A Shot in the Sky

A roundup of bars host­ing happy hour on top of the world

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At the 58th level of The Ritz-Carl­ton Shang­hai, Flair shares The Ritz’s il­lus­tri­ous rep­u­ta­tion and stands as the high­est al fresco win­ing and din­ing point in all of China. The Great Wall may boast sweep­ing land­scapes, yet atop Flair, an­other sleep­less coun­try al­to­gether can be seen: The Bund’s mul­ti­ple ar­chi­tec­tural styles, the iconic Ori­en­tal Pearl TV Tower, and both banks of the Huangpu River. Flair’s drink­ing spread in­cludes sig­na­ture cock­tails and wines along­side 40 types of vodka and fash­ion­able, small-dis­tillery rums. For trav­el­ing ro­man­tics, there’s also their in­fa­mous “Pro­pose Cor­ner” that has re­port­edly wit­nessed more than 70 pro­pos­als in the last six years—pos­si­bly the work of the wine or the ro­mance-in­duc­ing view of the Shang­hai sky­line.


Atop Lon­don’s “Walkie Talkie” sky­scraper, the Sky Gar­den presents an am­bi­tious con­fla­tion of dif­fer­ing con­cepts: ex­pan­sive in­te­ri­ors hous­ing green­ery and trop­i­cal trees, cou­pled with rigid glass-steel frame­work out­lin­ing Lon­don. The Sky Gar­den is as much a dis­play of Lon­don’s land­marks as it is a pa­rade of ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign. With a shot of their sig­na­ture vod­kas, gins, and rums, guests can trade in the city’s usual drink­ing holes for the Sky Gar­den’s enor­mous glass dome.


Think soar­ing ter­ra­cotta col­umns, arches fram­ing the mid­town sky­line, and stringed lights fes­tooned all over. The Pod 39 Rooftop Bar pro­vides a touch of ro­man­tic kitsch to the Big Ap­ple’s con­crete ma­chin­ery. Perched 17 floors high, this two-story open space presents panoramic views of New York’s Free­dom Tower, the Chrysler Build­ing, and the Em­pire State Build­ing—back­drops to rev­el­ers sip­ping Mex­i­can-in­spired fare and spe­cialty tequila.


Of the many glit­ter­ing bars crown­ing the Ritz-Carl­ton ho­tels, Ozone is pos­si­bly the clos­est we can get to drink­ing and din­ing among the stars. The bar is perched on the im­pres­sive 118th floor of Hong Kong’s The Ritz, of­fi­cially rec­og­nized as the high­est bar in the world. At this par­tic­u­lar hyp­notic sum­mit, ap­proach­ing the main bar area feels like watch­ing the fu­ture through a neon haze. Stretch­ing across the bar are geo­met­ric lines com­bined with mar­ble and hon­ey­comb pat­terns, and framed glass win­dows and ter­races present Hong Kong’s im­pres­sive views: Vic­to­ria Bay and Hong Kong Is­land, the multi-col­ored lights of Kowloon, and high-rises that give way to views of dis­tant moun­tains. Cap these off with Asian tapas and in­no­va­tive cock­tails.


Perched atop the tow­er­ing grandeur of Paris’ Penin­sula Ho­tel, L’Oiseau Blanc is the stuff of ro­man­tic rev­el­ries. It’s a more re­laxed coun­ter­part to the world’s rau­cous rooftop restau­rants, as this avi­a­tion-themed bar lets guests en­joy their wines and cham­pagnes with a 360-de­gree view of the French cap­i­tal. L’Oiseau Blanc is an el­e­gant ode to Charles Nungesser and François Coli who at­tempted to cross the At­lantic in 1927 from Le Bour­get. There’s even a bi­plane hov­er­ing above the court­yard, seem­ingly en route to the Eif­fel Tower.

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