We know you enjoy heading to the tallest building in a city to get the most spectacular views, but the only bummer with that, is that you can’t exactly get turnt up while admiring some of the city’s top landmarks. Well, get your drink on and check out some of the best panoramic views of cities like New York, Paris and Shanghai. We’ve pull together a list of the five best rooftop bars in the world that allow you to enjoy the hip ambience of a cool drinking establishment, while catching some serious panoramic views of a city.
The History: Opened in 2010 on the rooftop of the Ritz Carlton in Pudong, this 232-seat restaurant and bar was designed by Japanese firm Super Potato.
The Experience: China’s highest al fresco dining venue and bar crowns the hotel’s 58th floor and offers jaw-dropping views. Choose from the many vodkas and small-distillery rums available at the bar before feasting on fresh sushi, Vietnamese dishes and Chinese classics.
The Wow Factor: The terrace offers views of the Pearl Tower and gazes across the Huangpu River to the colonial-era Bund.
Visit on the last Thursday of the month for Frequency, one of London's coolest cocktail parties.
Radio Rooftop Bar, London
The History: One year after ME Hotels set up on the Strand in 2012, this terrace cocktail bar opened for business on the hotel’s rooftop.
The Experience: Arrive from midday onwards to enjoy an Ibiza-style ambience until 2am (Thurs-Sat). Try one of 15 gin and tonic variations, and nibble at contemporary tapas dishes such as stuffed dates and bitter chocolate tapenade. The style is smart-casual, so no sneakers allowed. Weekends can get busy – be sure to arrive early. Visit on the last Thursday of the month for Frequency, one of London's coolest cocktail parties.
The Wow Factor: The panoramic views take in the skyline’s biggest stars, including the Shard, Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Le Bain, New York
The History: Le Bain was added to the 18-story Standard Hotel in 2010.
The Experience: Combining a bar and disco overlooking Manhattan, this ‘60s-styled venue gets going in the afternoon. During the summer months, enjoy fruity cocktails on an AstroTurf terrace bedecked with string chairs, pink waterbeds and a plunge pool. The adjoining club plays cutting-edge music to a hip crowd.
The Wow Factor: Glassed on all sides, the terrace is particularly atmospheric at sunset and moonrise. Binoculars are provided for easy viewing of the Big Apple’s landmarks.
Ciel de Paris, Paris
The History: Revamped in 2012, Ciel occupies the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower. Built between 1969 and 1973 on the site of a former train station, this was once the city’s tallest building.
The Experience: Arrive in cocktail attire and sip a Bellini – or something stronger – while enjoying 360-degree vistas that, on a clear day, reach up to 25 miles. For unadulterated romance, you can arrive at sunset to view the sun sink behind the Eiffel Tower and watch the city lights turn on. The sleek design of the Champagne bar won’t fail to impress.
The Wow Factor: Europe’s fastest elevator takes 38 seconds to whizz up to the bar from the ground floor.
Ozone, Hong Kong
The History: Designed by Japanese interior architect Madamish Katayama, this futuristic bar opened in 2011 atop the International Commerce Centre.
The Experience: High above, 118-floors above the city to be exact, the outdoor terrace looks over Victoria Harbour and offers spectacular views across Kowloon, Hong Kong Island and the green forests beyond. Order a signature cocktail along with Asian-style tapas, and settle in to watch the Symphony of Lights (daily at 8pm).
The Wow Factor: Standing 1,608-feet above sea level, this is the world’s highest bar.