If you have a taste for the high life, where better than to spend sunset than with a cocktail in hand admiring city skyline views from one of the best rooftop bars in the world!
Whether in Singapore or San Diego, Bangkok or Barcelona, look no further than The Rooftop Guide, to find out the highest, funkiest, biggest and most breath taking rooftop bars listed in the online guide.
Founded in 2015 by Hans Ebenman and Rikard Fredricson, the duo have managed to rack up, and report on, 700 rooftop bars in just two years, making them the go to guys for what's hot and sky high when new in town.
We asked Hans what makes a good rooftop bar, in their experience: "The most important elements for us are a spectacular view, comfortable seats and a good atmosphere. It's an extra plus if the rooftop is equipped with a luxurious rooftop infinity pool. It doesn’t need to be located on the highest floor. Sometimes a rooftop bar located among (instead of on top) of the buildings can create an even more spectacular view."
While a touristy vibe, bad service, over priced drinks and too many people are a few of the things that turn the duo off, they admit "our favorite time to visit a rooftop is during lunchtime or early afternoon. The vibe is much more relaxed and the rooftops are almost never over crowded during these times."
From their wealth of experience, they gave us their top 10 favourite rooftop bars around the world, along with why, here's their line-up:
Top 10 rooftop bars, by The Rooftop Guide:
1. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
”The best, biggest and highest rooftop infinity pool you can find. 360 views, rooftop pool, fancy restaurants, bars and good service. This rooftop has it all.”
Spago Bar and LoungeSands SkyPark, Tower 2 Level 57 Access from Hotel Lobby Tower 2 Website
2. Wooloomooloo, Hong Kong
”Breathtaking city views from the relaxed and vibrant roof terrace. Extra plus for great drinks and premium steaks.”
The Chop House
Shop 301 & 305, L3 Mira Place 1 132 Nathan Road Tsim Sha Tsui Hong KongWebsite
3. Area 31, Miami
”The best rooftop restaurant we have ever tried. To eat this amazing food among the Downtown Miami skyline and Florida sunset is something extra.”
Area 31Kimpton EPIC Hotel, 16th Floor 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way Miami, FL 33131Website
4. Sushisamba, London
”The highest rooftop bar in Europe. Except the beautiful London views, SushiSamba serves amazing Asian cuisine.”
Sushisamba110 Bishopsgate London, EC2N 4AYWebsite
5. The Press Lounge, New York
”The mightiest skyline views of Manhattan. The Press Lounge is a luxurious rooftop bar where trendy people gather to drink cocktails or to party.”
The Press Lounge653 11TH AVE. NEW YORK, NY 10036 Website
6. CRU Champagne Bar, Bangkok
”Spectacular 360 degree views of Bangkok. The luxurious feeling and top-notch food and drinks makes this an all-time favorite for us.”
CRU CHAMPAGNE BAR AT RED SKYCentara Grand at Centralworld BangkokWebsite
7. The Nolen Rooftop Bar, San Diego
”The perfect rooftop bar in San Diego for a beautiful sunset. The tasty bar bites and lovely atmosphere makes this place one of the best in California.”
The Nolen Rooftop Bar453 6TH AVENUE, SAN DIEGO, CA 92101Website
8. Sky Bar at Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona
“The best rooftop infinity pool in Europe. This place also has a nice lounge area with big sofas and good prices on drinks and food.”
GRAND HOTEL CENTRAL Via Laietana, 30 | 08003 BarcelonaWebsite
9. High at Hotel Erwin, Los Angeles
“Beautiful Venice Beach views and one of the best sunsets in California. Extra plus for great party atmosphere and superb lounge sofas.”
High Rooftop LoungeHotel Erwin 1697 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291Website
10. ThreeSixty, Bangkok
”The best sunset view in Bangkok. The superb bar bites and comfortable sofas also makes this one of the best rooftops in Asia.”
ThreeSixty Rooftop Bar at Millennium Hilton32nd floor, Millennium Hilton, 123 Charoennakorn RoadWebsite