How to Find a Rooftop Bar in the Unlikeliest Places

Published: December 06, 2019
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If you consider yourself a seasoned traveler and a beer lover, then it should not be too difficult to find local watering holes where you can sip a beer.

But what if you find yourself in places that don’t have much of a nightlife culture to speak of. Still, it doesn't hurt to try. You won’t find a decent rooftop bar unless you start looking.

That said, here are a few tips to get the best rooftop experience even in the most low-key cities.

1. Do a simple Google search

We live in a world where every question has a corresponding answer. Thanks to Google, you can easily generate a list of rooftop bars in your chosen destination. If you don’t know it yet, you might be surprised to find out that Kathmandu or Malta have several rooftop restaurants located in high-end areas.

2. Consult Yelp

Other than Google, there's also Yelp to help you locate the best places to sip cocktails. The platform also functions as a review site that helps you decide if the establishment is even worth your while. With Yelp, you can compare prices and get very accurate descriptions about the rooftop bars frequented by travelers. It also comes in handy when you are looking for a great place to quench your thirst for alcohol.

3. Get recommendations from people you know

Aside from random people who make Yelp reviews, you might also want to ask people you know who have visited the place. Before going, you want some idea of what the place is like and whether or not it is expensive. But more than that, you might also want to know if the place has a rooftop bar you can check out. Ask about the ambiance and, more importantly, the view it provides. You will definitely get a more accurate description of the place if you take the time to ask your friends or family members who have already been there.

4. Go beyond the rooftops

Planning to reserve a hotel room during your visit? You might as well check if the hotel has a rooftop bar - or anything that’s close to one. If you are traveling to unassuming places like Alaska, you can still treat yourself to exquisite accommodations, even without a rooftop bar. The town of Homer, for instance, gives amazing mountainside views. A good suggestion would be Baycrest Lodge along Sterling Highway. It features private accommodations complete with hot tubs, entertainment systems, and other amenities. It also features balconies overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Balconies are perfect for when you want to share an intimate moment with your partner over champagne.

5. Ask the locals

If all else fails, your best bet would be to ask around. There are likely locals who can point you to the best rooftop bars in town. Even if the town doesn't look like it has one, the locals should know about any hidden rooftop bars that tourists wouldn’t normally have found.

There's likely a rooftop bar hiding somewhere in the places you visit. You just have to know how to find them.