Updated: Best Rooftop Bars in the World

If I were to go on Mastermind I feel my expert topic would be ‘how to find a rooftop bar in a city’ because frankly, it’s becoming my special skill. Every time I head to a new location its on the top of my to-do list, to find the best rooftop bar. Because what’s better than finding a spot to view your new holiday destination with a cocktail in hand?

Like last year’s post, I have managed to round up some more rooftop bars I’ve had the pleasure of visiting and wanted to share.

New York – Park South Hotel

My favourite part about the Roof at Park South is I genuinely had no idea it was there when I booked us in for our stay. It was super handy for us staying there as there’s a special lift for hotel patrons.

Whereas you don’t get the views from the top of the Empire State Building or other iconic buildings, although you can see the top of a tiny Chrysler building in the distance!

The cocktail menu definitely provides some Instagram-able options, and most times we went to visit there was a spot you could grab so it’s not too overcrowded.

Melbourne – Naked for Satan

Yes, that really is the name. But don’t be put off, as it’s a great spot in Melbourne for a great view, good drinks and also a very appealing tapas menu with great Happy Hour deals. What’s not to love?

A personal favourite was the Tinto de Verano, which is a cold blend of red wine and orange. Might not sound appealing, but it’s a variation of Sangria and I absolutely loved it!

Chicago – Signature Room at 95th

Expect a queue because this isn’t exactly a secret, but believe me when I say it’s worth it. On the 95th floor of 875 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, which coincidently also has a ’tilting’ pay-to-view deck, the Signature Room provides a more stable view.

The drink prices aren’t cheap, but they’re worth it to sit by the window and gaze down at the city. The 360 view extends around the entire bar so no matter where you’re seated you’re bound to get a good look.

Brisbane – Next Hotel

This rooftop bar gets bonus points for having a pool, which is needed on a hot day in Brisbane. The bar also has a great happy hour deal, quite an eclectic poolside playlist where songs are chosen by patrons (not saying I didn’t enjoy Shania Twain, because I did).

Even if you’re not staying at the hotel the bar is a nice little oasis above the city. If you are staying at the hotel there’s a special hotel patron side of the bar meaning you might get served a little quicker. Also easier to run back to your room and dry off after a dip in the pool….

Chicago – Cindy’s

This bar has added bonus points for a fire pit outside for those chilly evenings, an incredible cocktail menu (although it has the prices to match…) and a great view of Millennium Park and the Cloud Gate structure (more commonly known as The Bean).

Stop for food indoors or pop outside to stand on the balcony and watch the world go by down on earth. It sits above the Chicago Athletic Association hotel, so once you’re done there’s plenty of other bars inside the building with varying degrees of party, from sit down dinner spots to party-games galore bars too.

Bar Sixty Five

I did write this up in the previous post so I’ll keep this brief. On my most recent trip I learnt the benefits of booking ahead when it comes to this place.

Whereas you can rock up on the day and see if they have availability, booking a table gets you more advantages. If you book a table you usually get a better table and view. Not only that, but you get dedicated time to the outdoor viewing platform! So you don’t have to jostle people out the way!

Anyway, I had to mention this bar again! Just look at the view…

Anywhere great I’ve missed? Please let me know in the comments or on my Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found!

I hope you enjoyed this post, more New York posts will be coming to the blog every week. Thanks for reading x




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