World's 10 best rooftop bars
Moon Bar (Photo: Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts)
Moon Bar at Banyan Tree Bangkok
From its 61st floor perch, this stunning helipad-cum-rooftop oasis ranks supreme for sultry sunset cocktails. A series of elevated platforms and low glass walls ensure prime 360-degree panoramas of the bustling Thai capital below. Book ahead for a table at the adjoining Vertigo restaurant, where an open-air grill turns out barbecued seafood and steaks. www.banyantree.com
The View: Landmarks like the Grand Palace, Royal Chapel, Wat Pho Temple, and winding Chao Phraya River litter the lengthy landscape.
Signature Drink: The Vertigo Sunset (Malibu with pineapple, cranberry, and lime juice)
Insider Tip: A dress code is in effect, so forgo those flip-flops and shorts.
The Terrace at the Trump (Photo: Chris Salata)
The Terrace at Trump at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
This trendy terrace lounge on the Trump hotel's 16th floor serves up quintessential Chicago cityscape, along with a slew of specialty cocktails and summer-appropriate fare (salad, seafood, sushi). L-shaped couches and large tables lure thirsty parties looking to lap up punchbowl pours. www.trumpchicagohotel.com
Star Sights: The swank space shows off Chicago icons like the Wrigley and Chicago Tribune towers, Chicago River, and Lake Michigan.
Signature Drink: Freeze Pops (try the Strawberry Lemonade, with house-made Limoncello and strawberry juice)
Insider Tip: Catch fireworks over Navy Pier on Wednesdays and Saturdays in summer.
Rooftop Lounge at Thompson Toronto (Photo: Thompson Toronto)
The Lounge at At.Mosphere at Burj Khalifa
In a city of superlatives, gravity-defying At.Mosphere sits high atop the Burj Khalifa—the world's tallest building—and touts the planet's highest restaurant (dishing out grilled specialties). Granted, the adjacent lounge area is not technically a rooftop, but with its 122-story, 1,350-foot perch, set just two levels below the landmark tower's observation deck, you'd be hard-pressed to ascend loftier heights. www.atmosphereburjkhalifa.com