The best way to see any city is from a rooftop bar.
London / Vertigo 42.
Located in central London, this rooftop is the third tallest skyscraper in the city. The spectacular views make this bar extremely popular, so a reservation is a must. The iconic views include the shard, St Paul’s and across the thames. Afternoon tea here starts at around £64 for two people but check out Groupon and they have a deal at half price, £32. At £16 each it’s good value for money with a glass of champagne included.
Nearest station : Liverpool Street
Milan / Ceresio 7
Owned by Italian duo Dsquared2, this rooftop is an interior designers dream. It’s design is finished to perfection. Showcasing 360° panoramic views over the city and a michelin starred restaurant, this is one of my favourite bars. If you would like to eat at the restaurant I would recommend you make a reservation in advance, if you just want evening drinks to watch the sunset you should be ok just to turn up. Drinks here are expensive at around €9 for a bottle of Heinken! The view does makes it worth the price.
Nearest station : Monumentale
Madrid / Círculo de bella artes
There is an entrance fee of €4 to enter this rooftop bar, but it is worth every penny. Panoramic views featuring the famous Metropólis and the Plaza de Cibeles make it the perfect place to sip a cocktail. The drinks are quite pricey but that has to be expected given the location. If reserved (or wait a very long time) lounge beds are available to lay on and soak in the atmosphere.
Nearest station : Banco de Éspana
Amsterdam / A’dam lookout
This rooftop is not only just a bar, it also has the highest swing in Europe on the top level. The entrance fee here depends on what type of ticket you want. For a regular ticket the price is €12.50 this includes the light show elevator taking you 20 floors high in 22 seconds, your own digital memory and entrance into the restaurant and top deck. For €20 you can get the sunset package which includes entrance after 18:00pm and a free cocktail. The free cocktail definitely helps settle the nerves before you go onto the swing! If you are in Amsterdam for a while there is an even better deal for just €25 you can have entrance to the A’dam lookout, canal cruise and Heineken experience. To experience the over the edge swing it is an additional cost of €5. At this rooftop you will get the best views of Amsterdam and a unique experience, it’s a must.
Nearest station : take the free ferry across the river from Amsterdam central.
Barcelona / Sky bar
Based on the rooftop at the Grand Hotel, this bar features an incredible infinity pool and terrace lounge area. The vintage point from the roof gives you a beautiful Mediterranean sunset. It is pricey here and if you are visiting in peak season (April-September) you will need a reservation.
Nearest station : Jaume I