After a long day of sightseeing, there’s nothing like an icy cold drink looking down on the city you’ve just explored. Seeing it spread out below you, glittering with street lamps and office lights, is just the icing on the cake. Whether it’s from the rooftop of a hipster hangout in New York or perched over a Cliffside in Bali, here’s Expedia’s Listopedia of 10 bars with mind-blowing views.
POV, Washington D.C, America
It’s no Oval Office but the POV (Point of View) bar inside Washington D.C.’s W Hotel is the spot to see the high powered politics unfold. Head straight up to the 11th floor terrace of this funky hotel, walk past the 'red tape' graffiti walls, grab a drink at the bar and head to the balcony. Some of America’s most famous landmarks are right in front of you – look out at the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House and Pentagon.
A Pie’ de Ma’, Riomaggiore, Italy
The Cinque Terre has a monopoly on dramatic coastlines – the UNESCO World Heritage region’s five towns are simply bellissimo. The famous walk takes you along the coast between the five towns – start out early to make time for an Aperol Spritz at A Pie’ de Ma’, Riomaggiore’s famous cliff side bar. The simple terrace needs no decoration, because it’s the view you’re here to look at.
The Rock Bar, Bali, Indonesia
Bali’s bar scene is legendary – from beach bar Bintangs to high rise hotel clubs, you’re never far from a drink and a killer view. But if there’s one spot you need to settle in for a sunset session, it’s this famous bar. Perched out over the cliffs on the Jimbaran coastline, the Rock Bar has 180 degree views out over the ocean. Follow the signs through the sprawling grounds to the inclinator that makes the short journey down to the bar – the line starts a few hours before sunset, so arrive early, or ask for the directions to the stairs.
Hennessy, Adelaide, Australia
Five star hotels often have very fancy bars but at Adelaide’s newest establishment, the focus is on comfortable chic – think cow skin rugs, plush couches, dainty crystal chandeliers and an open air deck where the city unfolds beneath you. Tucked right underneath the heritage listed building’s sloped roof, the bar showcases some of the region’s best wines and in a nod to the building’s history, is named after the original architects Hennessy & Hennessy.
Skylounge, London, England
Londoners love their pubs so it has to be a very special type of watering hole to steer them off the streets and up into the skyline. The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel’s outdoor terrace has a secret weapon – a stellar view of the city skyline. The best tables look straight across to the Gherkin and the financial district. On a sunny summer evening, it’s the perfect spot for a few drinks as the sun goes down.
Ghostbar, Las Vegas, America
You need luck, skill and a lot of money to get a seat at the big tables in Vegas – but at Ghost Bar, you’re a winner from every angle. The outdoor terrace on the Palms Hotel’s 55th floor has 360 degree views of Sin City. Look down on the crowded Strip from this swish bar’s outdoor or indoor areas. The 14 foot floor to ceiling glass windows give guests inside the bar an excellent vantage point too.
Lui Bar, Melbourne, Australia
One of Melbourne’s most exclusive, expensive restaurants, Vue de Monde, might be out of reach of your holiday budget, but it’s sister bar is a great spot to sample the finest tipples and vistas the city has to offer. Get dressed up and ride the lift up to Level 55 of the Rialto Building views for a cocktail and canapés – expect crystal cut glasses, smoking liquid nitrogen and intimate mood lighting served up on the same floor as the award winning restaurant.
Sky Bar at Sirocco, Bangkok, Thailand
Catapulted to fame by its staring role in the Hangover II, this bar is not for the acrophobics out there. If you’re scared of heights you won’t enjoy sipping a drink while jutting out over the street. The bar sits on the 63rd floor of the lebua at State Tower hotel. The giant dome soaring above you is almost as distracting as the views out over the Chao Phraya River.
Ozone, Hong Kong, China
The highest bar in Hong Kong has one hell of a view. Look down from the 118th floor of this five star hotel and marvel at the city lights way down below whilst sipping on cocktails. You’re sitting almost in the stars up here so the décor is appropriately other worldly, with psychedelic lighting, tessellated marble floors, honeycombed wall art and globular sculptures. The windowside tables are hot property so head up early and settle in.
Stratosfare Bar, Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown’s marvelous mountains are an adrenalin junkie playground year round, but don’t worry, if you’d rather admire a mountain peak than climb, bike or ski it, the Stratosfare Bar is the spot for you. All you need to do to get there is ride one of the steepest cable cars in the world up 450 metres to Bob’s Peak. The Skyline cable car safely delivers you to Stratosfare, a bar with 220 degree views out over Lake Wakatipu. Window seat, wine and one of the world’s best views without even putting on your sneakers.
Written by Lisa Perkovic (Expedia Blog Editor)
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