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The best rooftop bars in the world 2024 revealed


March 11, 2024

Is there anything better than sipping your favourite drink while enjoying spectacular panoramic views?

You really can’t beat the combination of delicious food and drink, impeccable service, and beautiful views. Whether it is a night out, a special celebration or a catch-up lunch with friends, the backdrop of a stunning city adds something extra to the occasion.

It’s an experience that just can´t be beaten, so demand for rooftop bars is soaring, and the industry is responding quickly. Across the world, the hospitality industry is opening new venues and improving the quality of its rooftop bars.

As a result, our 2024 best rooftop bar looks very different from the one we produced in 2023.
There are twelve new entries, all of which made it into the top eighteen places. In addition, 5 establishments moved up the index by 100+ places, while 5 others dropped down the listing by 16 to 32 spots.

That’s a lot of movement. Rooftop bars that were hot in 2023 are now being overshadowed by others that have upped their game or establishments that have just opened. So, reading our full report will prove to be well worth your time.

To help you quickly make sense of all this change and find the best rooftop bars in your area, we have broken our results down into the following categories:

  1. World’s best of the best rooftop bars
  2. Best cities for rooftop bars in the world
  3. Best rooftop bars in the USA
  4. Best cities for rooftop bars in the USA
  5. Best rooftop bars in Europe
  6. Best cities for rooftop bars in Europe
  7. Best city for rooftop bars in the UK

Regardless of whether you are a local looking for somewhere special for a family celebration or a tourist who wants to enjoy memorable views of the city while re-energising, we´ve got you covered.

How we chose the best rooftop bars

Sadly, as much as we would have liked to, we couldn´t go on a global bar crawl. So, instead, we crawled the internet to uncover the information we needed.

For each of the 200 rooftop bars we analysed, we looked at how many people shared them on social media and what percentage of people rated them as excellent. Then, we combined these metrics to create our index of the world’s top 50 rooftop cocktail bars.


The full list of the top 50 Rooftop cocktail bars 2024 is below

The full rankings for 2024

CityCountryWorld RankingNameLast years ranking
Kuala LumpurMalaysia1Sky51New entry
BangkokThailand2CRU Champagne BarNew entry
CappadociaTurkey3Mithra Terrace at Mithra Cave HotelNew entry
BangkokThailand4AkaAza Bar at Amara Bangkok Hotel1
Hilton Head IslandUSA5Ocean Lounge at Sea Pines Beach ClubNew entry
Abu DhabiUAE6Azura Panoramic LoungeNew entry
DenverUSA754thirty Rooftop25
CharlotteUSA8Merchant & Trade71
ManilaPhillipines9Sky High Bar at ACE Hotel and SuitesNew entry
SavannahUSA10Electric Moon Skytop Lounge + Moon DeckNew entry
BarcelonaSpain11La Isabela at Hotel 18984
DubaiUAE12TreehouseNew entry
NashvilleUSA13Rooftop Lounge at Bobby HotelNew entry
DubaiUAE14SoBeNew entry
ChicagoUSA15I|O Godfrey Rooftop Lounge19
ChicagoUSA16Upstairs at the Gwen49
LondonUK17TT LiquorNew entry
AustinUSA18Azul Rooftop at The Westin Austin DowntownNew entry
PhoenixUSA19Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort138
BarcelonaSpain20The Rooftop at Serras2
ManchesterUK2120 Stories5
New YorkUSA22230 Fifth Rooftop Bar64
StockholmSweden23The Winery Hotel63
DubaiUAE24Pure Sky Lounge & Dining75
WarsawPoland25Level 2718
PhuketThailand26KEE Sky Lounge59
Amalfi CoastItaly27Vista Sky Bar at Hotel Mediterraneo Sorrento164
Los AngelesUSA28High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin109
Abu DhabiUAE29Brick Rooftop Kitchen & Bar141
ChicagoUSA30Z Bar115
BangkokThailand32Yao Restaurant & Rooftop Bar45
ChicagoUSA33Cerise Rooftop37
OrlandoUSA34Elevate Rooftop Lounge30
BangkokThailand36The Speakeasy Rooftop Bar62
BarcelonaSpain37The Pulitzer Terrace at Hotel Pulitzer16
JacksonvilleUSA38Black Sheep Restaurant17
BangkokThailand39Sky on 20110
LondonUK40LSQ Rooftop122
WashingtonUSA41Jack Rose Dining Saloon99
New YorkUSA42Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge184
San DiegoUSA43Cannonball48
LondonUK44Jin Bo Law Skybar55
AshevilleUSA45Capella on 944
AucklandNew Zealand46Rooftop at QT53
MelbourneAustralia47Naked in the Sky15
New YorkUSA48Bar Blondeau at Wythe Hotel189
LondonUK49The Culpeper Rooftop54

The best rooftop bars in the world top 3

All of last year’s top 3 best rooftop bars have slipped down the ranking, leaving room for Kuala Lumpur to grab the top spot, with Bangkok and an outlier from Turkey coming in 2nd and 3rd.

Here are the full details of the top 3 for 2024:

Sky51 – Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia

Location: on top of the EQ Hotel in Kuala Lumpur

View: panoramic views of the city spanning from the KL Tower to the Petronas Twin Towers

Vibe: sophisticated and upscale with a Tiki-themed rooftop bar and deck with a large indoor lounge area

Don´t miss: fine wines, creative cocktails, and elevated bites, including oysters

Where: Jalan Sultan Ismail Equatorial Plaza, Kuala Lumpur 50250, Malaysia

Worldwide rank – No. 1
Ranking change since 2023 – None – a new edition to the index


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CRU Champagne Bar – Bangkok – Thailand

Location: in the city centre of Bangkok, on the 59th floor of the Centara Grand at CentralWorld

View: a 360-degree view of Bangkok, allowing guests to enjoy sensational sunsets

Vibe: vibrant yet sophisticated with impeccable service

Don’t miss: Pommery Champagnes, unique cocktails, and exquisite Caspian Sea caviar and lobster with a twist

Where: 999/99 Rama 1 Road, Phatumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Worldwide rank – No. 2
Ranking change since 2023 – None – a new edition to the list


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Mithra Terrace at Mithra Cave Hotel – Cappadocia – Turkey

Location: on top of the Mithra Cave Hotel, which is situated in the heart of Cappadocia

View: stunning panoramic view of the beautiful rock formations and valleys of Cappadocia, at certain times of the year, complete with hot air balloons

Vibe: warm and inviting ambience in a traditionally decorated setting

Don´t miss: the rich open buffet breakfast for hotel guests and local kebabs for day visitors

Where: Aydınlı Mahallesi Akgül Sokak No:10 Göreme, 50180 Göreme, Turkey

Worldwide rank – No. 3
Ranking change since 2023 – None – new entry


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Interestingly, all 3 of these bars were new entries for our list. But, the number one rooftop bar of 2023 AkaAza Bar at Amara Bangkok Hotel, did not slip far down the list. It came in at number 4 on our new index.

Bangkok is still the best city in the world for rooftop bars

When it comes to which cities are best for rooftop bar fans, there has been a bit of a shake-up. Last year, Bangkok and Barcelona came in joint first.

For 2024, Bangkok retains its title, with 5 rooftop bars in our top 50. While Barcelona slides down into 4th place.

Bangkok rooftop bars that ranked in the top 50 are as follows:

London and Chicago take the number 2 and 3 slots for the cities with the most high-quality rooftop bars in the world. Take a look at the UK and USA sections of this article to find out more about what made them stand out.

Best rooftop bars in the USA

The USA is the country with the most top rooftop bars in the world, taking 22 of the top 50 spots.

Of those 22, 4 of them are in the top 10. Here are their details:


Ocean Lounge at Sea Pines Beach Club – Hilton Head Island – South Carolina

Location: on the 2nd floor of the Sea Pines Beach Club

View: stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean

Vibe: casual and friendly where locals mix easily with visitors to the area

Don’t miss: trying out the bar’s extensive list of bourbons, cognacs, whiskeys, and other drinks

Where: 87 N Sea Pines Dr, The Sea Pines Beach Club, Hilton Head, SC 29928-6002.

Worldwide rank – No. 5
Ranking change since 2023 – None – a new edition to the index


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54thirty Rooftop – Denver – Colorado

Location: in the Central Business District (CBD) on the 20th floor

View: scenic views of the Denver skyline and the surrounding area

Vibe: vibrant, upscale, and stylish

Don´t miss: spiced cocktails, Denver craft beers and shareable bites

Where: 1475 California Street, 20th Floor, Denver, CO 80202

Worldwide rank – No. 7
Ranking change since 2023 – Risen by 18 places


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Merchant & Trade – Charlotte – North Carolina

Location: Uptown Charlotte on the 19th floor of the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel

View: panoramic views of Uptown Charlotte

Vibe: lively, making it a good choice for special celebrations

Don´t miss: innovative original cocktails many made using North Carolina spirits and house-made mixers

Where: 101 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28280

Worldwide rank – No. 8
Ranking change since 2023 – Climbed 63 places


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Electric Moon Skytop Lounge + Moon Deck – Savannah – Georgia

Location: atop the Plant Riverside Power Plant Building

View: stunning river views and at night illuminated smokestacks

Vibe: high-energy with the Moon Deck being described as a playful adult oasis

Don´t miss: signature cocktails, and high-energy live music

Where: 400 W River St, Savannah, GA 31401

Worldwide rank – No. 10
Ranking change since 2023 – New to the index


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Chicago tops the list of best cities for rooftop bars in the USA

22 of the top 50 rooftop bars in the world are in America

Chicago shares the 2nd ranking for the best city for rooftop bars in the world. They have 4 in the top 50, they are:

New York has 3 of the world’s best rooftop bars and Denver has 2. The other 13 cities that feature in our index have one each. We’ve included our complete list at the end of the article, to make it easy for you to find their names and locations.
For tourists who want to enjoy the unique dining and socialising experience that rooftop bars offer, America is the country to go to. Regardless of where you stay in the USA, you won’t be far from an exceptional rooftop bar.

For tourists who want to enjoy the unique dining and socialising experience that rooftop bars offer, America is the country to go to. Regardless of where you stay in the USA, you won’t be far from an exceptional rooftop bar.

Best Rooftop Bars in Europe

Seven of the best rooftop bars in the world are located in Europe.

Here are the details for the top 3 European rooftop bars:


La Isabela at Hotel 1898 – Barcelona – Spain

Location: in the heart of Barcelona on the famous La Rambla

View: magnificent 360-degree views over the city

Vibe: an oasis of calm amid a frantically busy city

Don´t miss: original cocktails, and house-made tapas made with ingredients from the Boqueria market

Where: La Rambla, 109, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Worldwide rank – No. 11
Ranking change since 2023 – Fallen by 7 places


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Level 27 – Warsaw – Poland

Location: in the heart of Warsaw on the 27th floor of the Atlas Tower

View: a unique 360-degree view of the city skyline

Vibe: stylish and vibrant with a club atmosphere

Don’t miss: innovative cocktails, and premium spirits

Where: Al. Jerozolimskie 123a, Atlas Tower, 27th floor, 02-017 Warsaw, Poland

Worldwide rank – No. 25
Ranking change since 2023 – Fallen by 7 places


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Vista Sky Bar at Hotel Mediterraneo Sorrento – Sant’Agnello – Italy

Location: on the rooftop of the Hotel Mediterraneo Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast

View: 360-degree views over the Gulf of Naples Bay, the islands, and the Vesuvio Volcano

Vibe: trendy, stylish, exclusive, and romantic

Don´t miss: signature cocktails by bartender Arturo Laccarino and fine Italian wines

Where: Corso M. Crawford, 85, 80065 Sant’Agnello, Naples, Italy

Worldwide rank – No. 27
Ranking change since 2023 – Climbed the rankings by a whopping 137 places


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Barcelona is still the best city to experience rooftop bars in Europe 

If you fancy enjoying a rooftop bar every night during your long weekend, head to Barcelona, the city has three spectacular sky bars. 

Here are the details:

Importantly, all 3 of these bars are located centrally, which means that they are close to where the action is and are only a short distance from the most popular tourist attractions.

If you treat yourself to a night in the La Isabela Hotel, you can also use the rooftop pool.

London has the best rooftop bars in the UK

Six of the best rooftop bars in the world are located in the UK, with 5 of them being in London and the other in Manchester.

Here are the details of London´s hottest skybar venues:


TT Liquor – London – UK

Location: in Shoreditch, East London

View: a secluded terrace that provides a panoramic view of East London

Vibe: stylish and vibrant with resident DJs

Don’t miss: wood-fired pizzas, an extensive range of rare drinks and a specialist liquor store

Where: 17B Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 8AA, United Kingdom

Worldwide rank – No. 17
Ranking change since 2023 – New to the index


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LSQ Rooftop – London – UK

Location: located right in the centre of the city on the 9th floor of Hotel Indigo

View: panoramic views of the city including iconic locations like the London Eye

Vibe: cool, fun, and glamorous

Don’t miss: The Big Ben and The Shard cocktails

Where: 1 Leicester Square, 9th floor of Hotel Indigo, London WC2H 7NA, England

Worldwide rank – No. 40
Ranking change since 2023 – Climbed the rankings by 82 places


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Jin Bo Law Skybar – London UK

Location: on the 14th floor of Aldgate’s new Dorsett City hotel

View: breathtaking views of the London skyline and Tower Bridge, the Shard, and the Gherkin

Vibe: a classy interior bar that opens out onto a trendy, fun and lively rooftop bar

Don’t miss: the Discaroni and City Diet cocktails

Where: Dorsett City London, at 9 Aldgate High Street, London, EC3N 1AH

Worldwide rank – No. 44
Ranking change since 2023 – Rose by 11 places


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The Culpeper Rooftop

Location: 40 Commercial Street, E1 6LP

View: The Gerkin and London skyline

Vibe: Cosy, great views and an excellent vibe

Worldwide rank – No. 49

Ranking change since 2023 – Up 5 places from 54th 


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Treat yourself to cocktails in the sky wherever you go

If you are attending an event or planning a trip, why not treat yourself to a special cocktail and a meal in the sky? Hopefully our index has provided you withe some inspiration on trips you can plan for magical cocktails in the sky!

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