If you’ve been wishing you could fly, in to the sky, so very high, just like a dragonfly, clearly you’ve been listening to Lenny Kravitz far too many times. Which is not a bad thing. We’ve done some of our own flying around to find the best sky-high lounges in town. Whether you’re cruising down the Corniche or soaking in city lights behind large glass windows, one thing is for sure, Doha doesn’t disappoint with its views. Resident or not, it is de rigueur to watch and be amazed by Doha’s towering West Bay skyscrapers. Besides, there is no better pleasure than lording it over the city with your favourite beverage and great company. We’ve just made this really easy for you.
Think black, classy leather seating, avian-themed interiors, wide-ranging drinks and some culinary masterpieces. You have to get pretty high to get here. No pun intended – Zengo Lounge is located on the 62nd floor. Lose yourself in the spectacular view from Doha’s highest lounge while sipping on mixed beverages and tasty Asian bites. Don’t miss out seeing Zengo on level 61.
Kempinski Residences & Suites, West Bay (4405 3560).
Okay, this lounge is only on the 7th floor – not exactly the tallest bar. But there is something extraordinary about the view here. Look on the left to see new Doha, West Bay’s towering skyscrapers all lit up at night and beaming beautiful, multi-coloured rays of light on to the sea. Look on the right to see old Doha, also lit up, but gravely different from the other side. If you’re into this whole view thing, Pure is definitely a spot you can’t miss. They really need to work on their seating, though. In fact, we’d rather stand than sit here. Bonus – their beverages are all reasonably priced.
Doubletree by Hilton (4034 3333).
Located on the 55th floor (56th is the mezzanine level where you can shake a leg later), this high-altitude spot is well worth the climb. This is a fun place to hang with your girls (especially on their ladies’ nights when free designer bags can be won) or with your friends, for some sundowners and appreciate the city at night. The seating here isn’t the most comfortable and we recommend skipping the bites (apart from the free nuts which are actually fantastic), but we want to you direct your full attention to the view from here. Their Saturday happy hours are from 5pm-2am, by the way. You’re welcome.
Intercontinental Doha The City, West Bay Lagoon (4015 8888).
It’s on the 43rd and 44th floor, but what we really love about this place is how high the ceiling is. The space looks drastically different during the day, compared to at night, but if you are okay with the pink and green lights that are dominant in the ambience, and a couple of dragons of course, the view from here is brilliant. Almost feels like something out of a movie. We also recommend giving their excellent bites a chance. But don’t say we didn’t warn you about the long waiting times.
Shangri-La Hotel (4429 5295).
Taking after the famous Skybar in Mondrian LA, Rise in Doha is located on the 27th floor of the brand new Mondrian Hotel in Doha and offers some breathtaking views of the Pearl-Qatar, Lusail City and West Bay. Good enough. They’re due to open this month (September 10 tentatively) and from the looks of it, we might have a new favourite. Their hand-painted glass dome is inspired by the colours of the sky, so really, it makes perfect sense to take in the heart and soul of Doha from here. We also have an inkling this lounge might be the new popular hotspot to beat. Guess we’ll just wait and watch.
Mondrian Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4045 5555).