There’s nothing better than a cool drink after a long day exploring a new destination. Some bars, as well as making a mean Martini cocktail, have the added wow-factor of unbelievable views. Have you been lucky enough to visit any of the these nine incredible bars on your travels?
1. Vertigo Grill & Moon Bar – Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is one of the world’s capital cities when it comes to partying, so it should be no surprise that a bar with a really great view can be found there. Situated on the top of the Banyan Tree Bangkok hotel, 61 floors above the hustle and bustle of the city beneath, you might feel like you’re flying through the sky when you reach Vertigo and Moon Bar at the top of the building.
Vertigo serves food (the grilled seafood is excellent) while Moon Bar lets you chill out in a stylish environment with a stunning view of the city beneath.
If you’re off there soon, browse our hotels in Bangkok before you go.
2. Rock Bar – Bali, Indonesia
For a super view in Bali, head to the Rock Bar standing high over the Indian Ocean. Over forty signature cocktails are on the menu and you can sip away to the sounds of some of the region’s top DJs as they spin some laid-back tunes. The Indian Ocean provides the views and there are some spectacular sunsets to be enjoyed.
3. Top Mountain Star – Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Austria
Mountain views are also what you will find at the Top Mountain Star, a venue designed specifically for its Austrian Alps views. Located close to the town of Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, this venue is surrounded by a glass facade and consists basically of a disc-shaped floor resting on a platform on a rocky ridge. It’s a masterpiece of innovative architectural design, and you can also drink in the open air in fine weather.
4. 230 Fifth – New York, USA
New York is well known as a city with some great bars and many of them offer stunning rooftop views. One of the best can be found at 230 Fifth, which is open from 4pm to 4am daily.
This bar has New York City’s largest outdoor rooftop garden, which is heated in winter. As the location for a number of celebrity parties, this really is the ultimate bar to visit for those who go on holiday in New York.
5. Aer – Mumbai, India
India is not perhaps a country associated with a traditional bar culture, but that has begun to change in recent years. Aer in Mumbai is one the country’s best known venues and its location 34 storeys above the urban bustle, at the Four Seasons Hotel, means that you’re rewarded with stunning sunset views of one of India’s most vibrant cities.
6. OXO Tower Bar – London, England
London has its fair share of great cocktail bars. However, if it is a great view that you are after then the OXO Tower Bar, located on the eighth floor of the OXO Tower on the South Bank of the Thames, is where to head to.
While easing away the stress of the day with a cocktail from the extensive menu, you can enjoy a panoramic view of London, with St Paul’s Cathedral to the fore. The decor recalls the shapes and styles of a top-class cruise liner, while a high-quality lunch menu is also available.
7. Literary Terrace – Messina, Italy
The Literary Terrace is situated near Messina in Sicily and is part of the Grand Hotel Timeo.
It’s a glamorous location where Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren used to holiday as well as English writer DH Lawrence. The ominous volcano, Mount Etna, with its marvellously scenic slopes, provides the view: enjoy it while sipping local limoncello.
8. ME Hotel – Madrid, Spain
The ME hotel in Madrid has one of Europe’s best views from a bar, giving you the chance to overlook the Plaza Santa Ana and with no obstructions blocking out the sights. You’re whisked up to the top floor by a private elevator, and there’s a laid-back but stylish vibe with cushion-filled couches for relaxing under open skies.
9. Vista Bar – Cape Town, South Africa
Vista Bar in Cape Town, South Africa, has a useful additional feature when it comes to the stunning view, namely Table Mountain. With an amazing perspective on this iconic South African location, the bar’s floor-to-ceiling windows help you to enjoy everything you see.
Cocktails have a spicy influence based around the city’s ancient trade links with the East, while DJs keep everyone nicely chilled out as the sun goes down.
Tell us: what’s the best bar with a view you’ve been to?