1 – The Dome, Lebua
BKK – Bangkok
For food and drink lovers, Lebua at State Tower is a must-visit every time you land in Bangkok. The Dome is home to a number of world-class restaurants and bars, each offering its own unique take on dining and nightlife. Sirocco, the world’s highest alfresco restaurant, offers stunning 360-degree views of the cityscape. Sky Bar is known for its inventive cocktails and sweeping Chao Phraya River views. Chef’s Table serves the ultimate best of Thai cuisine. And Alfresco 64-A Chivas bar is the highest outdoor whisky bar in the world, located on the 64th floor! The Dome literally covers all grounds to sip, savor, and soak in Bangkok’s vibrant nightlife.
2 – Granada Restaurant & Pub
HRG – Hurghada
Nestled right on the edge of the red sea, Granada Restaurant & Pub offers glorious seaside views and a delicious menu full of exotic dishes, including Middle Eastern favorites like hummus and falafel. The laid-back atmosphere is perfect for enjoying a leisurely meal with the crew. However, this premium rooftop experience doesn’t skimp on its Wine and Shisha menus. You get to choose from an expansive list of reds, whites, and imports, while Shisha flavors are countless. And don’t forget to try one of their signature cocktails on your next layover in Hurghada!
3 – Sugar Bar
MIA – Miami
Although Sugar has a secluded vibe, it’s not a hidden gem; it is swarmed with people during peak hours. But once you’re inside, you know that the wait was totally worth it. The dim lighting, cozy atmosphere, Miami skyline views, and the turned-up music concoct the recipe of an ideal place to unwind after a hectic flying schedule. And when it comes to the brews and the crafts, their Lychee Blossom is not to be missed. This delicious vodka, sake, and lychee cocktail is a truly unique flavor you wouldn’t easily find anywhere else. But if tequila is more your style, be sure to try the Passion Fruit Margarita.
4 – The Pulitzer Terrace
BCN – Barcelona
While plenty of elevated vantage points offer views of Barcelona spires, statues, and sculptures, few offer the unique perspective from the Pulitzer Terrace. The terrace is an amalgamation of breathtaking views and a cool, trendy rooftop bar featuring some of the best EDM DJs. On top of that, it is also a pioneer in Aperol Spritz, along with a vast wine and brew list. And if that’s not enough, you can even taste some of the most delicious barbecue dishes by chef Olly Melhuish. With so much to offer, the terrace should have a spot reserved the next time you land in Barcelona.
5 – Zephyr
SYD – Sydney
Located on the top floor of the Hyatt Regency, Sydney, Zephyr offers spectacular views of Darling Harbour and the city skyline. The luxurious setting is inspired by nautical themes, with dark wood furnishings and blue accents creating a chic space. Watch the sunset over the harbor or soak up the twinkling city lights; Zephyr is always at your service. Literally Sydney’s “top” spot, it offers unimaginable cocktail concoctions and share plates! Charcuterie, Wagyu beef sliders, lobster popcorn, and decadent desserts, the list goes on, so if you have a layover in Sydney, Zephyr is all braced up to tantalize every taste bud.
6 – Chinchilla Rooftop Cafe & Bar
CPT – Cape Town
Chinchilla is meant for relaxing and soaking up the sun. Its laid-back vibe and stunning resort-chic setting make it one of the most popular spots in Cape Town. And the rotating cast of live DJs keeps things lively. After spending your day on the beach, cool yourself off with an appetizing glass of crisp white wine that perfectly complements the warm, sunny weather. And with their seafood-centric menu rife with prawns, mussels, oysters, and crayfish, cooked to perfection, your wine will never be lonely. But make sure not to miss their famous fries the next time you land in Cape Town!
7 – Folly Rooftop
DXB – Dubai
Visiting Dubai and missing out on Folly is the biggest folly anyone can commit. As soon as you step foot in Folly, you’re enveloped in a warm, friendly atmosphere. The chic yet casual vibe is perfect for a night out with the crew. One of the best spots for sundowners, it offers the most beautiful sunset over the cityscape. Combine that with a cocktail in hand, and there is nothing like it. Their extensive cocktail menu features creative concoctions that are sure to please, and the wine list offers something for everyone. But the real showstopper is the folly pop – delicious ice lollies made with fresh fruit and your choice of spirits! The perfect way to cool down on a hot day.
8 – Deck Bar at Pestana Rio Atlantica
GIG – Rio de Janeiro
The Deck bar and pool at Pestana Rio Atlantica is one of its biggest attractions for party-goers. The rooftop pool offers sweeping views of Copacabana, and the parties here are the hottest in Brazil, with some of the biggest names in EDM performing. Of course, part of what makes the experience so enjoyable is their extensive food and drink menu. Main course options know no bounds, and champagnes, cocktails, vodkas, and whiskeys, are always in plenty. So add Deck Bar to your bucket list for your next layover in Rio because the place knows how to party!
9 – Sunset Grill & Bar
ISL – Istanbul
Sunset Grill & Bar, one of the most popular fine dining destinations in Istanbul, offers stunning views of the Bosphorus, Bosphorus Bridge, and Asian shoreline, thanks to its hilltop location below Ulus Park. Their menu is a delicious glimpse into the traditional Turkish, Mediterranean, and Japanese cuisines, with ample seafood specialties and vegetarian options. And to go with this highly-curated feast, the bar offers an extensive selection of the finest wines from around the world. So, to experience the true magic of Istanbul, make sure you visit Sunset Grill & Bar on your next layover.
10 – The Churchill
AKL – Auckland
The Churchill, on the 20th floor of the Four Points Hotel, is Auckland’s most luxurious rooftop gin and cocktail bar. The panoramic views completely live up to the bar’s “Gin with a View” tagline, while the expert mixologists create 200+ unique gin-based cocktails using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Along with an extensive drinks selection, they also offer a delicious and elegant shared plate style menu featuring succulent seafood and palate-tantalizing desserts, all prepared fresh in-house! So on your next layover in Aukland, visit The Churchill and see for yourself what all the hype is about!
11 – BAHR & Terrace
LIS – Lisbon
Lisbon is a city with plenty of character, with countless hilltop fortresses and winding cobbled streets. But its terraces are second to none. And even in this multitude, BAHR stands out. Located atop one of Lisbon’s tallest buildings Barrio Alto Hotel Restaurant, and thus called BAHR, the place offers unparalleled Tejo river views. Something about BAHR makes you want to slow down and enjoy life. The sun seems to shine just a bit brighter here as you enjoy a leisurely meal or a drink. With seasonal light dishes and a full cocktail selection, BAHR is a must-visit the next time you land in Lisbon. And if you’re lucky, you might even get to enjoy their excellent weekend brunch with a mimosa bar.
12 – Skyline Hanoi
HAN – Hanoi
Hanoi’s Old Quarter is one of the most atmospheric places in the city. However, if you really want to experience the Old Quarter at its best, head to Skyline Hanoi. Located on the 11th floor, Skyline Hanoi offers stunning 360-degree views. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Hoan Kiem Lake. And, of course, the food is just as excellent as the setting, with a menu featuring traditional Vietnamese cuisine, international favorites, and well-made cocktails. Cold beers and Wines go without saying to create an unforgettable experience.
13 – Perch
LAX – Los Angeles
Perch, a French-inspired rooftop bistro, offers unobstructed Downtown LA views, giving you the “floating through the LA skyline” feels. The place has multiple spaces, giving you beautiful views and rich experiences. The 15th-floor restaurant, bar & lounge lures you into royalty with authentic French antique-inspired furniture and detailed woodwork. Outside patios offer lush landscaping and bohemian vibes, while the 16th-floor rooftop lounge offers thoroughly beautiful LA Skyline views and stargazing opportunities. With its innovative cocktails, creative and ever-changing food menu, and stunning setting, Perch is all set to steal your breath away!
14 – Andaz Tokyo Rooftop Bar
NRT – Tokyo
Tokyo is a city of contrasts, where cutting-edge architecture stands alongside traditional temples and shrines. Andaz Tokyo’s rooftop is the best place to get enraptured by this contrast from 52 stories above. The stunning Tokyo Bay, the distant Odaiba island, and the iconic Tokyo Tower are all on display. And to top it all, the cocktails are equally impressive. The next time you land in Tokyo, make sure you go here and order the Personal Collins. It’s a truly unique blend of liquor, honey, and tea soda served in a truly unique crystal teapot in a truly unique setting.
15 – Hotel Raphael’s Roof Garden
FCO – Rome
The Roof Garden is the home to spectacular views of some of Rome’s most iconic landmarks. And it’s also the perfect spot to enjoy a peaceful moment amid the city’s hustle and bustle. Whether you are enjoying a glass of champagne at sunset or savoring a delicious meal, you will be mesmerized by Rome’s beauty. The menu features seasonal and organic ingredients, ensuring you enjoy the freshest and tastiest dishes possible. With its stunning views and tranquil atmosphere, the Roof Garden is sure to highlight your Rome layover.
16 – Aqua Spirit
LHR – London
Aqua Spirit is one of London’s most popular rooftop bars, and it’s easy to see why. Located just a short walk from Piccadilly Circus, in the heart of Soho, the bar offers simply stunning views and an incredibly chic atmosphere. Aqua Spirits is sure to raise your spirits on your next London layover by offering a wide variety of creative drinks, classic cocktails, and innovative concoctions. Complementing its cocktail list, a fine champagne and wine selection ensures you have a drink for each mood. And if you’re feeling hungry, small plates of sushi and sashimi are at your disposal.
17 – Trade Skybar
EZE – Buenos Aires
Towering high above the bustling streets of Buenos Aires, Trade Skybar’s leather booths and lime-green window seats lure sunset selfie-hunters to the nineteenth floor. Add Trade Skybar to your next Buenos Aires layover for a chance to soak up the River Plate, Puerto Madero, and the Obelisk views all at once. But that’s not all, as the consultant bartender López Davalos’ creative cocktails with complex flavor profiles surely surprise and delight even the most discerning palate.
18 – Cloud 9 Sky Bar & Lounge
PRG – Prague
Located on the top floor of a historic building in Prague, Cloud 9 Sky Bar & Lounge is not just perfect; it is the pioneer of true Skybars in the city. Magnificent Prague views, signature cocktails, and delicious hors d’oeuvres are just a few of its offerings. Its chic urban lounge-style vibe and unique atmosphere ensure you have an unforgettable time. At the same time, the DJ booth and a dance floor will definitely make you groove. With events and parties being commonplace, the bar will elevate you to cloud 9 the next time you have a layover in Prague.
19 – Le Perchoir Marais
CDG – Paris
Le Perchoir, one of the most popular spots in Paris, ensures a small wait, but the seventh-floor rooftop also provides views that are simply breathtaking. The atmosphere is cozy and unpretentious, the sunset is radiant, and the Eiffel Tower is glorious as the city lights come alive. With Dale DeGroff’s mixology at your service, you have little left to ask for. Using fresh ingredients and classic techniques, he produced Dark & Stormy. This must-try, refreshing, and well-balanced cocktail is just what you need on a hot summer day during your Paris layover.
20 – CÉ LA VI
SIN – Singapore
CÉ LA VI is French for “That’s just Life”, but this rooftop bar offers much more than “just” a bar. CÉ LA VI (cover picture) is undoubtedly one of the best rooftop bars in Singapore and probably the largest rooftop platform in the world. Ce La Vi is located on the 57th floor of the iconic Marina Bay Sands, about 200 meters high above the sea, and is shaped like a tall ship. The Marina Bay Sands Skypark platform is in fact curved and rests on 3 skyscrapers, which house the luxury Marina Bay Sands hotel.
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