Stretching from the colder part of the Atlantic in the north, to the much more pleasant Mediterranean in the south, Europe is a diverse continent. It is also home to a range of the world's largest and most historic cities, offering many superb rooftop bars.
There aren’t that many high-rise buildings and skyscrapers in Europe (compared to Asia and America), but still you can find some of the best rooftops in the world here. Much thanks to the great food.
Another thing that’s fantastic about the best rooftop bars in Europe is that they are often open for lunch. Something that is more rare in other parts of the world. The lunch-hangout is often the best rooftop experience: more relaxed, and the view is usually better in daylight.
While Europe holds much more than 10 fantastic rooftop bars, this is our hot-list of the 10 best rooftop bars in Europe you should visit in 2021.
Located just outside central Sorrento, Vista Sky bar offers jaw-dropping ocean views and a relaxing atmosphere that begs you to stay just a little while longer.
With live jazz and bossa nova music, comfortable lounge areas, a large drink selection that includes champagne and champagne based signature cocktails, you won't find a better spot to enjoy a drink while overlooking Naples Bay.
Available as a wedding or party venue, this rooftop bar has eclectic hours, so make sure to give them a call before visiting and maybe making a reservation in advance.
If you're hungry, the Vesuvio Roof Restaurant is right below and will provide you with delicious food and an unforgettable romantic atmosphere.
VISTA SKY BAR
Hotel Mediterraneo Sorrento, Corso Marion Crawford, 85, 80065 Sant'Agnello NA
May-October: Tue / Fri / Sun 6pm-11.30pm
Perched on top of one of Florence's most luxurious hotels, The Westin Excelsior, this restaurant-bar combination is both cozy and high-end.
With magical views of the Arno river and the entirety of Florence, SE·STO offers innovative Tuscan cuisine for lunch and dinner.
The restaurant offers the classics, as well as exclusive Italian wines and signature cocktails made with local and fresh ingredients.
SE·STO is an ideal spot for both a relaxing and delicious lunch and a cozy yet memorable night out.
Piazza Ognissanti, 3, 6th floor The Westin Excelsior, Florence
You don´t need to go to the Mediterranean to get a large slice of Cote D’Azur-vibes. You can instead go to the heart of Switzerland, more precise Lucerne, and visit the Montana Beach Club.
A true summer hot-spot (open from May to September), this venue is a lovely mix of rooftop bar and beach club. Comfy lounges and cushions are mixed with sand and palm trees, and while there is no ocean view, the panoramics over Lake Lucerne and the surrounding mountains are just as good.
The rooftop bar serves light snacks and refreshing beverages, from mixed cocktails to 'Married in a Bottle drinks'.
Dress up in your best summer clothes and enjoy perfect loungy hours with a view. And if the setting gets to hot to handle, there is also a rainsforest shower and a jacuzzi to cool you down.
MONTANA BEACH CLUB
Adligenswilerstrasse 22, 6006 Luzern
Mon–Fri: 3pm–11pm / Sat: 2pm-11pm / Sun: 12pm-11pm
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Located at the Altis Avenida Hotel and overlooking Lisbon's famous Rossio Square, Rossio Gastrobar is a wonderful place for enjoying top-notch drinks and delicious food.
Known for its seasonal menu, the drinks and food offered in this gastro bar are always changing and are made with local and fresh ingredients, resulting in an unforgettable culinary experience.
With an Art Deco decor that still manages to be comfortable, you'll be able to kick back and relax while enjoying the views of Santa Justa, the Tagus River, and the Rua Agustina Arch.
The bar offers a comprehensive drink menu that covers all the basics, but for the adventurous, there's also a signature cocktail menu that brings together familiar tastes with a dash of the new.
Created by the Michelin star Chef, João Rodrigues, the food is some of the best you'll be able to find in Lisbon, which means you can't leave without having a bite or two.
Live DJ shows are available from Thursday to Saturdays, giving the terrace a lively, night-club like atmosphere that brings in local and foreign visitors alike.
Altis Avenida Hotel, 120 Rua 1º Dezembro, Lisbon
Tue-Fri: 5pm-1am / Sat: 12.30pm-1am
A subtropical oasis, found in the very heart of Rome, Hey Güey rooftop bar is set on top of the glamorous and gritty hotel Chapter Roma.
Surrounded with cactus flowers, figs of 'India' and packed with Mexican vibes, here you can get closer to the Pacific Ocean and the beaches of Acapulco, all while enjoying panoramic views over the old town Roman roofs and domes.
Bright and airy, with an informal yet trendy atmosphere, the rooftop menu offer both gourmet taqueria dishes, like signature tacos, empanadas and quesadillas, as well as fresh signature summer cocktails and frozen margaritas.
Via Santa Maria Dè Calderari 47, Pantheon, 00186 Rome
Perched on top of the fantastic Aria Hotel Budapest, the High Note Skybar offers creative cocktails, tasty bites and lovely views all day and all year round.
While the panormic 360 views over Budapest skyline are fantastic, the coolest 'view-feature' is probably that the majestic St. Stephen's Basilica is within arms reach.
Spacious and open-air rooftop lounge in summer, cosy and charming winter-wonderland during the colder months, High Note is definitely a year round destination.
You can visit the rooftop bar for daily lunch, but the best bet is probably the later hours, preferably combined with a magical sunset. Then you can indulge in creative and top class cocktails and tasty bites, all served in a beautiful and very stylish setting.
HIGH NOTE SKYBAR
Aria Hotel Budapest, Hercegprímás 5, 1051 Budapest
Mon-Fri: 4pm-midnight / Sat-Sun: 2pm-midnight
Celebrating 5 years during 2021, TaKeT (The Roof) offers beautiful views of the Göta Älv river and the dockyards, as well as a variety of events that make it one of Gothenburg's most popular destinations.
With a friendly and relaxing atmosphere, TaKeT is often the chosen venue for live DJs, yoga classes, brewery takeovers, art exhibitions, and more, meaning there's always something to be found when visiting!
Equipped with comfortable lounge areas, as well as the more traditional bar stools, TaKeT knows how to entertain all kinds of people, and that extends to its food and drink menu.
Cocktails, both classic and signature, wines, craft beer, street food and BBQs, there's no denying the people behind TaKeT sure know how to set the mood!
Visit for sunshine views and a fantastic atmosphere, or since recently also under the retractable roof, making TaKeT a year-round venue.
Skeppsbroplatsen 1, 41121 Gothenburg
Daily from around 3pm-midnight
The perfect choice when visiting rooftop bars.
Perched high on top of the fantastic Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere, located right by the Schweizer Garten, Aurora offers amazing panoramic views in a chic and stylish setting.
The word Aurora comes from the magical Northern Lights, and the rooftop takes inspiration from the Nordics, both in design and menu.
Minimalistic yet beautiful, the rooftop menu is filled with creative and crafted signature cocktails with a Scandinavian touch, as well as tasty bar bites and a fine selection of spirits, beer, wine and champagne.
New for 2021 is the beautiful Veuve Clicquot Chandelier outdoor bar, which, complemented with lounge tunes and the views, makes Aurora Rooftop Bar very well worth a visit.
AURORA ROOFTOP BAR
Arsenalstraße 10, 1100 Vienna
Savage Garden is branded as 'London's wildest rooftop bar'. But it is also so much more, offering dual terraces and amazing views over the UK capital.
Perched on the 12th floor of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Tower Hill, the rooftop space holds a stylish indoor lounge, as well as a the Pink Gin Terrace facing south, and the Wildside Terrace with a retractable roof.
Apart from amazing views over Tower Bridge and the London skyline, the rooftop bar aslo serves a creative and exciting menu. 'Bar food, but not as you know it' is complemented with crafted and unique signatures cocktails, as well as an extensive wine & champagne selection.
Visit for some relaxing afternoon cocktails on the suntrap terrace, or bring a more festive mode for a night time visit, when the views are just as great and the vibe and music even greater.
DoubleTree by Hilton London, 7 Pepys St, London
Situated on top of the amazing hotel La Réserve Eden au Lac Zurich, La Muña rooftop restaurant and bar is just about as beautiful as the classic hotel.
Set right by the water, the rooftop terrace offers an amazing 360° view over Lake Zurich, as well as the historic city center and the alps.
While the outdoor terrace is the best spot for views, the chic indoor part of La Muña is also well worth a look, equipped with antique-looking furniture and historical wooden floors.
Inside, or under the huge parasols outside, you can enjoy a fantastic selection of food and beverages, packed with Peruvian and Japanese influences. From Cheviche and Sushi to a bar menu including both sake and signature summer drinks.
With a chill-out vibe and great service, setting and views, La Muña brings the extra beautiful to the beautiful city of Zürich.
Utoquai 45, Seefeld - Riesbach, 8008 Zürich
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