Traveling this summer? Wherever you go, save this list of the most impressive sky-high bars in alluring metropolises around the world. Plan for chic afternoon breaks and glamorous evenings out to explore local and international cocktails and spirits—though the breathtaking views alone might be enough to give you a natural high.
The London West Hollywood
The rooftop of The London hotel is a day-to-night destination. Lounge poolside by day in a private cabana with a cocktail in hand; as the evening progresses, the buzz grows and the space becomes a glamorous hangout. As for the view, there are unobstructed views of the rolling green hills and shimmering lights of Los Angeles.
Ozone at Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
Officially the highest bar in the world, Ozone spans the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton in the West Kowloon District. Towering far above the rest of the city’s high-rises, Ozone offers unrivaled bird’s eye views of the city, the bay and the mountains, day or night. Guests can opt for the outdoor terrace for brunch on clear days, or take in a breathtaking sunset prior to dining at the two Michelin-star Cantonese restaurant, Tin Lung Heen, or the one-star Italian restaurant, Tosca, on the floors below.
Bar 54, New York
A calm and unpretentious bar and lounge on the 54th floor of the Hyatt Times Square, Bar 54 is one of New York’s best cocktail bars. The views impress too: the Chrysler building, Manhattan’s southern skyline and both the Hudson River and East River can be seen from the outdoor terrace. As Open Table 2016 Diners’ Choice awardee not far from the business district, Bar 54 is the perfect spot to entertain associates or catch up with friends over small plates.
Aqua Spirit, Hong Kong
Unlike Ozone, Aqua Spirit sits level with the buildings across the harbor, giving visitors a spectacular view of the vibrant skyline along the waterfront. During the nightly Symphony of Lights, a dazzling display of synchronized lights and music illuminates the buildings. The bar itself is located in Kowloon’s One Peking skyscraper and designed by the stylish David Collins. A popular spot for cocktails, Aqua hosts regular performances by popular local DJs.
The Rooftop Terrace at Hotel de Rome, Berlin
Berlin’s cityscape unfurls from Hotel de Rome situated at the city center. From here, you can see historical landmarks, such as the State Opera House, Berlin Cathedral, St. Hedwig’s Cathedral and the T.V. Tower. Bask in the sun or cool off under the parasols in this afternoon lounge surrounded by monumental history.
Rock Bar at Ayana Resort and Spa, Bali
Admittedly more rock-top than rooftop, the Rock Bar at Ayana Resort and Spa is located on natural rocks 46 feet above the Indian Ocean. It’s a popular spot to admire the setting sun and enjoy fresh Mediterranean cuisine beneath the stars. The bar also hosts DJ performances, merging funky tunes with the rhythm of the ocean.
Flair at Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai
Perched on the 58th floor of Shanghai’s IFC tower, Flair is the rooftop bar of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Pudong District. On warm days, the outdoor terrace fills with guests soaking in the view of the iconic Pearl Tower and the rest of the famed Shanghai skyline along the Bund.
Sky Bar at Sirocco, Lebua Hotel, Bangkok
Sky Bar at Sirocco is the world’s highest open-air bar, suspended on the 63rd floor of a Bangkok skyscraper. The venue offers unobstructed 360-degree views; the endless stretches of the city all around is mesmerizing to take in. Sway to the live jazz while enjoying a cocktail where a scene from the The Hangover was filmed. For a more intimate setting and alfresco 61st-floor dining, try Vertigo & Moon Bar at Banyan Tree, Bangkok, just 15 minutes away.
Radio Rooftop Bar at the ME Hotel, London
The hotel’s ground floor is deceptively low key. Once inside on the 10th floor of the ME Hotel on The Strand, the sprawling rooftop bar offers incredible views and a classy atmosphere to match. Iconic landmarks are positioned around the hotel: the London Bridge, Tate Modern, Somerset House, Southbank, Houses of Parliament and Covent Garden.
Curated from The Telegraph.