The six best rooftop bars in the world
The rooftop bar - a place where one can bridge fresh air with a nice drink or two.
On a summer's night in a busy city, there's nothing better. So if you plan on finding one on your gap year here are six of our favourite spots.
The Delancey, New York City
While some may recommend The Strand with its impressive view of The Empire States Building, The Delancey isn't half bad either and with a younger vibe. Based in the Lower East Side, the rooftop terrace is part of the music venue below. It's reasonably priced, too, with beers and spirits not much more than 5 or 6 dollars a piece.
The Lighthouse Bar, Umhlanga
Part of the Oyster Box Hotel in South Africa, The Lighthouse Bar is named so due to the fact there is a charming lighthouse in view. It also looks out onto Umhlanga beach and inspired the name of their signature Umhlanga Schling cocktail. There are also plasma TVs for those in need of catching up on a Friends box set - great for a group of friends, maybe.
The city of LA has many swanky rooftop joints like Hollywood's, The London, but Malibu just up the coast has Moonshadows. Overlooking the ocean, it's an ideal date venue where you can order some seafood plucked straight from the sea, which goes great with their fine white selection.
W Barcelona, Barcelona
Along the beach of Barcelona is one of the city's best-located hotels. It's not hard to miss either as it seems to be in the shape of a shark fin. Its rooftop bar offers a stunning view of the coastline and there's even a pool that you can splash about in. It's a little dearer than an average bar in the area, but you won't be complaining when you're dipping your toes in water whilst slurping a cocktail.
New York Bar, Tokyo
If you're in the Japanese capital and want to feel a bit classy, then this is the spot for you. With the Tokyo skyline in view, a nice drink will also be accompanied by live jazz. Known for being a favourite spot of celebrities when they visit the country, it was also the setting for the bar scenes in Lost in Translation.
Vertigo and Moon Bar, Bangkok
After you've partied your way through Thailand, you might want to do something a little more tasteful. This skybar offers just that. Located on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel, the bar offers a spectacular 360-degree view of the city. Drinks are pricey for the country but are totally worth every baht. Be sure to sample the exquisite menu, too.