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Rooftop Bars Ottawa

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Best time to visit May - September
Rooftop grade 6/10
Rooftop Bar Ottawa
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Ottawa Rooftop Guide

Updated:September 2, 2023

Which is the best rooftop bar Ottawa? We will help you find out, with this complete guide, packed with all info you need about each terrasse Ottawa: opening hours, dress codes, photos, maps and much more.

Ottawa is the capital of Canada, and while the climate is not rooftop-friendly year round, there are some elevated places well worth exploring during the warm summer months. Just scroll down and find the rooftop patio Ottawa best suited for you.

The list

8 best rooftop bars in Ottawa

Rooftop patio Ottawa Copper Spirits and Sights at Andaz Ottawa Rooftop bar Ottawa

Copper Spirits & Sights at Andaz Ottawa

$$$$ | 16th floor | ByWard Market
  • Highlights
  • Tallest in town
  • Trendy
  • Weekend DJs

Stylish rooftop bar that offers an Ottawa view like no other. Sixteen floors up, it is the tallest in the city, and up here you really get stunning views of the skyline and all the copper-topped buildings. Both indoor lounge and rooftop terrace, very trendy and modern lounge in decoration. Enjoy Copper signature cocktails, Ontario beer & cider, a large selection of whiskey and a smaller snack menu with some sharing plates.

Rooftop patio Ottawa Rooftop Ottawa Rooftop bar Ottawa

Rooftop Ottawa

$$$ | 3rd floor | ByWard Market
  • Highlights
  • Modern
  • Amazing views
  • Great music

Found in the heart of ByWard Market, Rooftop is Ottawa's newest sky lounge, opening during spring 2022. The modern, open and airy terrace offers amazing views over the bustling ByWard Market and the Ottawa skyline, and thanks to the clear railings, the vistas are available pretty much all around. Indulge in colorful and whimsical crafted seasonal cocktails, beers, wines and a globally inspired tapas menu, served with a side of great music.

Rooftop patio Ottawa La Terrasse at Fairmont Chateau Laurier Rooftop bar Ottawa

La Terrasse at Fairmont Chateau Laurier

$$$$ | 2nd floor | ByWard Market
  • Highlights
  • Classy
  • Incredible views
  • Summer hot-spot

Located at the historical hotel Fairmont Chateau Laurier, La Terrasse is somewhat a hidden gem made for summer afternoons with a view. With an elevated second floor position, the spacious terrace comes with incredible and scenic viewsincredible and scenic views of the Parliament Buildings, the rolling Gatineau Hills and the Ottawa River. Open daily during the warmer months, here you can enjoy patio favourites, cocktails, sangrias, chilled wines and local beers in a classy and sophisticated atmosphere.

Rooftop patio Ottawa Atari Garden rooftop bar Ottawa

Atari Garden

$$$ | 2nd floor | Byward Market
  • Highlights
  • Enchanting
  • Lush garden
  • Tapas

After a recent and total revamp, the colorful and playful Atari has turned into Atari Garden, transformed into a more enchanting and lush venue. Mixing a dark and intimate interior dining room with a rooftop terrace, covered in floral and greenery decor, the rooftop serves fresh small plates and tapas dishes, along with a wide selection of signature cocktails. With top-notch service and atmosphere, this is a perfect spot to wine and dine with loved ones.

Rooftop patio Ottawa El Furniture Warehouse Ottawa Rooftop bar Ottawa

El Furniture Warehouse Ottawa

$$ | 2nd floor | ByWard Market
  • Highlights
  • Vibrant
  • Retro-charming
  • Nightly DJs

Open from lunch to late night daily, El Furniture Warehouse Ottawa is a vibrant venue in the heart of ByWard Market, with live DJs raising the atmosphere every night. Part downstairs bar with a streetside patio, here you also find a second floor and retro-charming Ottawa rooftop patio. Enjoy the vibes and order from a menu including everything from salads, burgers and tortillas, to spicy cocktails, shooters and the crowd favorite The Warehouse Marg.

Rooftop patio Ottawa Umbrella Bar Rooftop bar Ottawa

Umbrella Bar

$$$ | 2nd floor | Dow's Lake
  • Highlights
  • Charming
  • Lake views
  • Seasonal menu

Tucked into the Dows Lake Pavilion, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, Umbrella Bar is Ottawa's premier waterfront restaurant and event spacewaterfront restaurant and event space. Part airy and stylish indoor lounge, and part spacious and charming rooftop patio, this urban oasis comes surrounded with stunning views of Dow's Lake Ottawa. Open from lunch through dinner, Umbrella Bar serves tasty comfort food, along with a seasonal and rotating menu of house cocktails, colorful tiki-creations, spritzes, sangria, beers and wine.

Rooftop patio Ottawa Rabbit Hole Rooftop bar Ottawa

Rabbit Hole

$$$ | 2nd floor | Downtown
  • Highlights
  • Cocktails & bistro
  • Tiki inspired

Housed in a 122-year-old building in the heart of Centretown, the Rabbit Hole offers creative cocktails and bistro fare over two levels. The downstairs intimate dining room is complemented with an upstairs cocktail bar, as well as a tropical rooftop bar, called Sneaki Tiki rooftop. Overlooking Sparks Street, the charming rooftop holds a bamboo-style bar and exotic features, and here you can enjoy the best Tiki inspired cocktails.

Rooftop patio Ottawa The Barley Mow Westboro rooftop bar Ottawa

The Barley Mow Westboro

$$$ | 2nd floor | Westboro Village
  • Highlights
  • Gastro Pub
  • Sports bar
  • Eventful

The Barley Mow gastro pub can be found at 8 locations around Ottawa, but it is the one in Westboro Village you should head to for sunny rooftop patio sittings. The spacious wooden decked terrace is not breathtaking, but offers nice views over Westboro and is a great spot for enjoying casual food an drinks in the sun. You can also enjoy lots of entertainment, from live music acts and trivia nights, to large TV screens where you can catch your favourite team in action.

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 Ottawa

Rooftop-grade: 6/10

Prime season: May - September

Residents: 1 million

Climate: Humid continental

The climate in Ottawa is humid continental, and there are four distinct season, with cold winters but quite warm and humid summers. Beacause of the climate, Ottawa is not a fantastic or year-round rooftop city, but there are some real gems for the summer season.

Many of the rooftop patio Ottawa are quite low terraces, often on top of pubs. While this means less grand views, they do come with a very relaxed and laid-back vibe and are perfect to just sit back and enjoy the sun and the fresh air. Some of the rooftops are more stylish lounges, often located high up on more luxurious hotels.

About Ottawa

Ottawa is the capital of Canada, but only the fourth largest city in the country, with a poplation around 1 million. Located in the Ontario province, on the bank of Ottawa River, both English and French are large languages in the city. Ottawa can take pride in having the most educated population among Canadian cities, while a large part of the population also take pride in supporting the local NHL team, called Ottawa Senators.