After a long day of sightseeing, there’s nothing like an icy cold drink looking down on the city you’ve just explored. Seeing it spread out below you, glittering with street lamps and office lights, is just the icing on the cake. Whether it’s from the rooftop of a hipster hangout in New York or perched over a Cliffside in Bali, here’s Expedia’s Listopedia of 10 bars with mindblowing views.
Sky Bar at Sirocco, Bangkok, Thailand
Catapulted to fame by its staring role in the Hangover II, this bar is not for the acrophobics out there. If you’re scared of heights you won’t enjoy sipping a drink while jutting out over the street. The bar sits on the 63rd floor of the lebua at State Tower hotel. The giant dome soaring above you is almost as distracting as the views out over the Chao Phraya River. Almost.
POV, Washington D.C, America
It’s no Oval Office but the POV (Point of View) bar inside Washington D.C.’s W Hotel is the spot to see the high powered politics unfold. Head straight up to the 11th floor terrace of this funky hotel, walk past the “red tape” graffiti walls, grab a drink at the bar and head to the balcony. Sightseeing done. Some of America’s most famous landmarks are right in front of you – look out at the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House and Pentagon. You might not be privy to the inner workings of cabinet over your cocktail, but keep your eyes and ears peeled because this is a popular watering hole for the pollies.
A Pie’ de Ma’, Riomaggiore, Italy
The Cinque Terre has a monopoly on dramatic coastlines – the UNESCO World Heritage region’s five towns are simply bellissimo. The famous walk takes you along the coast between the five towns – start out early to make time for an Aperol Spritz at A Pie’ de Ma’, Riomaggiore’s famous cliff side bar. The simple terrace needs no decoration, because it’s the view you’re here to look at. Waves crash just a few metres below and as the sun sets, move on to an Italian wine and a charcuterie board.