The World’s Best Rooftop Bars
There’s something special about having a drink or three on a rooftop, that along with the beautiful views that high up bars can offer can go to explain why these types of bar are exceptionally popular especially in beautiful places and cities. Here is our definitive guide to the worlds best rooftop bars, from sipping a cocktail overlooking New York City to having a ice cold beer looking at the sunset over St Pauls Cathedral in London.
Marina Bay Sands Sky bar – Singapore
Stunning views can be had from the sky bar and pool that is located on top of the unusual looking Marina Bay resort in Singapore, you’ll get stunning views and can bask in the sun and relax in a unique location. Go during the Singapore F1 to get an incredible view of the Formula One night race around the Marina.
The Press Lounge – New York City
This rooftop bar is located on the 16th floor of the ink 48 hotel, with beautiful views across Manhattan and the Hudson, having been open since 2010 it’s quickly gained recognition as one of the best roof top bars in New York City. The Press Lounge has a swimming pool, bar and restaurant to enjoy the views with.
Vertigo Bar – Banyan Tree – Bangkok
Located an mind boggling 61 floors up you’ll get one of the best views across Bangkok that you can imagine, perfect to get away from the hustle and bustle of the streets and markets. You can enjoy a sophisticated drink and snack up on the roof bar then head back into the city later on in the evening. The vertigo bar is part of the Banyan Tree hotel.
The Lounge at At.Mosphere at Burj Khalifa – Dubai
The world’s tallest building the Burj Khalifa would not be complete without a bar which is located on level 122 just 2 floors below the top, the At.Mosphere boasts to be the world’s tallest restaurant at a mind blowing 442 metres tall.
Ozone at The Ritz Carlton – Hong Kong
One of the world’s highest bars, the Ozone in Hong Kong has awesome views across Hong Kong and Victoria harbour. Located on the roof of the Ritz Carlton hotel it’s another must visit if you are in Hong Kong.
Vista bar at Trafalgar – London
Boasting an unique view over London including as the name would suggest a close up view of Trafalgar square the Vista bar is one of the best rooftop bars the capital has to offer, a very popular bar especially during the summer it has an large drinks menu ranging from cocktails to champagne.
Madison Bar – St Paul’s – London
The Madison located in the heart of London boasts one of the best views of St Paul’s Cathedral that you can get, you’ll also be able to enjoy a beautiful view of sunsets over the capital if you go at the right time of the day. The Madison offers other panoramic views across London and has a great atmosphere inside.
Aer Bar – Four Seasons Hotel – Mumbai India
Located a breathtaking 34 stories above the city the panoramic views are truly magnificent, gaze across the city, over the sea and up into the sky, the bar covers the entire roof of the hotel and you can enjoy an array of drinks and food up there. Part of the Four Seasons chain it’s located in the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra.
The Strand Hotel – New York
JW’s Champagne Lounge – JW Marriott Hotel – Shanghai
Located on the 40th floor of the JW Marriot Hotel in the vibrant city of Shanghai, JW’s champagne lounge offers amazing views across Shanghai, with a massive array of different champagnes to choose from (over 40) you will feel on top of the world when you are up here.
Skye Bar – Brazil
Located on the top of the Hotel Unique, the Skye Bar bar in Sao Paulo in Brazil has some brilliant views, drinks and DJ’s who play throughout the evening, the perfect way to end a busy day it also features an underwater sound system so you can hear the music as you swim.
The Terrace at Trump – Trump International – Chicago
This outside rooftop bar has fantastic views of Chicago, the Terrace is located at Trump International hotel, enjoy high quality service and outside dining with a view to remember.
Thompson Roof Bar – Toronto, Canada
With impressive 360 degree views right over Toronto this bar is a firm favourite for people visiting the city, take a swim in the infinity pool during the day and have some drinks over looking the skyline at night. The Thomson hotel that sits below the bar is available to stay in throughout the year.
Cloud 23 – Hilton – Manchester, UK
Home of the world’s best known football club Manchester United the city of Manchester in the UK has a range of great bars but there is only one with a view like that you get at Cloud 23 in the Hilton hotel, as the name suggests it’s located on the 23rd floor which is around halfway up the tower, the floors up to the skybar are part of the Hilton hotel the floors above are flats.
We’d love to know which you’d most like to visit or if you have visited any that need to be added to this list.