Rooftop Bars

The 6 Best Rooftop Bars In The World

24 May 2018

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There’s something inexplicably glamourous about imbibing in a few drinks whilst gazing out over a jaw-dropping view of a cityscape. Rooftop bars across the world have forever enjoyed sky-high popularity, and here is often where you’ll find the city’s best bartenders as well; the glitzy lifestyle glimpsed through a night on the rooftops demands nothing but the best. Get dressed to the nines and prepare for drinks in the sky with these rooftop bars across the world.

Bangkok - CRU Champagne Bar

On top of the Centara Grand Hotel in Bangkok is where you’ll find the CRU Champagne Bar, providing one of the most astonishing vistas over the sci-fi cityscape of Thailand’s capital. Overlooking the impressive Chao Phraya River that snakes its way through the city, making up the menu at this classy venue is a tasty variety of G.H. Mumm Champagnes and cocktails. Everything goes here; from after work drinks to dancing the night away to DJs – dress nicely and enjoy the view.

Paris - Les Ombres

Catching a glimpse of one of the foremost landmarks in the world, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, is enough to tick off a box on many a bucket list. But to take it to the next level, there’s nowhere else other than the bar and restaurant Les Ombres. Its proximity to the Eiffel Tower ensures you’ll have front row seats for the numerous dazzling light shows, all whilst kicking back in a luxuriously comfortable setting and enjoying a glorious menu of drinks and food. The name translates to ‘the shadows’ which references the fact that the shadow of the Eiffel Tower is often cast over the terrace.

New York City - Bar SixtyFive at the Rainbow Room

What better place to start than the city of skyscrapers – New York. The skyline is one of the most known in the world and dotted throughout are any number of rooftop bars claiming their own unique share of the view. But standing tall above the rest is Bar SixtyFive, found at the famous and historic Rainbow Room venue. Officially New York City’s highest outdoor terrace bar, perched on the 65th floor of the famous Rockefeller Centre is where you’ll find this jewel, serving up some the finest cocktails and drinks. Book ahead to reserve your slice of the glittering Manhattan skyline.

London - Netfil360

This artful rooftop paradise is a rich timber wonderland, providing a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a few cocktails or beer in the elusive London sunshine. There are spectacular views back towards the city skyline, and the whole area doubles as a creative workspace, gallery, cinema, and gig space, so expect to find a London hipster or two crowding the space when the weather is good.

Sydney - The Brigade Rooftop

You don’t always have to travel far to find the best spots in the world, and sometimes it’s nice to just kick back for a few drinks and let the sun warm our weary bones. There’s no shortage of sunshine in Sydney, and there’s no shortage of rooftop bars either – and the Brigade Rooftop comes second to none when it comes to vistas of Sydney’s alluring skyline. Topping off bar and venue The Light Brigade is this jewel, offering up a tasty menu of casual al fresco food and delicious cocktails.

Tokyo – New York Bar

Jazz standards waft over this elegant lounge bar, made famous from its appearance in the film Lost in Translation. It does boast one of the greatest view over the neon-lit landscape that makes up Tokyo City, one of the most extensive and populated centres on the planet. A fine selection of whiskies is the draw card of the menu, and the atmosphere perfectly captures the bar’s namesake.

James Taylor

James Taylor is an Australian freelance writer who frequently finds himself wandering off into the unknown. Growing up on stories of his parents travelling around Europe in a kombi van inspired him to explore the world, and he has since lived in America, Spain and France. He is currently living on the frozen rock that is Iceland.