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Drinks With a View

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  1. The location itself is a bit touristy, but Opera Bar—with its low-key weekend jazz afternoons and buzzed-about nightly live music and DJ sets—manages to attract a trendy local crowd. (Courtesy Opera Bar)
  2. The best place to take in Sydney's skyline and harbor is the alfresco Opera Bar—right beside the city's most iconic feature. (Courtesy Opera Bar)
  3. Hotel and restaurant La Chèvre d'Or clings to a leafy hillside above the medieval village of Eze, halfway between Monaco and Nice. Three terraces face the idyllic Mediterranean coast of the St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula. (Courtesy Château de la Chèvre d\'Or)
  4. A woven-rattan, cocoon-like contraption, the Dining Pod is hoisted 16 feet above the rain-forest floor, for dining and drinking while perched high up in a massang tree. (Courtesy Soneva Kiri resort)
  5. A waiter harnessed to a zip line brings the provisions up to the Dining Pod, part of Soneva Kiri by Six Senses resort on Thailand's Kood island. (Courtesy Soneva Kiri resort)
  6. The redwood-and-glass restaurant Nepenthe blends into Big Sur's thickly forested hills. The simple counter seats along the wraparound veranda are the best spots for unspoiled views of the craggy cliffs and crashing Pacific, 800 feet below. (© Tom Birmingham)
  7. Even from within Nepenthe restaurant, you can admire views of the Pacific and Big Sur coastline.
    (© Tom Birmingham)
  8. The Glacier Express train slices through the Swiss Alps for 181 miles between the Matterhorn and St. Moritz, twisting up mountainsides, along the Rhine, and across nearly 300 Alpine bridges. (Courtesy Glacier Express)
  9. The Glacier Express's train cars are equipped with panoramic windows and skylights for maximum exposure to the Swiss countryside. (Lochmatter Bernhard/courtesy Glacier Express)
  10. The interior of Cloud 9, a chic cocktail lounge inside the art deco crown of Shanghai's Jin Mao Tower. (Courtesy Cloud 9)
  11. Shanghai's rapidly rising skyline includes Jin Mao Tower, the site of Cloud 9, a chic cocktail lounge. (Courtesy Cloud 9)
  12. There are only two ways to reach the Table Mountain Café: Brave a 3,000-foot-long aerial cableway or hoof it on a two-hour uphill hike. But either option seems a small price for the payoff of sweeping views. (Gary Hirson)
  13. From the terrace at Table Mountain Café, you can spot the Twelve Apostles mountain range, the posh Camps Bay beaches, the Robben Island prison where Nelson Mandela was held, and a stadium built for the World Cup. (Gary Hirson)
  14. A family picnic on the edge of the terrace at Table Mountain Café. (Courtesy Table Mountain Café)
  15. The 50-foot Canopy Tower was converted into an affordable ecolodge from an abandoned U.S. Air Force lookout station in the Panamanian rain forest. (Alex Alba/courtesy Canopy Tower)
  16. Drinks available in the Canopy Tower include Panamanian-made rum and the full-bodied Balboa beer. Panoramic windows reveal hundreds of species, including tamarins, white-tailed capuchins, and sloths. (Alex Alba/courtesy Canopy Tower)
  17. On a clear morning, you can see all the way to the skyline of Panama City and the ships crossing the Panama Canal, three miles from the Canopy Tower. (Courtesy Canopy Tower)
  18. In Israel, the Red Sea Star's bar—16 feet underwater—reveals sea creatures visible through 62 giant windows that cover the length of the room. (Courtesy neonium/Flickr)
  19. Off the coast of the Israeli resort town of Eilat, a pier stretches 230 feet into the Red Sea to the Red Sea Star restaurant and bar. (Courtesy Daniël Cohen/Flickr)
  20. A Pié de Mà, a cliff-hanging wine bar at the foot of Via dell'Amore ("love walk"), one of a series of scenic hikes connecting the Cinque Terre. (Jacopo Celano/courtesy A Pié de Mà)
  21. Life doesn't get much more dolce than relaxing with a Negroni cocktail while sea mist cools your face at A Pié de Mà, overlooking the Ligurian Sea. (Jacopo Celano/courtesy A Pié de Mà)

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