Imagine sipping a chilled glass of Champagne or an expertly mixed cocktail as you watch the sun set and the lights of the big city start to twinkle in the growing dark – now imagine you’re doing that dozens of floors up a soaring skyscraper.
O2 Lounge, Moscow
With views of the Kremlin, Red Square, and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Ritz-Carlton’s O2 Lounge boasts an undeniably incredible vista. A dramatic glass dome makes the bar feel like it’s floating on a cloud and the contemporary design is all glass, steel, wenge-wood and cream leather, although the faberge chairs hint at Russia’s legendary love of opulence. The vodka sommelier will help you choose between the 400 kinds of vodka, the perfect spirit to team with something from the bar’s sushi counter. Be warned, you will not leave with much cash left in your wallet!
Azure Bar, Hong Kong
Hong Kong is renowned for its jaw-dropping skyline and from the rooftop of the 30th floor of the Hotel LKF you get one of the best views in the city. In the heart of Hong Kong’s buzzing nightlife district Lan Kwai Fong, Azure is frequented by the young and the beautiful so dress to impress, order an Azure Martini and settle on a low sofa on the decking overlooking the bright lights of the big city.
Skybar, Los Angeles
In a city that is all about seeing and being seen, the Mondrian’s Skybar is the place to see and be seen and is great for celeb spotting! Recently redesigned, the Skybar is set in an open-air, ivy-covered pavilion above the sparkling pool and commands spectacular views of LA. Think low, slouchy seating handmade in Mexico, tea lights everywhere, and LA’s celebrity party set lounging with cocktails.
Blu Bar on 36, Sydney
With uninterrupted, panoramic views of the Australian city’s Big 3 – Darling Harbour, Harbour Bridge and the magnificent white sails of the Opera House – a drink at the Shangri-La Hotel’s Blu Bar on 36 is a must. Perched on the 36th floor of the harbourside hotel, the bar is New York-sleek and boasts a cocktail menu devised by award-winning mixologists. Take a seat by the floor-to-ceiling windows and drink in the stunning views whilst you drink up a delicious cocktail.
Moon Bar, Bangkok
The Banyan Tree’s 61st floor Moon Bar offers jaw-dropping views over Bangkok’s glittering skyline and the Chao Phraya river which snakes its way across the city. The open-air bar boasts 360 degree views and is far less pretentious than the slightly more famous Sky Bar at The Dome. If you’re feeling hungry, take a seat at the Vertigo Restaurant, also al fresco and on the same level, and dine on seafood and steaks under the stars.