Feel on top of the world as you clink your glasses to sunset views and stunning skylines
There’s something about gazing at city lights and infinite skies that have people in constant search of the best vantage point. And there is no way better to do that than with a drink in hand at a luxurious rooftop bar.
We have rounded up some of Asia’s newest and greatest rooftop bars that boast delectable drinks and breathtaking views.
Pacific Standard in Alila Bangsar, Malaysia
Perched atop the 41st floor of Alila Bangsar’s five-star building, Pacific Standard stands tall above the rest to provide unobstructed views of the vibrant district below and faraway high-rises sitting pretty against the night sky. Inside, the American-style lounge and bar channels the vintage glamour of 1950s Los Angeles, serving up clever cocktails tailored to different Hollywood themes and tastes.
Fine leather couches and an atmosphere filled with soulful jazz set the scene for a relaxing evening. Pacific Standard, which opened in May, is still Kuala Lumpur’s best-kept secret: every night is filled – but never crowded – with discerning patrons who are becoming regulars.
Il Bar in Bulgari Hotel Shanghai
For one of the most majestic views of Shanghai’s skyline, go to the new Bulgari Hotel’s 47th floor, where Il Bar still has its pristine sheen from its June opening. The hotel’s bar is a sleek space of polished wood and black leather furnishings. The oval bar counter is inspired by Rome’s Fontana della Barcaccia. Handcrafted bronze finished with mirrored steel enclose the Shanghainese rendition of the signature counter, making it a centrepiece to behold.
Sweeping views framed by floor-to-ceiling windows steal the show in Il Bar. You will be treated to beautiful panoramas of old and new Shanghai that stretch across the historical Bund and Huangpu River. For an even more enchanting experience, pick up your aperitif and head out onto the private outdoor terrace to enjoy the sunset and city’s colourful neon lights.
Alfresco 64 in Lebua Hotel Bangkok
Fancy a tipple of some of the rarest whiskies exclusive to the country? Ascend 800 feet (240 metres) above ground level to Alfresco 64, the world’s highest outdoor whisky bar and one of the finest gems to adorn Lebua Hotel’s golden dome of high-end dining establishments at the top of the tower. Partnering with Chivas Regal, the renowned makers of luxury Scotch, Alfresco 64 attracts connoisseurs and jet-setters from across the globe for a taste of premium pours that can set you back thousands of dollars.
The Chivas Regal Exclusive Lebua Blend is a must-try, and the spectacular views of the Bangkok skyline and Chao Phraya River from this lavish bar are a must-see. Taking design inspiration from the prow of a luxury yacht, the glass-panelled outdoor area is the perfect platform from which to take in the sights amid the fresh breeze.
Bar 81 in Signiel Seoul Hotel
Step into Bar 81 and you will find yourself mesmerised by the grand panorama of Seoul’s vibrant cityscape, or the exquisite décor of white and gold crystals hanging from above, conjuring imagery of effervescent Champagne bubbling over the bar’s elite guests.
Specialising in Champagne with an equally extensive menu of premium liquors, Bar 81 will have you spoilt for choice. Not to worry, though; the expert sommeliers will be happy to recommend something special from the list of Recoltant Manipulant Champagnes. Located in South Korea’s tallest building (Lotte World Tower) and boasting decadent interiors, the upscale bar is full of promise for a classy evening.
Social Club in Hôtel des Arts Saigon
Laid-back sophistication is the order of the day at Social Club, where you can take your time to nurse your favourite cocktail as you watch the sun go down on beautiful Saigon, only to be illuminated again by the city’s glittering nightlife. Chilled beats add to the easy-going vibe of the bar on the 24th floor, creating a lively but intimate atmosphere for memorable conversations between dates, friends, and colleagues alike. On Saturdays, party to live performances by the resident saxophonist and DJ from 10.30pm onwards.
When you feel like taking a breather, take a refreshing dip in the enticing infinity pool (exclusive to hotel guests only), or test your courage on the only glass suspension bridge in Ho Chi Minh City. It connects Hôtel des Arts Saigon to Centec Tower, which is home to Shri Restaurant & Lounge, so you can spice up the occasion with some bar-hopping.
Note – This story was originally published on SCMP and has been republished on this website with permission.