25 Bars with Jaw-Dropping Views Slideshow
July 2, 2013
Come for the cocktails, stay for the view
25. Roof Garden at The Peninsula, Beverly Hills, Calif.
The renowned roof garden at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., is situated upstairs next to the Peninsula Spa and showcases healthy cuisine created from local, organic produce. The menu is vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly and the bar offers tasty cocktails and live music in the evenings.
24. Sushi Samba, London
Sushi Samba London is located on the 38th and 39th floor of the Heron Building, and boasts two outdoor terraces that have beautiful views of the city. The menu is a mix of Brazilian-, Japanese-, and Peruvian-inspired dishes such as the Moqueca Mista with shrimp, South Coast white ﬁsh, squid, coconut milk, roasted cashews, dendê oil and chimichurri rice. Try creative drinks such as the Pablo Piscobar, which combines Peruvian pisco with Japanese yuzu for a truly different type of cocktail experience.
23. Time Out Bar, Moscow
The Time Out Bar in Moscow is run by Alexander Kan, the well-known chief barman of several Moscow restaurants. Situated in the tower part of the Peking Hotel on the 13th floor, this bar is famous for its inventive cocktails. This summer the hotel will open a new terrace restaurant, located on the balcony of 12th floor, in conjunction with the bar so guests can sip and dine together.
22. Terrace at the CONDESA df, Mexico City
The CONDESA df hotel is located in Mexico City’s trendy Condesa neighborhood. The rooftop that offers views of Chapultepec Castle and España Park has a very relaxed feel, offering guests a space to lounge and enjoy their day or night on communal sofas or daybeds. They can also nosh on bites from an extensive sushi menu and pair the meal with a creative cocktail or a local wine from the wine list.
21. Rooftop Lounge at the Thompson Toronto, Toronto
The Rooftop Lounge at the Thompson Toronto can be enjoyed both during the day and at night. During the day guests can sit poolside and in the evening they can relax in the pool cabanas while enjoying views of Toronto’s skyline and Lake Ontario. The menu includes a barrel-aged cocktail list with drinks like the Lavender Sidecar, made with Hennessey Black, triple sec, lavender, bitters, and lemon. For small bites, the menu includes the Montreal smoked brisket sandwich and crispy calamari.
20. SkyLounge, Atlanta
The Sky Lounge in the Glenn Hotel has the city’s best views, fitting, as it was the first rooftop lounge in Atlanta. Before heading up to the bar, patrons can dine at Glenn’s Kitchen and when they make their way up to the roof, they can choose from the innovative cocktail menu. While gazing at the sensational scenes of downtown Atlanta, guests can also enjoy music from the house DJ.
19. NoMI Lounge, Chicago
Located on top of the Park Hyatt Chicago is the NoMI Lounge. The restaurant has a Michelin star and an outstanding seasonal menu that has tourists and locals alike flocking to its tables to eat, sip, and see and be seen. For nibbles, NoMI has an extensive raw bar as well as sushi platters for groups along with cheese and charcuterie platters. The 11th Hour cocktail is quite impressive as well, made with Flor de Caña four-year rum, lime, honey, dry curaçao, amaro abano, and prosecco.
18. Birreria in Eataly, New York City
Rooftop bar Birreria was the brainchild of restaurateurs Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich as part of Eataly, their Italian mega-market in New York City. The rooftop boasts a brewery on premises where Peter Hepp is brewing unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally carbonated cask ales. But don't worry wine lovers — wine is not forgotten on the rooftop, which has views of the Empire State Building. For a refreshing sip, patrons may enjoy the Bastianich Rosé on a hot summer evening. There is also a delicious food menu, offering items like a sandwich of apricot-braised pork shoulder and grilled lamb chops with fried artichokes, alongside a large selection of salumi and cheese.
17. 360 Wine Bar and Lounge, Innsbruck, Austria
For a perfect après-ski drink, look no further than the 360 Wine Bar and Lounge in Innsbruck, Austria. With outstanding views of the Austrian Alps, the bar is known for its excellent wine selection and is a perfect respite from the cold outdoors. As for the wine list, try the house white cuvée, made specifically for 360 by the Hiedler winery in Kamptal.
16. The Roof — ME Madrid, Madrid
When in the bustling city of Madrid, a trip to The Roof at the ME Madrid Reina Victoria Hotel is in order. The rooftop bar, where guests can take in the sights and listen to some of the city’s best music, can only be accessed by a private elevator. The bar has a lounge area for cocktails but also has a separate VIP area for the ultimate experience. The signature drink of the house is the ME Mojito, made with Ketel One Vodka, Crème de Cassis, champagne, simple syrup, lemon juice, white sugar, lime, and mint leaves.
15. Vue Bar, Shanghai
The Vue Bar in the Hyatt in Shanghai takes over two levels of the hotel, on the 32nd and 33rd floors. Guests can stare out onto both sides of the Huangpu River — the Bund on the Puxi side and the skyline of the Lujiazui area on the Pudong side. The 32nd floor boasts a comprehensive selection of refined champagnes while the 33rd floor is an open-air terrace featuring daybed seating as well as a whirlpool bath.
14. 360 Degrees, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The 360 Degree bar at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel is located at the end of the marina walkway. The bar is known as one of the best bars in Dubai, and attracts guest DJs like Hernan Cattaneo, Spirit Catcher, and Milton Jackson to spin music for guests looking to dance all night. The bar serves light snacks and has an extensive cocktail list. The bar offers a view of both the city and the water. On Sundays, the hotel offers a drink and appetizer combo in addition to daily happy hour specials.
13. The Glenmore, Sydney
If you’re a little peckish but also in the mood to take in sweeping views of the Sydney Harbor and the Opera House, look no further than The Glenmore at The Rocks. The rooftop has a special dining menu that includes mouthwatering items like chorizo potato hash, the Glenmore hot dog, and teriyaki salmon tacos. With a full bar, an impressive wine list, and creative cocktails, this place is a must-visit when traveling Down Under. Rooftop fans also have the option of ordering "jugs" of cocktails for the table. Try the sangria or the Rooftop Royale, made with Chambord, vodka, and fresh summer fruits, topped with pineapple juice and lemonade.
12. KosyBar, Marrakech, Morocco
This elegant rooftop bar’s menu is prepared daily by Japanese chef Nao Tamaki. Guests dining on the terrace can join their friends or colleagues for light lunch fare such as an assortment of Moroccan salads, or for a more elaborate meal like a traditional tagine in the evening. The bar boasts live music in a warm atmosphere with views of the city in the old Jewish area of Mellah.
11. Vertigo and Moon Bar, Bangkok
Vertigo and Moon Bar, located on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel in Bangkok, is known for its exquisite steak and seafood menu, as well as its breathtaking views. Signature dishes for the bar include roasted snow fish with warn capers, olive vinaigrette, and roasted butternut squash, as well as the Wagyu tenderloin served with bone marrow, grilled sweet cherry tomato, and sautéed mushrooms. The cocktail list also boasts a Vertigo Sunset made with Malibu, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and lime juice.
10. Skye Restaurant & Bar, São Paulo
Skye Restaurant & Bar is on top of São Paulo's Hotel Unique. At the center of the rooftop is Skye’s crimson red pool with an underwater sound system and lounge area. While enjoying cocktails and music, guests have views of Ibirapuera Park and the entire São Paulo skyline. Chef Emmanuel Bassoleil has designed menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that are a mix of Brazilian, French, Italian, and Japanese cuisines, as well as a top-notch cocktail menu.
9. Aer, Mumbai, India
Aer in the Four Seasons is the highest rooftop bar in Mumbai; the 34th-floor open-air lounge has incredible views of the bustling streets of Worli. The menu is first-class, with international tapas and an impressive Sunset Happy Hour menu. Small bites that can be ordered include crispy semolina calamari, whiskey-smoked salmon, and an eggless chocolate dessert with white, milk, and dark chocolate. All glasses of champagne and cocktails are half price for those dining during happy hour.
8. Press Lounge, New York City
On top of the Ink48 Hotel is The Press Lounge, arguably one of New York City’s finest rooftop bars. Located on 11th Avenue on the West Side of Manhattan, the Press Lounge’s main focal point is a long sleek pool with casual tables and chairs where guests can take in the Manhattan skyline. The menu is artfully crafted, as the lounge is the sister venue to PRINT Restaurant, and offers menu items that include salami, cheese, and marinated olives. The cocktail menu changes seasonally.
7. Ozone Bar, Hong Kong
The Ozone Bar in Hong Kong has the supreme designation of being the highest bar in the world, perched on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton. By the time you arrive at your destination high in the sky, pull up a stool to try the bar’s innovative cocktail menu and Asian tapas. One particular cocktail named the Edel includes St. Germain, lemon juice, and champagne, which pairs well with Yari Ika squid with mizuna, and coconut foam. Ozone offers a skyline Sunday brunch with an elaborate menu that spans eggs, champagne cocktails, and seasonal seafood.
6. Dos Cielos, Barcelona
The bar and restaurant located on the 24th floor of the Meliá Barcelona Sky Hotel offers tantalizing views of the artistic city in Barcelona's Sant Martí neighborhood. The Michelin-starred Dos Cielos Restaurant on the 24th floor brings together some of the city’s most innovative cuisine with the area's amazing views. Attached to the restaurant is the Dos Cielos terrace, offering a chance to sample some of the restaurant’s top-of-the-line dishes in an open-air setting.
5. Terrace at Hotel Raphael, Rome
Hotel Raphael’s rooftop garden has a multi-level terrace that allows guests to see the very best of the Eternal City. The hotel, only a few steps from the Piazza Navona, has views of the Pantheon and Piazza di Spagna, among other beautiful structures. The menu consists of vegetarian and fish specialties such as vegetarian lasagna and mackerel fillet with breadcrumbs, oregano, capers, and mashed potatoes. To accompany your meal (and the view), select a glass of your favorite varietal from the extensive wine list.
4. GB Roof Garden, Athens
The Hotel Grande Bretagne in the ancient city of Athens is the home to the GB Roof Garden, a beautiful rooftop with views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. The chef de cuisine Asterios Koustoudis has created a traditional Mediterranean menu and the sommelier, Evangelos Psofidis, has crafted a wine list that showcases the best of the region. This space also boasts two bars, one indoor and one outdoor, for guests to take in the romantic ambience.
3. Breeze, Singapore
Perched atop The Scarlet, a boutique hotel in Singapore, is Breeze, a rooftop bar destination. The alfresco seafood bar has panoramic views of Ann Siang Hill in Chinatown. A specialty on the menu is the Breeze platter, which includes portabella pizzettes, tuna bruschetta, blue mussels in a spicy coconut lemongrass broth, and a "fruits from the garden" salad. Specialties drinks of the bar include the Singapore Sling, the passion fruit martini, and the Cosmolito.
2. 360 Istanbul, Istanbul
In this authentic rooftop bar and restaurant, diners can taste authentic Turkish cuisine with an international twist while overlooking the old embassy row in Beyoglu. Guests can dine on a variety of dishes including fillet of dorade in vine leaves and slow-roasted cherry duck. Peruse the extensive Turkish wine list and settle on a bottle just in time to take in the magnificent view of the steeple of St. Antoine’s Church, the Bosporus Strait, the Hagia Sophia, and the Sea of Marmara.
1. Rock Bar, Bali, Indonesia
Bali has always been known for its romantic views of crystal-clear blue waters. At the Anaya Resort and Spa, you can take in one of the most breathtaking views of all while sipping on a high-end, artfully crafted cocktail. Rock Bar has a variety of cocktails, ranging from the classic margarita to the adventurous Toblerone cocktail that includes Baileys, Kahlúa, crème de cacao brown, Frangelico, and cream. But it's not just drinks you can enjoy while staring at the ocean — the small bites menu boasts items like chilled soba noodles, spring rolls, and beef chorizo corn dogs.