Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Top 10 Sky Bars

From the inception of civilization, man has always aspired to go up near the clouds through his elevating handiworks. The modern sky bars that we see towering over some of the major cities of the world are an evidence to man’s love for heights. These not only serve as stunning structures kissing the skies but also attract visitors with a sweeping view of the surrounding urban stretch. Here is a list of the top ten sky bars of the world for all who have a crave for dizzying heights:

1. State Tower Sky Bar, Bangkok (63 floors)

Shangri La, from Sirocco

View of the Shangri La and the Chao Praya River from open air restaurant, Sirocco at the Bangkok State Tower

Photo from Ian T Edwards

The Dome at State Tower looks gorgeous because of its heady height and stunning color effects from where you could catch a breath-taking view of the Chao Phraya River and Bangkok. You would love to dine in the famous Sirocco restaurant situated on this tower simply because of the splendid city view coupled with the Mediterranean food it offers.

Sirocco Roof Bar Restaurant

Photo from UK Ryan

Photo from Rizon Parein

2. Traders Hotel Sky Bar in Kuala Lumpur (33 floors)

Petronas Twin Towers view from 33F

Photo from Tomorrow Bystander

Simply because of its location in the magnificent Sky Bar of Kuala Lumpur, the Traders Hotel enjoys a magical rapport with lovers of intoxicating cosmopolitan views and chilled drinks. From this unique rooftop lounge, you can enjoy a superb view of the glowing Petronas while listening to some soothing music.

Sky bar, Traders Hotel, KL

Photo from James and Esther

The Sky Bar in Kuala Lumpur with a view of Petronas

Photo from Stuck in Customs

3. Tokyo New York Sky Bar (52 floors)

Bar from the film “Lost in Translation”

Photo from j.d.ripper

This skybar featuring in the movie ‘Lost in Translation’ is made from ebony, walnut and black leather. Here you can enjoy an assortment of live jazz music and cocktails like brandies an cognac while looking around the panoramic view of glittering Shinjuku. You can also order a range of sophisticated Japanese dishes.

Tokyo Park Hyatt – 52nd Floor Night View

Photo from jackson.chu

Tokyo Park Hyatt Hotel of Lost in Translation fame

Photo from pokpok313

4. Sydney Blu Horizon Sky Bar (36 floors)

The view from Blu Horizon Sky Bar / Photo from Kama82

Located in the Shangri-La hotel above The Rocks, this sky bar enjoys a close proximity to the famous structures of the city like Harbor Bridge, Opera House and Circular Quay. In addition, you can get a full view of the Darling Harbor while enjoying a pampering treatment by LaClinica beauty therapists or some urban cocktail delicacy.

Blu Horizon Sky Bar / Photo from downunderendeavours

5. New York Salon de Ning Sky Bar (23 floors)

Salon de Ning courtesy The Peninsula Hotel / Photo from eater_ny

This Midtown sky bar is marked by its lovely outdoor terraces where you could relax while surveying Fifth Avenue, the Museum of Modern Art’s Sculpture Garden and Central Park. You could also turn indoors to explore the beautiful samples of Chinese art. The d├ęcor of the lounge has a blend of eastern and Western trends that you will find fascinating.

5th Avenue from Salon de Ning Sky Bar / Photo from Anna Cayuela

6. Hong Kong Azure Restaurant Slash Sky Bar (30 floors)

View from Azure Sky Bar / Photo from specialfx

More than the drinks, what draws tourists here is the prospect of looking down at the city lights from such a dizzying height. However, if you want your drinks all the same, you can discover separate modes for relaxation in the 29th and 30th floors and feel the vibrant spirit of the city in the soft jazz played in the background.

Photo from anotherview

7. Los Angeles Sky Bar

Los Angeles – Mondrian Skybar / Photo from Jess & Jason

Located in West Hollywood’s Mondrian hotel, this skybar is known for offering splendid sunset views of the Pacific. Normally the hot spot for the assembling of the movie stars, this deluxe sky bar lounge promises to leave you starry-eyed. But the external view consisting of the glittering Los Angeles nightlife and the clouds is no less captivating.

Sky bar – Mondrian / Photo from hellomartin

8. Berlin TV Tower Sky Bar (368 meters)

Bar at the observation deck of Berlin TV Tower (203,78 m high above ground) / Photo from Vlastula

This TV tower located in Alexanderplatz built by the East German government is reportedly the tallest structure in the entire Berlin. Its shiny steel sphere just under the antenna of the tower is the most eye-catching aspect of the tower and you can take a close look from 203 meters above ground. To make matters grander, the government lends out the tower for fancy weddings.

Berlin TV Tower viewing platform
/ Photo from balinx

The Fernsehturm (”television tower”) in the city centre of Berlin; from the top of the Berlin Dom. / Photo from Marco Bellucci

9. Dubai Vu’s Sky Bar (51 floors)

Dubai from Vu’s Sky Bar at the Emirates Tower / Photo from

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This bar is raised at a grand height of 1,024ft at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, where you can enjoy a wholesome menu along with the most select range of cocktail lists. You can actually look around a sweeping view of the Dubai skyline along with the Arabian Gulf and feel the world at your feet.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers Vu sky bar / Photo from bumblefreakcalifornia

Emirates Towers / Photo from elvis_payne

10. Sky Bar, Virginia Beach, Virginia (21 floors)

The Skybar on top of the Hilton Hotel in Virginia Beach, VA / Photo from jordanwinders

Posed above the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, this waterfront rooftop bar seems to float in the air. You can have fantastic time looking out the shorelines of Virginia stretching towards the north and south and the Atlantic horizon in the east. You have a full scope to indulge in a splurge of the finest cocktails, menu, wine and beer.


  1. OK, but what about the Westin Bonaventure's rotating lounge offering a breathtaking 360 degree view of downtown LA? You can't miss this one!


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