Sugar at East, Miami
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Watch Miami come alive from the 40th floor of East hotel, where a verdant rooftop garden has views of downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay. There are cocktails and a menu of pan-Asian dishes perfect for sharing.
Supper Club, Sydney
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Incredible views of the harbour can be had from the 31st-floor of the InterContinental Sydney. The view stretches from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Opera House and beyond to Mrs Macquarie's Chair. The scenery, paired with a glass of one of the 27 Champagnes on the menu, is unbeatable.
Juvia, Miami, United States
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The people-watching at Juvia is top-notch (the dress-code is “Miami chic”) but the sweeping views of South Beach could prove distracting. It’s all open-air but there’s a unique retractable roof in case the weather turns.
Red Sky Bar, Bangkok, Thailand
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On the 56th floor of the Centara Grand Hotel you’ll find live jazz, 360-degree city views and a very impressive wine list.
Sushisamba Tree Bar, London, United Kingdom
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A glass-walled lift zips up the outside of Heron Tower in London to level 38, where an open-air bar offers views of the Gherkin closer than you ever imagined you’d want. There’s also an amazing tree sculpture with leaves that glow after the sun sets.
Aqua, Hong Kong
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Located on the 29th and 30th floors of the One Peking building, Aqua has spectacular views over Victoria Harbour to the Hong Kong skyline. The glass-enclosed space is like a very chic fishbowl with two kitchens (one serving Japanese, the other Italian) and the Aqua Spirit bar, which takes its gin and tonics so seriously it has a list of seven tonic waters and 17 gins to choose from.
St. Cloud, New York
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There’s no shortage of rooftop bars in New York City but St. Cloud, at the top of the Knickerbocker Hotel, has to be the ultimate. There are three corner Sky Pods overlooking Times Square, vertical gardens and the Waterford Crystal Lounge
Ozone, Hong Kong
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Almost everything worth finding in Hong Kong is at the end of a long elevator ride; Ozone is no different. A dizzying 118 floors above the ground atop the Ritz-Carlton, Ozone offers visitors the best view in town – smog dependent. Come 8pm, the synchronised light display of the Symphony of Lights plays across the skyline.
Cindy's, Chicago, United States
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At the top of the venerable Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is the gorgeous Cindy’s, an open-air terrace on the 13th floor with views of Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago and Lake Michigan. It used to be a men’s-only club – now, it’s chic, airy and perfect for a Sunday brunch. Men optional.
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In a city of towering skyscrapers and more rooftop bars than you can poke a stick at, Lantern stands out. It’s on the pool deck of the incredibly glamorous Fullerton Bay Hotel, with views across the water to the skyline-changer Marina Bay Sands.
VUE Bar, Shanghai
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Levels 32 and 33 of the West Tower of the swank Hyatt on the Bund are given over to a stylish “fashion bar”. There is an open-air terrace, daybeds and for ultimate relaxation, slip into the whirlpool bath with a glass of Champagne in hand.
QT Hotel, Melbourne
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This sleek indoor/outdoor space on the 11th floor of QT Melbourne has views over the city from its spot on Russell Street in the old rag-trade district. It’s fittingly chic and contemporary and like its QT counterparts in other cities, light-hearted and fun.
At.mosphere Lounge, Dubai
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Book at a table in time to watch the sun go down at this steakhouse/bar in downtown Dubai. At.Mostphere is on the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa building – currently the tallest manmade structure in the world.
Baba Nest, Phuket
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A wrap-around infinity pool surrounds Sri Panwa hotel’s rooftop deck, which in turn is framed by 360-degree views looking out over the islands dotting the Andaman Sea.
The Ides, Brooklyn
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The sun setting over Manhattan’s skyline is much better seen from a slight remove – like from the rooftop bar of Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel, where the drinks, atmosphere and service are only topped by the view.
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The sunsets really can’t be beat at Altitude in Singapore, which claims the title of being the highest al fresco bar in the world at 282 metres above sea level.
Up Next: Find Out Why These 19 Dishes Have Cult Status in Sydney
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There are some dishes that are iconic – such as Peter Gilmore’s fabled Snow Egg at Quay. Others are newer, like Bar Brose’s instantly in-demand Late Night Sandwich. Here’s our pick of the cult dishes you must try in Sydney.