IN 2016 we traveled all around the world and personally visited a couple hundred rooftop bars. We’re planning on even more spots in 2017. Why would we do something like this? As longtime childhood friends, we recognized that there was no resource for the best rooftop bars in world cities, so now we have the world’s biggest guide — The Rooftop Guide — a website dedicated to rooftop bars where we review, blog about, and collect information from every place.
During our rooftop trips we visit as many rooftop bars as we can in each city, where we often meet the owners to discuss their rooftop and how we can help them. We also try rooftop pools, signature cocktails, and specialties from the kitchens, to get as complete an experience as we can. We post daily on our Instagram (the_rooftopguide) and blog so that our followers can see what’s happening all the time.
We have three three main objectives: Help visitors find the best and most suitable rooftop bars, help the rooftop bars attract more visitors, and act as an inspiration when you are booking a trip.
Editor’s note: These spots are all taken directly from travelstoke®, a new app from Matador that connects you with fellow travelers and locals, and helps you build trip itineraries with spots that integrate seamlessly into Google Maps and Uber. Download the app to add any of the spots below directly to your future trips. All photos by author except where noted.
Marina Bay SandsSingapore, SingaporeThe worlds best rooftop bar and rooftop infinity pool. A must to visit in Singapore. 10/10!
Wooloomooloo SteakhouseHong Kong Island, Hong KongThe best view in Hong Kong! Amazing. Also plus for good service and nice atmosphere. Tasty aperol spritz as well.
Mikla (Istanbul, Turkey)
MiklaAsmalı Mescit Mahallesi, TurkeyBest view in Istanbul with a fantastic restaurant and party atmosphere. Plus for a nice swimming pool.
JW Marriott CannesCannes, FranceOne of the best rooftops i Cannes. Big terrace with a good bar och lunch menu.
Aria Hotel BudapestBudapest, HungaryThe best rooftop bar in Budapest. Amazing food, good service and nice atmosphere. Try the lunch with beer.
Kimpton Ink48 HotelNew York, United StatesNew Yorks best rooftop bar. Fancy, expensive and with a nice party feeling.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice (Nice, France)
Radisson Blu Hotel, NiceNice, FranceThe best rooftop pool in Nice. Also plus for good food and drinks.
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong KongKowloon, Hong KongWorlds highest bar. Try the sunday brunch. Free flow of Champagne and super good food. The best brunch ever.
Ohla BarcelonaBarcelona, SpainMagical place to hang out at in Barcelona. Nice cabanas and swimming pool.
SUSHISAMBA LondonLondon, United KingdomEuropes highest rooftop. Fantastic asian food and service. A must visit
Ceresio 7Milano, ItalyLuxurious terrace with a cool rooftop pool.
Gansevoort Meatpacking NYCNew York, United StatesThe perfect rooftop if you like to party with a view.
Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona GLBarcelona, SpainAmazing view and good service. Quite expensive. In the evenings there’s a nice party atmosphere here.
The Westin Excelsior, FlorenceFirenze, ItalyThe perfect place for a long wine lunch. Very good service, tasty food and beautiful views.
LeVeL33Singapore, SingaporeNice spot if you like beer. The worlds highest beer brewery.