Here at Hero & Leander we have been searching far and wide to bring you the most romantic bars around the world. Opulent age-old establishments to hidden boutique dives. Classy cocktails to out-of-this-world ales. The perfect date night destination is within reach. In no particular order we invite you to discover the world’s best bars for couples.
- 54thirty Rooftop – Denver, Colorado, USA
54thirty Rooftop is Denver’s highest open-air rooftop bar, located on the 20th floor of the recently opened Le Méridien Denver Downtown. 54thirty features sweeping romantic city and mountain views, and multiple cosy fire pits to enjoy sipping on Colorado craft cocktails and small-bites. And to add an even more romantic twist to the bar, it is one of the best place to watch the sun set over the iconic Rocky Mountains.
For more information please visit www.54thirty.com/
- Rooftop terrace at andBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge- KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Set into a cliff face overlooking spectacular Leopard Rock, couples can enjoy a cocktail or two under the stars at the recently refurbished andBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge in South Africa. With only six suites, couples can enjoy a private meal or drink in any area of the camp – whether it’s on the outdoor deck, which have been reconfigured to allow plenty of space for al fresco dining, in the suite, or on the new rooftop terrace, which provides spectacular views – all dining venues provide a perfect setting for sipping beneath the stars.
For more information please visit www.andbeyond.com/our-lodges/africa/south-africa/kwazulu-natal/phinda-private-game-reserve/andbeyond-phinda-rock-lodge/
- Bar Oso – Whistler, British Columbia
We feel that Bar is a little gem set in the heart of the Whistler village that’s perfect for couples.“Oso” meaning “bear” in Spanish, an homage to Whistler’s wildlife – is open daily and offers a profusion of Spanish-influenced small plates, tapas, and house-made charcuterie perfect for lunch, dinner, and late nights. The long, convivial bar is the ultimate place to meet for hand-crafted cocktails and inspired wines including not-to-be-missed guest favourites like the Oso Sour cocktail and the artisanal Gin & Tonic.
For a full list of Bar Manager Jason Redmond’s creative mountain high cocktails, please go to baroso.ca
- Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia
Nestled deep within the heart of Fitzroy, Black Pearl is one of Australia’s most awarded bars, receiving both local and international acclaim which makes it a must for any bar dwelling couple. Open til 3am every night, this neighbourhood bar has been at the forefront of cocktail innovation and customer service, becoming an icon of the Australian bar scene. For fifteen years, this family owned business has been a breeding ground for the country’s best bartenders, showing you don’t have to take yourself seriously to create seriously good drinks.
For more information please visit www.blackpearlbar.com.au/
- Cityscape – San Francisco, USA
Hilton San Francisco Union Square’s “crown jewel” is the new Cityscape Lounge, located on the hotel’s 46th floor. Featuring breathtaking, romantic 360-degree panoramic views of the entire Bay Area and San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks, the Cityscape lounge offers small plates and appetizers, signature cocktails, wines by the glass, a variety of beers on tap, fine spirits and the best, most coveted viewing platform in the city.
For more information please visit www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-san-francisco-union-square-SFOFHHH/index.html
- Dante- New York City, USA
Dante has been a beacon for the community of Greenwich Village since it opened its doors in 1915. Known as Caffe Dante, the cafe became a local meeting place where Italian immigrants would gather over espresso and talk of home and politics. Now a registered New York City landmark, this modest meeting house has always attracted people from all walks of life: famous actors, writers and musicians to the down at heel of the beatnik generation, all of whom have found solace in its relaxed and unpretentious environs. In 2015, the Flotta family decided to part ways with the cafe and entrusted its future with a small New York based Australian family. The family has stayed true to the Italian heritage of Caffe Dante whilst taking influences from the global ingredients that New Yorkers have learned to love and seek out. The new Dante really is a love letter to the original. The pictures that line the walls are not only of the original owners, but also highlight the wonderful cast of characters that have passed through these doors. From artists and writers, like Anais Nin and Bob Dylan of the Bohemian age, to Robert Maplethorpe and Patti Smith, Caffe Dante is a place that people have always flocked to. Make sure to try their signature Cherry Fix 15 cocktail with glenlivet, kirschwasser, cherry heering and black pepper.
For more information please visit www.dante-nyc.com
- Dick’s Bar at The Yeatman Hotel- Porto, Portugal
Whether you’re looking for luxury, culture or fantastic food, The Yeatman Hotel has it all on its doorstep. Dick’s Bar, perched on the fourth floor of the hotel, is a magical place for couples to soak up the sprawling views over the city of Porto (and a glass or two of port). The bar’s terrace, peppered with plush armchairs and guarded by the resident peacocks, looks out over the winding river Douro, terracotta rooftops and iconic Dom Luís bridge.
For more information please visit the-yeatman-hotel.com/en
- DUKES London- United Kingdom
Drinks at DUKES Bar is something of an occasion. The legendary bar is internationally renowned for its famous martinis and personalised cocktails. The intimate and timeless surroundings, coupled with head bartender, Alessandro Palazzi’s knowledge, make it an unforgettable experience tucked away in the heart of Mayfair- the perfect bar for couples looking to celebrate a special occasion or just spend some quality time together.
For more information please visit www.dukeshotel.com/
- The Dead Rabbit – New York, USA
The Dead Rabbit is a tri-level mid-19th century style Irish/New York drinking saloon located in Lower Manhattan. Housed in a landmarked building dating back to 1828, The Dead Rabbit combines a first-story neighborhood taproom serving craft beer, bottled punch and Irish whiskey, with a refined second-story cocktail parlor that offers 30 original cocktails. Taking its name from an infamous street gang of the era, The Dead Rabbit is the brainchild of Sean Muldoon with Jack McGarry, both formerly of The Merchant Hotel, which earned the title of “World’s Best Cocktail Bar” at 2010 Tales of the Cocktail. For dining, The Dead Rabbit has an extensive raw bar and dishes inspired by the British Isles, the locality and the era.
For more information please visit www.deadrabbitnyc.com
- Baba Nest, Sri Panwa – Phuket, Thailand
Sri panwa is a luxury hotel & spa resort in Phuket, Thailand. Perched high atop Cape Panwa and commanding breathtaking views of the Southeastern tip of Phuket, occupying the Cape Panwa peninsula in its entirety. Baba Nest, the resort’s premium cocktail bar is located on the highest pinnacle of the south-eastern peninsula, surrounded by a unique 360-degree infinity pool which offers incredible uninterrupted views of the neighbouring islands and Andaman Sea – it’s the ultimate spot for a couple to enjoy a romantic sunset together.
For more information please visit www.sripanwa.com/
- Franco’s, Le Sirenuse – Amalfi Coast, Italy
Franco’s bar not only offers couples the most incredible views of the Amalfi coast, but it is also part of one of Italy’s most iconic and romantic hotels – Le Sirenuse. Le Sirenuse is one of the Amalfi Coast’s most stunning hotels (and discreetly plays host to A-list celebrities). It sits overlooking the blue waters of the Mediterranean, 50 kilometers from Naples on Italy’s western Amalfi coast. The hotel’s rooms and suites retain the personal touches of a private residence and offer dramatic views over the bay of Positano. Franco’s bar, is home to graffiti installations by Swedish contemporary artist Karl Holmqvist. Turning the bathroom mirrors from the mundane to the memorable, Holmqvist cleverly combines song lyrics from Jay-Z, The Eurythmics, Beyoncé and other artists with his pop culture style.
For more information please visit www.lesirenuse.it
- Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt – New Orleans, USA
Whether staying at the beautiful Roosevelt New Orleans hotel or passing by for a late night cocktail, couples will love the Sazerac Bar’s romantic atmosphere, luxurious furnishings, and decadent history. The Sazerac Bar’s opulence drew numerous celebrities, such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Marilyn Monroe. Perhaps the bar’s most interesting piece of history is how it forever changed the art and history of cocktail mixology, with the creation of its namesake cocktail, the Sazerac, which is considered the very first mixed cocktail ever. Couples can indulge in the old-world romance and enjoy the world-class service and the art-deco opulence in one of the world’s most brilliant cities.
For more information please visit www.therooseveltneworleans.com/dining/the-sazerac-bar.html
- Sky Bar – Bangkok
Named “the most stunning rooftop bar you’ll ever see” by The New York Times in 2013 and widely regarded as Bangkok’s best rooftop bar, the vertigo-inducing Sky Bar’s innovative cocktails, striking atmosphere and spectacular views have made it a highlight of the Bangkok nightlife scene. Creations like the interesting Poptails (cocktails and popsicle ice) for the summer or the well-known Hangovertini, which was created for the cast of The Hangover Part II while they were filming at lebua, have endeared it to the Hollywood crowd.
For more information please visit www.lebua.com/sky-bar
- Mala Bar at Keemala – Phuket, Thailand
Mala Bar at Keemala, an all-pool villa wonderland located in Phuket, Thailand offers the perfect retreat from everyday life for honeymooners and travel obsessed couples. It is an ideal place to enjoy sunset cocktails, coffee, refreshments, and even dinner, set against the stunning backdrop of the resort and Kamala Bay. Signature cocktails are inspired by stories and lifestyles of the four fictitious Phuket settlers (as are the villas!), and feature creative drinks like ‘Land to Mouth’, ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’, ‘Under the Canopy’, and ‘Trade Wind Martini’. With space outside to seat 20 guests, Mala Bar welcomes non-resort guests as well and is open until the last guest leaves.
For more information please visit www.keemala.com/
- The Other Room – Singapore
A concept from internationally renowned, award winning master-bartender Dario Knox, The Other Room is Singapore’s boundary pushing speakeasy bar. The carefully curated, multi-sensory menu is the result of hundreds of underground experiments – each cocktail in The Secret Menu evokes emotion and takes the drinker on a nostalgic journey. The Other Room is also the only place in the world to debut a new concept of in-house cask spirit finishing. Excitingly couples (and all guests) will only be able to access the menu using a secret passport process.
For more information please visit www.theotherroom.com.sg/
- The Remedy Bar, Four Seasons Resort and Residences – Vail, Colorado
The Remedy Bar, located inside Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail attracts the heart of the locals and couples alike. With uninterrupted views of Vail Mountain, an expansive patio illuminated by firepits year round and live music a few nights a week, The Remedy Bar now has the liveliest apres scene around and is the place in town to unwind, socialize and imbibe. The Remedy Bar has its very own unique 19th century concept from the apothecary style zinc bar, pebble leather menu covers, right down to the content of the delicious menu. The Bar’s provocative beverage program features an expansive list of re-imagined cocktails with a new take on vintage cures and tonics.
For more information please visit www.fourseasons.com/vail/dining/lounges/the_remedy_bar/
- The Roof Gardens and Babylon – Kensington, London, UK
Set against the stunning backdrop of London’s skyline, this all year round rooftop terrace and gardens is the perfect place for couples to unwind. Fresh Summer cocktails can be enjoyed in the magnificent lush gardens whilst flamingo spotting (the garden is home to real Chilean flamingos) or in the Winter diners can cosy up with sharing dishes for two. The Winter Terrace menu includes delights such as baked Cornish Camembert for two with honey, walnuts and smoked apple chutney or French Comte Fondue melted with shallots, white wine and garlic – sure to ooze into the dreams of any cheese lover! A menu of Hot Cocktails has been specially created by Babylon’s bar team and will be offering the perfect winter warmers for frosty days and evenings.
To find out more about Babylon’s Winter Terrace read our review here hero-and-leander.com/date-night-babylons-winter-terrace
For more information please visit www.virginlimitededition.com/en/
- Westlight – Brooklyn, New York, USA
New York is full of many fabulous bars for couples but where romance is concerned we are a fan of sweeping views of the city and one of our favourite spots is Westlight in Brooklyn. Westlight is a 22nd floor rooftop bar from Chef Andrew Carmellini’s NoHo Hospitality Group featuring unbelievable views from atop The William Vale in Williamsburg. The bar presents a dynamic menu of original and classic cocktails alongside rare spirits, craft beers and wine, while Carmellini’s menu of small plates reflects inspiration from global street food.
For more information please visit westlightnyc.com/about/
- Zephyr Bar – Sydney, Australia
The luxurious rooftop bar, Zephyr, boasts unique vermouth inspired cocktails and rums sourced from around the globe with vintage originals from the 1950’s and 60’s. The stylish and sophisticated nautical themed open-air lounge offers a refreshing and invigorating setting for couples to relax and take in the Sydney atmosphere whilst sipping on a vintage cocktail classic. Zephyr is set to make a lasting impression on Sydney’s bar scene, taking advantage of its unrivalled location overlooking the city’s celebrated Darling Harbour.
For more information please visit www.zephyrbarsydney.com.au