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Living the high life: 10 best rooftop bars in Asia

Where does one have a relaxing drink after an exhausting afternoon while exploring Asia, or to soak in the beauty of a city’s skyline? If you find yourself in the bustling city of Shanghai, make a quick escape to the highest rooftop bar in China – Flair. Here you’ll find yourself with breathtaking views of the Huangpu River. For the party animal, we’d recommend dancing the night away on rooftop bars at Aer in Mumbai, or The Roof in Beirut.

Rooftop bars have also stepped up their game to provide guests delicious bites to complement a brilliant view and drinks. SEVVA in Hong Kong is a particular stand-out with a menu that reflects the city’s vibrant, cultural diversity – our pick? The delectable lobster and seafood crackle rice, to go with a glass of white wine, of course.

From Vietnam to Lebanon, here are the top suggestions specially curated by The Rooftop Guide – the world’s biggest guide and website dedicated to rooftop bars.

1
The Roof in Beirut

26 floors atop the Four Seasons Hotel, The Roof is the highest open-air lounge in Beirut. With its breath-taking views of the Mediterranean Sea and skyline, The Roof welcomes guests to enjoy the perfect night in Beirut: dance your night away with live DJ sets of upbeat jazz, funk, house and the classic 80’s hits, while sipping on their signature cocktails. As for nibbles, you can enjoy an elegant selection of tapas, Asian-inspired bites and fresh sashimi.

The Roof, 1418 Prof. Wafic Sinno Avenue, Minet El Hosn, Beirut, Lebanon

2
Flair in Shanghai

Perched on top of Ritz-Carlton, Flair is a place with its own flair. The spectacular view is a given, and the cocktails – mandatory. People from all over the world come here every day, and the popularity of this rooftop cannot be denied. Make sure to book your table in advance and ask for a table near the edge of the terrace if possible.

Flair, Shanghai IFC, 8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong Shanghai, China

3
Aer in Mumbai

Aer does have the most amazing view in Mumbai. Exposing the whole city to visitors, this rooftop lounge provides its guests with two separate sections: one side offers a night of partying with live DJ sets, while the other is more of a relaxing and intimate atmosphere. Bask in the cool glow of sunset views with their Sundowner Collection menu (otherwise known as happy hour), where you can enjoy craft cocktails, champagnes by the glass, single malts and other popular spirits.

Aer, Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai, 1/136, 34th Floor, Dr. E. Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 

4
SEVVA in Hong Kong

SEVVA is known for its stellar view of Hong Kong. The 25th floor offers a marvelous experience, a contemporary-chic design and delicious treats, like the baked truffle pasta with triple cheese, spaghetti with king prawns and crab meat in champagne cream. For dessert, we love to indulge in the pear chocolate tarts. This is the perfect spot for some romantic cocktails, or a party night with your friends.

SEVVA, Prince’s Building, 25/F, 10 Chater Rd, Central, Hong Kong

5
Chill Skybar in Ho Chi Minh

Stunning views. Tasty cocktails. Happy hour. That’s pretty much you need to know about Chill Skybar in Ho Chi Minh. You’ll be mesmerised by the breathtaking view (especially from a futuristic, elliptical bar), the welcoming bartenders that are always up for a chat, and the modern interior. Cocktails are all about the classics with a twist, like the boozy Saigon Mai Tai.

Chill Skybar, AB Tower, Tầng 26,, 76 Lê Lai, Bến Thành, District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

6
Wooloomooloo in Hong Kong

Wooloomooloo is a leader on the high-end side in the rooftop restaurant categories. The place is known for its impeccable dining list, where the steaks are a must-try. The roof terrace is a little bit more relaxed compared to the luxurious rooftop restaurant. Book your visit ahead and enjoy an exquisite sunset among the skyscrapers in Hong Kong.

Wooloomooloo, 31/F & Rooftop The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

7
The Summit in Hanoi

Hanoi sure does hide some amazing places to spend a night out at. The Summit at Pan Pacific is one of them. This luxurious rooftop bar offers a breathtaking, panoramic view, overlooking the Red River and the lakes. The live DJ sets allow guests to step up on their party mood. Lounge areas are available to those, who prefer a more relaxing and quiet atmosphere.

The Summit, Pan Pacific Road,, 1 Thanh Niên, Yên Phụ, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Vietnam

8
Three Sixty in Bangkok

The world famous hotel chain has one of the best spots in Bangkok. It doesn’t surprise us that located above Millennium Hilton, the Three Sixty rooftop bar is among the most popular for its cocktails and entertainment where world celebrities are often spotted, alongside the visitors of Bangkok. What’s so special about Three Sixty is that it has a stunning view of the river that runs close to the hotel.

Three Sixty, The Millennium Hilton, 123 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok, Thailand

9
Octave Rooftop in Bangkok

Octave Rooftop is a high-class and elegant space to conduct a business meeting or simply to have some fun. The three-level design features a lounge, a private room and a 360º view rooftop bar, where you can enjoy a menu of fusion cuisine such as Asian-style tapas platters, and a seafood bar along with the finest in wines and cocktails.

Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar, 57 Sukhumvit Rd, Klongtan-Nua, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Thailand

10
Marina Bay Sands in Singapore

Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is a 5-star luxury hotel with a dazzling view and it has one of the best infinity pools not only in Asia, but in the entire world. The beautiful rooftop bar ranks amongst the world’s finest places to spend some quality time at. Cé La Vi offers the finest in Modern Asian cuisine and cocktails, while Flight Lounge features a fun, contemporary beverage menu. A “must visit” destination when you’re in Singapore.

Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore