Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Top 10 Rooftop Bars

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Top 10 Rooftop Bars

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ANN Rickard has taken an elevator to many a rooftop bar around the world. She gives us 10 of her favourite sky-high places to slowly sip a martini and take in the views. These are her 10 picks but she encourages you to discover your own.


CONTAINED and intimate, the rooftop bar at the Hotel U Prince in Prague's Old Town overlooks the historic square and surrounding handsome buildings. Early summer evenings up on the roof of this celebrated and quirky hotel, armed with an aperitif, make a good start for a big night out in Prague.


WITH a view of Shanghai's futuristic skyline, Sir Elly's Terrace Bar at the Peninsula Hotel is a pinch-me-am-I-really-here? bar. With its slick timber and orange/red furnishing and the signature champagne cocktails, it's the epitome of casual sophistication... even a glass of water hits new levels when you overlook Shanghai's glittering night skyline.


TOO many to choose from in this sophisticated city and the Marina Bay Sands has two sky bars that will have you dizzy even before you've taken a sip of anything. However, Lantern at The Fullerton Bay Hotel is still a favourite with locals. A Passion Sling cocktail and a basket of truffle fries go down well. The night views of dazzling Marina Bay Sands calls for a selfie, and there is always the sassy bed-style seating just right for seniors.


THE Soleil Pool Bar at Rydges Hotel at Southbank might not qualify as one of the highest rooftop bars in the world... okay, we admit it's a balcony bar... but with its night-time, glowing poolside ambience, it's a perfect end-of-day pit stop after exploring the city. Take your mates and share cocktails by the jug, soak up the alcohol with a plate of charcuterie.


WHAT can we say? This SkyBar on top of the Lebua State Tower is the mother of all the rooftop bars in the world (our opinion, you may disagree) and certainly one of the highest. Suspended on a precipice over the humming city, a circular bar propels out into the sky and is illuminated at night to change from fluorescent pink to lime green. …

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