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Best Rooftop Bars Around the World

by Jessica Padykula

There’s something almost magical about sipping a drink from up high, staring out at a stunning view—hence the timeless appeal of the rooftop bar. Thirsty? Here are nine rooftop bars worth getting into an elevator for.

Aer (Mumbai, India)
hotel rooftop bar in Mumbai

Credit: Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai

Dining with a spectacular view is the name of the game at Aer, Mumbai’s highest rooftop bar. Covering the entire roof of the Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai, the 34th-floor open-air lounge offers guests the chance to sip a cocktail and dine high above the bustling streets of Worli. You can visit Aer year round (yes, even during the famous monsoon season). A canopy and windscreen keep visitors dry during that perpetually wet time of year.

The Press Lounge (New York, New York)
Hotel rooftop view

Credit: Ink48 Hotel

If it’s panoramic views of Manhattan you’re looking for, then The Press Lounge atop the Ink48 Hotel is the place to be in New York. The sleek space combines unobstructed views of Manhattan and the Hudson with creative cocktails and seasonally inspired small plates. Opened in 2010, the bar quickly became recognized as one of the best rooftop bars in the city. In the same year, New York Magazine recognized it as New York’s “Top New Rooftop Bar” and ABC News.com rated it as one of the top 22 rooftops in the world.

Estrella Azul (Puerto Vallarta/Manzanillo, Mexico)
Chaise lounges on hotel rooftop

Credit: Las Alamandas

Estrella Azul, or the “Blue Star, ” is the open-air, rooftop bar-lounge of Mexican resort Las Alamandas, located mid-way between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. Decorated in shades of, you guessed it—blue—the chic and cheerful bar offers cocktails, colourful sunsets and expansive views over the Pacific. Thanks to Las Alamandas’ location on a private nature reserve, there are virtually no lights in the area, making Estrella Azul the perfect spot for stargazing as you sip cocktails made from whatever ripe, seasonal fruits are available from the resort’s own organic gardens and orchards.

Sky Beach Rooftop Beach and Lounge (Maho, St. Maarten)
Lounges on hotel rooftop

Credit: Sky Beach

Reluctant to leave the beach once the sun goes down? Sky Beach Rooftop Beach and Lounge in St. Maarten makes it easy to feel like you never left the sand. Located in the lively area of Maho, a short flight of stairs leads the way to a rooftop bar with sand floors, Tiki-style private cabanas, beach beds for romantic lounging and great views of the hills and water surrounding St. Maarten.

Sol Luna (South Walton, Florida)
hotel rooftop bar

Credit: Pearl Hotel

Located at the Pearl Hotel, an ultra-luxury boutique hotel in South Walton, Florida, rooftop bar Sol Luna overlooks the white-sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the hotel’s cabana/pool area on the other. The stylish yet laid back space is the ideal spot to catch the sunset while enjoying a creative cocktail.

La Terrazza at Hotel Continentale (Florence, Italy)
hotel rooftop in Italy

Credit: Hotel Continentale

Views of some of the best known masterpieces of Florence, such as Brunelleschi’s dome, Giotto’s bell tower and Ponte Vecchio can be had at La Terrazza at Hotel Continentale. Guests can take in the sun setting over Florence, while enjoying cocktails inspired by Italian classics, including the Negroni (originally created right in Florence). The ride up to the bar is an experience in its own right, with a new interactive iPad inside the elevator that allows guests to take photos of themselves on the trip up. Hello, new Facebook profile picture.

Reflections (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Hotel rooftop patio

Credit: Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Reflections at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver is situated within the inner courtyard of the hotel’s fourth floor. Infinity water features, a central fire pit, VIP private cabanas, oversized teak couches and illuminating lanterns create a relaxing environment for guests looking for an urban escape with a view. The menu includes a wine list with an emphasis on boutique B.C. wines and house-made bitters, fresh citrus and herbs make their way into vintage and original cocktails. Chilly nights are tempered with heaters and warm blankets.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge (Portland, Oregon)
Hotel rooftop patio

Credit: Departure

Sexy, chic and modern, indoor/outdoor Departure is one of Portland, Oregon’s only rooftop restaurants and lounges. Chef Gregory Gourdet creates contemporary Asian cuisine using traditional techniques, and the comprehensive drinks menu offers a variety of wines, the largest hand-crafted sake selection in Portland, and signature drinks crafted with exotic fruits.

The Rooftop Bar (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Hotel rooftop bar

Credit: The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya

The Rooftop Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya in Tel Aviv sits 12 storeys up overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. If that’s not enough eye candy for one evening, once you’re up there, cocktail in hand, you’re greeted with a 360-degree view that showcases the Tel-Aviv and Jaffa coastline with a beautiful backdrop of the largest marina in Israel.