Yes, you’ll find music, food and booze. But let’s be honest the greatest assets of these sky-high, swanky bars are their panoramic city views.

Cé La Vi in SingaporeCé La Vi in Singapore

Cé La Vi (formerly called Ku Dé Ta) is a premier rooftop party bar emphasis on the rooftop, as it sits on the 57th floor of the Marina Bay Sands, an architectural landmark in Singapore. Part of the spectacular SkyPark, the bar lets guests take in one of the best unobstructed views of the city and the rooftop’s infamous infinity pool. Whether you’re watching the sun set over mini wagyu beef burgers with fontina cheese green chili mayo and smoked tomato relish, or you’re just mesmerized by the nightly laser show, Cé La Vi is a place to see and be seen.

The price for a cocktail, such as the Lady Be Mine Grey Goose martini with lychee and rosewater, is $16, roughly the same fee the resort complex charges to board the elevator to the observation deck just below so think of it as breaking even.

Plunge in New York City, New YorkPlunge in New York City, New York

Taking over the Gansevoort Hotel’s 14th-floor penthouse in the Meatpacking District, this granddaddy of New York’s rooftop bars is still among the city’s best with some of the most stylish parties, an amazing outdoor pool and, of course, a sick view of the N.Y.C. skyline and the Hudson River. Plunge is packed with pretty young things on the weekends, so those not looking to be part of the scene may prefer to watch the sunset from the wraparound balcony midweek.
Give the recently revamped, American bistro-style menu, with its fresh chopped salad, jumbo shrimp skewers and rooftop sliders, a shot; you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

The Roof in Madrid, SpainThe Roof in Madrid, Spain

If your first glimpse of this club atop the ME Madrid is the line to enter at its peak length during summertime know that it’s worth the wait. Once you board the private elevator to the penthouse terrace, you’ll be treated to unmatched views of Madrid’s skyline. Owned by Rande Gerber (also known as Cindy Crawford’s husband), this swanky rooftop consistently attracts beautiful locals and celebrities alike, thanks to guest DJ sessions, inviting daybeds and a VIP bar embedded in a stone wall.


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