Purple at Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa is the clear winner of the Mexico round of our Most Instagrammable Rooftop Bar contest, garnering over 94 percent of the vote. It joins fellow winners Celestial Terrace at Jade Mountain, Skylounge at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London, Paris' Le Georges at the Centre Pompidou and New York's The Top of the Strand to advance to the finals.
This week we’re putting our spotlight on East Asia. Over the next two weeks we’ll head to Southeast Asia and then catch up with a number of notables we’ve missed before heading on to the final round.
Cast your vote below:
How does a nice steak work for a bar snack? This Hong Kong steakhouse and bar is perched high above Wan Chai, with views of Victoria Harbour and the Happy Valley Racecourse. In addition to an extensive wine list, guests here can sip on cocktails like the Champagne Mandarin Collins (fresh mandarins muddled with mandarin infused vodka and freshly squeezed lemon juice; charged with champagne) or the Wooloomoooloo Flirtini (Fresh pineapple muddled with pineapple juice and Grey Goose vodka; invigorated with champagne).
Sugar (Bar.Deck.Lounge) at EAST Hong Kong
Another Hong Kong venue, this 32nd floor deck serves up drinks, tapas and tunes from a resident DJ from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Note: Guests 18 and under are not allowed.
Ozone at The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
Billed as the world’s highest rooftop bar, this venue is way up on the 118th floor. Cocktails, Asian tapas and dance parties are on the menu, and the bar even hosts “weddings in the sky” for couples looking to tie the not. No shorts, beach sandals, open toe shoes or sleeveless shirts for gentlemen after 9 p.m., and guests under 18 are only allowed between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily and at Sunday brunch.
X25 at W Beijing – Chang’an
Moving to Beijing, X25 lets guests take in the old city wall, ancient observatory and skyline. Music lovers will be at home here, as the venue hosts a rotating lineup of live musicians and local and global DJs, arriving nightly at 9pm. There is also a dance floor for those so inclined. Signature cocktails include the Marvelous Blue, Chang’an Cooler and Beijing Night.
Two Rooms Grill Bar
High above Tokyo’s Fashion District, this bar and restaurant aims to fuse Old and New World cooking techniques with an emphasis on fresh market produce. The venue works with winemakers from around the world to curate a glass walk-in cellar, which also doubles as an entrance to a private dining room. Up top, views of the Tokyo skyline pair with an extensive cocktail list and wood-and-leather décor highlighted by a 50,000 year old swamp Kauri from New Zealand.
New York Bar at Park Hyatt Tokyo
Live performances from top international jazz artists nightly are on the menu here, as well as a drinks menu spotlighting original cocktails, cognac, brandy and a wine list that’s billed as having the largest selection of American wines in Japan. There’s also a casual dining menu for snacking. Good to know: a cover charge of 2,400 JPY (exclusive of tax) is applied Monday through Saturday from 8:00 pm, and Sunday from 7:00 pm (staying guests are exempt).
Mexico Winner: Purple at Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa
Looking out over the marina and the stunning Bay of Cortez, the Purple VIP rooftop lounge offers a cool spot to enjoy the sun. By night, guests can party with local DJs while enjoying premium beverages.
Caribbean Winner: Celestial Terrace at Jade Mountain
Hovering high above the Jade Mountain Club, the Celestial Terrace serves up cocktails and a space for sunset-watching and stargazing. The food grown on the resort emphasizes local ingredients – the estate even produces its own chocolate – while the resort’s organic farm, Emeralds, provides additional herbs and vegetables for the table. Private dining experiences are also available.
London Winner: The SkyLounge at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London
In the heart of the city, from here guests can take in the Tower Bridge, The Shard, the Tower of London, the Thames, Gherkin and St. Paul’s Cathedral in a 360-degree panorama. Guests can reserve tables in the bar (subject to availability) for a minimum of 10 – otherwise, it’s first come, first served. The drinks menu serves up a number of classic cocktails (takes on a Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Negroni and more are all in evidence), as well as wine, beer and liquor. For entertainment, the bar has a resident DJ.
Paris Winner: Le Georges at the Centre Pompidou
A great spot to grab a quick break from museum-hopping, this hideaway atop the Centre Georges Pompidou in Les Halles offers a number of options for a sweet bite, like chocolate fondant, bourbon vanilla ice cream and apple or lemon meringue pies. Heavier fare, including a croque monsieur, cheeseburger and chicken Caesar salad, is served until 7 p.m.
New York Winner: Top of the Strand
Set on the 21st floor of Midtown’s Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, the winner of our New York round is the Top of the Strand. This year-round venue has a retractable glass roof and a drinks menu that runs the gamut from a full lineup of cocktails to beer and wine, and private event packages are also available.