From hip rooftops to boho beach bars – where to go for the best drinks at sunset.
HOTEL SAN CRISTÓBAL, TODOS SANTOS, BAJA, MEXICO
Todos Santos is a hip surf town and artist’s mecca on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Nearby, at the end of a dirt track, backed by the Sierra de la Laguna mountains, the Hotel San Cristóbal sits on a white-sand beach serving up a heady mix of ultra-cool, bare-foot luxury that fits the local surroundings perfectly. Usually you’re here because you’re staying – to catch some waves and explore the area’s abundant cultural treasures. But of an evening, nothing can beat sipping on a ‘Mexican Old Fashioned’ at the relaxed ocean-view bar – it’s not uncommon to sight whales swimming in the waves as you soak up the last of the day’s desert sun.
Best for: A taste of local luxury
Image: Via Hotel San Cristóbal
RUMPUS ROOM, LONDON, UK
A velvet-upholstered playground on a sun-lit rooftop overlooking London’s artsy South Bank, Rumpus Room is a party-perfect location dripping in cosmopolitan glamour. Head barman Idris Conti has perfected the art of the American-British cocktail with an extensive menu that ranges from updated classics to the ‘East India Elixir’ – a combination of London’s finest gin, tea, apple and rice shrub and celery and absinthe drops. Fiery. Take a seat on the rooftop terrace and enjoy a summer-evening libation with views across the Thames.
Best for: Cocktails in the city
Image: Niall Clutton
DRIFT BEACH, DUBAI, UAE
Drift away to blissed-out beats played by some of the world’s top DJs at this exclusive pool and beach club. Leisurely days spent relaxing at one of the infinity pool’s luxe cabanas are rounded off with sundowners by the sea. It’s chic and very glamorous – as can be expected of Dubai, a city that glitters like a desert mirage. Panoramic views of the iconic skyline are the real draw come evening when the last of the setting sun backlights Palm Island Bay.
Best for: Champagne in a desert paradise
Image: Drift Beach Dubai
MOON BAR AT BANYAN TREE, BANGKOK, THAILAND
Perched 61 stories above the bustling city streets below, Moon Bar is one of Bangkok’s most awe-inspiring locations for a sky-high pre-prandial. Tropical sunsets over the cityscape are matched perfectly with the appropriately named ‘Vertigo Sunset’, an exotic blend of pineapple, lime, coconut and rum. A well-heeled crowd of young and successful globe-trotters flock here for the 360 degree views of what has to be one of the most vibrant cities on earth. Linger over a drink in the relaxed lounge-style setting and soak up the energy of Bangkok before heading out into the steamy heat of the night.
Best for: Sky-high sundowners in the tropics
Image: Banyan Tree
LITTLE BEACH HOUSE, MALIBU, CALIFORNIA, USA
Part of the oh-so-exclusive Soho House group, Little Beach House sits demurely beside Nobu Malibu on the beautiful wind-swept coastline of sunny California. Low-key compared to its sushi-serving A-list neighbour, it’s a place that prides itself on a creative clientele and service with discretion. Its members-only policy and focus on the local community make it pretty exclusive but also uniquely relaxed. Swing by if you’re lucky enough to have pals in the area and kick back on the terrace with a Soho Negroni while the sun sinks below the pacific horizon.
Best for: Laid-back drinks by the ocean
Image: Via Little Beach House