Rooftop bars are undisputedly the coolest hangouts on the planet. There’s something about drinking on a secluded rooftop that beats drinking on the ground. Fancy first class cocktails, incredible views, stylish decor and a setting that’s close to the clouds. What more could you ask for?
From the coves of Croatia to the lights of Bangkok, we’ve carefully selected some of the world’s best rooftop bars based on their fantastic views, superb beverages and cool interiors. So, come and join us for a starlight viewing as we count down our favourites.
Sky Bar Tower Club at Lebua – Bangkok, Thailand
If you’re looking for an elevated bar, Bangkok is the place to be. As the sky bar capital of the world, this city has plenty to choose from. But our pick has to be Sky Bar at Lebua Hotel. Suspended 63 floors up, this hangout will take your drinking experience to new heights with its spectacular views, colour-changing bar and open-air seating.
And if you think this hotel looks familiar, that’s because it is. In fact, Lebua Hotel was one of the shooting locations for the hit film, The Hangover Part II.
Images courtesy of Sky Bar Tower Club at Lebua
Kosybar – Marrakech, Morocco
In true Moroccan style, Kosybar offers a homely and relaxing atmosphere. With its low-slung sofas and warm decor, this is the best place to chill out after a day spent wandering the Medina’s busy souks. This sun-spot-meets-star-spot places its guests under the beautiful Moroccan moon surrounded by shimmering candlelight. And if you’re a bird lover you have the best seat in Marrakech as the bar faces the Medina walls where you can watch storks building their nests while you sip the night away.
The Top Bar at Adriana Hotel – Hvar, Croatia
Tucked away inside the ancient town of Hvar is the super stylish Top Bar. Located in the boutique Adriana hotel, visitors can take in views of Hvar’s beautiful bay, impressive harbour and terracotta roofs while they sink into luxurious low sofas and sample some of Croatia’s finest beverages.
Images courtesy of Top Bar at Adriana Hotel
Franco’s Bar – Santorini, Greece
Celebrated for its breathtaking sunsets, Santorini has a number of bars which claim to be the best, but which spot really is the greatest? For us, it has to be Franco’s Bar in Fira. This close to the caldera bar offers a view like no other on the island, and for this reason, it remains one of Santorini’s most visited attractions. Each night the bar fills with
Each night the bar fills with jetsetters and locals who take to Franco’s rooftop terrace to witness the spectacle that is Santorini’s sunset. And if you want a taste of the high life don’t forget to order the bar’s signature Champagne cocktail. This drink is the perfect start to any evening.
Lindos By Night – Rhodes, Greece
Nowhere has rooftop bars quite like Greece and the small village of Lindos is no exception. Tucked away inside a maze of cobbled streets is Lindos By Night. This terrace is the best in town and of course offers the best views of Lindos at night. With its tropical feel and green mood lighting, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a rainforest in Brazil until you turn your head and catch a glimpse of the beautifully lit acropolis. Lindos By Night we are awestruck.
Uptown Bar at Jumeirah Beach Hotel – Dubai
Being afraid of heights isn’t an option in Dubai. This sky scraper-lined horizon has some of the swankiest raised bars you’ll ever set foot in. Elevated 24 floors up in the Jumeirah Beach Hotel is Uptown Bar. This surreal setting overlooks Burj Al Arab and the city’s magical skyline. Not a bad view, right?
Depending on your plans for the evening, Uptown Bar offers a range of beverages from aperitifs to relaxation drinks and post-dinner tipples, so take your pick.
AVA lounge bar – New York
Take to the skies this year and sit amongst New York’s made-for-the-movies skyline at AVA lounge bar. When it comes to views they don’t get much better than this! This Instagram-worthy location overlooks the Hudson River and Times Square, two of New York’s biggest attractions, so make sure you take plenty of city snaps.
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