Is there a better way to see a new city than gazing at the streets below from a rooftop bar? Whether you can afford to stay at a luxury hotel with a rooftop bar, or you just want to go there for a drink (or three), we’ve selected the best hotel rooftop bars in the world, to help inspire your trip. From a majestic hotel bar in Havana through to New York’s hippest penthouse bar, here are our top picks.
1. Iberostar Parque Central, Havana
Picture this: you’re sipping a mojito while looking over Havana’s colonial, crumbling buildings from a rooftop. The rooftop patio bar at the Iberostar Parque Central Hotel is the perfect place to have a drink and watch life unfold in Cuba’s most electric city. The hotel sits within a majestic building in Havana’s Old Town, complete with giant chandeliers and marble detailing. The rooftop bar has a pool – so bring your swimsuit!
Opening hours: 10 am – 11 pm
Address: Iberostar Hotel Parque Central, 267 Agramonte, La Habana, Cuba
2. Le Bain, Standard Hotel, New York
Le Bain is one of New York’s hippest penthouse bars. The bar is located at the top of the Standard Hotel in New York’s Meatpacking District. It hosts regular club nights with top DJs and it’s the perfect place to watch the sunset. The rooftop bar comes complete with fake grass and comfy beanbags. If you’re looking to live the high life on your travels, make sure you check off these Luxury Travel Experiences to Add To Your Bucket List.
Opening Hours: Week opening hours vary and on the weekend the bar is open Friday 4 pm – 4 am, Saturday 2 pm – 3 am, Sunday 2 pm – 12 am.
Address: The Standard Hotel, 848 Washington St, New York, NY
3. AER Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai
The AER Lounge at The Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai is located on the 34th floor and offers panoramic views of one of the world’s largest cities. The bar is open all year round and features a protective canopy to keep you dry if you’re in Mumbai during the monsoon season. There are sometimes 2 for 1 cocktail nights — so be sure to check the website. If you break the bank after a night out, these Things to Do in Mumbai on a Budget may help even things out.
Opening Hours: Open Daily from 5 pm – 2 am
Address: Four Seasons, AER Lounge 34th Floor, Dr E Moses Rd, Worli, Mumbai
4. Vertigo and Moon Bar, Banyan Tree Hotel, Bangkok
The Vertigo and Moon Bar is located on the 61st floor at the Banyan Tree Hotel. The bar offers jaw-dropping views of Bangkok and is the perfect place for a sunset cocktail — plus if you’re happy to splash the cash on food there is a great grill. The dress code is smart-casual — so ditch the flip-flops.
Opening Hours: Open daily from 5 pm – 1 am
Address: Banyan Tree Hotel, 21 100 S Sathorn Rd, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek
5. Sky Bar, Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona
The Sky Bar at Barcelona’s majestic Grand Hotel Central is a must-visit for anyone traveling to the city. The hotel is situated in Barcelona’s historic city center, with incredible views of the city’s gothic architecture and labyrinth-like streets. Plus — there is a rooftop pool, so you can escape the sun’s heat.
Opening hours: Open on weekends, 12 pm – 6 pm
Address: Grand Hotel Central, Via Laietana, 30, 08003 Barcelona
6. Envy, Charlee, Medellin
Medellin is easily one of the best cities in the world, and the rooftop bar at the Envy, on the top floor of the Charlee Hotel offers incredible, panoramic views of Colombia’s second city. The bar serves up delicious cocktails and offers a bird’s eye view of the Medellin valley, with its lush, tropical palm trees and high rise buildings. The bar has a small pool, sometimes open on weekends for those of you looking to take a sky-high dip.
Opening hours: Open Monday 12 pm – 10 pm, Tuesday 9 am – 10 pm, Wednesday 9 am – 2 am, and Thursday – Sunday 9 am – 2 am.
Address: Cl. 9a #37-16, Medellín
7. Top of the Gate at The Watergate Hotel, Washington, D.C.
The Nixon-era Watergate Hotel is home to an awesome rooftop bar with panoramic views of Washington DC. It’s got a great happy hour and the best time to visit is when the sun is setting over the river. If it’s cold or raining you can head downstairs to the hotel’s 1970s-era bar.
Opening hours: Open until 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays, and until 12 am weekdays
Address: 2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC
8. The Nest at Thompson Seattle, Seattle, Washington
The Nest is Seattle’s highest hotel rooftop bar, and it offers incredible views of downtown, the Olympic Mountains and Elliot Bay. It’s known for creative cocktails, many of which are named after different birds. If it’s chilly, there are outdoor fire pits to keep you warm. They also serve up delicious light plates.
Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 5 pm – 12 am, Friday and Saturday 3 pm – 12 am
Address: 110 Stewart Street Thompson, Seattle, WA
9. The Terrace, Hotel Raphael, Rome
Hotel Raphael is a beautiful ivy-covered hotel set in Rome’s historic streets. From the bar, you can see Duomo after Duomo, and you can even see the Pantheon if you have a pair of good eyes. It’s a wonderful rooftop bar, where waiters will bring you complimentary mini sandwiches as you sip a drink and look over the winding streets of Rome.
Opening hours: Open until 10 pm daily
Address: Raphael Hotel, Largo Febo, 2 Piazza Navona