county. We also keep the energy high by bringing in a lot of top-rated artists like Sheryl Crow, David Cook, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Jerrod Niemann and Caroline Glaser. The St. Louis Cardinals are the premier baseball team in the country and Three Sixty is always getting great media coverage from ESPN, USA Today and many more as an awesome place to catch a view of the game day action. From the inventive cocktail list to some incredible food to the amazing views. Three Sixty really offers a “sip, see and savor” experience.
ALIVE: Are you from St. Louis?
SO: Not originally, I was born in Hartford, Connecticut. I Lived in Cincinnati, Oakland, San Francisco, but moved to St Louis in the 4th grade, so St. Louis has always been considered my hometown.
ALIVE: Are there any new plans coming up for Three Sixty?
SO: We just completed some new under-lit bar tops on our outside bar that can change colors to keep things fresh and fun. Three Sixty has a great lineup of annual spring events from the Derby Day party on May 2 to our Sip into Spring Wine event May 14. We are also featuring Kyle Cook from Matchbox 20 on June 25. Be sure to keep an eye out for more national artists later in the summer. And as you know, Cardinal baseball is right around the corner. With a bird’s eye view into Busch Stadium, Three Sixty really is an awesome place to watch a game.
ALIVE: What should we order next time we’re visiting?
SO: The house smoked salmon chips are a great place to start. You can’t go wrong with the Korean barbecue pork tacos—great flavor in every bite. We’ve also received an overwhelming response to our seafood risotto. An absolute must: Save room for our signature house made Kit Kat bars!
ALIVE: Anything else you’d like to add?
SO: Just a big thank you to all of our loyal customers – this award means a lot to our team and to St. Louis. Come on up and raise a toast with us!
Three Sixty also gave ALIVE a new cocktail recipe that is perfect to celebrate spring on the patio. O’Loughlin says he enjoys it for the fresh flavor from the pineapple spiced rum mixed with the warm accent of the apricot brandy.
Pineapple-infused spiced rum, gin, apricot brandy, banana liquor, grenadine, amaretto and topped with orange juice.
Special Directions: Soak pineapple in drink mixture. Once you find the desired taste, filter the fruit out and bottle the rest. Pour six ounces of mixture and top with two ounces of orange juice.
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