21 Sexiest Beach Bars in the World
Things Heat Up When the Sun Goes Down
Oleg March 2013
We know there's no better way to end a day in the sun than with a cold one in your hand. That's why we rounded up a list of the world's best beach bars — one for each year that makes you legal.
1: The Beachcomber (Wellfleet, Massachusetts)
Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, The Beachcomber bar and restaurant sits right on Cahoon Hollow Beach amid 100-foot sand dunes. It's famous for its raw bar and crispy fried clams, and the kids' menu makes it the most family-friendly spot on the list.
2: Duke's Waikiki (Honolulu)
Located in the middle of the crescent-shaped beachfront, Duke's Waikiki is an institution enjoyed by both tourists and locals. Visit the dining room for award-winning traditional Waikiki fare, or grab a cocktail at the Barefoot Bar. There's no better end to a day in Waikiki than with salt in your hair, sand on your feet and a Duke's cocktail in your hand.
3: Tropicana Beach Bar (Mykonos, Greece)
In the Aegean Sea sits Mykonos, an island in the Cyclades cluster. Beloved for its gorgeous beaches, cosmopolitan lifestyle and upbeat atmosphere, Mykonos is a popular tourist destination. The Tropicana Beach Bar sits on Paradise Beach and throws the greatest early-evening beach parties. It's a hot spot for young people, so the drinks flow from early morning until long past sunset.
4: Moonshadows (Malibu, California)
Moonshadows is right off the Pacific Coast Highway and sits perched over the rolling swells of the Pacific. The perfect watering hole after a day at the beach, Moonshadows has a restaurant that serves up sizzling seafood, while the lounge offers killer beats by California DJs.
5: Da Conch Shack (Providenciales, Turks and Caicos)
In true island spirit, Da Conch Shack is famous for two things: fresh local seafood and a wide selection of rum. As the name suggests, conch is the house specialty, but the in-season grouper, snapper and lobster are not to be missed.
6: Sloppy Joe's Bar (Key West)
Located in sunny Key West, Sloppy Joe's has been a local landmark since 1933. Customers can enjoy their favorite beverages with breakfast, lunch or dinner and listen to live bands starting around lunchtime. The relaxed atmosphere lasts into the night, and it's the perfect place to cut loose in Key West.
7: Oak Street Beach (Chicago)
Head lakeside and enjoy open-air casual dining at Oak Street Beach in Chicago. The Tahitian-inspired bar and restaurant sits on the shores of Lake Michigan, combining the sounds of waves with views of the city. If you're in Chicago in the summer, there's no better place to soak up the Midwestern sun.
8: Sa Trinxa (Ibiza, Spain)
Across the Atlantic lies Ibiza, one of Spain's Balearic Islands, where hard-core beach enthusiasts head to one spot in particular — Sa Trinxa. During daylight hours, a hot theme party takes center stage at Salinas Beach, and by sundown, it's all about cocktails and chilled-out grooves at Sa Trinxa.
9: Sunset Beach (Shelter Island, NY)
On Shelter Island, New York City refugees, Hamptons residents and yachters know there's no better beach locale than Sunset Beach. The signature drink is the Sunset Beach Rosé, a light, fragrant wine produced by Andre Balazs that patrons have been sipping since 1997.
10: Sagamore Hotel's South Beach Bar (Miami)
This bar in sexy South Beach, Florida, literally makes beachside entertainment into an art. At the bar at the Sagamore Art Hotel, Miami's beautiful unwind amid signature cocktails, balmy beach breezes and an impressive selection of art. But even if art isn't your thing, the stunning pool bar and grill is one of Miami's hottest scenes.
Cé La Vi in Singapore
Cé La Vi (formerly called Ku Dé Ta) is a premier rooftop party bar — emphasis on the rooftop, as it sits on the 57th floor of the Marina Bay Sands, an architectural landmark in Singapore. Part of the spectacular SkyPark, the bar lets guests take in one of the best unobstructed views of the city and the rooftop's infamous infinity pool. Whether you’re watching the sun set over mini wagyu beef burgers with fontina cheese green chili mayo and smoked tomato relish, or you're just mesmerized by the nightly laser show, Cé La Vi is a place to see and be seen.
Insider's Tip: The price for a cocktail, such as the Lady Be Mine Grey Goose martini with lychee and rosewater, is $16, roughly the same fee the resort complex charges to board the elevator to the observation deck just below — so think of it as breaking even.960 1280
Plunge in New York City, New York
Taking over the Gansevoort Hotel's 14th-floor penthouse in the Meatpacking District, this granddaddy of New York's rooftop bars is still among the city's best — with some of the most stylish parties, an amazing outdoor pool and, of course, a sick view of the N.Y.C. skyline and the Hudson River. Plunge is packed with pretty young things on the weekends, so those not looking to be part of the scene may prefer to watch the sunset from the wraparound balcony midweek.
Insider's Tip: Give the recently revamped, American bistro-style menu, with its fresh chopped salad, jumbo shrimp skewers and rooftop sliders, a shot; you'll be pleasantly surprised.960 1280
The Roof in Madrid, Spain
If your first glimpse of this club atop the ME Madrid is the line to enter — at its peak length during summertime — know that it's worth the wait. Once you board the private elevator to the penthouse terrace, you'll be treated to unmatched views of Madrid's skyline. Owned by Rande Gerber (also known as Cindy Crawford's husband), this swanky rooftop consistently attracts beautiful locals and celebrities alike, thanks to guest DJ sessions, inviting daybeds and a VIP bar embedded in a stone wall.
Insider's Tip: Like most places on our list, the Roof serves cocktails that are on the pricier side. If you're going to have just one, make it the Black Mojito.960 1280
Three Sixty in St. Louis, Missouri
For a bird's-eye view of Busch Stadium, pass on the nosebleed seats and instead, head to this slick rooftop bar atop the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. Panoramic views of the Gateway Arch serve as the backdrop for gourmet bites prepared by chef Rex Hale, such as house-smoked salmon chips, mini New England lobster rolls and Korean BBQ pork tacos. Save room for the sweet stuff; the desserts — especially the house-made Kit Kat bars — are among the best in the city. The 6,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor space accommodates cozy fire pits, flat-screen TVs and several bars, making Three Sixty a year-round destination.
Insider's Tip: Cardinals fans, hold on to your ticket stub and get the $10 cover charge waived. And for those trying to score one of the coveted tables overlooking the field, Three Sixty opens at least two hours before every home game.960 1280
POV in Washington, D.C.
To see the Washington Monument in all its recently unscaffolded glory, head to this trendy bar perched atop the historic W Hotel. POV's velvet banquettes and black wicker chairs are first-come, first-served, so we suggest arriving in plenty of time to watch the sun go down, or you may have to wait in line to board the elevator to the 11th floor. Drinks are expensive by D.C. standards, which makes it mostly a popular spot for tourists and special occasions (both bachelorette parties and proposals are popular here). But enjoying unobstructed views of Washington lit up at night has its price.
Insider's Tip: The scene is more club than cocktail bar after 10 p.m., so we suggest either springing for a table with bottle service next to the dance floor or, for a more economical option, meeting up around the corner at the Hamilton for dinner and drinks before taking in the view.960 1280
Sevva in Hong Kong, China
If you're looking for one of the most glamorous bars in Hong Kong — and possibly even the world — look no farther than this penthouse bar on top of the prestigious Prince's Building. The 360-degree views of Norman Foster's HSBC Building and I.M. Pei's Bank of China Tower from Sevva's wraparound terrace, combined with dazzling interiors that reflect owner Bonnie Gokson's iconic style, has made this the top spot for impressing out-of-towners. The well-coiffed crowd clamors for dishes such as baked truffled mac and cheese and signature crunch cake from the Taste Bar. Also popular is the traditional high tea, where you'll be Instagramming three tiers of Ms. B's treats — including chocolate fudge cake with marmalade and mini short rib burgers — as much as the scenery.
Insider's Tip: The Sevva terrace is an ideal vantage point for the popular "Symphony of Lights" laser show that illuminates Hong Kong's famous skyscrapers.960 1280
The American Bar in Innsbruck, Austria
End your day with a relaxing sundowner and panoramic views of the Alps on the heated rooftop terrace of Innsbruck's glass architectural gem, the Penz Hotel. Order the signature Fifth Floor cocktail, a Bellini Royal made of peaches and Champagne, or ask one of the skilled bartenders to whip up something unique. A bonus for hotel guests is that they can begin the day with an extensive breakfast buffet (with more fresh fruit than you can name) served against the same beautiful backdrop.
Insider's Tip: People who don't like smoke should be aware that cigars are permitted inside.960 1280
New York Bar in Tokyo, Japan
This landmark bar, situated on the 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt Tokyo, served as the backdrop of Lost in Translation. Rather than shy away from the Sofia Coppola connection, the bar embraces it, even creating the L.I.T. cocktail, made with sake, Sakura liqueur, peach schnapps and cranberry juice. Enjoy panoramic views of Shinjuku; order from the extensive wine menu (which has more than 1,600 bottles to choose from); listen to live jazz; and try to get in a New York state of mind — while in Tokyo.
Insider's Tip: We recommend arriving before 6:30 p.m. to avoid a line, and watch the sunset through the floor-to-ceiling windows. After 8 p.m., there is a cover charge of about $20 for guests not staying at the Park Hyatt.960 1280
Bramante Terrace in Rome, Italy
Just one block from the Piazza Navona, atop the ivy-covered Hotel Raphael, this multilevel rooftop garden boasts sweeping views of the Eternal City in the summer. Order an omelet of artichokes, red onions and fresh mint for lunch from chef Jean-Luc Fruneau's creative Mediterranean menu (now completely vegetarian), or watch the sun set between St. Peter's Basilica and Castel Sant'Angelo over a dinner of fresh caciotta cheese ravioli and marjoram with cherry tomatoes and basil.
Insider's Tip: It's one of the most romantic places in Rome, so don't be surprised if you see a proposal take place while here!960 1280
Vue Bar in Shanghai, China
Spread over Levels 32 and 33 of the five-star Hyatt on the Bund in Shanghai, China, Vue offers guests two floors and two distinct views overlooking the historic waterfront and the futuristic Pudong skyline on either side of the Huangpu River. Pull up a seat at this sophisticated lounge's circular cocktail bar or continue up the spiral staircase to the open-air terrace, where you can lounge in a four-poster daybed or take a dip in the marble whirlpool.
Insider's Tip: For those who can justify a $100-plus price tag, Vue's bottomless brunch is hard to beat: free-flowing Perrier Jouet Champagne, a Bloody Mary counter and chefs preparing dishes that include everything from made-to-order eggs to lightly pickled steak tartare on brioche.960 1280
Galaxy Restaurant & Bar in Athens, Greece
The star of the Athens skyline is the majestic Acropolis — and there's no place where it seems to glow more brightly than from the Galaxy Restaurant & Bar atop the Hilton Athens. A hot spot for locals and tourists, this chic open-air terrace is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or a romantic dinner. We suggest starting with one of the restaurant's inventive (read: not just Greek) salads or sesame-crusted seared tuna with caviar, pickled pearl onions, black and yellow cherries, and a truffle vinaigrette, followed by an assortment of sushi. Otherwise, try the surf 'n' turf — a beef tenderloin and lobster tail atop a sizzling hot stone.
Insider's Tip: If you can't snag a reservation, stop by for an aperitif. The bar typically opens two and a half hours before dinner service starts.960 1280
360 in Istanbul, Turkey
True to its name, this spot offers 360-degree views stretching over Istanbul and the Bosphorus Strait that are enough to take your breath away — but so are the "special occasion" prices. Forgo 360's Turkish-fusion menu and instead, come early, score a coveted window seat and nurse your drink while snacking on stuffed olives and nuts before grabbing some street food nearby. On weekends, the restaurant turns into a club from around midnight until the wee hours, with avant-garde entertainment (including burlesque), up-and-coming DJs and well-mixed cocktails.
Insider's Tip: The unassuming entrance in the historic Misir Apartment building is easily missed, but don't let that deter you. Once you've entered the lobby, take the elevator directly to the eighth floor and follow the candlelit stairs.960 1280
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Indonesia: Loewy Bar and BistroBartender Harli Garnawan serves up "the best, stiffest drinks in town” at this nostalgic, casual bistro. The bar sticks to classic cocktails, including Jakarta's largest selection of fine single malt whiskeys. If you want to see Garnawan's technique at work, try the "king of cocktails," a classic dry martini. 960 1280
Puerto Rico: SantaellaRenowned chef Jose Santaella celebrates the roots of the island's cocina criolla in this 80-seat dining room (complete with a tropical garden) and 16-seat bar. Knowledgeable bartenders, including World Class mixologist Leslie R. Cofresi, blend specialty cocktails, including the Sandia Mojito, which pairs muddled fresh watermelon and mint with Puerto Rican white rum, lime juice and a few secret ingredients. 960 1280
Dominican Republic: Pat’e PaloThis European Brasserie is separated into 2 parts: the bar has a livelier crowd, whereas the lounge is more relaxed. Both, however, serve delicious cocktails created by bartender Pavol Kazimir in a candlelit, romantic atmosphere. 960 1280
China: Bar ConstellationThis small space in Shanghai is big on spirits with over 300 single malts for whiskey drinkers. There's also an extensive cocktail list and a World Class mixologist, Tree Mao, whose signature cocktail is called M.A.N. (Mature, Authentic and Nature). 960 1280
Germany: Riva BarFor a hip cocktail bar, its name (after a 1970’s Italian football star Luigi Riva) and interior (which invokes a wind tunnel) are bold choices, but they don't outshine the excellent martinis and champagne cocktails served up by the likes of mixologist Harry Glockler. 960 1280
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11: Foxy's Tamarind Bar (Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands)
If you're in the mood for a whole lotta fun with a Caribbean vibe, then Foxy's Bar on the island of Jost Van Dyke is the place to be. The bar opens at 9:30 a.m., and Foxy himself performs every afternoon, singing and telling jokes in a Calypso style that has made him famous. Sly Fox and Dread Fox are the specialty drinks of the house, in addition to several draft beers fresh from its microbrewery.
12: Hard Rock's Rehab Pool Party (Las Vegas)
It might surprise you that we're heading to a desert for a top beach bar — but Vegas is a desert like no other. The Rehab Pool Party at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is a man-made paradise. The pool's pristine blue water laps against real sand beaches. Swim-up blackjack is a big draw, as are the beautiful Las Vegas bodies soaking up the sun.
13: Ruby's Bar & Grill (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Ruby's Bar & Grill takes us to a very different island — New York's historic Coney Island. It's said that the bar housed an under-the-boardwalk cabaret before it became the Hebrew National Deli in 1934. Rubin Jacobs purchased the space in 1975, and it's been serving beer in plastic cups ever since. The history of Coney Island can be seen in photographs behind the bar, but grab a beer and hit the boards to experience this New York landmark firsthand.
14: Bungalow Beach (Atlantic City, N.J.)
Don't lose all your money at the casino — you'll need to have some left to indulge in this bar and restaurant along the Atlantic. Day or night, Bungalow is a party spot, perfect for sipping cocktails in beach loungers and dancing across the sand. On summer weekends, the DJs get things started at noon.
15: Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville (Negril, Jamaica)
Even if you're not a Parrothead, you'll want to visit Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville anytime you're in Jamaica. With margaritas in 52 flavors and white-sand beaches stretching 7 miles, this truly is a paradise beach bar. Wastin' away in Margaritaville never felt so good.
16: The Sidewalk Cafe (Venice Beach, California)
Located right on Oceanfront Walk and Horizon Avenue, the Sidewalk Cafe is the ultimate venue for enjoying beautiful Venice Beach. The outdoor patio has been a coveted spot to eat and people-watch since the cafe opened 25 years ago. Live acoustic music in the evening is the perfect complement to the fresh homemade food and the nightly happy hour.
17: The Surf Lodge (Montauk, N.Y.)
Montauk considers itself the "un-Hampton," a sleepy fishing village with miles of beautiful coastline. The Surf Lodge on Fort Pond is nestled only half a mile from the beach. Don't feel like changing after riding the perfect fat wave? No worries. The Surf Lodge welcomes flip-flops and board shorts as much as a laid-back attitude. Chill out with a cold one while listening to Bob Marley and the Rolling Stones in front of a lakeside bonfire.
18: Icebergs (Sydney)
From Venice Beach, California, we head Down Under to Icebergs dining room and bar on Sydney's Bondi Beach. Actors, models, surfers and sun worshippers flock to a scene that's part bar, part restaurant and part health club. There are three floors to this beach haven, an Olympic-size swimming pool and immaculate views of Crescent Beach.
19: The Willy T Floating Bar (Norman Island, British Virgin Islands)
Get off the beach and onto the water at the Willy T Floating Bar on Norman Island. Sitting just offshore, Willy T's promises a good time. Things tend to get pretty rowdy later in the day, when ski shots and body shots heat up the bar area. Bring the party to shore by purchasing a bottle of Willy T's brand rum on your way back to dry land.
20: Sunset Bar & Grill (Maho Beach, St. Martin)
St. Martin is a Caribbean island owned equally by the Netherlands Antilles and France; Sunset Beach Bar is in the southern Dutch region. Boasting beautiful sunset views, the bar is also where the beautiful people gather to cut loose. Each Tuesday, there's a bikini contest — and participants are encouraged to get a little crazy in an effort to walk home with a little cash.
21: Nikki Beach (Miami)
The Nikki Beach Bar in Miami's South Beach is a large oceanfront complex with an outdoor beach club, a restaurant and a nightclub. High rollers can enjoy full food and VIP bottle service in the club's sexy cabanas and lounge beds. At night, Club Nikki features DJs spinning music and live entertainment by dancers, percussionists and aerial performers. The hottest party in South Beach is also one of the hottest in the world, so make sure you don't miss it next time you're in SoBe.