World's Highest Bars

Raising the Bar, Grabbing a Drink at the Top Spots

 


There’s nothing like downing a shot or two while perched on the edge of space. While space might be a bit of a stretch, these bars all fly higher than Orville and Wilbur Wright ever did! Drinking at altitude is not really something we all need to be thinking about, but the views from some of the places -- OK, all of them -- certainly warrant a visit.

Given the building boom of the past decade or so that swept across Asia and the Middle East, it’s not surprising to find some compelling vantage points there (although there are obviously fewer in the Middle East). And just in case you’re wondering, no, the Bulldog in Amsterdam didn’t make the list. Yes, it’s high, but we’re not talking that kind of high. And though it didn’t make the list I did manage to sneak it in here!
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Bar 44

It’s no surprise that Bar 44 is located on the 44th floor, but it may be surprising that you can see the whole world from this bar. The World Islands that is; Dubai’s man-made islands that have become emblematic of the excess of the last decade. Not to worry; a few drinks up here, accompanied by views of this booming city, will help those memories melt away.

Neos

At almost 50% higher than Bar 44, Neos, located on the 63rd floor of The Address (don’t ask because I don’t know) has become one of the places to see and be seen in Dubai. Perhaps it’s the grand view, but I’d like to think it’s also due to the avant-garde  yet art deco like feel of the place, which lends it a certain Blade Runner cast.

Vertigo

At 61 floors above street level, the Vertigo restaurant affords visitors some dizzying views of the chaotic city that is Bangkok. Sneaking up a level or two, you can find the Moon Bar (not quite, but OK I’ll go with it). From this height you can see the curvature of the earth, giving you a taste of an outer space- like perspective and what’s in store if you over-indulge in the Moon Bar’s fine cocktails!

Sirocco

The people in Bangkok must really like to party high, high up that is. Sirocco is only 3 floors higher than Vertigo, but it affords an even better view of the city sprawled out at its base. At this, the world’s largest open-air restaurant you’ll have ample opportunity to check out the view, though you might have to plan ahead as reservations are sometimes only available 4 weeks in advance.

Cloud 9


Located in the world’s second-tallest hotel, the Cloud 9 bar makes other bars -- such as the 53rd floor Piano Bar and 56th floor Patio Bar, both also located in the Shanghai Grand Hyatt -- look down right earthly. Cloud 9 itself is located on the 87th floor, but for those looking for that little bit extra, take the stairs one flight up where you canto enjoy your drink al fresco some 88 vertigo- inducing floors up!

100 Century Avenue Bar

OK, so here we are, the highest of the high buildings: the 100 Century Avenue bar in the Shanghai Park Hyatt, which is now the world’s tallest hotel (what is it with these Hyatt folks?). Take the elevator up to the 92nd floor and you’ll be greeted by the awe-inspiring, and also curiously Blade Runner-ish, views from this crowning achievement in bar building. In fact, this is two bars. Half of the space is devoted to an intimate Chinese-style experience, while the other half exalts in the view and celebrates it with live jazz and cool cocktails.


Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge


At the only hotel located at Machu Picchu, or so they say (though I have not seen anything to the contrary), you can amble up to the Tampu Restaurant’s bar and enjoy a dram or two at almost 8,000 feet above sea level. Now I’m estimating that’s about 666 floors up in building terms. The view may not be as crazy as at some of those 60 floors and above establishments, but you are right next door to Machu Picchu! Yes, that Machu Picchu!


Kulmhotel Gornergrat, Switzerland

So, this may not be the highest bar on earth, but it must be awfully close. At 10,170 feet above sea level you can find the highest hotel in the Alps: the Kulmhotel Gornergrat. Open since 1907 and surrounded by some of the most beautiful peaks known to man -- yes, the Matterhorn comes to mind and in view -- this is the place to enjoy your highest cocktail. Watch the last shimmering light of sunset before partying until the sun comes up, if you really want to blow your mind. With only 23 rooms make sure you book well ahead if you want to get this high!


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  • Several interesting bars and restaurants in Leadville, CO (http://www.leadvilleusa.com/) and at 10,152 feet above sea level almost as high as Kulmhotel Gornergrat, Switzerland. Plus, it's only a couple of hours drive time from where I live and the scenery is almost as spectacular as Switzerland.

    Cheers,
    Dave Miller
    Parker, CO USA

    Sep 28, 2010 at 7:49 PM


  • I'll have to assume that you're saving a review of New York's "highest" bars for a unique article since New York City boasts many bars perched up in the sky with spectacular views of a skyline that still defines what it is to be a metropolis.

    Sep 28, 2010 at 8:21 PM


  • Snooth User: esterene
    260058 1

    R.I.P.....Windows of the World and Cellar in the Sky. If you have to ask, you missed one of the BEST "Highest Bars" of ALL TIME!

    Sep 28, 2010 at 8:52 PM


  • You can't be serious about the boutique mile high manhattan. At least have the grace to call it something other than 'Manhattan.' And using Makers Mark, one of the finest sipping drinks on earth in a mixed drink is a second insult. No sense in going on about the other repellent additions.

    Sep 28, 2010 at 9:24 PM


  • Vail's Eagle's Nest has a bar --Blue Moon-- that's at 10,328ft (plus 2 stories.) As stated Leadville, CO has several bars (although the Silver Dollar Salloon is my favorite) well higher than 10k feet.

    Sep 28, 2010 at 11:49 PM


  • Snooth User: JaneBee
    432664 1

    Highest bar in the world is on top of the Zugspitz in Germany. Over 3,000 meters above sea level. We sat outside on a sunny day and watch the skiers below us on the glacier.

    Sep 29, 2010 at 3:08 AM


  • Snooth User: Fongy
    461851 1

    1-Altitude here in Singapore lays claim to being the world's highest Al-Fresco Bar at 282m http://www.1-altitude.com/ or http://www.lifestyleasia.com/featur...

    Sep 29, 2010 at 7:12 AM


  • Snooth User: Stef1223
    594662 1

    Actually, the highest bars in the world would probably be in La Paz at 4000+ meters altitude.

    Sep 29, 2010 at 10:29 AM


  • Snooth User: avalentine
    543433 17

    The bar at the top of the "5 star" hotel in Oruro, Bolivia, which is at 12,159 feet could be close to those in La Paz. Although La Paz has real 5 star hotels! The one in Oruro may be 5 star by Bolivian standards, but not by the international rating scale. The view of the city at night is nice though!

    Sep 29, 2010 at 11:30 AM


  • Snooth User: tolstoy11
    489305 10

    64 stories above the city and overlooking the river at Lebua @ State Tower you'll find this breathtaking open-air restaurant in Bangkok called "Sirocco" anchoring "Sky Bar" which seems to be floating off the building. Outstanding food and service; arrive early for cocktails and time to saunter around the circular bar for airliner views!

    Sep 29, 2010 at 1:44 PM


  • Snooth User: abquiat
    491506 19

    It's not Sicorro; it's Sirocco!

    Sep 29, 2010 at 2:59 PM


  • Jade Mountain Celestial Terrace in St Lucia has the best view in the Caribbean. It overlooks the "Pitons" and what seems to be an endless ocean and sky. Best food I've had and the Caribbean and great drinks. Must try the Mojitos.

    Sep 30, 2010 at 7:59 AM


  • The bar at the Libertadores Hotel in Puno, Peru overlooks Lake Titicaca. I had a drink called, well..., "Lago Titicaca", not very original in name, but it was good, blue, and of course, we were overlooking the highest navigable lake in the world at 3830 meters (12565 feet).

    Sep 30, 2010 at 9:32 AM


  • Snooth User: sambaman
    581238 13

    I would definitely be interested in an article reviewing New York's "highest" bars as I am planning to visit NY soon :-)) Although Skye is a top floor bar at the Unique Hotel in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the city itself is lacking bars that are really high up in the sky :-(

    Oct 01, 2010 at 8:35 AM


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