A tasty beverage is one thing, the right atmosphere is another. Both together can make for a perfect evening. And what is more beautiful than having a drink in hand with either the whole city or the ocean in view?
It’s possible at these spectacular rooftop bars:
- Flair, Shanghai
- Heaven’s Nest, Hamburg
- Rock Bar, Bali
- Shangri La, Paris / Sydney
- Sky Bar, Bangkok
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Shanghai’s Pudong district is a luxurious address itself, but Flair on the 58th floor will take your breath away. The spectacular view extends for miles across to the Pearl Tower and the Bund which is the waterfront on the Huangpu River and a major tourist attraction. If you manage to find a spot before nightfall, you’ll get to see how the skyline is completely transformed as the lights begin to flicker.
Heaven’s Nest, Hamburg
Heaven’s Nest is located on the roof of Clouds restaurant at the beginning of the German port city’s famous Reeperbahn. Spanning 235 square metres, the glass-enclosed rooftop terrace on the 24th floor has enough space to enjoy the panoramic views that extend far beyond the hip St. Pauli district. Depending on the night, you’ll experience both boisterous rooftop parties with DJs and light shows, and after-work relaxing chill-out sound sessions.
Rock Bar, Bali
Perhaps Rooftop is the wrong word for this venue, ‘rocktop’ is better. The Ayana Resort and Spa’s Rock Bar on the Indonesian island of Bali was built on a rock which is located directly on the Indian Ocean coastline. A unique sunset is waiting for you 14 metres up. And after nightfall the bar boasts tasty drinks, and hopping DJs.
Shangri La, Paris/Syndey
If you’re ever on a romantic trip to Paris, take your other half to the Shangri La. They will thank you forever. Get a place on one of the sofas on the 100 square metre roof terrace of the Palace Hotel, and you can enjoy spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower. Another rooftop bar from this hotel chain is located at the other end of the world in Sydney. This is no less spectacular: the harbour and the famous Opera House are virtually at your feet.
Sky Bar, Bangkok
Thailand is home to many impressive rooftop bars, but none come close to the Sky Bar at Sirocco restaurant in the Lebua hotel. The producers of cinema success The Hangover Part II even used the bar on the 63rd floor, 230 metres above the roofs of the capital, as a filming location. The Hollywood hit was the inspiration for a specially created cocktail of brandy, green tea, apple juice and Martini Rosso.