It would not be wrong to name Asia as 'the home of rooftop bars'. The warm climate, the big cities with an abundance of skyscrapers, the skyline and ocean views, make Asia the best continent in the world for rooftop venues.
Many rooftops here are equipped with both bar, restaurant and swimming pool, giving a complete rooftop experience. And not only that, many of the highest rooftop bars in the world can also be found in Asia.
The Rooftop Guide have visited more than 150 rooftop bars in Asia and from this experience we have created a list of the top 10 to visit in 2023. A hard task in a big continent with many great cities and even more great rooftops, but here you find both classic venues and new and hot rooftops that will not disappoint. Enjoy!
1. Vertigo at Banyan Tree
/ Kuala Lumpur
Vertigo - Photo: https://www.banyantree.com/
On top of the fantastic Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur (opened in 2018), this modern and stylish rooftop bar offers breathtaking 360-degree views of Kuala Lumpur, alongside delicious drinks and a great vibe.
Crawling around the building, Vertigo has space aplenty, and it utilizes it with comfortable lounge areas and standing tables, in a lounge where indoor blends together with outdoor.
Open nightly, the rooftop bar offers a nice lounge vibe to the fantastic sunset, turning livelier as the night wears on, with DJs playing live and people mingling around.
For a more quiet (and filling) experience, the rooftop restaurant Horizon Grill one floor below is ideal. Here you can enjoy steaks and seafood in a fine dining setting, served with fantastic views over the Petronas Towers.
There has also been an addition of Vertigo TOO, located above the original Vertigo and offering an extra level of breathtaking 360-degree views.
2 Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
2. KITA Bar
KITA Bar - Photo: www.parkhyattjakartarestaurants.com/
KITA Bar is not only one of the highest rooftop bars in Jakarta, it is also one of the best for a modern and carefree rooftop experience.
Perched on the 36th floor of the 5-star Park Hyatt Jakarta, the rooftop holds an elegant interior lounge, complemented with a lush and stylish outdoor terrace. Settle down in one of the comfy lounge sofas, or in the bar stools by the edge, and you are face to face with some absolutely amazing views over Jakarta.
The perfect spot for some sunset drinks or a late-night getaway (with live DJs from Tuesday to Saturday), here you can indulge in light and refreshing cocktails created with premium ingredients, a premium selection of Japanese and international spirits, as well as a selection of Izakaya-inspired small bites.
Guests staying at the Park Hyatt Jakarta can also swim with a view at the fantastic rooftop pool found next to the bar.
14, Jl. Kebon Sirih No.17-19, RW.2, Kecamatan Gambir, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Jakarta
3. MoonLite Kitchen & Bar
MoonLite Kitchen & Bar - Photo: www.anantara.com/
Perched on top of Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort on Seminyak Beach, MoonLite Kitchen & Bar is a stunning open-air venue.
This modern and sleek rooftop bar and restaurant includes a Balinese dining room, a spacious deck, and a stylish bar and lounge, all surrounded with panoramic views over Seminyak Beach and the Indian Ocean.
Here you can enjoy an extensive selection of traditional, classic and modern beverages, including seductive cocktails and a well-stocked wine list. Or dine with flavours of modern Asian cuisine, created in the restaurant open kitchen.
Offering an experience filled with flavours, views and music, MoonLite is a prime spot for amazing sunset cocktails, as well as elevated dining experiences.
Jl. Abimanyu Jl. Dhyana Pura, Seminyak, Kec. Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
4. Sky Yard at Hotel MaRadha
Sky Yard - Photo: https://maradha.lk/
For elevated Colombo nights, with serene sunset over the Indian Ocean, the modern and stylish Sky Yard at Hotel MaRadha Colombo is the place to go.
Housing an interior lounge, the prime spot up here is the breezy open-air terrace. Sharing space with the hotel's infinity rooftop pool, there are both dining tables, bar stools and comfy loungers where you can enjoy panoramics over the ocean, as well as an interesting part of Colombo’s skyline on the side.
The rooftop bar offers everything from local beers and locally produced arak, all the way to world-renowned cocktails served in the classiest of fashion.
The drinks are complemented with a wide food menu, featuring an exotic selection of fresh and twisted tapas.
Hotel MaRadha St. Kilda's Ln, Marine Drive Kollupitiya, Colombo
5. Sky Beach Bangkok
Sky Beach Bangkok - Photo: www.standardhotels.com/
The top floor of King Power Mahanakhon, Bangkok's latest iconic landmark, has gotten a new tenant, with the sky-high and impressive Sky Beach Bangkok.
Part of the suberb The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon, this 78th floor is the highest rooftop bar in Bangkok, and it should come as no surprise that the 360° views over the city are simply breathtaking.
Retro-chic and tropical in decor, the rooftop terrace is an open and airy playground, where a very cool bar and a scary glass-floor section is complemented with a yellow phone booth. Because, why not...
The rooftop bar offers a selection of American-style bites, along with creative cocktails from one of Bangkok’s most celebrated mixologists.
Sky Beach Bangkok is open for vibes and views every day and every night, where the evenings usually include live DJ sessions.
114 Naradhiwat Rajanagarindra Rd, Khwaeng Silom, 10500 Bangkok
6. CÈ LA VI at Marina Bay Sands
CÈ LA VI - Photo: www.marinabaysands.com/
Located on top of one of Singapore's most expensive and famous buildings, this bar rises over 200 meters above sea level, and, as such, it has some of the most jaw-dropping views you can get in the continent.
This enormous, disc-shaped bar is impressive for more than its architecture and the scenery, as the furnishings and decorations transform it into a modern and exclusive destination.
Split into two different areas, one more for dining and one more for drinking, CÈ LA VI offers both indoor and outdoor seating, dining tables, lounge sofas, and large red umbrellas to protect you from the sun.
Serving modern Asian cuisine for lunch and dinner, this is an excellent destination for starting, or finishing, any trip to Singapore.
The sky bar offers small bar bites, but their real talent lies in their signature cocktails, which are made with fine spirits and local ingredients.
An excellent setting for a romantic dinner, a night out with friends, or even just for a single person looking for fun, the CÈ LA VI on top of Marina Bay Sands Hotel is a must-see whenever visiting Singapore.
CÈ LA VI
1 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018971
7. Sunset Park at Desa Potato Head
Sunset Park at Desa Potato Head - Photo: https://seminyak.potatohead.co/
Part of the creative village Potato Head, found by the ocean in Seminyak, Sunset Park is a sparkling rooftop bar for amazing sunset views, tropical aperitivo and celebrations under the stars.
Surrounded with panoramic views over the Indian Ocean, the spacious rooftop bar is a beautiful venue, where upcycled furniture and innovative design seamlessly merge into the natural surroundings.
Elevated above it all, here you can enjoy a food menu that combines distinct Indonesian flavours with tropical favourites from around the world, as well as drinks that reimagine classics with an Indonesian twist.
Made for relaxed and breezy get-togethers, Sunset Park is a fantastic spot for end-of-day drinks or a pre-dinner aperitivo, surrounded with an unmissable sunset and a carefully curated and eclectic soundtrack.
Jl. Petitenget No.51B, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
/ Hong Kong
SKYE - Photo: www.parklane.com.hk/
Right in front of Victoria Park, this rooftop offers stunning views of the city skyline, the waterfront, and the neighboring park.
Operating both as a restaurant and a bar, SKYE serves contemporary French cuisine and a modern atmosphere; The terrace bar takes modernity to the next level. It looks downright futuristic with its sleek furniture and illuminated round bar.
At the bar, you can enjoy a small menu of bar bites and a more varied list of drinks. Beers and spirits are available, but what really stands out are the bar's impressive wine list and creative signature cocktails.
Open from noon until late at night, SKYE is an ideal spot for relaxing during the early afternoon, watching the sunset while enjoying some drinks or partying up with locals and tourists alike, while local DJs kick the atmosphere up a notch.
310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
9. Blank Lounge
/ Ho Chi Minh
Blank Lounge - Photo: https://blank-lounge.com/
Blank Lounge is one of the highest rooftops in the world, located on the 75th and 76th floor of the impressive and 472 metres tall Landmark 81 skyscraper in Ho Chi Minh City.
Not one venue, but instead a beautiful and thoughtful collection of lounges and refreshment bars, most of the seating is inside, but there is also a smaller outside terrace, which is one of the more dramatic in the world.
With the breeze in your face, here you are surrounded by truly breathtaking and panoramic views over Saigon.
Open from morning to late night, the Blank Lounge outlets offer everything from local coffee and tea, to crafted cocktails and beer, wine, canapés, and pastries. All made with homemade and locally sourced ingredients.
208 Nguyen Huu Canh, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District, Landmark 81, Ho Chi Minh City
10. Horizon Rooftop Restaurant & Bar
Horizon Rooftop Restaurant & Bar - Photo: www.hilton.com/
For stunning views over Pattaya and the bay, there is really only one given place to visit: Horizon Rooftop Restaurant & Bar on top of the the excellent Hilton Pattaya.
Perched on the 34th floor, this awarded and stylish venue is both a rooftop bar and a fine restaurant.
Order from a fusion menu of meats, seafood and grills, or grab a spot on the chic outdoor terrace and sip crafted signature cocktails.
With comfortable furniture and a relaxed yet sophisticated ambiance, this beautiful bar is a fantastic spot for relaxing in style.
Expect professional service, a buzzing vibe and DJ beats keeping the atmosphere on top.
333/101 Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20260, Pattaya
Hans has visited over 500 rooftop bars, 200 rooftop pools and 300 rooftop restaurants since 2015. This vast experience has made Hans a true rooftop expert, and one of the most knowledgeable in the field. Today, numerous of travel magazines, bloggers and media websites contact Hans to get his expertise on rooftops.