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TOP 18 ROOFTOP VENUES AND BARS IN THE WORLD – OUTSIDE EUROPE
Vertigo Rooftop Restaurant – Bangkok, Thailand
To find our favourite rooftop bar and restaurant in Bangkok, we based our decision on the overall experience by following three deciding factors: value for money, the stuffiness of clientele, and, of course, the views from above, as each can make or break the rooftop experience. And for us, the Vertigo Rooftop Restaurant and Moonbar at Banyan Tree Hotel came out easily on top. It offers set menus to ensure the wallet doesn’t take a hammering. The clientele and atmosphere are surprisingly relaxed, and the views from above are just phenomenal. This is much to do with the layout of the rooftop bar, where tiered levels allow even diners in the middle table to have views out over the city. So, while we weren’t actually the closest table to the building edge, it felt like we were because the table next to us was also on a level beneath.
Allan Wilson blogs at Live Less Ordinary.
Level 23 Wine Bar – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The Level 23 Wine Bar is located within the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It offers a 180-degree view of downtown, including views over the old colonial area as well as the modern skyscrapers such as the Bitexco Financial Tower. Popular with locals after work, it is one of the city’s highest rooftop venues and is a great place for a cocktail or glass of wine. We went in the evening and really enjoyed the sunset and evening views from here and being able to see the buildings lit up at night. If you are looking for more great bars in the city, check out our guide to the top rooftop bars in Ho Chi Minh City which covers 10 of the city’s best locations.
Jessica Norah blogs at Independent Travel Cats.
Café France – Marrakech, Morocco
There’s no doubt that the main attraction to visit in Marrakech is the Djemma el Fna Square, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The intense life and the magical atmosphere of this square amaze all travelers, and the best way to enjoy this “cultural spectacle” is from a roof terrace at sunset. Our favorite place to do so is the terrace in Café France, which provides you with a fascinating view of the square. The café has also a restaurant section if you plan to have dinner. If you sit down in the roof terrace with a cup of tea around sunset, you will see how the ambiance changes when the daily vendors leave and the square becomes illuminated by the lights of many small local restaurants.
Gábor Kovács blogs at Surfing the Planet.
Coco Cabana Bar & Bistro – Penang, Malaysia
The Coco Cabana Bar & Bistro is a rooftop bar on top of the Komtar Building in Penang, Malaysia. The sunset views of the ocean, city and mountains are absolutely spectacular. It’s one of the most beautiful and relaxing rooftop venues in Georgetown.
If you dare, you can even walk out onto the Rainbow Skywalk, a transparent glass walkway that lets you look down at the city lights and traffic far beneath your feet.
Maire Bonheim blogs at Temples and Treehouses.
Flair Rooftop Restaurant – Shanghai, China
Grab a drink at Flair Rooftop Restaurant and Bar on the top floor of the Ritz Carlton Shanghai, or as I prefer to call it “the touch the pearl bar.” This bar is as close as you can get to the top orb of Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower. The drinks are good and come served with a complimentary plate of dried savouries, including masterfully crunchy and light whole, dried okra pieces. But the real pièce de résistance is the view, and as such a table here is just to hold your glass whilst you spend most of your time out on the balcony vying for the best shot of the space-age looking TV tower in all its multicoloured neon-lit splendour.
Erin and Ryan blog at Downbubble.
The Refinery Hotel – New York City, United States
The Refinery Hotel in New York’s garment district is an old hat factory converted into a luxury boutique hotel. One of the hidden gems of the hotel is the year-round rooftop bar, the Refinery Rooftop. The bar’s outdoor patio has a view of the Empire State building, which is stunning most days but at night, it has the wow factor! The outdoor patio has stringed lights and fun summer patio furniture to enjoy with friends. The feeling is far from the chaos of New York. It’s a relaxing escape with an iconic view just steps away from Bryant Park. If you want a drink with a view of NYC that is low key and cool, then the Refinery Rooftop is for you. Truly one of the classic rooftop venues.
Suzanna Wolko blogs at PhilaTravelGirl.
Departure Restaurant – Portland, Oregon, United States
Departure Restaurant and Lounge in Portland Oregon has one of the best views in town. It has both indoor and outdoor seating that overlooks the Willamette River and Portland’s living room among many other landmarks. It’s a great spot for date night or happy hour with friends. Besides the view being amazing, even on a rainy afternoon, the food and drink are just as good.
Melissa Jones blogs at Roux Roamer.
Paradise Bar – Labuan Bajo, Indonesia
For most visitors, the tiny fishing town of Labuan Bajo is the main base for exploring Komodo National Park. We started our diving trip with the Dive Komodo Liveaboard Program in Labuan Bajo and stayed in the town for a few days.
On a nearby hillside, Paradise Bar offers the best view of the area. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the sunset, have an early dinner and sip on a Bir Bintang with your closest friends – all while watching as the sun slips down beyond the many islands in the distance.
After the sun disappears, the party continues in a nice, laid-back atmosphere in one of the coolest rooftop venues around.
Halef and Michael blog at The Round the World Guys.
The Charlee Rooftop – Medellin, Colombia
The Charlee Rooftop boasts the absolute best views of Medellin, Colombia without question. Being on top of the most chic hotel in the entire city, you know you are in for a treat as you enter the hotel lobby. Once you enter the bar, you are greeted with views towering over the city of hills and a pool right in the middle of the bar. During the day, you can see far past Medellin’s mountains and during the night the lights of the city show you how alive Medellin really is. The Charlee Rooftop is not to be missed on a trip to Colombia and South America!
Rachel Shulman blogs at From East to West at RMS.
Birreria – New York City, United States
Birreria, one of New York City’s best rooftop venues, is on 23rd Street in the Flatiron District of New York City, and has a lot of things going for it. First of all, it is on the rooftop of Eataly, one of the coolest food markets/restaurants in town where you can sample tasty Italian creations at various stands. The food market itself is a destination; the rooftop is a bonus. Second, the food is delicious with a specialty in seasonal selections. Lastly, the view of the historic and iconic Flatiron Building is as close as you can get other than being in the building itself.
Historical note: When the Flatiron Building was constructed in 1902 at the intersection of Broadway and 5th Avenue, it was the tallest structure in the city with 23 floors. New York City residents were convinced the building would topple over due to its height and avoided walking in its vicinity.
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Talek Nantes blogs at Travels with Talek.
Atlas Rooftop Bar & Lounge – Yangon, Myanmar
Atlas Rooftop Bar & Lounge is the best rooftop bar to visit in Yangon because unlike some other bars in the city, this one is less touristy. And, you don’t have to pay an entrance fee. It’s a great place to visit if you want to watch the sunset, even though it might not be that spectacular because of the pollution in the air. However, the best time comes after the sunset when you can see The Shwedagon Pagoda lit up at night. The cocktails at the bar are great, and they are served with free snacks.
Gabriela Muller blogs at Gabriela Here and There.
Heli Lounge Bar – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
There are numerous rooftop venues in Kuala Lumpur – usually fancy lounges packed with tourists and the local in-crowd. However, the Heli Lounge Bar is very different as it is located on a platform that serves as a fully-functional helipad by day. At 6 PM, the helipad is converted into a hip bar with plastic chairs and tables, just in time for a drink while watching the sunset over Malaysia’s capital. Once it’s dark, you can enjoy amazing 360° views of the illuminated skyline, including the Kuala Lumpur Tower and the Petronas Twin Towers.
The Heli Lounge Bar complex is located on the 34th floor of Menara KH next to the Monorail stop Raja Chulan and is made up of two levels – the aeronautically-themed nightclub on the top floor and the helipad bar on the roof. Admission to this unique bar is free. However, you’re required to purchase a bottle of wine or other fancy drink while there.
Lena blogs at Lena on the Move.
Skylark – New York City, United States
Skylark is 30 floors up, has beautiful panoramic views of New York, and is only a 6-minute walk from Times Square.
What we found special was the food, drinks, and at our table, we had a completely unobstructed view of the Empire State Building.
The food is served on small plates, which is perfect for a night out. They are very creative, and we loved the crispy coconut shrimp with passion fruit glace and Thai basil. For something more substantial, the beef sliders with onion jam and gruyere cheese were very outstanding!
Our favourite cocktail had to be their signature, The Skylark: Beefeater gin, Ketel One vodka, St. Germain liquor, blue curacao, fresh lemon, and brandied cherry!
If you a looking for a treat, this is the place to go.
Sion and Ben blog at the Globetrotter Guys.
Saigon Saigon – Ho Chih Minh City, Vietnam
Saigon Saigon rooftop bar overlooks the heart of Ho Chi Minh City from the 10th floor of the Caravelle Hotel. The bar is an HCMC tradition where people have taken in stunning sunset views of the city over Notre Dame Cathedral and Lam Son Square since 1959. The iconic bar has a history too as it was a retreat for journalists covering the Vietnam war in the 1960s. I’ve enjoyed a gin and tonic or two during happy hour on its open-air veranda, watched the sun go down over Vietnam’s capital city and partied to live music until the early hours. Saigon Saigon is one of the best rooftop venues in Ho Chi Minh City to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
Suzanne Jones blogs at The Travel Bunny.
Movich Hotel – Cartagena, Colombia
Cartagena is arguably Colombia’s most beautiful historical town – with an old colonial wall and some of the most colourful streets in the world.
For a city with so many amazing view spots, you’d be surprised how few rooftop bars there are for the public to enjoy. There are plenty of hotels with rooftop pools, but most of them charge a hefty fee to access them for the day, even if you just want one drink.
Movich, however, is a luxurious hotel with a rooftop bar that is open to the public. Just buy a drink, and you can stay as long as you like. They don’t just have one rooftop pool – they have two. And if that’s not enough, there are private pods; sun loungers; a hot tub; and views of the harbour, cathedral, and city below.
Harriet Simonis blogs at Hats off World.
Sky Bar at Secrets Huatulco Resort and Spa – Huatulco, Mexico
The aptly named Sky Bar at Secrets Huatulco offers one of the best views on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Not only does it offers panoramic views of the perfect crescent of beach of Conejos Bay but it’s also possible to see migrating whales in the winter. While the resort is an all-inclusive luxury resort, it’s actually possible to visit the Sky Bar and enjoy cocktails (try a mezcal margarita!) with a Secrets Huatulco Day Pass, a one-day resort pass that offers unlimited access to the swimming pools, bars and restaurants without the added expense of an overnight room.
Michele Peterson blogs at A Taste for Travel.
Blu Bar at the Shangri-La – Sydney, Australia
Sydney is an incredibly beautiful city at ground level, but it gets even prettier when seen from above. The swanky Blu Bar at the Shangri-La gives you a birdseye view of Sydney Harbour, taking in both the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. You could spend hours watching all the little ferries speeding back and forth.
The perfect time to visit is just before sunset, you get the chance to see the harbour in daylight and during the beautiful sunset colours, before watching all the twinkling lights turn on and bring the harbour to life again.
A drink at the Blu Bar isn’t cheap, but you get a million-dollar view, and a great drink for less than the price of a trip to the Sydney Tower viewing platform. It’s definitely worth every cent.
Cat Smith blogs at Walk My World.
230 Fifth Rooftop Bar – New York City, United States
230 Fifth Rooftop bar in New York has one of the most iconic views in the world. It’s definitely something to write down on your list of things to do in New York. From the rooftop bar, you have a spectacular view of the Empire State Building in front of you. At night when the building is lit up, just put the glaze on the experience.
The prices aren’t too expensive either, and the drinks are actually good. You can easily get a beer or drink for 8-15 USD, which isn’t too bad considering the epic view of one the most iconic buildings in the world in one of the coolest rooftop venues.
Alex Waltner blogs at Swedish Nomad.
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