It’s no secret that we love a good drink—but there’s nothing like sipping the beverage of your choice alfresco. Here, six rooftop bars we love around the world.
1. Rooftop Movies, Perth, Australia
Decorated with kitschy flamingos and astroturf—and situated on top of a parking structure—this open-air theater is like a block party for cinephiles. They enjoy the sunset with a crisp lager from local Little Creatures brewery and Neapolitan-style pizzas. Then the crowd migrates to lawn chairs for the main event, which could be anything from a David Lynch classic to a down-under indie. No matter the film, most nights sell out, so buy tickets a few days in advance.
2. Frank’s Cafe (pictured above), London, UK
This is another parking structure that’s been repurposed into something awesome. Frank’s has become a summertime tradition in London for its great views and Campari drinks. Don’t miss all the Caribbean fish stalls that line the neighborhood.
3. New Hotel, Athens, Greece
Go here. Enjoy the view of the Acropolis. Order Skinos brand mastiha, a local liquor with a strong anise-flavor that puts ouzo to shame. Done.
4. Andaz Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Getting to the Andaz Tokyo’s bar is an experience in itself. From one of the city’s bustling business districts, you enter one of the city’s tallest skyscrapers, Toranomon Hills, and zoom up 52 floors. The Rooftop Bar has a serene distance from the city and offers wild views (in addition to tea-based cocktails and, of course, sake).
5. The Ides, Brooklyn
The Wythe Hotel brings the best views of Manhattan in Brooklyn—and there’s no better view from the hotel than from its Art-Deco-themed bar, The Ides, easily one of the most of the Instagrammable locations in the borough. Don’t miss the wine list from the hotel’s star sommelier, Lee Campbell, who has a knack for finding quirky, offbeat wines.
6. The Private Rooftop at Petite Hermitage, Los Angeles
Brunch and bellinis at West Hollywood’s Petite Hermitage is just about the most Californian experience you could have in L.A.: the food is prepared using produce from the local farmer’s market, the lounge beds are within feeling distance of fireplaces, and the pool is filled with saltwater instead of chlorine stuff.