Drink in the View at These Amazing Rooftop Bars
There’s no better way to get a sense of a city than to get a bird’s eye view. Sightsee while you sample the cultural delights of London, Mumbai, Singapore and Bali using our list of awesome rooftop bars. Don’t worry, we’ve also compiled a list of hip hotels close by.
The cloud-tickling Sands Skypark rooftop bar is famous for its unusual shape and the infinity pool that perches out daringly over 57 storeys. It’s also home to Flight, a drinks lounge where high-flying guests can quaff cocktails, premium spirits and Champagne. The equally impressive Sky on 57 restaurant serves taster plates with an Asian influence: think Duck Confit Quesadillas and Oriental Sliders with Tangerine Sauce. With the best view over the Singapore skyline, it’s the ideal location to get your trip off the ground.
Signature Sip: The Singapore Sling
You can’t leave this city-state without sampling one of Singapore’s iconic Slings. Flight Bar and Lounge serves up the sublime concoction of cherry liqueur, Cointreau, DOM Bénédictine, Grenadine, pineapple juice, fresh lime and Angostura bitters to sip on while star gazing.
From one spectacular view to the next, it’s a short riverside stroll from the heights of Marina Bay Sands Skypark to your luxurious room. Featuring rooms with Baroque furnishings and soaring high ceilings, Park Hotel’s ritzy decor and stellar service taps into Singapore’s colonial past. After a day of high-octane city sightseeing, relax with a spa treatment in one of their cabana-style pavilions.
Mumbai’s tallest rooftop bar spans the entire roof of the luxe Four Seasons Hotel. Ascend the 34 flights up to the AER Bar & Lounge and look out over the incredible city and sea vistas from its swanky open-air patio. Don’t worry, a canopy stops your cocktail from being watered down during monsoon season.
Signature Sip: The Masala Chai
Go for a classic Masala Chai with a spirited kick. AER adds whisky and white rum to their signature drink, to create one “mightea fine” cocktail.
If you can’t get enough of AER’s breathtaking views, you’ll absolutely love the the floor to ceiling windows of the Royal Park Four Seasons Hotel’s rooms. Looking out over the city and in some cases offering glimpses of the Arabian Sea, the rooms are an oasis of calm away from the busy city, with soft-hued furnishings and plush amenities (think thick bathrobes and down duvets). Take your relaxation levels to the next level with an Ayurveda massage at the Four Seasons Spa, before heading up to the rooftop for a sundowner.
For a stay that’s more down-to-earth, the rooms at Royal Park are great for budget travellers. In a sprawling city it’s all about location; this well-placed hotel is in the heart of Mumbai’s newest commercial area. The rooms offer all the travelling essentials like free Wi-Fi and blackout curtains for that much-needed lie-in.
This venue is not your average rooftop bar. Balanced on rocks overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean and with a DJ booth embedded into the side of the cliff, this is Bali’s premier nightlife spot. It attracts the island’s movers and shakers more than backpackers and surfers; the top-notch quality cocktails match the vibe.
Signature Sip: The Spa on the Rock
Bursting with fruity flavours of blackcurrant, blueberry and cranberry, this exclusive Rocks Bar beverage is the perfect accompaniment to a long, warm night in beautiful Bali.
Known for its mystical sensibility, the Temple Hill Residence Villas are said to be situated on sacred ground and offer a veritable oasis just seven-minutes’ walk from the Rock Bar and the bustling beachside restaurants of Jimbaran Bay. Make the most of a lazy morning with breakfast on a private sundeck overlooking a lush garden.
Exclusive is the order of the day at Leaf Jimbaran. Decadent and private, these spacious villas are also a short stroll to Rock Bar. Recover from indulgent nights at the opulent spa or simply roll out of bed to chill beside your private pool, as you prepare for another night on the rocks.
Offering a complimentary shuttle ride to Jimbaran Bay, Pat-Mase villas are individually ensconced in a palatial 250 square metre garden, each with their own exclusive plunge pools. The wood-finished interiors offer a relaxing respite after a big night out with breakfast, massages and spa treatments provided to guests in their own villas.
One for an English summer, the outdoor terrace of this 10-story-high bar impresses with its to-die-for view and lounge vibe. Settle into sleek white seating while drinking in the impressive panorama of London’s unique skyline icons: The Shard, Tower Bridge, Tate Modern and Houses of Parliament are all laid out in front of you. The bar is open from morning until 2 am, so you can make the most of Britain’s short-lived, but super-fun, summertime.
Signature Sip: The Thames River Iced Me
Named after the liquid heart of London, The Thames River, this pun-tastic cocktail combines top-shelf spirits with peach liqueur for a twist on the well-known classic Long Island Ice Tea.
A 20-minute stroll from Radio Rooftop Bar, this hotel’s close proximity to London’s vivacious West End theatre district is an added bonus. A futuristic glass exterior contrasts with the dark woods and muted tones of its slick decor. Grange St. Paul’s exudes five-star luxury. If you love the high life opt for one of the three penthouse suites with glorious views of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
With its sublime views of Tower Bridge, The River Thames and The Shard from its fabulous floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll feel like you never left Radio Rooftop Bar when you stay at Cheval Three Quays. Each apartment contains a modern kitchenette, where you can shake up a creative cocktail creation of your own before you head out on the town.