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!
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.
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.
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.
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.