Rooftop bars Seattle

Complete guide to the 8 best rooftop bars in Seattle [2020 update]

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Last updated: April 15, 2020

Surrounded by water and mountains, and equipped with a beautiful skyline, Seattle is in many ways a city perfect to enjoy impressive views from the rooftops. The only downside: the weather is not really rooftop-friendly year round. But, the hot summers are made for gathering up on the terraces to enjoy elevated drinks and food, and this guide will lead you straight to the best Seattle rooftop bars. Packed with all info about each venue: opening hours, dress code, pictures, maps and much more. So, which is the best rooftop bar Seattle? Just scroll down and find the Seattle rooftop bar best suited for you.

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Area:South Lake Union
Rooftop bar Mbar in Seattle
1

Mbar

$$$ 400 Fairview Ave
  • Highlights
  • 14th floor
  • Signature cocktails
  • Panoramic views
  • Large terrace

Perched on the 14th floor, Mbar offers breathtaking views over pretty much all of Seattle. Up here famous chef Jason Stratton serves delicious food with influences from the Middle East, along with a wide selection of drinks, from signature cocktails to an impressive wine list. Friendly, fun and vibrant in both ambience and service the open-air terrace is great for sunny coctails or cosy gatherings by one of the fire-pit lounge areas later at night.

Area:Downtown Seattle
Rooftop bar Fog Room in Seattle
2

Fog Room

$$$ 1610 2nd Ave
  • Highlights
  • 16th floor
  • Comprehensive cocktail menu
  • Panoramic views
  • Sleek & stylish

Set on top of The Charter Seattle hotel, the Fog Room Sky Lounge & Terrace serves both impressive views and impressive drinks. Blending indoor and outdoor seating in a modern-chic setting, the menu includes a wide range of hand-crafted cocktails, from Originals to creations made with real top-shelf spirits. There is also a selection of locally-inspired bites. A great venue for an elevated start or end to any evening.

Area:University District
Rooftop bar Mountaineering Club in Seattle
3

Mountaineering Club

$$$ 4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
  • Highlights
  • 16th floor
  • Campsite vibes
  • Amazing views
  • Playful menu

Instead of climbing Mount Rainier for views, climb the 16 storeys up to the top of The Charter Seattle, where the charming Mountaineering Club offers some of the best vistas the city has available. The open-air and wooden-inspired outdoor terrace wraps around an indoor lounge which is campsite-chic and comfy. The rooftop bar menu continues on the trekking-theme, with reimagined campsite bites and playful cocktails.

Area:Downtown Seattle
Rooftop bar Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails in Seattle
4

Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails

$$$ 1415 5th Ave
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • Speciality cocktails
  • Rooftop cinema
  • Playful

A playful yet stylish rooftop bar, perched on the 5th floor of the hotel Motif in downtown Seattle. Both indoor lounge and spacious rooftop terrace, Frolik Seattle offers a fun and vibrant atmosphere along with cool views admist the downtown skyscrapers. The cusine served is classic American with a modern twist, while the rooftop bar offers specialty cocktails along with 'Poppin’ Pops' (popsicle + bubbles). Long fire-pit bar tables and stylish lounge furniture are mixed with ping-pong tables, giant Jenga games and shuffleboard-areas.

Area:Downtown Seattle
Rooftop bar The Nest in Seattle
5

The Nest

$$$$ 110 Stewart St
  • Highlights
  • 12th floor
  • Handcrafted cocktails
  • Panoramic views
  • Stylish

Perched on top of the fantastic Thompson Hotel in downtown Seattle, The Nest is one of the best and most popular rooftop bars Seattle has to offer. Serves as both a rooftop bar, cocktail lounge and terrace, and up here you get one of the best views in town. Breathtaking vistas over Elliott Bay, downtown and the Olympic Mountain Range. Very stylish and trendy in decoration, the beautiful lounge and terrace comes with comfy sofas, fire-pits and quite a lot of greenery and the rooftop bar serves fantastic hand-crafted cocktails.

Area:North Queen Anne
Rooftop bar Rooftop Brewing Company in Seattle
6

Rooftop Brewing Company

$$$ 1220 W Nickerson St
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Brewery
  • Sunset views
  • Relaxed & social

As the name suggests, Rooftop Brewing Company is a Seattle rooftop bar that focus on beers. Located on the Ship Canal Bike Trail and close to Fishermen's Terminal, the rooftop bar has 10 taps serving a roatating selection of 13 different brews. Fot the hungry ones ther is usually a foodtruck parked outside or you just bring your own bites. Easy-going, harmonious and very social in ambience, perfect spot for sunny beers in a friendly atmosphere.

Area:Pike Place Market
Rooftop bar Maximilien in Seattle
7

Maximilien

$$$$ 81A Pike St
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • French restaurant
  • Panoramic views
  • Rooftop igloos

Maximilien is a romantic and charming French restaurant, equipped with a lovely rooftop terrace offering panoramic views of the Puget Sound, mountains and skyline. The terrace used to be a summer-only hot-spot, but it is now also available during the colder months, thanks to some cool and cosy rooftop igloos. Here you can enjoy authentic French cuisine, refreshing cocktails and over 100 selections of exclusive French and Northwest wines.

Area:Downtown Seattle
Rooftop bar Hard Rock Café in Seattle
8

Hard Rock Café

$$$ 116 Pike St
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Classic tourist spot
  • Fire pits & loungers

Hard Rock Café Seattle is in many ways similar to other Hard Rock-venues around the world. But this one also comes with a lovely rooftop terrace. Located on the 3rd floor of the downtown venue, the terrace is equipped with cabanas, a fire pit and lots of lounge seatings. The view over the Pike Place and Elliott Bay is great, located behind the markets famous neon sign. Great spot for relaxing, unpretentious and sunny drinks.

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Rooftop bar Seattle

Rooftop-grade: 4/10
Prime season: May-Sept
Residents: 700 000
Climate: temperate

Which are the best rooftops in Seattle? This complete guide will help you find the best rooftop bars in Seattle. You can find some really nice rooftop bars in Seattle. Unfortunately, the climate is not ultimate for being a rooftop city. Lots of rainy days and cold winters. But there are some lovely terrace bars located in Seattle.

Some of them with breathtaking views over to city and surrounding landscape. Most of the rooftop bars in Seattle are located at smaller restaurants, but there are also some bigger ones perched on top of luxurious hotels.

If you like to enjoy any of the sky bars here, you should come here during the warmer summer months.

About Seattle

Seattle is a seaport city and the biggest city in Washington State. With an estimated 700 000 inhabitants, it’s one of the fastest growing cities in US. The city is located in the Pacific Northwest and with a border to Canada. It’s also the fourth’s largest port city in United States with lots of trade with Asia. Seattle is a big home for tech companies and developers. One of the world’s largest companies – the Internet retailer Amazon - was founded here.