You know what cocktails pair best with? A kick-ass view. These eight international bars deliver on both fronts, offering ways to get dreezy as well as a new P.O.V. on some of the world’s coolest cities.
1-ALTITUDE GALLERY BAR
Wanna get high? When you visit this club—supposedly the highest in the world—you have no choice. Standing 282 meters off the ground, it boasts 360 degree-views of the city and serves up cool-looking modern décor. Along with cocktails, of course.
SKY BAR IN THE TRADERS HOTEL
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, shangri-la.com
You won’t be able to bask in the breeze in this indoor bar, but you will get a killer view of Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Twin Towers. Located on the 33rd floor of the Traders Hotel, the club is also outfitted with comfy seating and a pool.
THE 5TH FLOOR AT THE PENZ HOTEL
Innsbruck, Austria, the-penz.com
Drink in the stunning panorama of the Alps as you sip on one of this bar’s many rare whiskies. The terrace offers views of the west, so for optimal eye candy, aim to arrive right before sunset.
THE TOP LOUNGE AT ADRIANA HVAR SPA HOTEL
Hvar, Croatia, suncanihvar.com
Get a birds-eye view of this ancient Croatian city from the Adriana Spa Hotel’s aptly named Top Lounge. From your perch, you can eye the city lights, yacht harbor, bay and nearby Paklinksi Islands.
VISTA AT THE TRAFALGAR
London, England, thetrafalgar.com
You can peep some of London’s most iconic sites with a cocktail in hand. Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the London Eye are all on view from The Trafalgar Hotel’s lofty Vista Bar.
THE LIGHTHOUSE BAR AT THE OYSTER BOX
Durban, South Africa, oysterboxhotel.com
Come for the ocean breeze and stay for the 180-degree views of the coastline and South Africa’s famous Umhlanga lighthouse. But if striking vistas aren’t enough to hold your attention, you’ll be happy to know that the Lighthouse Bar is also a popular meeting place to catch the latest cricket, rugby and soccer matches on big-screen plasma TVs. Plus, they serve up drinks made with delicious local ingredients, like cane sugar.
ROOFTOP BAR AND CINEMA
Melbourne, Australia, rooftopcinema.com.au
This bar gives you more to look at than just the surrounding city. Every night they feature movie screenings. So, grab a drink and settle into one of the bar’s cozy deck chairs for the flick du jour. Recent flicks have included recent hits (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Theory of Everything), as well as contemporary classics (Bridesmaids), and old-school picks (Ghostbusters, Labyrinth, Pulp Fiction).
DANDY’S ROOFTOP BAR AT THE FOX HOTEL
South Brisbane Queensland, Australia, thefox.com.au
The candy-coated interior of this bar might make you feel a bit like you’re in a cartoon. Serving up 70s tennis club style, this sky-high watering hole features drinks named after players, like Anna Kournikova, but the can’t-miss cocktail is the frozen ginger beer.