CAIRO Egypt / O Bar / Fairmont Nile City

HONG KONG / “Ozone” / The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

SYDNEY, Australia / Blu Bar on 36 / Shangri-La Hotel - The Opera House and Harbour Bridge are certainly iconic images that will draw your attention on any trip to Sydney, but the Blu Bar on 36, unsurprisingly situated on the 36thfloor, let’s you see these sights from above. Add in a sprawling view towards Darling Harbour and beyond and you’ll realize this location is hard to beat.

DUBAI / Uptown Bar / Jumeriah Beach Hotel - Whether you’re in Dubai on a brief stop over or exploring this Middle Eastern destination in more detail, the Uptown Bar gives impressive panoramic views over Jumeriah beach, and of sister hotel Burj al Arab (the one that looks like a sail). Choose between the cool indoor setting or outdoor terrace, both on  the 24th floor, and sample one of the beautifully blended cocktails.

MOSCOW, Russia / 02 Lounge / The Ritz-Carlton - The 02 Lounge has a funky interior with a domed glass and steel roof and striking Faberge chairs, but it is the views out across the Red Square and the Kremlin that make this one of the best bars in Moscow. A relaxed lounge feel by day transitions to a lively club venue at night. Try the Red Square cocktail, a blend of citron vodka, rosemary, raspberry, lime juice, and vanilla syrup.

TOKYO, Japan / New York Grill & Bar / Park Hyatt - If you’ve seen the movie Lost in Translation, the New York Bar at the Park Hyatt should be familiar to you. Situated on the hotel’s 52nd floor, the bar was used for many scenes in the movie, and with the littered lights of Tokyo’s crammed skyline acting as the backdrop, it’s easy to see why. There’s an open kitchen and watching the chefs can be as exciting as staring at the views outside.

BALI / Rock Bar / Ayana Resort & Spa - Martini on the rocks takes on a whole new meaning at the Rock Bar, which lingers 14 meters above the ocean along Bali’s dramatic coastline. Endless views out across the water place this as one of the best spots to witness an Indonesian sunset. As if the location were not fascinating enough, the bar was designed by a Japenese glass artist using recycled glass canes. Waves crashing against craggy cliffs complete the scene. No singlets, boardshorts, or alcohol branded clothes (think Bintang) are allowed.

LOS ANGELES, California / Skybar / Mondrian Hotel - With a cool address on Sunset Boulevard and affording some of the best views of Los Angeles, it’s no surprise that Skybar is one of the city’s hottest nightlife spots. Themed as an Outdoor Living Room, the Skybar’s views include LAX flights queuing in the distance. You need to be on the guest list to visit after 8pm.

SAO PAULO, Brazil / Skye Bar / Hotel Unique - The dramatic crimson red pool with its pulsating underwater sound system competes with São Paulo’s skyline. A panoramic elevator exclusively used to access the bar will take you to what is considered the heart of the hotel. Skye has a casual, hip vibe with a DJ playing from 9pm.

MUMBAI, India / Aer / Four Seasons Hotel - Mumbai’s highest rooftop bar occupies the entire length and breadth of the Four Season’s hotel with views of the city and out to sea. Sunset happy hour will please your budget with half price cocktails each day from 5pm to 8.30pm. Don’t visit on Friday or Saturday after 8pm or you’ll be stung for a cover charge of INR 2,000 per person, about $40 – ouch! Another dress code for men – shorts, sleeveless t-shirts, slippers and open shoes are not on the menu.