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 skylien 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 2020. 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!
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.
2 Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
The Wooloomooloo Steakhouse offers mouthwatering meat dishes, amazingly creative drinks, and one of the best views in Hong Kong.
Located in Wan Chai, on top of the Hennessy building, the Wooloomooloo rooftop bar is the perfect spot to see the Victoria Harbor, the Happy Valley and pretty much all of the HK skyline.
The restaurant is one floor below the open air terrace, which has a laid back and relaxing atmosphere, often animated by the presence of local DJs.
While reservations aren't possible for the terrace, you should make them for the restaurant if you plan to eat. And you should! No visit to the Wooloomooloo is complete without trying their steaks before heading up to the roof.
The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
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
Time to move up, up and up. More precisely to the 76th and 77th floor of King Power Mahanakhon, Bangkok's new and iconic and landmark.
Here you find Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar, a modern brasserie and skybar with amazing 360-views over Bangkok. No surprise really, as it is Thailand’s highest restaurant and bar.
With several indoor and outdoor seating areas, Mahanakhon is both modern and tastefull in design. It also comes with a very cool interior detail: a glass floor looking straight down to the streets about 77 floors below. Only for the brave...
In the rooftop restaurant and bar you can enjoy sophisticated Western and Asian dishes, as well as an extensive list of classic cocktails and over 100 curated wines.
Stylish, sophisticated and highly popular, so reservations before a visit is recommended.
114 Naradhiwat Rajanagarindra Rd, Khwaeng Silom, 10500 Bangkok
Daily: 11am-3pm & 5pm-1am
This amazing open-air terrace is located 155 meters above the ground, on top of the Four Points by Sheraton, giving guests jaw-dropping views of the Dubai skyline.
Settle down in the comfortable lounge furniture and gaze upon the Burk Khalifa and Burj Al Arab, while enjoying expertly crafted cocktails and top-notch service.
This terrace is large, modern, and stylish, blending with the surrounding skyscrapers while still providing a unique experience.
Level 43 offers a large selection of food and drinks, as well as both indoor and outdoor seating.
Food options include sushi, lobster sliders, and rib-eye steaks, while the drink menu includes all the classics like champagne, wine, and beer, as well as a creative selection of cocktails, both classic and signature.
This is one of Dubai's most popular bars, so crowds are to be expected. However, the size of the rooftop ensures that you can find a quiet spot even on busy nights.
Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
The Ritz is well known for its amazing service, and its rooftop bar is no exception; Located on the 58th floor, the Flair is the highest rooftop bar in all of China, as well as one of the swankiest.
Enjoy unbeatable views of the Huangpu from the bar's split-level outdoor terrace, all while enjoying expertly-crafted cocktails and tasty bar bites.
Both food and drinks are inspired by Asian cuisine and made with the utmost care with fresh and local ingredients.
With comfortable furniture and a relaxed yet sophisticated ambiance, this beautiful bar is a fantastic spot for relaxing in style.
Though the rooftop bar on top of The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong is spacious, there's a limited amount of seatings, so make reservations in advance if you'd like to visit.
Shanghai ifc, 8 Century Avenue, Shanghai
Mon–Thur: 17.30pm–2am / Fri: 2pm–2am / Sat-Sun: 11am-2am
The Octave boasts gorgeous 360-degree views of the Bangkok skyline, as well as plenty of seating options and fantastic food and drink menus.
Split into three different floors, this isn't only one of Bangkok's highest bars, but it's also one of the largest.
Drink wise; Octave rooftop bar is known for its refreshing signature cocktails, like the Thai Mojito, which gives a local touch to an international drink.
The food isn't far behind, as Octave serves some heavily Asian-inspired bar bites, as well as some great seafood.
If you're visiting, make sure to book a table, and since the Octave is one of Bangkok's most popular bars, make sure to dress to impress.
Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, 2 Sukhumvit Soi 57, Bangkok
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
The Epic Sky Lounge is a new, hot and trendy rooftop bar in Ho Chi Minh City, covering the top floors of the Huba Tower.
From both the lower level bar and lounge, as well as the upper open-air VIP-terrace, you get fantastic 360-degree views over the HCMC skyline and the Saigon river.
Offering fun, vibrant yet relaxing lounge vibes every night, this rooftop cocktail bar also serves a range of tasty and well-made cocktails.
Head on up for chill-out music or live DJs and have a seat in the bar under the cool and color changing rooftop canopy, or in one of the comfy lounge sofas above. Either way, you are in for a great night.
EPIC SKY LOUNGE
Huba Tower, No 22, Vo Van Kiet Str., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Located in the heart of Jakarta, SKYE sits at 230 meters above the ground and offers the best views the city has to offer.
Furnished with stylish and comfortable seating options and equipped with a large infinity pool, SKYE is bound to impress you one way or another.
If the view and the decor don't make your jaw drop, then wait till you try the food menu, which takes flavors from Asia, Italy, and Mexico to create delicious and innovative bar bites.
Drink-wise, expect premium spirits, artisanal and commercial beers, smoothies, and a vast cocktail menu, which includes old-time classics and signature cocktails infused with local flavors.
As one of Jakarta's trendiest rooftop bars, SKYE is often crowded, particularly during the weekends and around sundown, so if you'd like to visit, reservations are encouraged.
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 1, BCA Tower lt. 56, Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta
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