10 best rooftop bars in South America

Published: April 5, 2020

10 amazing rooftop bars in South America you should visit in 2020

South America have some amazing rooftop bars available. Most of them located at luxurious hotels in the bigger cities.

Apart from great vibes, many of the rooftops in South America are also equipped with luxurious rooftop swimming pools. So to get the most out of your rooftop visit, it’s advisable to book a stay at one of these hotels, as you then can use the rooftop pools.

Here’s our list of the 10 best rooftop bars in South America.

1. Envy Roof Top
/ Medellin

Best Rooftop Bars South America - Envy Roof Top
Envy Roof Top - Photo: www.thecharlee.com

A trendy and luxurious rooftop bar that continues to grow in popularity, Envy is one of the best rooftop destinations in Medellín, and with good reason.

Offering stunning city views, a central location that makes it easy to explore, and elegant and modern decorations, Envy is truly a gem, not only in Colombia but in the entirety of South America.

Thanks to its open terrace plan and its fantastic aquarium-style swimming pool, Envy is not only one of the best places to enjoy a sunset, but also one of the best rooftops to take a dip.

The bar offers traditional drinks and signature cocktails, the latter of which tend to veer into tropical territory; there are also champagne, wines, and fine spirits, as well as beers from all over the world.

Food-wise, expect sushi, made with fresh ingredients. Envy is also known for its variety of events and live-music shows: Thursdays through Sundays are DJ nights, Wednesdays are dedicated to Salsa, and brunches are celebrated every last Sunday of each month.

With a trendy ambiance, a great location and a community spirit, Envy is a must-see location whenever you're visiting Medellín.

ENVY ROOF TOP

Cl. 9a ##37-16, Medellín, Antioquia

Monday 12:00 - 22:00, Tue - Sat 09:00 - 02:00, Sun 09:00 - 22:00

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2. Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro
/ Rio de Janeiro

Best Rooftop Bars South America - Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro
Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro - Photo: www.yoo2.com

A trendy and chic choice for those looking for something a bit more casual, Yoo2 offers a laid-back yet classy atmosphere that makes it popular amongst the younger crowd.

Facing the Botafogo Beach, and giving visitors first-row seats to the ocean waves, the Sugar Loaf Mountain, some of the world's best sunsets and Río's most famous statue.

With a modern and chic interior, large and comfortable lounge areas, trendy high-stools, and a well-stocked and beautiful bar, Yoo2 is always ready to welcome all kinds of visitors.

Though this bar focuses mainly on specialty cocktails, it also offers an extensive collection of beers, wines, sake, vodkas, and other world spirits.

Though small, Yoo2 also comes with a small rooftop pool from which you can enjoy both the views and the drinks, though this one is exclusive to hotel guests.

YOO2 RIO DE JANEIRO

Praia de Botafogo, 242 - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22250-040

Daily

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3. Alvear Roof Bar
/ Buenos Aires

Best Rooftop Bars South America - Alvear Roof Bar
Alvear Roof Bar - Photo: www.alvearpalace.com

A chic and luxurious option for those looking to enjoy a drink in style, Alvear Roof Bar offers not only delicious drinks but also fantastic panoramic views of the city.

Perched on an 11th floor and overlooking the Recolega neighborhood, this open-air terrace offers a relaxed and fun vibe that's popular amongst locals and visitors alike.

Decorated in a classic style that vaguely reminds you of a French bistro, and employing some of the best mixology artists Argentina has to offer, Alvear Roof Bar is something of a cocktail lounge with a modern twist; A characteristic that reflects both in the atmosphere and the decoration.

Providing guests with both outdoor and indoor seating options, Alvear is open year-round, and the relaxing chill house music, top-notch service, and upscale clientele make it one of the best spots in the city to enjoy good drinks and a sense of privacy.

Be prepared to spend and dress to impress, as Alvear is not a cheap destination.

ALVEAR ROOF BAR

Av. Alvear 1891, C1129AAA Buenos Aires, BA

Wed - Sn 18:00 - 01:00

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4. Red2One at W Santiago
/ Santiago

Best Rooftop Bars South America - Red2One at W Santiago
Red2One at W Santiago - Photo: www.gerberbars.com

Perched on Santiago's W Hotel, this elegant and modern rooftop bar offers stunning panoramic views of the Andes and the city's skyline.

This modern bar is furnished with a well-equipped bar, sleek leather couches, and a fantastic rooftop pool.

Exclusive to guests from dusk till dawn, here you'll be able to relax and admire the view while enjoying expertly crafted signature cocktails, small but delicious bar bites, and chill-out music.

Once the sun sets, though, the bar opens to the public, and the atmosphere kicks up a notch, with live DJ shows and plenty of dancing.

Red2One is split into multiple levels, so privacy is a possibility, even though this bar is one of the most popular in Río.

RED2ONE W SANTIAGO

Isidora Goyenechea 3000, Las Condes, Santiago

Daily: 18:00 - 02:00

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5. Skye Bar
/ Sao Paulo

Best Rooftop Bars South America - Skye Bar
Skye Bar - Photo: www.hotelunique.com

Often considered one of the best rooftop bars in the world by visitors and experts alike, the Skye Bar aims to make any visit an experience of a lifetime by offering stunning views, mouthwatering drinks, and top-notch service.

The wooden-deck terrace is spacious and elegantly furnished by comfortable lounge areas, recliners, and the more traditional stools. It is also home to one of the world's coolest rooftop pools, a deep crimson red marvel that comes with an underwater sound system to ensure you don't miss out on anything.

While the bar is open to the public, its famous pool is available only to hotel guests, so keep that in mind if you want to swim in it.

The bar offers all kinds of delicious cocktails, as well as wine, champagne, beer, and other types of spirits. It also offers traditional Brazilian food with a modern twist and sushi, made fresh with local ingredients.

Live DJ shows and an upscale clientele make this one of the most expensive, yet memorable, destinations to visit while in Sao Paolo, and a fantastic reason to book a room at the Hotel Unique.

SKYE BAR

Hotel Unique - Av. Brigadeiro Luís Antônio, 4700 - Jardim Paulista, São Paulo - SP, 01402-002

Daily 07:00 - 00:00

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6. B.O.G. Hotel
/ Bogota

Best Rooftop Bars South America - B.O.G. Hotel
B.O.G. Hotel - Photo: www.boghotel.com

Crowning the top of one of Bogota's most luxurious hotel, the B.O.G. is not only one of the city's best bars, but it's almost one of the most upscale.

With a truly amazing view that lets you admire the city skyline and the surrounding mountains, modern furniture and decor, and a relaxed yet exclusive atmosphere, it's no wonder the B.O.G. has earned such a well-deserved reputation.

Comfy sun loungers, large and plush sofas, inviting chairs, and a small rooftop pool make this a great destination during the summer, and the bar's clear wall and roof make it a great place to be during the winter months.

While this rooftop bar is exclusive to guests of the B.O.G. Hotel, every once in a while it opens to the public, so if you're visiting Bogota, make sure to drop by for a few drinks.

B.O.G HOTEL

Cra. 11 #86-74, Bogotá, Cundinamarca

Only hotel guests

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7. Sky Bar at Hotel Pulitzer
/ Buenos Aires

Best Rooftop Bars South America - Sky Bar at Hotel Pulitzer
Sky Bar at Hotel Pulitzer - Photo: www.hotelpulitzer.com.ar

Located on top of the Hotel Pulitzer, a chich ad lovely boutique hotel located in the heart of Buenos Aires, Sky Bar is a great choice for those looking for great views and a comfortable atmosphere.

This open-air, wooden terrace gives guests unparalleled views of Plaza San Martín and Buenos Aires' skyline, as well as one of the city's best spots to admire the sunset.

With comfortable lounge furniture, chill-out and Bossanova music, fantastically mixed cocktails, tasty bar bites, and a laid-back atmosphere, the Sky Bar has quickly transformed into one of Buenos Aires' favorite spots for workers to indulge in after a busy day at the office.

Both the food and the drinks are seasonal, so visiting this bar throughout the year is encouraged. Arriving early is also a good idea, as the Sky Bar is quite popular with the locals, and the best seats of the house fill quickly.

SKY BAR AT HOTEL PULITZER

C/ Maipú, 907 Esquina Paraguay C1006 ACM Buenos Aires

Sun - Wed 17:00 - 00:00, Thur - Sat 17:00 - 02:00

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8. 23 Ocean Lounge
/ Rio de Janeiro

Best Rooftop Bars South America - 23 Ocean Lounge
23 Ocean Lounge - Photo: www.restaurants.accorhotels.com

Located on the prestigious Sofitel Ipanema, the 23 Ocean is not only one of the best cocktail lounges in Río, but also in Brazil.

Overlooking the mythic Ipanema Beach, as well as the deep blue ocean, this fantastic rooftop bar offers jaw-dropping views alongside top service and delicious drinks.

Known throughout the country as one of Brazil's best, the mixologist Renato Tavares is in charge of creating fantastic new cocktails and improving the old classics.

In the kitchen, chef Jérôme Dardillac reigns supreme, creating fresh international food of the best quality. The combination of both talents make a visit to 23 Ocean Lounge an expensive one, but well worth the money, as the experiences delivered on each visit, are sure to be remembered.

This upscale bar has a relaxed, almost indulgent ambiance during most of the day, with frequent clients lounging under the sun and swimming on the rooftop pool.

The weekends tend to be more vibrant, with live DJ shows and a younger, more energetic crowd. 23 Ocean Lounge is popular amongst locals and visitors alike, so reservations are a must. At least if you're hoping to catch a table with a view.

23 OCEAN LOUNGE

Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Ipanema, 460 Avenida Vieira Souto, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, CEP 22420

dAILY: 08:00 - 00:00

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9. Los Patios Hostal Boutique
/ Medellin

Best Rooftop Bars South America - Los Patios Hostal Boutique
Los Patios Hostal Boutique - Photo: www.lospatioshb.com

This beautiful boutique hotel promotes itself as "more than just a place to sleep," and nothing advertises that fact as the fact that this hotel has not one, but two rooftop bars ready to entertain.

Ziruma Tik Bar is, as you've probably guessed, a Tiki bar, and it embraces the style entirely; El Bar offers a more modern setting, with an inspired cosmopolitan atmosphere that stands out in its straightforwardness.

Both bars offer stunning views of the city, comfortable seating, friendly and expert service, and unpretentious atmospheres that welcome everyone for a night of fun.

Popular amongst tourists and locals alike, the rooftop bars also serve as coworking areas, sports bars, and relaxation spots, thanks to the spacious tables, speedy internet connection, hammocks, and comfortable atmosphere.

The bar service proper starts at 4:30, and while both bars have excellent drinks, they do tend to focus on different themes.

Ziruma specializes in exotic fruit cocktails, as all Tiki bars ought to do, while El Bar sticks to classic drinks and more international offerings, but both offer undeniable quality.

While service, atmosphere, and drinks are all fantastic, perhaps the best thing Los Patios can offer guests is the gift of choice.

Start your evening at Ziruma, then hop to El Bar for a completely different experience, or explore them during different days: The choice is yours, and the experiences are always great.

LOS PATIOS HOSTAL BOUTIQUE

Cra. 43e #11 - 40, Medellín, Antioquia

Daily: 16:30 - 23:30

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10. Apache at Click Clack Hotel
/ Bogota

Best Rooftop Bars South America - Apache at Click Clack Hotel
Apache at Click Clack Hotel - Photo: www.clickclackhotel.com

Known for its vintage yet casual decor and beautiful floor-to-roof windows, Apache at Click Clack is one of Bogota's only burger bars, as well as one of the best venues in the city.

From this rooftop bar, you can admire wonderful views of the city skyline, as well as delicious food and creative signature cocktails.

While Apache's burgers are the house specialty, all based on 1950's American comics, the entire menu is worth tasting, and that goes for both the food and the drinks.

With vinyl seats, tall stools, and large leather sofas, the ambiance at Apache reminds guests of the American golden years, while still carrying an undeniably modern twist.

Apache's atmosphere is generally cool and vibrant, but it kicks up a notch during the weekend, with live DJ's shows and a rowdier atmosphere.

APACHE

Cra. 11 #93-77, Bogotá, Cundinamarca

Mon - Sat 12.00 - 02:00, Sun 12:00 - 17:00

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