Drinking top quality cocktails, vintage wine or fine barrel aged whisky is a luxury, made more luxurious still when sipped atop some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers. The sky is the limit (and beyond) for these stratospheric bars that serve up delicious drinks paired with awe-inspiring views. Here’s the top of the top:
The Dome, Bangkok
1055 State Tower, Silom Rd, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
It may or may not come as a surprise that Bangkok is home to some of the world’s best sky-high bars – nothing can compare to tasting creative cocktail mixology on the outdoor terrace with panoramic views of the city from the 63rd floor, which is what the The Dome offers. Setting yourself that far above the hustle and bustle of Bangkok is worth the splurge. Distil, situated one floor above, is an upscale lounge specializing in single malt whiskies, premium vodkas and cognacs. Cuban cigars are available on the Cigar Terrace to really light up the luxury.
Ozone, Hong Kong
International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Situated atop the lofty Ritz-Carlton hotel, Ozone was, until recently, the world’s highest bar- it’s 118th floor location now ranks second. The views though, are second to none (on a clear night), with its jaw dropping panoramas of the infamous Hong Kong skyline. Its glitzy interior compliments the luxurious cocktail menu mixing eastern and western flavors like rum, oolong tea syrup, and absinthe with Dom Pérignon foam.
122nd Floor, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
At a sky-scraping 122 floors up, At.mosphere is not only located in the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, but is also ranked as the highest bar in the world. At.mosphere integrates its restaurant and bar lounge, making it a top choice for dinner followed by drinks. It also features a ‘fountain’ used to decadently show off the drinks and wine collections. The pristine views of Dubai that stretch out far below you are breathtaking for reasons more than the altitude.
The Shard, Shangri-La Hotel, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU, UK
A glistening beacon in the London Skyline, GŎNG sits on the 53rd floor of The Shard. Despite being a proud symbol of Briton, GŎNG wears its oriental origin boldly on its sleeve…well, on its interiors and menu. The epitome of luxury, it features a cocktail bar, a champagne bar and an infinity pool with some of the best views in all of London.
301 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2T6, Canada
Although 360, located in the esteemed CN Tower, is predominantly a restaurant, it houses the worlds highest wine cellar. Far from a gimmick, the enormous ‘cellar’ is fitted out as a traditional one, with climate and humidity control to ensure the more than 9000 bottles of wines that are stored there, from over 500 different wineries, are kept in perfect condition. The Canadian-French cuisine served at 360 hits the spot, too. And, with the restaurant rotating 360 degrees every 72 minutes offering superb views of Toronto, it makes it a top choice for wine and dine enthusiasts. If you’re still looking for more of a buzz after the wine, the rooftop bar offers the world’s highest untethered skywalk.
Baba Nest at Sri Panwa, Phuket
88/5 Moo.8, Sakdidej Road, Tambon Vichit, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
What this rooftop bar lacks in height, it has in originality and pure exotic luxury. Baba Nest at Sri Panwa is a beautiful floating bar at the centre of a mountaintop infinity pool that overlooks the ocean and uninhabited islands beyond. It’s strewn with comfy pillows on a wooden deck and serves up simple and delicious drinks like the Sri-jito, as mojito twist using lemon grass infused vodka.