With summer on the way we all love to relax in the sunshine with a cold drink in hand.
But isn't it so much nicer when you're not inhaling car fumes and having to listen to passers-by natter on about their day?
We've compiled a selection of the best rooftop bars around the world that will not only grant you stunning views of your chosen city but will also give you the chance to relax high above the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
From Jerusalem's Mamilla Hotel which has an outdoor lounge boasting stunning views of the Old City to Bogota's B.O.G Hotel which has a futuristic Terrace Bar that grants guests unique views of the Colombian capital's skyline and the green mountains in the distance, there is something for everyone and these fantastic locations can be found all over the world.
The roof terrace at SUSHISAMBA in our very own London gives you the opportunity to get an enviable view of the capitals ever changing skyline and the Lighthouse Bar in Durban is set right on the coastline, giving you an open view of Umhlanga Beach and the famous lighthouse.
Take a look at the top twenty rooftop bars across the world in the slideshow below.
20 best rooftop bars in the world
Best rooftop bars around the world
The Standard, High Line is one of the Meatpacking district’s coolest hang outs and is one of the city’s most exclusive hot spots. You can enjoy live music and spectacular views of the iconic Manhattan skyline all day, from Brunch to late in the night. Visit the website for more information.
Looking for the best views of Barcelona? The Skybar has a menu of international cocktails, coffees and food that you can enjoy while taking in the beauty of your surroundings and waiting for one of Barcelona’s memorable sunsets. Visit the website for more information.
The Standard boasts live music, pool parties, waterbed pods, cocktails and a Biergarten for tasty German food a drink classics. Not only that but you’ll get some fantastic panoramic views of downtown LA’s skyline. Visit the website for more information.
SUSHISAMBA can be found at the top of one of London’s tallest buildings and boasts stunning views of the capital’s skyline as well, including the Gherkin, Canary Wharf, the Olympic Park and River Thames. It remains the highest outdoor dining venue in Europe with two al fresco spaces on the 38th floor and a long list of cocktails to try. Visit the website for more information.
Open all year round, the Rooftop Outdoor Lounge and Restaurant at the Mamilla Hotel boasts magnificent views of the Old City of Jerusalem and serves a deliciously fresh Mediterranean menu for guests to enjoy. Those visiting the rooftop will not only enjoy one of a kind views but also the casual intimacy of the alfresco dining set up. Visit the website for more information.
The entire roof of the Four Season Hotel Mumbai is taken up with AER, the open air lounge that offers a space of relaxation high above the busy streets of Worli. The space is even accessible during the countries monsoon season when a canopy and windscreen will be put up to protect guests from the elements. Visit the website for more information.
This urban lounge in Shanghai serves Asian tapas and raw seafood on the 58th floor, rising high above the streets of the city. With seating for up to 239 for indoor and outdoor dining, Flair offers guests the chance to enjoy the best of Asian cuisine while taking in the sights of Shanghai. Visit the website for more information.
The Cavalieri Hotel was first built in the 17th Century as a nobleman’s mansion and is found in the heart of the old Venetian area of Corfu town. Overlooking the Ionian Sea and the Esplanade, the Roof Top Restaurant has breath-taking panoramic views of the rooftops of the old town, the sparkling sea and the mountains of Albania. Visit the website for more information.
The Rock Bar Boutique promises 360 degrees of glamour right on the breath-taking Bali coastline. The open-top bar is perched 14 metres above Jimbaran Bay and is accessed by a lift that will take you up the cliff face while offering yet more fantastic views of the shoreline. The bar is open daily and sunset is, unsurprisingly, the busiest time of the evening most days. Visit the website for more information.
You’ll find Hotel Indigo Madrid – Gran Via a few steps away from one of Madrid’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan avenues but tucked away on the peaceful street of Calle Silva. On the rooftop, you can take in beautiful sunsets at the Sky Lounge & Bar, which has been recently re-designed by Italian interior designer Teresa Spacey, over a traditional Sangria and embrace the Mediterranean heat with a dip in the infinity pool. Visit the website for more information.
The Lebua Sky Bar is suspended 820 feet in the air above Bangkok and is the highest rooftop bar of its kind in the world. The innovative cocktails, stunning views and lively atmosphere have made the bar a firm favourite on the city’s nightlife scene. The technicoloured rooftop can be found just a few steps away from the award-winning Sirocco restaurant which gives you the opportunity to eat before or after enjoying a night under the stars. Visit the website for more information.
Hotel de Rome’s stunning rooftop terrace has fantastic views overs the historic city centre in Berlin. From the viewpoint of the terrace you will have the chance to see The State Opera House, Berlin Cathedral, St. Hedwigs Cathedral and much more of this beautiful city. Visit the website for more information.
The SkyBar boasts a unique 360 degree panoramic view of Singapore’s urban skyline. The bar is open from 12pm daily and has a wide range of cocktails for visitors to enjoy while taking in the atmosphere of the thriving Asian city. Visit the website for more information.
The five-star luxury boutique Hotel Indigo Rome - St George provides an intimate atmosphere in its bar and roof terrace. Open during the summer months, the rooftop bar offers a 360-degree view of Rome, revealing infamous Italian attractions such as St. Peter's Basilica and Castel Sant'Angelo. Choose your favourite cocktail or try one of the craft beers or local wines as you admire an Italian sunset or contemplate a starry sky. Visit the website for more information.
Open every day from 5pm to 1am the Skyline Rooftop Bar is when you can enjoy the best views of the stunning city of Venice. This eighth floor Venetian bar boasts incredible views from the Giudecca canal all the way to Piazza San Marco. The Skyline bar is the perfect place to watch the sun go down with a refreshing cocktail. Visit the website for more information.
Café Del Mar was originally founded in 1980 in San Antoni de Portmany, Ibiza. The café opened in its new interpretation down under in Sydney but still pays homage to its Mediterranean roots. Sydney’s Darling Harbour is home to the large open kitchen and ample outdoor seating area with fantastic wraparound views of the surrounding area. Café Del Mar provides tourists and locals alike with an oasis of calm in the middle of the bustling Australian city. Visit the website for more information.
Found on the 10th floor of the Ararat Park Hyatt, the bar boasts stunning views over Moscow's iconic Red Square and Bolshoi Theatre. The breath-taking views of Moscow draw in the city’s trendy and fashionable crowd and the lively bar also has an enviable cocktail menu on offer. Visit the website for more information.
This multi-level terrace lets you enjoy one of the best panoramic views of the ancient city of Rime. The Roof Garden overlooks the ancient Bramante Cloister of Santa Maria della Pace on one side and the Church of St. Mary of the Soul on the other. From this privileged viewing point you can have a glass of champagne as you enjoy the weather, the view and some fine Italian cuisine. Visit the website for more information.
The Lighthouse Bar boasts breath-taking views of Durban's Umhlanga Beach and the famous lighthouse, which can be seen from any seat in the bar. Sitting on the magnificent terrace will give you a 180 degree view of the coastline and the unique bar is one of the most popular spots in KwaZulu-Natal for watching the stunning sunsets. Visit the website for more information.
With a wrap-around view of the ancient city, yacht harbour and Paklinski Islands The Top is one of Hvar’s best lounge bars. The range of multi-levelled garden terraces and unique design make for an atmosphere of luxury and relaxation. Head over to the Upper Deck VIP lounge and relax on one of the luxurious sofas while you take in the stunning views of the Croatian Island and coastline. Visit the website for more information.
Perch is described as an ‘elevated resting place’ and the rooftop bistro offers stunning views of Downtown Los Angeles. You don’t have to worry about the temperature because there are fireplaces and pits dotted around the seating area to ensure guests keep warm while they enjoy their view. The 16th floor rooftop lounge is one of the premiere nightlife destinations in LA and guests can enjoy live jazz music and DJ’s late into the night. Visit the website for more information.
Guests at the B.O.G. Hotel in Bogota can enjoy the live entertainment and cocktails at the Lounge Bar inside or they can go up to the futuristic Terrace Bar on the rooftop where they can make the most of the fantastic views of the Colombian capital’s skyline and the green mountains that can be seen in the distance. Visit the website for more information.
Located in the heart of the French capital, Holiday Inn Paris – Notre Dame offers outstanding views over the City of Light's skyline. Hotel guests can sip on a French Negroni on chic rooftop cocktail bar Le Quarante Trois, or unwind with a glass of fine wine while taking in the sunset. You'll have a great view of the Eiffel Tower, particularly when it is lit up at night. Visit the website for more information.
The Night Beach, a bar for warm summer nights in Bordeaux, is located on the seventh floor of the InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel. The wonderful wrap-around roof terrace offers exceptional 360-degree far-reaching views across Bordeaux and the Garonne River. With a DJ playing upbeat live lounge music, signature cocktails and a wide a selection of tapas, hotels guests and Bordeaux’s most chic clientele can unwind in a stylish and relaxed setting to watch the sun across the city. Visit the website for more information.