On its own, a great view is a blessing. But with an expertly crafted cocktail in hand, it’s downright heavenly. These nine bars come with breathtaking views of everything from the mountains to the ocean to the concrete jungle.
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Zinc Bar at Cliff House
San Francisco, CA
The zinc-covered bar inside San Francisco’s historic Cliff House overlooks the entrance to San Francisco Bay. The dramatic views of the rocks below and frothing Pacific Ocean are best enjoyed with a Ramos Gin Fizz, whose foamy top echoes the crashing waves outside.
The sprawling rooftop bar, perched on the 34th floor of the Four Seasons Mumbai, towers over the city below. Views stretch all the way to the sea, but even at night, when the sea disappears into the darkness, the view is the main attraction thanks to the glittering city lights. The bar stays open during monsoon season, letting guests enjoy the storms while staying warm and dry behind a covered windscreen.
Every seat at this cliffside bar has a great view of the roiling Indian Ocean below, but the best vantage spot by far is the circular VIP deck, which sits on its own rocky outcropping. Drinks include tropical takes on classic cocktails like the Jimbaran Caipirinha (Cachaça, tangerine jelly, kaffir lime leaf, lime, ginger ale) and a selection of Gin & Tonic variations.
Las Vegas, NV
Even if the house lets you down (and it will), this bar, which overlooks the sparkling Strip, will raise your spirits. Located on the 55th floor of the Palms, the clubby bar is worth braving the high-heeled crowds for the open air deck. Gaze across the flashing casinos and imagine yourself hitting the jackpot tomorrow.
Top Mountain Star
Set atop Wurkmkogl mountain, this circular, glass-enclosed bar features a viewing platform and 360-degree views of the snowy Alpine range. Warm up with a rum-spiked hot chocolate before skiing down the mountain, or have another round and ride the lift down instead.
The rooftop bar of this tri-level gallery/cafe/bar is the world’s highest al fresco drinkery at 925 feet above sea level. The views of the city are worth conquering a fear of heights—plus, cocktails like Lychee-Tinis and Mai Tais will help ease any altitude-induced jitters. Sunset is a particularly popular time to visit. The bar hosts a daily Sundown Affair with cocktails and jazz.
Mamanuca Islands, Fiji
This floating bar and pizzeria lives up to its name. Anchored to a reef off Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands, the double-decker pontoon is surrounded by crystal blue water, underneath which you can glimpse brightly colored fish and coral. Dive into the ocean for some grade-A snorkeling, then dry off with a cocktail and a wood fire pizza.
Sirocco & Sky Bar
Also known as the Hangover bar (it appeared in The Hangover II), this rooftop bar juts out from the 63rd floor of the Lebua Hotel, suspending guests 820 feet above the ground. The view of the city lights below and the skyline in the distance are best accompanied by, what else, a Hangovertini made with green tea liquor, Martini Rosso, green apple juice and rosemary-infused honey.
Surrounded by infinity pools, this rooftop bar boasts uninterrupted views of the Andaman Sea, Phuket’s Southeastern peninsula and the surrounding islands. In place of the usual tables or stools, the bar provides pillows to sit on for a relaxed, laid back vibe.
Roof Garden Bar at the Met
New York, NY
The view from the rooftop garden bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art rivals some of its exhibits. Guests can gaze over Central Park and admire the west side skyline as they sip drinks like the classic Corpse Reviver #2 or blood orange Sangria. Open from May through October, the view changes with the season.