There’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of summer than by chilling at a rooftop bar with a refreshing cocktail in hand. Check out some of Asia’s best watering holes, which offer unbeatable bird’s-eye views of the city.
Baba Nest, Phuket
Surrounded by an infinity pool, this award-winning rooftop bar offers views of lush greenery and the glittering Andaman Sea. Recline against enormous cushions while sipping on cocktails like the Sunset Bubbles – a mint-infused drink of lemon, pineapple, vodka and Champagne.
Top of Hanoi, Hanoi
Perched on the 65th floor of Lotte Hotel – the second-tallest building in Hanoi – this bar boasts a magnificent view of the city. Decked out with minimalist furniture, it offers a sophisticated ambience with divine cocktails to match. Try the Golden Sand, a mix of whisky, Cointreau, passionfruit and syrup.
Despite being located just five storeys above the ground, the vista of Marina Bay waterfront from this famous bar is nothing short of iconic. True to its name, the bar’s deck is adorned with candle-lit lanterns, which create an intimate atmosphere. Unwind with a drink in hand in private cabanas, or by the pretty mosaic pool.
On14 Rooftop Bar & Lounge, Colombo
Situated along the coast, this bar provides excellent views of both the ocean and the cityscape. Sporting a casual set up surrounding an infinity pool, it offers tapas like Japanese cheese balls and cocktails like espresso martinis.
Mantra Bar & Lounge, Kuala Lumpur
This bar is the newest addition to KL’s vibrant nightlife scene. Adorned with fairy lights and potted plants, and located on top of Bangsar Village Mall II, it offers stellar views of the city skyline, including the iconic Petronas Towers glimmering in the distance. Have a taste of its signature cocktail, La Unica – a blend of brandy, passion fruit, lemon and egg white.
High Ultra Lounge, Bangalore
This bar flaunts a tropical vibe and a prime location atop Bangalore’s World Trade Centre. It also serves up an extensive range of international cuisine, from Japanese to Thai. Try Moonlighting, an elegant cocktail made with lemon, lemongrass, lychee and vodka, topped with rose petals and sugar pearls.
Grange Grill, Shenzhen
This fancy bar is perfect for all the bon vivants out there. Indoors, you’ll find a fine dining restaurant offering succulent steaks; the alfresco section allows for a more casual vibe. Sample its impeccable wine selection while looking out over the bustling city below.
Recently opened in March, this bar can be found at the multi award-winning L Hotel Seminyak. It’s a sleek, modern space, with lush terrariums hanging from the walls and exposed lightbulbs and glass bottles dangling from the ceiling. Sip on the Kupu-Kupu, a lovely concoction of tequila, lime, rose cordial and Cointreau.
Atlas Rooftop Bar & Lounge, Yangon
With soothing jazz tunes and creative cocktails like the melon Gin & Tonic, you’re definitely in for a good time. The views are gorgeous, too – admire stunning vistas of rice paddies during the day, and the golden glow of the Shwedagon pagoda at night.