With bars around the world stepping up their cocktail game, one characteristic that can surly set them apart from the competition is location. Throughout the world, many bars have sought out spots with breathtaking views that can take a very basic food and drink experience and bring it to soaring heights. These bars, bar/restaurants, and rooftop bars know that the taste and view combo makes for the best lasting impressions.
To craft this list, The Daily Meal took into account the service, ambiance, overall quality, and picturesque views of bars around the world. For example, in Athens, the GB Roof Garden at the Hotel Grande Bretagne showcases local wines and exquisite Mediterranean cuisine coupled with views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. Meanwhile, Vertigo and Moon Bar overlooks the stellar skyline of Bangkok while also serving delicious steak and seafood and offering cocktails like the Vertigo Sunset, made with Malibu, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and lime juice.
For those who want to push the envelope by venturing as high as one can go for a cocktail, the Ozone Bar in Hong Kong is the highest bar in the world, clocking in on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton and offering guests cutting-edge cocktails paired with an Asian tapas menu. A little closer to Earth, the 360 Degrees bar in Istanbul serves traditional Turkish delicacies and wine with incredible views of the steeple of St. Antoine's Church, the Bosporus Strait, the Hagia Sophia, and the Sea of Marmara.
From Dubai to New York City to Hong Kong and everywhere in between, there are many opportunities for incredible sites. If you're waiting to pair those views with a delicious drink, though, we suggest you seek out the spots highlighted in our slideshow.
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1. Rock Bar, Bali, Indonesia
Bali has always been known for its romantic views of crystal-clear blue waters. At the Anaya Resort and Spa, you can take in one of the most breathtaking views of all while sipping on a high-end, artfully crafted cocktail. Rock Bar has a variety of cocktails, ranging from the classic margarita to the adventurous Toblerone cocktail that includes Baileys, Kahlúa, crème de cacao brown, Frangelico, and cream. But it's not just drinks you can enjoy while staring at the ocean - the small bites menu boasts items like chilled soba noodles, spring rolls, and beef chorizo corn dogs.
2. 360 Istanbul, Istanbul
In this authentic rooftop barand restaurant, diners can taste authentic Turkish cuisine with an international twist while overlooking the old embassy row in Beyoglu. Guests can dine on a variety of dishes including fillet of dorade in vine leaves and slow-roasted cherry duck. Peruse the extensive Turkish wine list and settle on a bottle just in time to take in the magnificent view of the steeple of St. Antoine's Church, the Bosporus Strait, the Hagia Sophia, and the Sea of Marmara.
3. Breeze, Singapore
Perched atop The Scarlet, a boutique hotel in Singapore, is Breeze, a rooftop bar destination. The alfresco seafood bar has panoramic views of Ann Siang Hill in Chinatown. A specialty on the menu is the Breeze platter, which includes portabella pizzettes, tuna bruschetta, blue mussels in a spicy coconut lemongrass broth, and a "fruits from the garden" salad. Specialties drinks of the bar include the Singapore Sling, the passion fruit martini, and the Cosmolito.
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