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Cocktails Paired With Extraordinary Views

Article by Jeff Ficker 02.23.2017

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

Hong Kong: The World’s Highest Bar

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 Bamboo, which combines a green tea sugarcane spirit with lemongrass, lime and ginger for a heavenly experience.

Long room with a bar and stools on one side, banquettes and side tables on the other and a ceiling with a sculptural installation

Moscow: The Russian Capital’s Best Terrace

Situated on Moscow’s busiest thoroughfare, O2 Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow boasts a panoramic view of the Red Square and Cathedral of Christ the Savior. And while the glass-domed, rooftop lounge itself is an architectural delight, the balcony may be the best spot in Moscow to admire the city — with a premium Russian vodka in hand, of course.

Outdoor lounge with umbrellas, sofas and armchairs with a view of Red Square in the background

Grand Cayman: The Royal Treatment on Seven Mile

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 beach cocktail at Bar Jack at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman? We’d suggest Grand Cayman’s smoothest piña colada or a Cayman Royale: a Moët & Chandon Champagne duet with strawberry purée and Cointreau.

Chicago: The Magnificent Mile from Above

Visit THE Dec rooftop bar for sky-high views of Magnificent Mile. The understated modern lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago offers a secluded respite from the city bustle, complete with house-made sangria and a classic old fashioned.   

Evening view of an outdoor seating area with a fireplace and round metal sculpture overlooked by skyscrapers

Shanghai: Art Deco on the Huangpu River

Climb 58 floors to Flair, China’s highest alfresco restaurant 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.

Southern California: Dockside Drinks at Sunset

Farm- and ocean-to-table dining is at the forefront of Cast & Plow, a marina-side culinary experience. And while you won’t find any sustainable seafood in your Perfect Storm — a mix of Casamigos Reprosado Tequila, fresh lime, ginger beer and loganberry liqueur —  you’re likely to see the day’s catch coming in through the harbor at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey lounge.

Vienna: A New View of the City Center

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 First Organic Austrian features organic vodka and lime, while its second counterpart pairs gin and lemon.

Lake Tahoe: Sweeping Vistas of the Sierras

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.

Bar situated between an interior balcony over the lobby and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the mountains


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