Top 10 Rooftop Bars Around the World, Flickr: Rinzewind

Have a Guinness at Gravity Bar


On your next vacation, when you’re looking for a great place to spend an evening with friends over cocktails, we advise you to look up. That’s because some of the wildest, craziest and downright enjoyable nightlife can be found high above on rooftop bars.

The Gravity Bar (Dublin, Ireland): Perched on top of the world famous Guinness Storehouse is one of the coolest bars in Ireland’s capital city. Take a tour of the factory and you will receive one complimentary pint of Guinness upon arrival. Sit back and enjoy a few pints with amazing panoramic views of Dublin.

The Penthouse Terrace (Madrid, Spain): Owner Rande Gerber (husband of supermodel Cindy Crawford), provides a very cool vibe on top of the Hotel ME Madrid. You might not get much drinking done while visiting the Penthouse due to absolutely breathtaking views of central Madrid. This is definitely a place for the rich and beautiful, so dress sharp and plan to spend a lot of dough when visiting.

Sirocco (Bangkok, Thailand): Sitting on top of The Dome at lebua at the 63rd floor, Sirocco is not only a great place for some downtime with friends over a few strong drinks by the Skybar, but it also offers one of the country’s best dining experiences. Sit in awe as you take in the landscape that is Bangkok and the Chao Phraya river. The mood is set perfectly by a live jazz band that plays late into the evening.

Luna Bar (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia): This sexy and cool Malaysian rooftop bar offers guests a pool, which is located right in the middle of the action. However it is just for show, but who knows, after a few alcoholic beverages, you may find yourself diving in for kicks. The Luna Bar offers outstanding night views of Kuala Lumpur.

230 Fifth (New York, New York):
Open 365 days of the year from 4pm to 4am, the largest Rooftop Garden and fully enclosed Penthouse Garden in New York City has also been ranked as #1 by various top food and nightlife critics. Be sure to check out 230 Fifth during the day and devour something delicious from their amazing brunch menu.

VooDoo Lounge (Las Vegas, Nevada): When you stand out in a city like Las Vegas, you know you’re doing something right. Unlike other rooftop locations in Sin City, the entrance to VooDoo Lounge is a thrill ride in and of itself. Guests are loaded into a glass-walled elevator and lifted up the side of the Rio, offering up amazing views of Las Vegas before you even reach your final destination. Once you get to the lounge, enjoy such Vegas style amenities as a DJ booth, a few bars and even a stripper pole.

Standard Hotel (Los Angeles, California): Undoubtedly one of Los Angeles’ most popular rooftop lounges, this Standard Hotel hangout is still worth the wait at the door to get in for a few hours. Classic films play on a big screen as you enjoy outstanding cocktails at a shiny red bar. Unlike other rooftop lounges that offer pools, but do not allow people to swim in them, Standard allows patrons to strip down to their bikinis and go for a dip on a hot L.A. night.

ROOF (Chicago, Illinois): A visit to theWit hotel in Chicago is not complete without venturing up to the top floor and visiting the ROOF restaurant and lounge. Live music, fire pits and of course a bar are just some of the offerings at this more than 7,000 square foot Windy City space. Indoor and outdoor space is available to accommodate up to 150 guests for private rooftop shindigs.

Ivy Rooftop (San Diego, California) With a glistening pool, cushy beds and plenty of private cabanas, San Diego’s Ivy Rooftop provides guests with some of the most amazing views of downtown San Diego. Sip an exotic cocktail poolside or enjoy a culinary masterpiece at the Ivy’s restaurant. This is one of the largest rooftop venues in San Diego.

The Roof Garden (Rome, Italy): For truly memorable panoramic views of the “Eternal City”, be sure to make your way up to the Roof Garden at Rome‘s Hotel Raphael. Just steps from the lively Piazza Navona, this rooftop restaurant and lounge serves up tasty Italian fare and tantalizing specialty drinks with a Renaissance era skyline as patron’s backdrop.

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