Top 10 rooftop bars for year round skyscape views

Who said winter is for hibernating? Here at Contemporary Class we love pounding the city streets no matter the time of year. And, while we love curling up in a cosy restaurant come day-end, we'll never get over our love affair with roof-top bars. Here are some of the best in the world for the winter or rainy seasons; all come with clever roofing systems to shield the cold and rain, meaning you can stay warm and dry, year round.

Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, London, UK

 Image credit @ Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings

Image credit @ Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings

The latest addition to London’s bustling skyline, Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings’ new roof top venue, The Garden Room, opens on 23rd November 2018. With thanks to vast floor to ceiling glass windows offering every seat in the house, spectacular views across iconic landmarks, including the London Eye, The Shard and Nelson's Column, and having already stamped their mark on London’s eating scene with an instagrammable greenhouse vibe and booked up brunches, we’d say Bourne & Hollingsworth’s new garden room is one to watch.

Upstairs at The Kimberly, New York, USA

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Image credit @ Upstairs at the Kimberly

New York is renowned for it's skyline and an equally impressive array of rooftop bars from which to observe it, but many find themselves left out in the cold throughout the Big Apple's bitter winters. Our tip? Head to Upstairs at The Kimberly whose expansive terrace gives you a front row view of the Chrysler Building. Same view, less flu.

TAK, Stockholm, Sweden

 Image credit @ TAK, Stockholm

Image credit @ TAK, Stockholm

Take in an early winter sunset with views from the 14th floor at TAK, Stockholm. TAK  (roof in Swedish) boasts an impressive summer season of rooftop DJ sets, yet is also is a year round destination with a sleek Scandi-designed lounge for the colder months. Located between Hotel At Six and Hobo, TAK's terrace offers a delicious Nordic-Japanese fusion menu.

High Note Sky Bar, Budapest, Hungry

 Image credit @ Aria Hotel Budapest

Image credit @ Aria Hotel Budapest

Sat atop the Aria Hotel Budapest and overlooking St. Stephen's Basilica, lies High Note Sky Bar. In summer visitors relax, cocktail in hand, on vibrant yellow sun loungers. Meanwhile in winter they head to the terrace just before sunset, taking in 360-degree views across the Buda Hills and Danube river, before settling in for the evening under their retractable roof with a warming hand-crafted cocktail.

The Curtain, London, UK

 Image credit @ The Curtain, Shoreditch, London

Image credit @ The Curtain, Shoreditch, London

Launched by Michael Achenbaum, of fashionable New York Gansevoort fame, The Curtain, a six-storey hotel and members’ club is one of the hottest venues in London right now. The exclusive Shoreditch House lies just around the corner but come winter, The Curtain's retractable roof will see East London creatives continue to enjoy the Shoreditch skyline throughout London's cooler months.


Park Society, Bangkok, Thailand

 Image credit @ Sofitel

Image credit @ Sofitel

The Bangkok social scene is well known for sky-high drinking and dining. In fact, it can be hard to keep track of the latest rooftop bar in Bangkok. Sky Bar at Lebua is undoubtedly on your list thanks to 'The Hangover', but come rain or shine, head to Park Society atop The Sofitel Hotel. It boasts uninterrupted views of Lumpini Park, offering a unique angle from which to see the city.

ROOF on The Wit, Chicago, USA

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Image credit @ ROOF on The Wit

ROOF on The Wit is a long standing favourite on Chicago's party scene. Set 27 stories high, it's earned international praise for stunning design and sweeping views of the Windy City. In summer, thanks to their retractable rooftop, they're very much 'ROOF off The Wit' but come winter you can enjoy their unique hand-crafted cocktails with the roof remaining firmly on.

The Ides, Brooklyn & Hyatt House, New Jersey, USA

 Image credit @ The Wythe Hotel

Image credit @ The Wythe Hotel

The New York skyline is perhaps best seen from afar. Overlooking downtown from the west we recommend Hyatt House in Jersey City, and for views across the East River in Brooklyn, The Ides on the 6th floor of the hip Wythe Hotel. Both feature expansive windows, ideal for taking in the view of Manhattan's famous skyline. 

Aer, Mumbai, India

 Image credit @ Four Seasons

Image credit @ Four Seasons

Mumbai monsoons can be brutal. Hide way with a drink in hand at Aer. Mumbai's highest bar, Are sits above the Four Seasons Hotel and the bustling streets of the Worli district below. Covered by a canopy, guests can often be found dancing the night away beside panoramic sea and city views year round.

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