10 of the world’s most spectacular rooftop bars
Time Out editors across the globe have nominated the best spots for high-altitude drinks in 2018.
1 Sugar, Miami Sheltered by luscious greenery, this bar is one you’d never realise existed if someone didn’t tip you off. We don’t mind letting you in on Miami’s worstkept secret – particularly when there are delicious Asian-themed cocktails involved. 788 Brickell Plaza, Miami, FL, USA.
2 Alfresco 64 – A Chivas Bar, Bangkok
Designed like a luxury yacht and rising 240m above the street, Alfresco 64 is said to be the world’s highest whiskey bar. 190 Si Lom, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand. 3 Mikla, Istanbul Shimmering sea views over the Bosphorus aren’t the only reason this rooftop bar is packed out. The menu secured it a place on 2017’s World’s Best Restaurants list and the bar serves a banging Martini. The Marmara Pera Mesrutiyet Caddesi, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey.
4 Gallow Green, New York
The Gallow Green bar with its fairy-lit, flower-woven trellises transforms into the Lodge during winter months, so you can still catch those stunning West Side views without catching a chill. 542 W 27th St, New York, NY, USA. 5 AER Rooftop Bar at The Four Seasons, Mumbai As soon as it hits 5.30pm, a welldressed crowd leaves the bustle of Mumbai 34 floors below and beelines for AER’s Sunset Happy Hour, where two-for-one cocktails and regular DJ sets have guests partying into the wee hours. 1/136, Dr E Moses Rd, Gandhi Nagar, Upper Worli, Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. 6 Downtown México Rooftop Bar, Mexico City Located on top of one of Mexico City’s best boutique hotels, Downtown’s mix of contemporary architecture and retro furniture oozes laidback charm. Locals head here for gorgeous views of Mexico City’s most beautiful buildings. Isabel la Católica 30, Centro, México.
7 Palmz Rooftop Bar, Melbourne
At this tropical-inspired rooftop above Melbourne’s Carlton Hotel, city-dwellers prop themselves up on bamboo-lined tables while sipping tiki cocktails under giant palm fronds. The Carlton, 193 Bourke St, Melbourne 3000.
8 Heli Lounge Bar, Kuala Lumpur
After-work drinks on a helipad? Why not? When level 34 of Menara KH isn’t hosting helicopters, it’s serving up stunning 360-degree views of KL. Lvl 34, Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
9 Lighthouse Bar, Durban
It’s all about those Indian Ocean views at this coastline bar atop the star-studded Oyster Box Hotel. Once you’ve secured a table, order an Umhlanga Schling served with fresh pineapple for maximum chill factor. The Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Rd, Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga, Durban, South Africa.
10 Coogee Pavilion, Sydney
Want to top up your tan, drink highball cocktails and enjoy blissed-out beach views? Of course you do! Just follow the throng of sun-kissed Sydneysiders to this lovely waterfront venue, where you can bask in the sea breeze thanks to the two fully retractable walls. Genius. 169 Dolphin St, Coogee 2034.
Downtown Mexico Rooftop Bar