5 Best Rooftop Bars in Netherlands

Published: April 2, 2020

Netherlands - the land of liberty also have some great rooftop bars - even if their pretty easy to count.

The Netherlands (also widely known as Holland) is probably more famous for its tulip fields, windmills and canals, than for its rooftop bars. That said, there are some great rooftops available if you look a little closer.

The rooftop venues are often located on top of hotels in the bigger cities, serving views and a relaxing lounge-atmosphere.

This listing of the 5 best rooftop bars in Netherlands include elevated venues in both Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hauge. Enjoy!

1. SkyLounge - Amsterdam

Best Rooftop Bars Netherlands - SkyLounge Amsterdam
SkyLounge Amsterdam - Photo: www.skyloungeamsterdam.com

A favorite amongst tourists and locals alike, the SkyLounge is known for its panoramic views of Amsterdam's skyline, its centric location, and its delicious drinks.

The SkyLounge offers both indoor and outdoor seatings, with an inside lounge and beautiful outdoor terrace, both furnished with comfortable lounge sofas, single tables, and standing counters.

There's also a fantastic lunch menu, evening bites, and a great drinks list that covers wine, beers, spirits, and cocktails.

Open year-round, and with generous opening hours, the SkyLounge is a fantastic destination for a relaxing lunch, casual business meetings, and relaxing cocktails, at least during the daytime.

During the nighttime, the SkyLounge takes a night-club atmosphere, with large crowds, live DJ shows, and a lively ambiance that brigs in people from all over the city.

SKYLOUNGE AMSTERDAM

DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station, Oosterdoksstraat 4, 1011 DK Amsterdam

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2. Bleyenberg - The Hauge

Best Rooftop Bars Netherlands - Bleyenberg
Bleyenberg - Photo: www.bleyenbergdenhaag.nl

Creative, modern, and innovative, the Bleyenberg is a relatively new concept in The Hague, aimed towards giving a unique space to the local community, but equally welcoming to tourists.

While the Bleyenberg is located only on a third floor, its strategic location in the city center does grant it some unique views, as you'll be able to enjoy front-row seats of the Main Market Square and the nearby buildings, from the comfort of a chic terrace.

Though not afraid to embrace The Hague's history, Bleyenberg looks to the future, and this reflects on the bar's atmosphere, furnishings, and menu.

Creative signature cocktails, craft beers, and world spirits make up the drink menu, but there's also a sizeable and tasty food menu in case you're feeling hungry.

While the outdoor terrace is the Bleyenberg's crown jewel, you'll also be able to find indoor seatings and even a basement club, making it a great choice both for warm and cold months.

BLEYENBERG

Grote Markt 10, 2511 BG Den Haag

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3. WT Urban Kitchen - Utrecht

Best Rooftop Bars Netherlands - WT Urban Kitchen
WT Urban Kitchen - Photo: www.wturbankitchen.nl

Located on a well-known historic building in Utrecht, the WT Urban Kitchen is known for its versatility and generous opening hours.

Split into three different levels; the WT has a Spanish-inspired café on the first level, where you can enjoy Spanish wines, beers, delicacies, and coffee. A fantastic restaurant in the middle level, open for lunch and dinner, and a gorgeous rooftop bar at the top.

Offering something for everyone, this unique piece of architectural heritage is the perfect place to open or close any visit to Utrecht, as well as a fantastic choice for when you want to stay put in the same venue for hours.

If you're visiting Utrecht as a tourist, we can't recommend this place enough as a meeting spot or as a base of operation: It's easy to find, it has generous hours and will be able to satisfy your needs no matter the time of the day.

WT URBAN KITCHEN

Heuveloord 25a, 3523 CK Utrecht

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4. nhow Rotterdam - Rotterdam

Best Rooftop Bars Netherlands - nhow Rotterdam
nhow Rotterdam - Photo: www.nhow-rotterdam.com

Located right on the Wilhelmina Pier, and offering stunning views of the waterscape, the Erasmus Bridge and the city skyline, the nhow is a fantastic choice for those looking for a romantic place to dine or an elegant place to enjoy drinks with friends.

Offering a flexitarian menu and a fine-dining experience, this rooftop restaurant bar comes with indoor and outdoor areas, elegant furnishings, and top-notch service.

The drink menu covers all the classics, with beer, wine, champagne, and spirits featuring prominently in the list, as well as all kinds of creative cocktails.

For food, you'll be able to find artisanal burgers, spiced fish cakes, rice noodle salads, and other innovative creations.

Though it's slick in looks and exclusive in atmosphere, the nHow also aims to attract a more casual clientele, at least during the weekends, where live DJs take the stage and populate the bar with a livelier audience.

Though the nHow is open year-round, that's only the case for the indoor area. The terrace tends to be open only during winter and spring, as well as days where the weather is particularly kind.

Reservations are encouraged if you're looking to dine, but you can do without them if all you want is to visit the bar.

NHOW ROTTERDAM

Wilhelminakade 137, 3072 AP Rotterdam

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5. Floor17 - Amsterdam

Best Rooftop Bars Netherlands - Floor17
Floor17 - Photo: www.floor17.nl

Another Amsterdam offering, Floor 17, is located on top of the Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre and overlooks the famous Rembrandt Park, making it a very easy bar to find.

Open year-round, this sky bar and restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy sunny cocktails, have fun with your friends and even play a few rounds of curling during the winter.

Floor17 offers panoramic views of the city and a modern lounge-style decor, with large and plush sofas –complemented with sun loungers during the summer– and an ice rink during the winter.

Though the open-air terrace is what makes this venue shine, it does have an indoor section, perfect for the cold days and for whenever the weather isn't playing nice.

Aside from its seasonal activities, Floor17 is known for serving "new Dutch cuisine" for lunch and dinner, as well as creative, seasonally-based cocktails, sourced from local products.

While the bar and restaurant operate on a first-come, first-served basis during the afternoon, reservations are encouraged for dining services.

FLOOR 17

410 Staalmeesterslaan, Amsterdam 8272

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- the world's leading experts on rooftop venues

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