10 Highest Rooftop Bars In The World
August 9, 2023
The team at Strato LOVE Rooftops (if you couldn't tell) so we wanted to share with you some of our favourite rooftop bars all around the world. There’s no denying sipping cocktails among the clouds is a breathtaking experience. With sky high venues towering above cities all over the globe, it’s clear there is something special about drinking with a view that draws people in from all walks of life. These top 10 highest rooftop bars in the world take elevated experiences to a whole other level.
Whether you’re seeking sky-high views of dazzling cityscapes, or a luxurious experience among the clouds, there’s no doubt that, in this case, higher is better.
With sky-high rooftop bars spanning from the Pacific to the Atlantic, these 10 bars are a must-visit for those who want to see the cities they visit from a unique, dazzling perspective. Take your travels to new heights with the following elevated (and utterly instagrammable) experiences among the clouds.
- OZONE - Hong Kong
- GŎNG Bar - London, UK
- Strato Bar & Restaurant - Melbourne, Australia
- Sky Room - New York, USA
- Sky Bar - Bangkok, Thailand
- CE LA VI - Marina Bay, Singapore
- Andaz Rooftop Bar - Tokyo, Japan
- ZETA Seventy Seven - Dubai, UAE
- Henshin - Jakarta, Indonesia
- The One Eighty - Toronto, Canada
1. OZONE - Hong Kong
Situated on the 118th level of Hong Kong’s International Commerce Centre tower, OZONE rooftop bar boasts breathtaking views of Victoria Bay and Hong Kong Island.
Designed by Japanese interior designer, Masamichi Katayama, this exclusive Ritz-Carlton rooftop bar is a mesmerising combination of blue-hue ambience and geometric shapes to create one of Asia’s most beautiful rooftop dining and drinking experiences.
At 8pm, the ICC Tower lights up with a spectacular light show, elevating the rooftop experience to new heights.
2. GŎNG Bar - London, England
GŎNG Bar, which sits on level 52 of The Shard, is named the highest bar in Europe. Hosting both a cocktail bar and champagne bar, this venue offers unparalleled elegance alongside 360 degree views of London’s stunning skyline.
At approximately 182 meters high, GŎNG Bar is one of Europe’s most stunning modern architectural buildings. GŎNG was meticulously designed by Andre Fu Studio and inspired by the mythical concept of cinnabar, a mineral used throughout history to create the famously oriental ‘dragon red’.
3. Strato Bar & Restaurant - Melbourne, Australia
Offering 360 degree views of Melbourne’s beautiful cityscape, Strato Melbourne Bar & Dining offers a sky-high experience unlike any other. Soaring 140 meters above the ground on the 40th floor of Oakwood Premier Melbourne, Strato is one of the highest rooftop bars in Melbourne.
Beyond the breathtaking views of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and other spectacular Melbourne landmarks, Strato also boasts an invigorating dining and drinking experience - the height of culinary perfection.
With a menu inspired by the five elements of the stratosphere, Strato masterfully brings the atmosphere (air), the hydrosphere (water), the cryosphere (ice and permafrost), the lithosphere (earth's upper rocky layer) and the biosphere (living things) into each plate.
4. Sky Room - New York, USA
Sky Room NYC is the highest rooftop bar in NYC. If you think sipping cocktails at ground level in New York isn’t glamorous enough, at NYC’s Sky Room, you can enjoy a vast array of fine beverages while taking in views of the Empire State Building and the Hudson River.
Sky Room has 5 different rooftop spaces for you to indulge in 360 degree views of New York City, including South Terrace, North Terrace, Times Square Lounge, Balcony Cube and the Candlelight Lounge. Ensuring you can enjoy the rooftop experience no matter the weather, Sky Room NYC also has both indoor and outdoor seating with a retractable roof.
5. Sky Bar - Bangkok, Thailand
Sitting among the clouds, Sky Bar is the highest rooftop bar in Bangkok. Located on the 63rd floor of an 820ft skyscraper, Sky Bar Bangkok holds some of the most impressive unobstructed 360 degree views of Thailand’s capital city.
As one of the highest rooftop bars in the world, it's no wonder this spectacular rooftop cocktail lounge was chosen to feature in the popular movie, Hangover 2. As a result, you’ll find an exclusive ‘Hangovertini’ cocktail on their unique drinks menu, which was crafted specially for the cast of the movie during the filming.
6. CE LA VI - Singapore
Since the closure of 1-Altitude Rooftop Gallery & Bar (a bar that was 282 above sea level with knock-out views of the Singaporean landscape), CE LA VI has claimed the throne as one of the highest rooftop bars in Singapore.
Situated 200 meters above sea level on the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands, CE LA VI holds some of the finest views of Singapore’s Marina Bay and stunning city skyline. Containing a restaurant, skybar and club lounge, whether you’re looking for a place to eat, drink or dance, CE LA VI has you covered.
7. Andaz Rooftop Bar - Tokyo, Japan
Perched on the 52nd floor of Andaz Tokyo Hotel, Andaz Rooftop Bar is one of Japan’s finest rooftop experiences. From the bar’s floor to ceiling windows are views stretching to Tokyo Bay and Odaiba. At night, Andaz boasts panoramic views of Tokyo’s sparkling city lights.
Not only is this one of the highest rooftop bars in Japan, but it is also home to an extensive menu of fine labels and several distinctive locally-inspired cocktails. Notably, one of their must-have cocktails is called the ‘Kyohime Amazake’, which features Japanese sweet sake, matcha, yuzu and Grey Goose Poire vodka poured over an elegant ice ball.
8. ZETA Seventy Seven - Dubai, UAE
As the name suggests, ZETA Seventy Seven sits on the 77th floor of the luxurious Address Beach Resort, being one of the highest rooftop bars in Dubai. Other than their outstanding dining and drinking experience, this rooftop experience also boasts the world’s highest outdoor infinity pool (Guinness World Record Certified, in fact), where guests can swim almost 300m in the air.
With panoramic, postcard-perfect views, from ZETA you’ll be able to enjoy sights extending from the Arabian Gulf to Palm Jumeirah. An iconic part of Dubai’s nightlife, ZETA Seventy Seven stays open until 2am everyday, providing divine cocktails, food and a place to kick back and soak up the stunning view.
9. Henshin - Jakarta, Indonesia
On levels 67-69 of the 304 meter high Game Tower sits Henshin Jakarta, one of the highest rooftop bars in Indonesia. Here, guests can drink and eat while taking in absolutely breathtaking views of Indonesia’s skylines.
Henshin Jakarta serves up an authentic, tasty Nikkei-inspired menu of dishes and artisanal cocktails - a cuisine derived from Japan and Peru’s culinary traditions. Unique to the venue, guests are invited to watch the skilled chefs prepare their mouthwatering creations through an open-kitchen concept located on the 67th floor.
10. The One Eighty - Toronto, Canada
Last, but not least, The One Eighty is one of the highest rooftop bars in Canada. Located on the 51st floor of Manulife Centre in Toronto, The One Eighty boasts impressive views of Toronto’s skyline and the unique CN tower - recognised by the Guinness World Records as the tallest freestanding structure on land.
Open year-round, Winter will bring you delightful views of Toronto’s snow-covered cityscape, while the warmer months are ideal for basking in the sun on The One Eighty’s rooftop terrace.
Looking to visit the world’s all-time record-breaking rooftops? We’ve answered your frequently asked questions about the most impressive rooftop experiences across the globe.
Which city has the highest rooftop bar in the world?
Hong Kong is home to the highest rooftop bar in the world. OZONE Rooftop Bar is situated 1608ft in the sky on the 118th floor of the ICC Tower, with unobstructed views of Hong Kong’s most famous landmarks and cityscape. At 1,608ft above sea level, Hong Kong’s OZONE holds the world title for the world’s highest rooftop bar.
What is the biggest rooftop in the world?
The biggest rooftop in the world is the Offshore Rooftop & Bar, located at the far East end of Chicago’s Navy Pier in the United States. Covering an enormous 4,859.78 square metres, Offshore Rooftop & Bar is recognised by the Guinness World Records for its incredible size.
Here, you can indulge in sophisticated dinner and cocktails while overlooking Lake Michigan and Chicago’s renowned city skylines.
Are rooftop bars expensive?
It depends, but you will generally find yourself paying a premium at rooftop bars across the globe. Despite a lot of rooftop bars being a bit pricier than those on the ground, the experience and views you will indulge in are priceless.
Why do people like rooftop bars?
Rooftop bars are loved worldwide because they take experiences we already love to new heights (literally). Why sip cocktails on ground level, when you could be enjoying panoramic views of dazzling city lights, sunsets or sea? If you haven’t visited a rooftop bar before, now is the time.
What is the highest rooftop bar in Singapore?
Since the closure of 1-Altitude Rooftop Gallery & Bar, CE LA VI in Marina Bay Sands is now the highest rooftop bar in Singapore. Perched up on the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands iconic Skypark, this exclusive venue is situated 200 meters above sea level. It’s no surprise the views from this rooftop bar are absolutely phenomenal.
What has replaced 1-Altitude?
Since its closure in March, 2022, no rooftop bar has taken over the space that 1-Altitude occupied in Singapore. However, the 1-Altitude brand lives on in the form of 1-Arden, a new concept located on the 51st floor of CapitaSpring, with equally impressive views of Marina Bay.
Where is the highest rooftop in the world?
The world’s highest rooftop in the world is located in Hong Kong on the 118th floor of Hong Kong’s ICC Tower, an impressive 1,608ft above sea level. Home to small plates, creative cocktails and live music entertainment, OZONE offers Hong Kong a vibrant nightlife with unobstructed views of the city skyline.
If you’re planning to head to Hong Kong anytime soon, OZONE is an experience you cannot miss.
What makes a good rooftop bar?
The secret to a good rooftop bar is the location, height and the view (which tend to go hand-in-hand). Nothing beats a rooftop with panoramic, 360 degree views of the cityscape, especially when you can indulge in a top-down view of the world’s famous landmarks.
Now that you’re armed with the knowledge of the highest rooftop bars in the world, your next question might be - where should I visit first? To secure incredible views of Melbourne’s city skylines, book a table among the clouds at Strato Melbourne today.