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  • Nicole Connolly | July 26, 2015 11:00 PM ET

    8 Bars With the Best Views in the World

    8 Bars With the Best Views in the World

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    These bars are far from your run-of-the-mill watering holes. Dotting the globe in prime locations with million-dollar views, they are great places to have a drink and let your worries drift away.

    Sirocco Sky Bar

    When in Bangkok, Thailand, a stop by this hotspot for an evening is a worthy excursion. Sirocco is perched atop the 63rd floor of the Dome at Lebua. You can mosey over to the transparent walls for some spectacular pictures as jazz floats through the air and the bar changes color. It's pretty cool stuff.

    The Rock Bar

    This will get you a bit closer to nature. At the Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali, you can listen to waves as they crash over the rocks 50 feet below you. Gaze over volcanic cliffs that stretch skyward just beyond the open-air bar. Half the appeal of this bar is making the journey — it involves a journey via cable car down the side of a cliff to the bar below. Sunsets are a huge draw here, so get there a bit early if you can.

    New York Bar

    Don't let the name fool you, this bar can only be found in Tokyo at the Park Hyatt. Set a full 52 stories high above the glittering lights of the city, the New York Bar offers up 360-degree views of the Tokyo skyline. American jazz musicians performing nightly provide the Western vibe, along with the incredible selection of fine American wines.

    Top Mountain Star

    Besides fantastic skiing, the Hochgurgl Ski Resort in Austria is home to one of the most unique bars in the world. At more than 9,800 feet in elevation, it features amazing views of the Otztal mountain range. The circular platforms and glass walls make you feel as if there is nothing between you and the wide open space.

    GB Roof Garden Bar

    Athens, Greece is home to a pretty iconic rooftop bar with prime Acropolis views. Along with Grecian spirits, the menu is quite exquisite as well. Mediterranean specialties such as smoked eggplant appears regularly. Chef de Cuisine Asterios Koustoudis is one of the best in the entire country.


    Head over to Mumbai for India's highest open-air bar. Perched right atop the 34th floor and overlooking the city, you can watch the city’s rapidly changing landscape in real-time. The bar features transparent glass walls, and the lounge section is actually divided into a smoking and non-smoking section. It features minimalist design with elegant curves. Well worth a visit.


    This bar is located in the London’s Doubletree Hotel. It's easy to spot, just find the center of the city. The bar actually overlooks the iconic Tower Bridge, and feature spectacular views of another well-known landmark — St. Paul's Cathedral. Floor-to-ceiling windows complete the atmosphere, and its lunch and dinner menus are superb.

    Blu Bar

    The next time you're in Australia, be sure to hop over to Sydney and spend some time at the Shangri-La Hotel. On the 36th floor you will find this world-class bar featuring incredible views of Darling Harbour, the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. The ambience is pretty low-key here. Everything is dressed in florescent blue and the floor to ceiling windows keep the bar’s personality at a low profile. Enjoy the extensive cocktail list, which features the date on which each drink was created.


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Nicole Connolly Suitcase Stories' Luxe Life Travel Tales and Tips

Nicole Connolly Nicole, along with her husband Michael, left her ordinary life behind for a life of extraordinary travel. The couple left Australia in March 2012 and have been traveling ever since. Nicole has a penchant for all things luxury and this shows in their lifestyle. They may live the life of a gypsy but they certainly know how to do it in style. Their goal is to share their experiences and show others how a life of luxury is possible without the big bank account. Follow their adventures at
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