Bottoms way up.
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By Traveling Lamas Guest Writer Maliya Badruddin
The only thing better than a killer cocktail? One with an equally killer view. Which is why we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up the world’s most jaw-dropping bars in the sky, bringing a new meaning to bottoms up. From a suspended bridge bar to a dangling dining + drinking experience, a glass-enclosed summit bar to the world’s best rooftops, get ready to reach higher when you raise that next toast. Afraid of heights? Don’t worry – we’re sure it won’t take long for that liquid courage to help conquer your fears. Cheers to that.
Ascend the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, to the 122nd floor where you can wine and dine in this stunning restaurant-lounge surrounded by sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf. At a mere 1,350 feet above ground level, you’ll easily feel like you’re on top of the world.
Manhattan, New York
Claiming the title of highest outdoor terrace bar in Manhattan, Bar SixtyFive serves up chic craft cocktails, light bites, and views for days (and nights) in the iconic Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center. Best to reserve a table in advance, particularly if you want to enjoy breathtaking sunset views of the city that never sleeps at one of the coveted alfresco tables.
Head up to the 63rd floor of Singapore’s towering One Raffles Place and enter 1-Altitude: a multi-concept dining, lifestyle and libation hot spot claiming to be the highest open-air bar in the world. Take in 360-degree views of the city and its stunning sunsets while sipping signature cocktails, grooving to world-renowned DJs and enjoying light bar bites, or head 1 floor down to Stellar: 1-Altitude’s restaurant-with-a-view serving up progressive Australian cuisine.
Now you can literally sip your favorite cocktail in the clouds thanks to Dinner in the Sky, a suspended dining concept born at the hands of a culinary communications specialist teamed up with an amusement park installations group. Not for the faint of heart, 22 brave diners at time are suspended 150 feet into the air by a 200 foot crane, enjoying an unforgettable experience – and a truly natural high. Since its debut a few years ago, the flying dinner table has soared through the skies of 45 countries and counting, including the United States, Canada, India, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico and China.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Suspended 30 floors above ground, G Tower Hotel’s intimate Bridge Bar not only features floor-to-ceiling windows, but a vertigo-inducing glass platform you can stand on for a daring downward view of the city below. If you’re not a hotel guest be prepared to pay an entry fee to get into this stylish spot, easily justified between the views and an included cocktail.
This seasonal rooftop lounge takes residence atop Frankfurt’s Stock Exchange parking garage each summer, offering sweeping skyline views alongside two pools, BBQ-themed bar bites, cocktails and of course – a well-stocked list of German beers. This spot might be a ways away from New York’s Long Island, but does a decent job replicating with a decidedly nautical vibe amongst Frankfurt’s bustling downtown scene.
Re-live the Hangover Part II (or get ready to create your own) in Thailand’s highest, hippest and most popular rooftop bar, Sky Bar. Extending out from the 63rd floor of State Tower, Thailand’s 2nd tallest building, Sky Bar at Lebua Hotel offers mesmerizing views of the city and winding Chao Phraya River below. Sip the signature Sunset 63 cocktail (Absolut 100 vodka, Cointreau, pineapple juice, orange juice) or the film-inspired Hangovertini (a blend of green tea liquor, apple juice, Martini Rosso and rosemary honey) while you stand 820 feet in the air.
Qatar Airways A380 aircrafts
Landing on our list quite literally, book a business or 1st-class ticket on your next QATAR Airways A380 flight (select destinations) to enjoy a flute of Krug Champagne 28,000 feet in the air. Stretch your legs with a visit to this exclusive on-board lounge, where you can relax on curved couches (equipped with seat belts, natch), sip top-shelf cocktails and nibble on cheese plates and canapés.
This slice of medieval history takes residence at the top floor of the ancient Consorti tower within Florence’s fashionable Hotel Continentale (owned by the Ferragamo family). Enjoy 360-degree views of the Arno, Brunelleschi’s Dome, San Miniato, Palazzo Vecchio and Forte Belvedere and more, not to mention the Tuscan city’s breathtaking sunsets.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Occupying the 107th and 108th floors of the soaring Stratosphere Tower, Level 107 and Air Bar (respectively) easily claim the title as highest bars on the Vegas Strip, if not in the whole of the United States. Stop in for reduced price libations during daily happy hour from 7pm – 10pm, and check out the adrenaline junkies taking the ultimate open-air leap just a few feet away at SkyJump – the world’s highest controlled descent.
Wurmkogel Alps, Austria
Whether refueling mid-run or relaxing aprés-ski, ride the lift up the slopes of Hochgurgl-Obergurgl Ski Resort in Austria to TOP Mountain Star, perched 9800+ feet above sea level on a narrow ridge of the Wurmkogel Alps. This glass-enclosed summit bar offers jaw-dropping, 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks and mountains, described in detail on a circular panoramic handrail. Sip cocktails while indulging in elevated dining – at the truest sense of the word.
Hong Kong, China
Ascend to the 118th floor of Hong Kong’s tallest hotel, The Ritz Carlton, to visit Ozone Bar. Creative cocktails, Asian tapas and pulsating mood lighting are on offer, complete with an outdoor terrace offering incomparable views of Victoria Bay and Hong Kong island. Once you’ve had your fill of views from the 2nd tallest bar in the world, head back inside to the bold and funky interiors courtesy of acclaimed designer Masamichi Katayama.