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Rooftop Bars Emerald Coast

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Rooftop Bar Emerald Coast
Courtesy of Pescado Seafood Grill & Rooftop Bar

Emerald Coast Rooftop Guide

Updated:September 2, 2023

Dive into the best rooftop bars on the Emerald Coast Florida, complete with all info you need about each venue: Opening hours, dress codes, photos, maps and much more.

The Emerald Coast is a coastal stretch in northern Florida, offering lots of white sand beaches, but also some great and relaxing rooftop bars. Not sky high, but with lovely ocean views and beach-side vibes, perfect for a relaxing cocktail in the Florida sun. Just scroll down and find the Emerald Coast rooftop bar best suited for you.

The list

7 best rooftop bars in Emerald Coast

Rooftop Skybar at The Edge in Emerald Coast

SkyBar at The Edge

$$$ | 2nd floor | Destin
  • Highlights
  • Daily happy hour
  • Panoramic views
  • Live music

Built directly on top of the water, The Edge Seafood Restaurant & SkyBar offers a new and charming destination to enjoy alfresco dining and drinks on the waterfront. While the open and spacious downstairs restaurant offers great views of the Destin Harbor, it gets even better at the SkyBar above, where the comfy terrace comes with amazing panoramics stretching all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. In a laid-back yet stylish atmosphere, here you can enjoy daily happy hour, amazing sunsets, plenty of live music, along with signature cocktails and crafted small plates to keep you happy all night long.

Rooftop Pescado Seafood Grill & Rooftop Bar in Emerald Coast

Pescado Seafood Grill & Rooftop Bar

$$$$ | 4th floor | Rosemary Beach
  • Highlights
  • Ocean views
  • Fresh food & drinks
  • Modern & trendy

A casual fine dining, seafood grill & rooftop bar overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and offering magical sunsets over the ocean. With both dining room, inside bar and an al fresco rooftop bar, Pescado in Rosemary Beach is a place worth visiting for many occasions. Modern, stylish and bright in decor, you can come for full dinner with a fresh mix of new-American, Asian-fusion and seafood or just some pre-dinner or sunset cocktails. Or maybe a Sunday brunch.

Rooftop Bar Ara Rooftop Pool & Lounge in Emerald Coast

Ara Rooftop Pool & Lounge

$$$$ | 10th floor | Sandestin
  • Highlights
  • 360° panoramic views
  • Rooftop pool
  • Stylish lounge

Perched on top of the Hotel Effie Sandestin, Ara Rooftop Pool & Lounge serves the perfect mix of elevated food, drinks, dips, vibes and views. Home to the Emeral Coast and Northwest Florida’s only rooftop pool and surrounded with 360° panoramic views, here you can enjoy luxurious poolside relaxation. But also visit the stylish rooftop lounge for hand-crafted artisanal cocktails and high-end wines, board games and live DJs.

Rooftop Bar The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach in Emerald Coast

The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

$$$$ | 2nd floor | Pensacola Beach
  • Highlights
  • Ocean views
  • Caribbean-inspired
  • Seafood & Steakhouse

Located right where the bridge from Pensacola touch ground on Pensacola Beach. This is a modern, spacious, relaxed and friendly seafood and steakhouse restaurant. With a true gem on the second floor, a rooftop bar called the North Drop Bar, where you get lovely views of Santa Rosa Sound and the sunsets over Pensacola Bay. Kick back, enjoy the beach-side vibe and something from the impressive list of cocktails.

Rooftop Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge in Emerald Coast

Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge

$$$$ | 2nd floor | Rosemary Beach
  • Highlights
  • Havana-inspired
  • Stylish

At The Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach you find both Havana Beach Bar & Grill and Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge. Closely linked together, the former is a vibrant restaurant serving Gulf Coast Americana cuisine with Caribbean influences to enjoy at the inside dining room, the outdoor veranda or even at the rooftop. But the Rooftop Lounge can also be visited seperatly, and has it own menu of shareable plates. A slice of genuine, ocean-side lounge with bright colors, comfy loungers, white cabanas and hammocks.

Rooftop Bud & Alley's Waterfront Restaurant & Bar in Emerald Coast

Bud & Alley's Waterfront Restaurant & Bar

$$$ | 2nd floor | Seaside
  • Highlights
  • Sunset views
  • Classic spot
  • Relaxed

Right on the waterfront in Seaside, this is somewhat a classic gathering place, founded already in 1987 and still going very strong. Serving good food and good times, there are both indoor and outdoor dining areas on the ground floor, but the very best spot is the second floor rooftop terrace and bar, providing fantastic views over the Gulf. Enjoy fresh farm-to-table (or water-to-table) American and seafood dishes or a specialty cocktail and watch the sun set in the ocean.

Rooftop The Beach House in Emerald Coast

The Beach House

$$$ | 2nd floor | Miramar Beach
  • Highlights
  • Relax, drink, eat
  • Ocean views
  • Live music

Given the name, it is no big surprise that The Beach House is set right by the sand in Miramar Beach on the Emerald Coast. A casual and fun spot to relax, drink and eat. Enjoy fresh, seasonal and local dishes and a great selection of fresh and cooling signature cocktails, best enjoyed at the lovely rooftop terrace, overlooking the ocean. Beautiful sunsets are complemented with live music several nights a week.

Rikard Fredricson
Rikard Fredricson

Rikard has spent the last 10 years exploring, enjoying, researching and working with rooftop venues. During these years he has visited more than 700 rooftops across the globe. The experience he has gained is used to create helpful, in-depth and accessible content, and to share his knowledge and rooftop expertise with fellow rooftop-lovers.

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City info

Rooftop bar Emerald Coast

Rooftop-grade: 6/10

Prime season: All year

Climate: Humid subtropical

Which are the best rooftops on the Emerald Coast? This complete guide will help you find the best ones. The climate here is humid subtropical, like almost all of Florida. The climate makes this coastal strip a great place for al fresco dining and rooftop bars.

Not a large city, but a beautiful coastal stretch, it is no surprise that the rooftop bars on the Emerald Coast are quite low in alltitude. But the location right next to the ocean means great views over the water, especially around sunset. And you do not need to get to hight to enjoy that. Closeness to the water also means most of the rooftop bars serves great seafood.

About Emerald Coast

Emerald Coast is an unofficial name for the coastal area in northern Florida, stretching from Panama City to Pensacola. Located by the Gulf of Mexico, the stretch is also sometimes referred to as 30A, from the scenic highway following the coast. With small cosy towns and white sand beaches, this is a popular tourist spot.