In the last decade, rooftop bars have become a common commodity in many capital cities and tourist hotspots, each tied to a specific individual theme that represents the country they exist in and the unique creativity of the owner. With so much on offer, it’s difficult to narrow down your favourites or a lift of ideal rooftop bars you’d like to visit, so I’m here to help. I’ve been a total buff for rooftops bars in the world for the better part of the last decade and I’ve also had the honour of visiting more than 100 countries around the world.
Based on my understanding of what makes a great rooftop bar, I have put together a list that displays the very best of what the world has to offer in all its glory. This list includes rooftops bars for those looking to party, those who want to relax after a long day exploring the city, and even those who want to experience a little bit of both. I even have options on the list that would be perfect for families and large groups, so rest assured that I have thought of everyone, with this list!
So why not sit back and relax as you read through a list that has the potential to inspire an impromptu trip, and take in the best of what the world has to offer?
Located on the 63rd floor of the Lebua at State Tower Hotel, the Sky Bar in Bangkok is one of the world’s highest open-air bars, situated a hair raising 820 feet in the air.
As if this wasn’t impressive enough, the bar also had a starring role in the popular Hollywood film ‘The Hangover Part 2’. In homage to this, one of their signature cocktails is called a Hangovertini, a mix created by the bar’s mixologists specifically for the cast of the show that has since become a staple among guests.
If you aren’t interested in the famous attributes of this bar, the Sky Bar still has plenty to offer you. With an exuberant décor, full of neon LED lights and a great atmosphere, you are bound to feel relaxed while enjoying one of the signature cocktails. From 820 feet in the air, you will also get to experience the best view of Bangkok, the city has to offer.
Cerise is one of the newer rooftop bars on this list, situated 26 floors up on top of the Virgin Hotel in Chicago. With energy, music and opportunities to shove off your best moves, this rooftop is perfect for those who want to dance the night away in the company of their nearest and dearest.
In addition to a wide selection of drinks, including cocktails, wine, beer and champagne, you can also purchase a number of quick bar bites to fix your hunger cravings. With everything you need in one place, there’s no chance you’ll be leaving this rooftop before closing!
There is also an events calendar for Cerise on their website, so be sure to keep an eye out for the latest DJs and events. We’re sure you’ll find something you love in no time! Interested in rooftops in Chicago? Check out this awesome article on Chicago hotels with the best rooftop bars.
If you’re looking for a quiet escape in the otherwise bustling town of London, popping onto the roof of The Culpepper is the perfect option for you. Split between a greenhouse and their rooftop bar, you’ll get a sneak preview into the ingredients used to flavour many of the dishes served in the restaurant and pub located in the building below.
The same herbs from the greenhouse are used to create unique botanical cocktails on the rooftop bar, with selections including their signature Lemon-Thyme Ambrosia. If that’s not enough, why not use their herbs to make a signature cocktail of your own at one of their regular cocktail-making workshops?
You don’t have to know much about Hong Kong to know that rooftop bars are no commodity there, but there’s something special about Sevva that is sure to captivate the hearts of anyone who visits. With spectacular, 360 views of the city below, you will be able to take in popular sights including the HSBC Building and the Bank of China tower while sipping on a cocktail and enjoying a relaxing evening with your friends, partner, or family.
This is definitely an environment better suited towards those who are looking for someone to relax, as opposed to those who might be looking for something more party-centric. With warm, LED lighting, it allows you to leave the stress of busy days travelling behind you as you embrace the other side of Hong Kong culture.
Floor 17 in Amsterdam, located on the roof of the Ramada Apollo, is a captivating experience suitable for the whole family. The highest bar in the entire city, you will be able to take in the breath-taking views of the city from all angles, enjoying the Birdseye view of the rich agriculture below.
During the summer, Floor 17 is a popular location for cocktails and people-watching. There are also a number of regular events, including movie screenings, making this the perfect place to settle of an evening after a busy day exploring everything Amsterdam has to offer. In the winter, the rooftop is transformed into one of the world’s only rooftop ice skating rinks, with generous servings of hot chocolate to warm you up afterwards.
As its name suggests, the L’Oiseau Blanc rooftop bar represents the romance and light of the famous city perfectly. Centrally situated, you will able to see popular monuments, including the Eiffel Tower and Paris’ framed rooftops while enjoying one of their popular cocktails.
This rooftop bar is vintage-themed, with cocktails named after famous pilots like Charles Nungesser and Francis Coli, who attempted the first transatlantic flight between Paris and New York, allowing you to pay homage to the past while dreaming of the future. If you happen to get hungry, there is also the opportunity to splurge on a frame, five course meal for 165 euros. It’s extravagant, but not something you want to miss out on!