View from the Top: Five of the Best Rooftop Bars Around the World

Everyone knows that the view from the top is always best.

Thousands of rooftops around the world have been converted into hip hangouts – where panoramic views of the city evoke the senses of sound, sight and taste. Live music, fire pits, top-shelf cocktails and fine cuisine at these swanky bars are enough to make even the most well-traveled individual swoon.

With so many well-designed places to take in a breathtaking sunset or a moonlit escapade beneath the stars, there doesn’t seem to be enough time to indulge in them all!

Whether you are in the mood for a romantic night out, an unforgettable view of the skyline or you simply want to kick your feet up and enjoy a premium single malt whisky with a few of your friends, we have found five of the most thoughtfully designed rooftop bars to chill-out.

1. Above 6 at The Thompson Hotel, New York City
Nestled within Columbus Circle in Midtown Manhattan, Above 6, is open to the public, as long as you have a reservation. Otherwise, in order to treat yourself to a private sunset at this chic getaway you’d have to be a handpicked celebrity or a guest of the hotel.

Featuring a retractable roof, this signature rooftop bar can be enjoyed no matter what the weather outside. Created for its distinguished clientele, the Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill is sure to cure any late-night cravings you may have after grabbing after work cocktails.

2. Aer at the Four Seasons, Mumbai
This lounge covers the entire roof of the 34th floor atop the new Four Seasons Hotel. With panoramic views of the city and the ocean, it is Mumbai’s highest rooftop bar.

We can’t think of a  better place to take in the lively streets of Worli than at this open-air lounge with a cocktail in hand. The hotel’s extended Sunset Happy Hour menu offers all cocktails at half price. A perfect reason to make your night out on the town last a bit longer.

3. OZONE at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
Interested in getting toasty in the highest bar atop the world’s tallest hotel? Well, OZONE is where you want to be. This lounge has been a banker and broker paradise since its inception and offers spectacular views of the city from its 118th floor outdoor terrace.

4. Sky Bar at Hotel Lebua, Bangkok
Do you remember watching The Hangover II? The Sky Bar was the backdrop for a few scenes, which were shot from its circular neon bar. Perched on the 63rd floor, next to one of the best Thai restaurants in the world, this bar sits 650 feet above Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River.  A varying array of some of the finest beverages coupled with an unforgettable view, makes the Sky Bar the sweetest bar in all of Bangkok.

5. Sky Blue at Sky Lodge, Park City, Utah
Winter is still here! Which means you’ll probably want to viit Sky Blue at the Sky Lodge. Where else can you get a pool table in your hotel suite? Radiant-heated floors and an over-sized hot tub near the bar make this place the ideal spot to blow off that hangover before you hit the slopes.

The resort has ski-in/ski-out access to Park City Mountain Resort, one of the U.S.A.’s best.

As long as you’re not afraid of heights, there will always be a perfectly-blended cocktail ready-and-waiting.