Rooftop bars Detroit

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8 best rooftop bars in Detroit [2021 update]

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Last updated: February 15th, 2021

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Located by the Great Lakes in the northern parts of the US, Detroit winters can be quite long and hard. So there is a special feeling when temperatures start rising, and the season of outdoor fun, food and drinks begins. And since everything is better with a nice view, this is the time to find your favourite rooftop bar Detroit.

This complete guide will take you straight the very best venues for some elevated fun, complete with all info you need about every rooftop bar Detroit worth a visit: opening hours, dress code, pictures, maps and much more. From Downtown rooftop lounges with skyline views, to charming patios in Royal Oak. Just scroll down and find the Detroit rooftop bar best suited for you.

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Rooftop bar Detroit The Monarch Club in Detroit
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The Monarch Club

$$$$ | 13th floor | Downtown
  • Highlights
  • Stylish cocktail lounge
  • Amazing 360-views
  • Rooftop igloos

Perched on top of the recently restored neo-gothic Metropolitan Building in downtown Detroit, The Monarch Club is an upscale rooftop cocktail bar and lounge, offering some very impressive and sweeping 360-views over downtown Detroit. Mixing old-school and elegant charm with modern comfort, here you can enjoy a menu with classic, yet innovative cocktails, a nice selection of beer and wine, as well as a variety of tasty small plates and shareables. A great venue for fine rooftop drinks and bites during summer, but also home to some really cool rooftop igloos during winter.

Rooftop bar Detroit Lumen in Detroit
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Lumen Detroit

$$$ | 2nd floor | Downtown
  • Highlights
  • 360-views
  • Beacon Park
  • Contemporary

Found in Beacon Park, Lumen is a chic and beautiful restaurant and bar, offering both a stylish and bright indoor dining room, as well as outdoor seating on street level and up on the rooftop. The 45-seat rooftop terrace might only be two floors up, but it still comes with some fantastic 360-degree views over downtown Detroit and Beacon Park. Lumen serves a menu filled with contemporary American cuisine, and while the drink selection is beer friendly, there is also a fine array of wines and creative signature cocktails.

Rooftop bar Detroit Tin Roof in Detroit
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Tin Roof

$$$ | 3rd floor | Downtown
  • Highlights
  • Live music
  • Comerica Park views
  • 'Better Than Bar Food'

Opened in early 2020, Tin Roof is a live music joint, offering 3 levels of tunes, food, drinks and good times. The venue holds several spaces, with indoor bar, stage for live music and DJ booth, along with a large outdoor patio and a lovely open-air rooftop terrace with views over Comerica Park. The Tin Roof menu includes southern-inspired food that is supposed to be 'Better Than Bar Food', as well as a full drink menu. Packed with a fun and vibrant atmosphere, here you can enjoy a daily entertainment schedule, featuring national, regional and local acts.

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Rooftop bar Detroit Pinky's Rooftop in Detroit
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Pinky's Rooftop

$$$ | 2nd floor | Royal Oak
  • Highlights
  • Lush rooftop garden
  • Craft cocktails
  • Weekend brunch

Pinkys Rooftop in Royal Oak is pretty much as pink as it sounds. The walls are coated in pale pink paint, the marble bar is pink, even the coals in the patio fire pit are pink. But this vintage oasis do offer signs of other hues as well, especially at the beautiful and lush rooftop garden overlooking Main Street, which is surrounded with palm trees imported from Hawaii. Mixing a lounge and restaurant setting, here you can indulge in crafted cocktails, beer, wine and shareable American and Asian inspired small plates and seafood.

Rooftop bar Detroit Atwater Brewery in Detroit
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Atwater Brewery

$$$ | 2nd floor | Rivertown
  • Highlights
  • Rooftop biergarten
  • American & German
  • Great atmosphere

Atwater Brewery & Tap House is found in a 1919 factory warehouse, located in Detroit’s historic Rivertown district. The indoor taprooms and street side patio was in 2017 complemented with a lovely rooftop biergarten, featuring both communal seating and a bar. A great spot to enjoy some sunny alfresco hours while watching the happenings along the riverfront. Not surprising, the Atwater menu includes a large selection of crafted beers, with a focus on traditional German style lagers, but there is also wines, Atwater Spirits and an extensive array of American and German-inspired pub fare.

Rooftop bar Detroit 3Fifty Terrace in Detroit
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3Fifty Terrace

$$$ | 7th floor | Downtown
  • Highlights
  • 360-views
  • Vibrant nightclub
  • VIP booths

3Fifty Terrace is a swanky rooftop lounge and nightclub, found on top of the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Detroit. Perched on the 7th floor and covering about 10 000 sq. ft, the spacious and open-air terrace comes with a fantastic 360-degree view over the central parts of the city, including landmarks like Comerica Park, Ford Field and the Broderick Tower. Open during the warmer season, 3Fifty Terrace is truly a weekend hot-spot for sky-high and fun vibes, with live DJs, VIP booth sections and a festive crowd anytime you visit.

Rooftop bar Detroit Bookies Bar & Grill in Detroit
7

Bookies Bar & Grill

$$$ | 3rd floor | Downtown
  • Highlights
  • Sports bar
  • Great views
  • Rooftop Karaoke

Bookies in downtown Detroit offers three levels of sports, fun, live music and American fare. Best of all: you can enjoy it on the top floor rooftop terrce. Suitable for a casual vibrant bar, the rooftop is quite simple in decoration, but filled with atmosphere and framed with panoramic views over Detriot. Here you can enjoy a menu filled with everything from salads and wraps to tacos and burgers, as well as beer pitchers and great daily specials. A given choice to mix any Detroit-related sporting event with some views, but you can also swing by for Rooftop Karaoke, live bands or just some great party vibes.

Rooftop bar Detroit Level Two Bar & Rooftop in Detroit
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Level Two Bar & Rooftop

$$$ | 3rd floor | Greektown
  • Highlights
  • Sports bar / Nightclub
  • Two levels
  • Indoor / Outdoor

Located above 'The Greek' restaurant in Detroit's Greektown district, Level Two Bar & Rooftop is a two-level indoor and outdoor venue, mixing food, sports bar and nightclub vibes. The lower-level outdoor area is covered, heated and open year round, while the open-air rooftop terrace is a summer hot-spot. Here you find two full bars, serving both unique specialty drinks and wallet-friendly happy hour specials, as well as a food menu including both gyros and burgers. A venue for many occasions, with eleven flat screen TV's for catching any of the big games, and nightly live music and DJs on weekends.

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Rooftop bar Detroit

Rooftop-grade: 7/10
Prime season: May-Sept

Which is the best rooftop bar Detroit? This complete guide will help you find the all the top rooftop bars in Detroit. The largest and most-populous city in the state of Michigan, located along the Detroit river, meaning an elevated position can give you both great skyline and water views.

Most of the Detroit rooftop bars can be found in the Downtown area, and while there are a few sky-high rooftop lounges, most venues are at more moderate levels. With a distinct and cold winter season, summer is the prime time to enjoy outdoor drinks and bites with a view in Detroit. But a lot of the rooftops also do their best to make the rooftop season year-round, with heated terraces and rooftop igloos.

About Detroit

Located by the Great Lakes in the northern parts of the US, Detroit has several nicknames and is know for several things. 'The Motor City', with the "Big Three" auto manufacturers General Motors, Ford and Stellantis North America all headquartered in Metro Detroit. 'Motown', after the famous record company that was founded in Detroit. 'Hockeytown', with the Detroit Red Wings having won 11 Stanley Cups, most by an American NHL franchise. Hockeytown could even be Sportstown, as Detroit is one of only three US cities that are home to professional teams representing the four major sports in North America (hockey, basket, football and baseball).