The Most Beautiful Outdoor Bars in the World
Drinking outdoors is one of life’s great pleasures, even more so if you’re doing it in a beautiful setting. Whether you’re on a rooftop, by a beach or nestled in a verdant enclave, there’s nothing like feeling a fresh breeze while sipping on a cool drink. We’re counting down 11 of the most striking places to imbibe alfresco around the world.
Rope Bar at the Shore Club: Turks and Caicos
During the day you’ll want to swim in Turks and Caicos’ impossible turquoise water. But once the sun sets, you’ll want to sidle up to the Shore Club’s nautical bar to please your eyes and your palate, and to quench your thirst with an island-worthy cocktail. The eye-catcher here is the an enormous and elegant chandelier made out of hundreds of ropes hanging dramatically from the ceiling.
Gitano: Tulum, Mexico
Sit among lush greenery at this Tulum hot spot to enjoy beautiful hand-crafted cocktails and an array of mezcals. Their Stardust cocktail, made with mezcal, dark rum, pineapple, papaya and coconut cream, is the perfect tropical nightcap.
Sky Bar at The Mulia Bali: Nusa Dua, Bali
Watch the sun set in the Indian Ocean at this elevated outdoor bar at The Mulia in Bali. Their Bora Bora cocktail is sweet, yet tart, and best consumed in tandem with their indulgent foie gras sliders.
Rooftop at Modissa: Zurich, Switzerland
On the sixth floor of fashion house Modissa, you’ll find a bustling rooftop bar serving some of the city’s most creative cocktails, plus serious views Zurich’s main shopping street.
Soggy Dollar: British Virgin Islands
The beauty of this bar is that you’ll be barefoot in white sand while you stare out at the ocean and sipping a famous Painkiller cocktail. Made with premium dark rum, cream of coconut, pineapple and orange juice, then topped with fresh grated Grenadian nutmeg, you’ll think about this aromatic drink long after you leave BVI.
Laganini: Hvar, Croatia
Located on Palmizana, an quiet island associated with Hvar, Croatia, Laganini is a relaxed bar and restaurant perfect to visit by boat. With direct access to the beach, the most important question you’ll ask yourself is whether to go for a swim or drink another glass of champagne.
Rooftop Bar at the Singular Santiago: Santiago, Chile
Chill by the pool or chat in a more shaded area at the rooftop bar at the Singular Hotel in Santiago. This popular watering hole provides impressive views of the city's skyline and is the ideal place for a cold drink against a warm Chilean sunset.
Baba Nest: Phuket, Thailand
The first thing you’ll say when you step onto this rooftop bar — if you can say anything — is "wow." A 360-degree rooftop bar with an infinity pool perimeter, the views here feel endless and you’ll want to sit on their comfortable pillows, taking it all in, for as long as possible.
Migas Mercado: Beijing, China
This buzzy bar is where you’ll want to spend a hot summer evening in Beijing. The space has a playful vibe with larger-than-life furniture — haven't you always wanted to sit in an egg? — and inventive cocktails with nods to its Spanish-market inspiration.
Mr. Purple: New York City, New York
This chic bar in the Lower East Side of Manhattan features two terraces, a pool and an expansive bar menu of small-batch spirits, regionally brewed beers and craft cocktails. Located 15 floors above ground, this boîte is where you can escape traffic, noise and heat during a summer evening. Just get there early, because if you don't, you probably can't escape a line to get in.
Prickly Pear: Anguilla
Fancy going to an outdoor bar that’s also a private island? Head to Prickly Pear in Anguilla. Open Tuesday through Sunday, the Tiki Hut Bar will take care of all of your beverage needs while you gaze at the white sand beach and breathtakingly beautiful blue water. If that's not enough you can also get massage on the beach or join a hike around the island.