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 2020.
Enjoy delicious drinks while taking in the entirety of Barcelona's skyline at the Sky Bar, a first-class destination located atop one of the city's best hotels, Grand Hotel Central.
With a fantastic rooftop pool, comfortable lounge area and world-class mixology, it's no wonder the Sky Bar is not only one of Barcelona's best bars, but also one of the best in Europe.
Quite an exclusive spot, and the rooftop pool is available only for hotel guests. Outside visitors can enter the lounge area or visit for poolside dinner after 8pm in summer, or for vermouth with views during winter weekends.
Open year long, the Sky bar isn't known only for its views, but also its fantastic team of mixologists and their extensive drink menu, which you're sure to enjoy.
Vía Laietana, 30, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona
Daily for hotel guests / Public hours: April-Oct daily 8pm–1am, Nov-March weekends 12pm-6pm
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
June-September: Tue / Fri / Sun 7.30pm-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
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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
Sky Bar at Hotel La Palma is one of the most beautiful rooftop bars in Europe. Actually, one of the most scenic in the whole world. The view over Lago Maggiore and the surrounding mountains have few comparisons around the globe.
The view only is an argument for visiting Sky Bar. But this rooftop is so much more than just a spectacular view. An extensive drink menu with most one can ask for regarding drinks, spirits and cocktails are available here.
And if you are a guest at the hotel, you can also enjoy the luxurious rooftop infinity pool located on the same floor as the sky bar. A perfect place to unwind at during the summer days.
The Sky Bar is open every day from 12:30pm to around 1 am and it is also available for private events. For Aperitivo, with at least 8 people you can book early to ensure adequate space is available.
You can also order bar bites or classic rooftop dishes like hamburgers and club sandwich to your drinks. And if you’re here during Aperitivo, there are some small plates included for your cocktails. A perfect way to start you evening with.
SKY BAR AT HOTEL LA PALMA
Lungolago, Corso Umberto I, 33, 28838 Stresa VB
Every day from 12:30PM to around 1:00AM
Hands down, one of the best rooftop bars in Spain, Azotea del Círculo boasts an unbeatable location, generous opening hours, and jaw-dropping views of the Madrid skyline.
Reasonably priced, Azotea offers Mediterranean and Spanish food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a special weekend brunch that's famous in the city.
European beers, sangría, wine, champagne, and cocktails are all readily available, and the stylish loungers and bar stools are the best seats to enjoy them.
There's a small 4€ fee to take the elevator up top, which is surprisingly low, considering the views alone are worth the admission.
Calle del Marqués de Casa Riera, 2, 28014 Madrid
Mon–Fry: 9am–midnight / Sat-Sun: 11am-midnight
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
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One of the newest rooftop bars in the city, 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.
Skeppsbroplatsen 1, 41121 Gothenburg
Open when the weather allows, around 3pm-midnight
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
A top destination amongst visitors and locals alike, the SkyLounge is well known for its stunning panoramic views and world-class mixology.
Located within walking distance of the Amsterdam Central Station, the SkyLounge is open year-round, and it's usually crowded, so it pays to arrive early.
Open for lunch and dinner; the SkyLounge provides a small but tasty menu and a much bigger drink menu.
Wine, draft beer, world spirits, and signature cocktails put you in the mood to enjoy the live DJs and lively atmosphere, making this the perfect place to kick-off a wild night out.
DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station, Oosterdoksstraat 4, 1011 DK Amsterdam
Sun-Tue: 11am-1am / Wed-Thu: 11am-2am / Fri-Sat: 11am-3am
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