World's best bars

FROM the fancy to the fabulous, here are the most fascinating hotel bars in the world, complete with a diamond topped Martini - seriously.
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Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, Australia

Blue Bar, on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney, is one of the top cocktail bars in Sydney. With uninterrupted views spanning over Sydney Harbour and up to the Blue Mountains, this intimate and stylish bar is perfect for a memorable Sydney experience.

Signature sip: For $10,000, guests can treat their loved one to a "Martini On The Rock", which features a one-carat diamond at the bottom of the glass.
Bayan Tree, Bangkok

Perched 61 floors above Bangkok on the roof of the sultry Banyan Tree Hotel, Vertigo has great views, but can end up a little wet as it has no roof. Stylish, sophisticated and reaching for the clouds, there is no better place for a romantic escape or glamorous cocktail party than this - and the sun set is a must-see on every Bangkok travel itinerary.
Barasti Bar
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, Dubai

Dubai's Barasti bar has a superb beach-front location with sun-soaked tipples, making it the best bar according to World's Best Bars readers. Barasti is also popular for its casual, laid back atmosphere - you can get away with wearing thongs here.
Skyview Bar
Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Spending the night at the Burj Al Arab may be out of reach for many, but experiencing the extravagance is still possible by visiting the Skyview Bar. Suspended 200 meters above sea level on the 27th floor of the Burj Al Arab, many say the spectacular views make the pricey drinks worth every penny.
New York Bar
Park Hyatt Tokyo, Japan

The New York Bar is located on the 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt Tokyo, an ear-popping 235m up in the air. Remarkably, on a clear day guests can see all the way to Mount Fujiyama. The stunning bar is known for its live music and is frequented by top international jazz stars. The New York Bar is extremely popular so if it is full, try the Peak Bar on the 41st floor for equally stunning views.
Galaxy Bar
The Hilton Athens, Greece

It's easy to understand why Greek celebrities frequent the roof-top Galaxy Bar at the recently revamped Hilton Athens, with its relaxed, cosmopolitan atmosphere and majestic views over the Acropolis. Located on the hotel's rooftop 13th floor, on a clear day, guests can see as far as the island of Aegina. The bar keeps patrons happy with live music and a tasty snack menu.
Bellini Bar
Hilton Auckland, New Zealand

Named after the "Bellini" cocktail created in 1948 at Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy, the Bellini Bar is a favourite among New Zealand's stylish set. The bar, with its striking interior and floor-to-ceiling windows, has expansive views over Auckland's Waitemata harbour.
Bascule whisky, wine and cocktail bar
Cape Grace Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

Bascule whisky, wine and cocktail bar is located right on the water's edge of Cape Town's international yacht marina. There are over 400 whiskies from around the world and an impressive
The Penthouse
ME Madrid, Madrid, Spain

The Penthouse is located on the roof of the ME Madrid, once a traditional bullfighting hotel. The popular bar was created by Scott and Rande Gerber (Cindy Crawford's husband), and possesses impressive views of Madrid from its rooftop terrace location. Guests are whisked up via private elevator to The Penthouse, where they can relax in the comfortable lounges and day beds and take in the amazing view of Plaza Santa Ana
La Purificadora Bar
La Purificadora Hotel, Mexico

The Hotel La Purificadora is a swanky upscale hotel in Peubla, Mexico, built from the wreckage of a 19th century water-bottling factory. The rooftop bar runs parallel to a long glass-walled lap pool so guests can watch swimmers pass them by as well as take in views of the city. Once the sun sets, the bar is one of the hottest nightspots in Puebla.
M Bar
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Sample a variety of 'Mo' cocktails and Chinese tapas at the Mandarin Oriental's famous M Bar. Located on the 25th floor of the hotel, the M Bar has impressive views over Victoria Harbour as well as a lotus bud-shaped bar and is a favourite among tourists and locals.
The Artesian Bar
The Langham Hotel, London, UK

The Langham Hotel's Artesian Bar was named after the 360-foot artesian well under the hotel which originally supplied all the fresh water for the guests. Opened in 2007, the bar features unique interiors which mix Orientalism with romantic Victorian influences. The hotel has a tempting cocktail menu with a tasting option for those who cannot decide.
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