Tokyo is arguably one of the greatest culinary capitals in the world. The city boasts more than 100,000 establishments, from mom-and-pop shokudo (informal restaurants with set menus) to cutting-edge fine dining, as well as five-seater backstreet bars and several entries on this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Bars list.

There is one key area in which Tokyo falls short of its overseas counterparts, however, and that’s outdoor bars. There are few quaint plazas fringed with tables from eclectic establishments, begging regulars to while away an hour or two over an Aperol spritz ... or three. Yet more and more places are recognizing the allure of drinking outside and how it’s simply not fair to relegate it to an informal springtime activity on blue vinyl sheets in the parks.

In fact, several places are taking alfresco imbibing to higher levels — literally. Tokyo’s rooftop bars and terraces offer respite from the hustle and bustle of the city streets in summertime. Rise above the asphalt for a little perspective on this thriving, vibrant metropolis and even a little breeze as you enjoy booze with a view.