A night out and a great view might be all you need while traveling the world. Every world capital promises an experience you won’t forget. So get your margaritas ready and sit back as we point out the best rooftop bars in the world.
Hotel de Rome, Berlin
Berlin’s cityscape unfurls from the central Hotel de Rome. From here you can see the State Opera House, Berlin Cathedral, the TV tower and a host of other landmarks.
The London, Hollywood
The rooftop of The London hotel in West Hollywood is a day-to-night destination. Lounge poolside by day in a private cabana, cocktail in hand; as the evening progresses the buzz grows and this space becomes a glamorous hang-out. As for the view, there are unobstructed views of the hills, the shimmering lights of Los Angeles and – on a clear day – the Pacific Ocean.
Rock Bar, Bali
Admittedly more rock-top than rooftop, the Rock Bar at Ayana Resort and Spa is located on natural rocks 14 meters above the Indian Ocean. Understandably popular with drinkers who want to admire the setting sun, the bar also hosts DJ performances and remains a popular spot after dark.
Bar 54, New York
New York is awash with bars that offer good views, but too-loud music, hastily made cocktails and excessive crowds are typical. Bar 54, on the 54th floor of the Hyatt Times Square, is different. Calm and unpretentious, it serves excellent drinks and is considered one of New York’s best cocktail bars. The views impress too: the Chrysler building, Manhattan’s southern skyline, and both rivers can be seen from the outdoor terrace.
Ozone, Hong Kong
A superlative inclusion, Ozone is located on the 118th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong and is officially recognized as the highest bar in the world. Designed by Masamichi Katayama, the venue is a popular brunch spot on Sundays, while the outdoor terrace is in demand on clear days.
Skye Bar, Sao Paulo
Atop Sao Paulo’s Unique Hotel, Skye Bar offers views over much of the metropolis. Its pool also proves popular during the day.
It may lack the height of some of the other rooftop bars and the crowd can be offputtingly boisterous but Radio, atop the ME London hotel wows with incredible views. From here you can look towards the towers of Canary Wharf and the City, observe the curve of the Thames and admire Somerset House – particularly pleasant when its ice rink is open and the crowds skate beneath completely oblivious to you.
Long Island Summer Lounge, Frankfurt
Open only in the warmer months, Frankfurt’s Long Island Summer Lounge offers spectacular views of the city’s skyline.
Sky Bar at Sirocco, Bangkok
On the 63rd floor of a Bangkok skyscraper, and part of the city’s Lebua hotel, Sky Bar at Sirocco is the world’s highest open-air bar and a popular spot for sundowners on humid Bangkok nights
On the 58th floor of Shanghai’s IFC tower, Flair is the rooftop bar of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Pudong. On warm days the outdoor terrace heaves with guests, tourists and locals admiring a view that takes in the Bund, the Pearl Tower, and the surrounding city.
Situated on Singapore’s highest point – 925ft (282m) above sea level – 1-Altitude features a sunken bar and two mixologist capsules where guests can try their hand at concocting their own drinks. Or they can just order from the menu and enjoy the view.
Top of the Mark, San Francisco
On the top floor of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel in San Francisco, Top of the Mark is, in itself, a rather dated bar. For impressive vistas, though, it offers something special. Taking up the entire 19th floor, the panorama takes in the imposing Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco skyline and the dramatically undulating cityscape below.
Aqua Spirit, Hong Kong
In Hong Kong’s One Peking skyscraper, aqua spirit faces the city’s spectacular harbor and the skyline is best appreciated during the Symphony of Lights. The nightly event sees buildings along the waterfront illuminated in a dazzling display of synchronized lights and music. As for the bar itself, the stylish David Collins-designed space is a popular spot for cocktails and hosts regular performances by popular local DJs.
New York Bar, Tokyo
Crowning a 52-story skyscraper, Tokyo Park Hyatt‘s New York Bar is familiar to many through its supporting role in Lost in Translation. Popular with film fans but well worth a visit on its own merits, the venue offers exceptional views over the metropolis and live jazz performances nightly. British visitors might, however, be less enamored with the fact that smoking is still allowed there, and the venue charges an entry fee to all but hotel guests.
The incessant clamor of Mumbai is left far below at Aer. On the 34th floor of the city’s Four Seasons hotel, the open-air bar and lounge start the evening with a daily “Sunset Happy Hour” from 5.30pm to 8 pm. Visit then for half-price cocktails and champagnes or visit later in the night to experience a set by “DJ Fatbat (a.k.a Shaan), who plays nightly sets of upbeat jazz, funk, house, club and a unique twist on classic hits from the 80s and 90s.”