Food Paradise: Frozen Drinks

Dog days of summer got you down? Try a pina colada, frozen margarita, daiquiri, or another one of these delicious frozen drinks, brought to you by Travel Channel.

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Cé La Vi in Singapore

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.

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CÉ LA VI Singapore  

Plunge in New York City, New York

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.

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Gansevoort Hotel  

The Roof in Madrid, Spain

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.

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ME Madrid Reina Victoria  

Three Sixty in St. Louis, Missouri

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.

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Hilton Hotels & Resorts / Debbie Franke  

POV in Washington, D.C.

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.

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Starwood / W Hotel  

Sevva in Hong Kong, China

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.

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Sevva  

The American Bar in Innsbruck, Austria

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.

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The Penz Hotel  

New York Bar in Tokyo, Japan

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.

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Tokyo Park Hyatt  

Bramante Terrace in Rome, Italy

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!

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The Hotel Raphael  

Vue Bar in Shanghai, China

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.

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Hyatt on the Bund  

Galaxy Restaurant & Bar in Athens, Greece

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.

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360 in Istanbul, Turkey

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.

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360 Istanbul Turkey  

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Jimmy Barrat, representing UAE/Dubai

Jimmy Barrat, representing UAE/Dubai

Jimmy Barrat, representing UAE/Dubai, competes in the final Cocktails Against the Clock and Signature Cocktail challenges at the Diageo Reserve World Class 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 960 1280

Buda Mendes  

Supawit Muttarattana of Thailand

Supawit Muttarattana of Thailand

Supawit Muttarattana of Thailand attends the Diageo Reserve World Class 2012 Global Final. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Te-Kai Yin, representing Taiwan

Te-Kai Yin, representing Taiwan

A cocktail prepared by bartender Te-Kai Yin, representing Taiwan, sits on the bar during the Signature Serve Challenge. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Dennis Zoppi, from Italy

Dennis Zoppi, from Italy

Dennis Zoppi, from Italy, competes in the Food Matching Challenge during the World Class Final. 960 1280

Buda Mendes  

Lebanon's Momo at the Souks Bar

Lebanon's Momo at the Souks Bar

Varia Dellalian, representing Lebanon's Momo at the Souks bar, competes in the Cocktail Mastery Challenge. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Mixologist Erik Lorincz

Mixologist Erik Lorincz

Mixologist Erik Lorincz attends the Diageo Reserve World Class 2012. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Shigeki Yoshida of Japan

Shigeki Yoshida of Japan

A cocktail prepared by bartender Shigeki Yoshida of Japan, still in the process of being made during the Signature Serve Challenge. 960 1280

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Shigeki Yoshida of Japan

Shigeki Yoshida of Japan

The finished product of the cocktail prepared by bartender Shigeki Yoshida of Japan. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Ricky Gomez of the USA

Ricky Gomez of the USA

Ricky Gomez, representing the USA, competes in the final Cocktails Against the Clock and Signature Cocktails challenges. 960 1280

Buda Mendes  

Andy Mil of Great Britain

Andy Mil of Great Britain

A look at a cocktail prepared by bartender Andy Mil of Great Britain, in the final Cocktails Against the Clock and Signature Cocktails challenges. 960 1280

Buda Mendes  

Cocktail Mastery Challenge

Cocktail Mastery Challenge

World Class finalists compete in the Cocktail Mastery Challenge. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Diageo Reserve World Class 2012 Global Final

Diageo Reserve World Class 2012 Global Final

A general view of the atmosphere at the Tequila Don Julio's Dinner hosted by master distiller Enrique de Colsa in celebration of the Diageo Reserve World Class 2012 Global Final. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Cocktails Against the Clock and Signature Cocktail Challenge

Cocktails Against the Clock and Signature Cocktail Challenge

A few of the cocktails made by bartender Jimmy Barrat of UAE/Dubai sit on the bar during the final Cocktails Against the Clock and Signature Cocktail challenges. 960 1280

Buda Mendes  

Tree Mao, representing China

Tree Mao, representing China

A cocktail made by bartender Tree Mao, representing China, in the Cocktail Mastery Challenge. 960 1280

Buda Mendes  

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Millions of visitors take over Bavarian capital Munich for Oktoberfest each year from mid-September through early October. 960 1280

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Signs advertising an array of sausage and bratwurst tempt hungry Oktoberfest revelers. 960 1280

  

It's not all about the beer at Oktoberfest, with live music and traditional dancing filling the schedule. 960 1280

  

Talented waitresses carry dozens of beers to Oktoberfest attendees patiently waiting for the special brews. 960 1280

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Food specialties abound at Oktoberfest including pork knuckles, pretzels and sweet treats, too. 960 1280

  

Oktoberfest has been celebrated in the picturesque city of Munich since 1810. 960 1280

  

Drinkers fill up 14 beer tents to quaff unique Oktoberfest brews served in 1-liter steins. 960 1280

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Put down the stein and enjoy the carnival rides at the fun fair including an extra-large Ferris wheel and swings. 960 1280

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There's no better way to end a day in the sun than with a cold one in your hand. 960 1280

  

The Surf Lodge in Montauk welcomes flip-flops and board shorts as much as a laid-back attitude. 960 1280

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Cool down on the shore with a tropical cocktail. 960 1280

  

After the sun sets at Montauk's Surf Lodge, chill out with a drink and some Bob Marley in front of a lakeside bonfire. 960 1280

Joe Termini  

Da Conch Shack sits right on the beach in beautiful Provo, Turks and Caicos. 960 1280

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In true island spirit, Da Conch Shack is famous for 2 things: fresh local seafood and a wide selection of rum. 960 1280

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Duke's Waikiki  

Get a daily serving of fruit with a fabulous frozen cocktail. 960 1280

  

Enjoy open-air casual dining at the Tahitian-inspired Oak Street Beachstro in Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan. 960 1280

Oak Street Beachstro  

Perched over the Pacific Ocean in sunny Malibu, Moonshadows is the perfect watering hole after a day at the beach. 960 1280

Moonshadows   

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