THE BEST ROOFTOP BAR IN EVERY CITY
Breathtaking city views, stellar central location, scenic alfresco seating, a convivial vibe and superb selection of local wines and cocktails – discover the best rooftop bar in your favourite city and we're sure it will tick all of these boxes. Find out which high-street hangouts are a hot spot for sophisticated drinks with desirable views, with our round-up of rooftop bars you have to visit on your next city break.
BAR 54, NEW YORK
Why Visit: New York's highest rooftop lounge, with unmissable views and amazing cocktails.
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Panoramic views of the New York skyline encompass lower Manhattan and the Chrysler Building from the Hudson River to the East River – this luxurious rooftop bar in the heart of the Big Apple is worth a visit for its breathtaking views alone. Atop the 54th floor of the Hyatt Centric Times Square building, Bar 54 is considered one of the best cocktail bars in the city. With a stylish mirrored ceiling, wood-panelled walls, chic furnishings and outdoor fireplaces, this is an ideal place to kick back and unwind after a day of sightseeing and soak up the sights and sounds of the atmospheric streets below, with a handcrafted cocktail in hand, of course.
THE RAPHAEL TERRACE, PARIS
Why Visit: Unbeatable views of the Eiffel Tower, one of Paris’s most luxurious rooftop bars.
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The Raphael Terrace is a tranquil garden rooftop bar which offers a winning trifecta – a superb location with unbeatable views of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, a cosy ambience, and first-class cocktails and champagnes. This quaint spot is perfect for a Parisian pit stop, with their signature drink ‘Le Raphael’ – a cocktail made with Mumm Cordon Rouge, strawberry purée, lime and green apple – a definite palate-pleaser. The food and drinks can be on the pricey side, but nowhere else in Paris will you get an opportunity to sip a glass of champagne in a sophisticated setting under the sun (or stars) with the Eiffel Tower in the background!
Why Visit: Its central location, sky-high swimming pool and affordable prices pull cocktail-lovers in from far and wide.
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A bang-in-the-city-centre location with splendid views of Barcelona and a sky-high infinity pool? No, you're not dreaming, SkyBar really is this awesome. Housed in the Grand Hotel Central in the city's fascinating Gothic Quarter, this trend-setting terrace bar is where to head for sophisticated dinners, drinks with friends and of course, a dip in the swimming pool – with views of the buzzing city to match. The hotel guests have exclusive access to the bar during the day, but once the sun sets be sure to grab a table before they all go!
LEVEL 43 SKY LOUNGE, DUBAI
Why Visit: Fantastic 360-degree view of Dubai, with a swanky yet relaxed atmosphere.
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If you want to soak up stellar 360-degree views of this glamorous city while sipping a cool Cosmopolitan, Level 43 Sky Lounge serves up the best of both. A must-visit during your Dubai holidays, this popular hangout is the highest rooftop bar in the city, transforming from a pool bar, by day, into a stylish lounge by night with views of the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Mall and even the Jumeirah coastline. Sink into a comfy sofa and choose from a healthy menu of pre-dinner cocktails, sundowners and non-alcoholic drinks, accompanied with delectable tapas, too.
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SILK CLUB, LISBON
Why Visit: For its atmospheric location in the heart of Lisbon’s historical centre and fabulous party vibe.
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If you’re looking for a sophisticated venue with a great party atmosphere where you can indulge in afternoon cocktails, admire fabulous sunsets and dance the night away, Silk Club is the go-to spot for you. Centrally located in the Chiado neighbourhood, Lisbon, this classic Japanese-style luxury restaurant, bar and nightclub serves up panoramic views of the city and winding Tagus river, alongside its tasty tropical cocktails. The atmosphere is elegant and the decor minimalist, with the menu offering a fine selection of drinks and small plates including sushi, sashimi and other Japanese delicacies to enjoy.
BOSCOLO EXEDRA ROMA, ROME
Why Visit: For its romantic sunset views, never-ending pool and effortlessly, classy setting.
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Nowhere else in Rome will you find a rooftop bar as romantic as the Posh Terrace at Boscolo Exedra Roma, which boasts a central location overlooking the Piazza della Repubblica and Fontana delle Naiadi. The elegant setting – featuring an infinity pool, modern lounge furniture and flowing white curtains – is complemented by spectacular views of the cityscape. Take a dip in the pool (for a fee) and savour amazing cocktails with delicious fish dishes to snack on, or lounge on luxurious couches and sip champagne by the poolside as you watch the sun flit across the skyline of the Eternal City – bellisimo!
Why Visit: This local favourite transforms into an upbeat nightclub in the evening, with a fine selection of wines.
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This award-winning rooftop bar on the 11th floor of DoubleTree Hilton is one of Amsterdam’s most coveted cocktails-with-a-view venues. Grab a booth and marvel over stunning views of the old city and winding Ij River, while enjoying a selection of beers, wines and cocktails (accompanied by small bites) in the sunshine. Its location right next to The Central Station makes it an ideal place to people-watch over a cup of Buscaglione coffee during the day, or let your hair down with music and an upbeat atmosphere after dark.
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