Food & Drink
Cocktails with a View
By Jeff Ficker
The view from Atmosphere Rooftop Bar

The Caribbean Sea and Shanghai skyline are brilliant on their own, but a drink in hand and good company transform these panoramas into magical experiences. Discover some of the best views from which to say “cheers” — whether at sea-level or 118 stories high.

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Grand Cayman

Seven Mile Beach is consistently heralded as one of the Caribbean’s best beaches. So how better to appreciate the view than with a classic cocktail and inventive, plant-focused fare at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman's open-air Saint June? The beachfront eatery and bar evokes  1960s island-chic: bold botanicals, bespoke touches and an air of jet-setting sophistication.

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Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert

An oasis of painterly desert panoramas awaits at this 1,235-acre protected reserve just north of Dubai — and the best place to take it all in is from the rooftop Moon Bar. Sip one of their clever spins on a gin and tonic as the sun dips below the horizon and a million stars begin to fill the desert sky.

Indoor rooftop bar with city view.
New York City

Perched high in the sky, Nubeluz at The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad brings together the Spanish word “nube” for cloud and “luz” for light. A remarkable 270-degree view of the Manhattan skyline is accentuated by modern twists on classic cocktails and boards of jamón, quesos and embutidos hailing from Chef José Andrés' native Spain.

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Hong Kong

At Ozone at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, floor-to-ceiling windows dazzle with scenes of sparkling skyscrapers and Victoria Harbour — 118 floors up. Order the Green Village, which combines gin-infused sugar peas with jasmine tea syrup, lime, bitters and egg white for a heavenly experience.


Climb 58 floors to Flair, Shanghai's highest rooftop bar topping the Art Deco-inspired tower of The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong. Daybed-style seating makes the dizzyingly expansive views of Huangpu River even more restorative.

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Lake Tahoe

From the snowy scenes of winter to the lush greens of summer, appreciate the Sierra Nevadas all year long at the Highlands Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Seasonal cocktails shine at the lux lodge, but guests truly come for the liberal views of Lake Tahoe, visible from every stool and seat in the lounge.

Rooftop Bar

Avoid the tourists but still see Vienna’s best at Atmosphere, the Rooftop Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna. The eighth-floor terrace showcases the city day and night, with a host of champagne cocktails, tonics, spritzes and more. The Classic One pairs rum with lime and rosemary, while the Sweet One mixes gin, apple, elderflower, lemon and thyme.

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Mexico City

It might be hard to take your eyes off the view some 38 floors above the Paseo de la Reforma, but there's plenty to take in at The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City's Samos. Snag a window-side table for Mediterranean fare paired with a smoked mezcal cocktail and gorgeous environs.

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