In Madrid, The Principal Madrid—set in an early 20th-century Spanish Renaissance building—is home to La Terraza rooftop bar. It’s a popular spot overlooking Madrid and features drinks by the renowned Spanish mixologist Manel Vehí. Imagine sipping on the Manyua—a combination of melon, passion fruit, and lime—or the Machupicchu—with pisco, lemongrass, tonka beans, lime juice, and an egg white to top it all off. Truth be told, we’d order one first and then try the other.
In Scotland, Rusacks St. Andrews set along the legendary course, has the recently opened 18. The bar and restaurant have views of the course and even offer a putting green. Homemade cordials are the specialty of the house, but whiskies are a staple, along with educational classes such as a workshop in partnership with local St. Andrews distillery Eden Mill where guests can learn how to blend their own gin.
The last bar on our European jaunt is opening this spring. The Rooftop at London’s One Hundred Shoreditch is meant to evoke a Palm Springs escape with its pink marble tables, succulents, and East London vistas. Rose wines, margaritas, martinis, and champagne will be featured drinks.
Our world tour of rooftop bars ends in Dubai. Privilege at SLS is located 75 stories atop of the hotel, and it has 360-degree views of the city, two infinity pools, and regular DJ appearances. It’s a place where you can spend all day and drink and dance late into the night. Beverage in hand with Dubai before us, we can’t think of a more enjoyable way to pass our time.