Why settle for a ground floor bar when you can sip cocktails staring down at the bright lights of some of the most beautiful cities in the world. As cities become more and more built up the trend for adorning rooftops with fashionable drinking spots is set to continue. With so many choices Opumo.com has put together its own worldwide Top 10!
1. Sirocco, Bangkok, Thailand
With 360 degree views of Bangkok’s majestic skyline, Sirocco, is perched on the 64th floor of the 5 star Lebua at State Tower Hotel. The calm and serene atmosphere makes a welcome change from the hustle of the hectic streets below. Watch, the sunset sipping impressive cocktails followed by a romantic dinner under a starry sky.
Sirocco Accessories Suggestion
The J Panther Luggage Tan Aviator is a wonderful oiled and stained black U.S. grain leather messenger bag. It has two removable straps and a removable passport pocket. The Aviator comfortably accommodates the Apple iPad, the Amazon Kindle, and other similarly-sized tablet devices. The perfect day bag/ travel bag.
2. Rooftop Bar, Melbourne, Australia
Music, cinema & sunny boozing with unparalleled views of Melbourne’s skyline gets the Rooftop Bar the number two spot on our list. A truly relaxing drinking spot.
Rooftop Bar Accessories Suggestion
The Kipling Translucent Red Sunglasses are beautifully handcrafted with lenses that significantly reduce the glare from reflective surfaces and have a high resistance to abrasion. Both temples are embellished with a stainless steel Contego™ umbrella logo and two Contego™ drops on the front of each frame.
3. Boundary Rooftop, London, UK
Given that the UK only usually enjoys about 3 weeks of sunshine a year it seems sensible that when it isn’t raining you should spend as much time outside as possible! Having said that Boundary has invested in some pretty serious heating to cope with British weather. Boundary includes a large bar with seating arranged around an open fireplace, a 48-seat grill restaurant and a garden designed by Nicola Lesbirel boasting a panoramic view from Canary Wharf, round to the City’s Gherkin and Barbican, and back again to the rooftops and spires of East London.
Boundary Rooftop Accessories Suggestion
Handmade in Italy this Berg & Berg Silk Knit Tie is a real chic summer classic! A classic knitted silk tie in 100% Italian silk. We believe 6cm is the perfect width for a knitted tie: quite slim, but without that skinny tie look. Norwegian brand Berg & Berg was Berg & Berg was founded by Karin and Mathias in 2009 offering ties, pocket squares and scarves in true Scandinavian Style.
4. Captain’s Bar, Shanghai, China
With awe-inspiring views of the Huangpu River and Pudong skyline Captain’s Bar proves that a world class bar does not have to be attached to a world class hotel. In fact in this case it is quite the opposite as Captain’s Bar is attached to a youth hostel which is great for the young vibe and great mix of travellers and locals. Helps keep the prices down too…
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Colombian brand Hasso are true masters of their craft. Their artisan workforce have many decades experience and create each piece one at a time. Hard-wearing and timeless, the Vega Rucksack will prove to be a handsome upgrade for any look. Crafted with the finest materials, it will age with a natural flair and will be an ideal travel companion while at Captain’s Bar.
5. Sands SkyPark, Singapore
This new 3-acre tropical oasis perched on top of the three hotel towers at the Marina Bay Sands. The awesome offer 250 trees, a colossal observation deck and an infinity swimming pool. For the drinkers amongst us don’t worry as mixed in with all of the amenities are plenty of restaurants and bars with spectacular views of the South China Sea, Marina Bay and the jaw dropping Singapore skyline.
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Lounge by the pool at the SkyPark with this Mismo Army Green Canvas MS Leisure Tote, a casual yet very stylish tote bag with adjustable handles. Shorten the handles to carry it firmly by hand or adjust them by their brass buckles to full length and shoulder carry it. Features an inside zip pocket, opposite two open pockets.
6. Top of the Strand, New York, USA
With a skyline as famous as New York’s rooftop bars are obviously a huge feature and has prompted a lot of debate as to what bar should feature in this list. It was close but given the views of the iconic Empire State Building The Strand hotel’s bar on the 21st floor has our vote. The bar describes itself as ‘an urban oasis among the concrete buildings of the garment district, offering visitors an opportunity to relax and take in the stunning skyline views of New York City’.
Top of the Strand Accessories Suggestion
The Hard Graft Heritage Phone Fold Wallet offers all that is best about a slick wallet, phone case and stylish accessory all in one. Holding your phone, a couple of credit cards and banknotes – this protective case is all you need for a night out on the town.
7. AER, Mumbai, India
The best views in Mumbai from this remarkable lounge on the 34th floor of the Four Season’s Mumbai. Slightly odd menu perhaps… pizzas, sushi, Mediterranean and Asian but it is more than made up for by the relaxed atmosphere and awesome happy hour cocktail menu!
AER, Mumbai Accessories Suggestion
These are the very popular RT “Elephant” cufflinks are rhodium plated metal, for a beautiful, non-tarnishing and highly polished finished with blue fibre optic glass ball ends. These cufflinks come with the branded easy to use whale-tail backing and trademark RT logo lasered on the back.
8. SkyLounge, Atlanta, USA
The Glenn Hotel is home to SkyLounge, the first rooftop bar in Atlanta. Sip handcrafted cocktails, served against a backdrop of the city skyline at a bar described by the owners as a place “where the energy is even higher than the streets below and the outlook is always better.” Hotel guests get special treatment, with exclusive priority entrance to the bar. A must-try is the Mexican Mule, a liberating concoction of tequila, ginger beer, agave syrup, lime and mint.
SkyLounge Accessories Suggestion
These Royalties Torsads Patterned Red/ Black Socks are handmade in Paris. They add a stylish finishing touch to any evening outfit and are guaranteed to win you friends amongst the locals with their Atlanta Falcons colours…
9. The Penthouse, Madrid, Spain
The Penthouse is owned by Rande Gerber, Cindy Crawford’s husband. It’s positioned on the roof of Hotel ME Madrid Reina Victoria, in Plaza Santa Ana, and has awesome views of central Madrid. Get here for happy hour, because although it’s open till 3am, the line to get in is unreal after midnight. Frequented by Madrid’s chic fashion crowd so dress to kill.
The Penthouse Accessories Suggestion
Han Kjobenhavn sunglasses draw their inspiration from timeless design. Simple, innovative and aesthetically beautiful elements. The Wolfgang Tortoise Sunglasses, inspired by the likes of Moscot, Persol and Ray Ban, are an expertly crafted, rounded shape frame with high quality Carl Zeiss lenses and exceptional attention to detail.
10. Condesa DF Rooftop Bar, Mexico City, Mexico
This is an astounding bar. The Condesa DF is a must see when in Mexico City. Attached to a super-chic hotel the bar is a rooftop paradise. Sample the extensive cocktail menu as the sun goes down over Mexico City.
Condesa DF Rooftop Bar Accessories Suggestion
These cylinder shaped multi-tiered steel cufflinks from Alice Made This with a branded ‘a’ on the inside disc. These cufflinks come with a branded box and dust cloth. To brighten clean with a polishing cloth, soap and water. Rather like the Condesa DF Rooftop Bar, these cufflinks are inventive, playful, simple and exclusive…