Try these if you like to have something to look at as you sip your cocktail.
Sky Bar at Sirocco, The Dome at Lebua, Bangkok
It featured prominently in The Hangover 2… and that’s because this precipitous location offers an amazing panorama of the Thai capital’s greater metropolis and the magnificent Chao Phraya River from 63 floors up.
The restaurant, Sircco, is considered the world’s highest al fresco eatery – you can do that in the heavy stillness of Bangkok – with a series of terraces reaching up to the glowing Sky Bar, with its lounge platform jutting out into thin air. Not for the faint of heart.
New York Bar at Park Hyatt Tokyo
The bar 52 stories above the lights of Tokyo was made famous as the rendezvous of Bill Murray and ScarJo in Lost In Translation. Nightly jazz played by American musicians and a selection of American wines make it a popular haunt for US expats, but all nationalities can be found enjoying a drink here, drawn by the 360-degree view of the incredible Tokyo skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows and the cosmopolitan, international feel.
GB Roof Garden Bar at Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens, Greece
The pictures says it all. Sit on a Black Russian or a Cosmopolitan as you take in the cradle of Western civilization from the rooftop bar, with uncluttered views of the Acropolis, Syntagma Square, Kallimarmaro stadium – the first stadium to host the Olympic Games – and other hilltop ruins. Dine al fresco at the bar or sister restaurant on a Mediterranean menu.
Rumpus Room at Mondrian, London
Rumpus Room is the rooftop bar and lounge at Mondrian London inspired by a moment in time, the Bright Young Things – a pleasure-seeking band of bohemian party-givers and upper class types who romped through 1920’s London. Rumpus Room brings back this era, now with dramatic views of London, particularly around sunset and after. Rumpus Room specilaises in champagne, by the glass, bottle, or in specialty cocktails.
The rooftop bar of the historic Knickerbocker Hotel, onetime haunt of. Scott Fitzgerald and John D. Rockefeller, features plush “sky pods” (VIP lounges built into corners of the roof), metallic-finished wood floors and a cigar lounge. As befitting its heritage, this is a classic cocktail joint, serving 1920s-style gin martinis, offset with small plates and the killer view of Times Square.
Melbourne’s most sophisticated cocktail bar is 236m above the city on the 55th floor of the Rialto. The views over the city and Port Phillip Bay are the best in Melbourne, while Mikala Dwyer’s ‘chandelier’ of transparent clouds creates the impression the bar seem is suspended inside a cocktail. The cocktails are divided into ‘yesterday’, ‘today’ and ‘tomorrow’ charting the evolution and innovation of Melbourne’s drinking culture.