Summer is well and truly underway. So whether it is a crisp gin & tonic, refreshing Aperol spritz or a simple watermelon juice, here are some of the very best rooftop bars from which to enjoy these long summer nights.
Rock Bar, Ayana Resort & Spa, Bali
Taking the concept of "on the rocks" to a whole new level, this mind-blowing open-top bar is perched 14 meters above Jimbaran Bay. With unparalleled views, Rock Bar Bali is widely regarded as one of the world's most popular sunset, cocktail and entertainment venues.
La Terrazza, Hotel Continentale, Florence, Italy
The rooftop bar at the Hotel Continentale was definitely not built to accommodate the droves of tourists that flock to Florence these days. However, if you are lucky enough to snare a spot, grab your Aperol spritz and soak up the spectacular view, that stretches from the Arno to Brunelleschi's Dome to Palazzo Vecchio.
Ozone, Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong
Famed for being the world's highest rooftop bar, Ozone is on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong and is exactly what dreams are made of. When you finally make it to the top, why not order yourself an HK Skyline, a blend of Zacapa Centenario Rum, absinthe, Imperial Oolong syrup, pink grapefruit juice, lime juice and Dom Perignon foam and bask in the extreme views of Hong Kong Island.
Le Rooftop, The Peninsula Paris Hotel, Paris, France
Toast to the romance and beauty of the City of Light, marvelling at panoramas of the Eiffel Tower and Paris’s famed rooftops at this vintage aviation-themed lounge and terrace crowning The Peninsula Paris.
The interiors (which include an actual plane) and the cocktails (like the Aviation and the Take Off) pay homage to French pilots Charles Nungesser and François Coli, who attempted the first transatlantic flight between Paris and New York on the plane L’Oiseau Blanc.
The London West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, USA
Set amongst the heart of LA, enjoy uninterrupted views of LA and Beverly Hills from this hidden garden oasis. The rooftop of the London Hotel in West Hollywood is the ultimate day to night destination.
Lounge poolside by day in a private cabana, cocktail in hand; as the evening progresses and the buzz grows, space turns into a glamorous hang-out.
Moon Bar, Banyan Tree, Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand is home to some of the world’s most unbelievable sky bars, but none carry the wow factor quite like this gravity-defying restaurant and bar combo, jetting 61 stories towards the heavens atop the Banyan Tree Bangkok.
With 360-degree views extending to the horizon in all directions, it’s like hovering over Bangkok’s dazzling cityscape, a sensation heightened by multiple rounds of Dragon Ball, a potent mix of Cinnamon Chalong Bay (a national sugar cane and cinnamon-based rum), passion fruit wine, Amaro Montenegro, blood orange juice, and a drop of orange oil.
Long Island Summer Lounge, Frankfurt, Germany
This place is not your typical German beer garden. Located in downtown Frankfurt, this hip rooftop may be a ways from the actual Long Island, but it sure does a great job recreating an upscale nautical vibe.
From the two pools to the white cabanas and tangerine lounge chairs, you might forget you're in the central city district for a minute. After soaking up some sun poolside, refuel with such quintessential barbecue fare as hot dogs, burgers, or steak. The lounge is open every day during the summer.
Skye Bar, Sau Paulo, Brazil
Situated at the top of Hotel Unique you will find the wonderful rooftop bar, known as Skye Bar. Thanks to the magical 360-degree views, the comfortable lounge furniture, brilliant food, healthy drinks and superb swimming pool, it is no surprise that Skye Bar is frequently ranked as one of the world's very best.
In true Brasilian style, you can always count on an electric party atmosphere, especially when the sun goes down.
Locavore Bar, Steam Hotel, Vasteras, Sweden
The Locavore Bar is on the 18th floor of the Steam Hotel in this central Swedish city. It is actually a former power station and now a gleaming and stylish example of Scandinavian chic.
With views over the lovely Lake Malaren, the third largest fresh-water lake in Sweden, this bar is luxury of a rare kind. Gleaming chandeliers in the dining room give way to magnificent views at the top, and there are stunning sunsets to be enjoyed as well. Sit back and witness the young locals ski and skate their way across a frozen wilderness.
Baba Nest, Sri Panwa Resort, Phuket, Thailand
Just when we thought we had seen it all with coastal Thailand’s array of high-design rooftop infinity pools, up pops Baba Nest at Sri Panwa resort in Phuket.
Baba Nest is a floating bar in the centre of a mountaintop infinity pool, scattered with cloud-like, oversized pillows and serving Sri-jitos (Sri Panwa’s twist on the mojito with lemongrass-infused Belvedere vodka, lemongrass tea, fresh lime, and mint).
El Sueno at the Serras, Barcelona, Spain
This minimalist rooftop is so cool it wouldn’t look out of place in New York.
With a great view over the Mediterranean Sea and Barcelona Port, a luxurious swimming pool and a smattering of trees on the terrace to provide natural shade, this oasis perched above The Serras Hotel is an absolute must.
If that wasn't enough why not enjoy (lunch and dinner) fresh and light meals, prepared by a Michelin-starred chef.
If you enjoy more of a party vibe, fear not, every weekend some of the city's best DJs get El Sueno bouncing.
Pergola Paddington Central, London, UK
Hidden in Paddington's business district, this London rooftop bar is one of the prettiest of the bunch, with hanging foliage, giant daybeds and fairy lights strung around.
There's two open bars, plus street food from D/F Mexico, Mam and Patty & Bun, so why not grab a taco and a beer and take to the fairy-lit terrace for a sundowner with a view.
When it turns chilly (or, let's face it, starts to rain) head downstairs to the covered lower deck for more of the same.