Despite being a rather cold country with a quite short rooftop season, Sweden has become a great destination for rooftop bars. Most of the best rooftop bars in Sweden are located in the bigger cities like Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmoe.
But there are also great ones in the smaller cities as well. Most of these rooftops have both views over the city and surrounding water. From April – September you can enjoy drinks with a view from rooftop bars all over the country.
Here's the list of the best rooftop bars in Sweden according to the world’s leading experts on rooftop bars – The Rooftop Guide.
11. Steam Hotel
Steam Hotel - Photo: www.steamhotel.se
If you’ve ever visited a skyscraper’s rooftop, you will know the feeling. 18th stories up, you can join the Steam Hotel for a spectacular view of Lake Mälaren, and invite your closest ones for an outside summer extravaganza.
With both options to spend time indoors or on the open deck, the feeling of warmth shines through every aspect of the Steam Rooftop bar’s concept.
Named Locavore Sky Bar & Restaurant, offering a mixture of Asian-inspired flavors, each dish, and member of the staff has an interesting story to share. For instance, one of the bar’s truly unique features is the large bar table - all built on an old firearm.
Dishes are served in a casual manner, suggesting to do what delicious food does to people - get closer, and share.
There’s also a luxe rooftop swimming pool, only open to the guests staying at the hotel.
Ångkraftsvägen 14, 721 31 Västerås
10. Takbaren at Strand Hotel
Takbaren at Strand Hotel - Photo: www.matsalenvisby.se/
Located inside the city wall of the World Heritage town of Visby on Gotland Island, the Best Western Strand Hotel comes with a beautiful and quite hidden top floor gem.
Simply called Takbaren (the Rooftop Bar), the 4th floor terrace is intimate, lush and charming, and comes surrounded with fantastic views over the historical rooftops and church ruins, as well as over the ocean.
Just as the city, Takbaren is a summer hot-spot, perfect to start the evening with a drink before continuing out into the hustle and bustle of Visby.
Takbaren at Strand Hotel - Photo: www.matsalenvisby.se/
The rooftop menu includes all the summerish drinks you need, from refreshing cocktails to sparkling wine and cold beers. There are also some classic Swedish dishes from the downstairs and year-round restaurant Matsalen (the Dining Room).
The 2022 season at Takbaren will start May 27 with weekend openings, and from June 26 to August 20, when the Swedish summer is really in full swing, it is open to enjoy daily from 4pm.
9. Rooftop at Hotel Skansen Båstad
Rooftop at Hotel Skansen Båstad - Photo: https://hotelskansen.se/
For an elevated and luxurious experience in the south of Sweden, it is hard to beat the rooftop setting at the classic Hotel Skansen Båstad.
Part of the hotel's spa, the spacious rooftop includes an outdoor infinity pool and jacuzzi, both kept at a temperature of 38° C all year round, a sun terrace, a relaxation area with recliners and sofa groups, as well as a bar.
From the rooftop pool, the sun terrace, or through the panoramic windows at the interior lounge, you get some amazing and panoramic views over the surrounding sea. The relaxation area also overlooks the famous Båstad tennis center court on the other side.
Head on up to the rooftop in your bathrobe during the day, and indulge in harmonious and relaxing hours with fresh drinks, toothsome snacks and light meals from the bar. Either to lounge in the summer sun, or for a warm outdoor bath during the colder months.
When the sun starts to set, you can leave the bathrobe behind and indulge in pre- or post dinner drinks, a nice lounge vibe, and dramatic views.
To visit the Rooftop at Hotel Skansen Båstad, you either need to book a hotel package with rooftop spa, or purchase a day package.
ROOFTOP AT HOTEL SKANSEN BÅSTAD
Kyrkogatan 2, 26935 Båstad
8. Rooftop Bar at Clarion Hotel Sea U
Rooftop Bar at Clarion Hotel Sea U - Photo: www.nordicchoicehotels.se/
Perched on top of the modern and stylish Clarion Hotel Sea U, Rooftop Bar is a lush urban oasis, and the first rooftop in Helsingborg.
Eight floors above the central part of the city, here you are surrounded with amazing views over the ocean, but also over pretty much all of Helsingborg.
Part stylish indoor lounge and bar, where you can enjoy the views year-round through the panoramic windows, the best time is the warmer months, when the spacious outdoor terrace opens for day to night fun.
Bright and trendy, the terrace mixes community tables, dining tables and lounge spots, and it's a perfect spot for elevated drinks, bites and music with friends and family.
The rooftop bar is known for its great selection of crafted signature cocktails, but the menu also inlcudes plenty of wine, bubbles, beer and refreshing bar food.
ROOFTOP BAR AT CLARION HOTEL SEA U
Kungsgatan 1, 252 21 Helsingborg
7. The Winery Hotel
The Winery Hotel - Photo: www.thewineryhotel.se
When The Winery Hotel in Stockholm opened in 2016, nobody expected it would turn into Stockholm’s favorite wine hotspot.
Swing by and enjoy a glass of fine wine over the setting sun, shining over Friends Arena. The decadent terrace is hip and modern, with industrial-themed decor.
The comfortable sunbeds allure visitors to stay longer than anticipated, whilst the edgy bar stools suggest a relaxing afternoon high above the suburb Solna.
Guests of the hotel can lounge by (and in) the heated rooftop pool. As a non-guest you can pay a daily pass for access to the pool, as well as a changing room and a trendy relax zone.
From the rooftop bar you can order simple pleasures such as pizza, cold beer and fresh juices, coming straight from the rooftop kitchen.
While the rooftop pool is open year round, the Winery rooftop bar is a summer destination. As a proof of quality, The Winery Rooftop was recently included in Forbes top ten new hotel rooftop bars in the world.
THE WINERY HOTEL
Rosenborgsgatan 20, 16974 Solna
6. The Terrace at Clarion Hotel Malmö Live
The Terrace at Clarion Hotel Malmö Live - Photo: https://theterrace.se/
At the third floor of the modern Clarion Hotel Malmö Live, next to Malmö Central and a stone's throw from the pulse around Lilla Torg, you find The Terrace, a summer hot-spot for elevated fun.
Overlooking the Malmö rooftops, this stylish oasis of greenery take visitors on a trip to the beating heart of downtown Miami.
Opened in 2022, the rooftop is available during the warmer months, and the rooftop bar always offer spritzy cocktails and cold beers. During summer 2023 there will also be a takeover by MASTIO, which will mean a pizza oven on the terrace, and pizzas "without compromise" for all to enjoy.
The Terrace has quickly become a Malmö favorite for any summer afternoon or evening, and the rooftop also host several fun-filled and vibrant happenings during the season.
Fiskehamnsgatan 4, 211 18 Malmö, Sweden
5. Above at Scandic Göteborg Central
Above at Scandic Göteborg Central - Photo: Scandic
Opened in early summer 2022, the impressive Scandic Göteborg Central is located a couple of hundred meters from Gothenburg Central Station, and the pulse from the city and the harbor district follows in through the glass-covered facade, past the large lobby, all the way up to the roof terrace and the rooftop restaurant Above.
Set on the 14th floor, this is the highest rooftop bar in Gothenburg, and the elevated position means amazing panoramic views over the river, Old Town, the Port of Gothenburg, and the ‘Lipstick’-building.
Not only the highest, Above is also the largest, combining a sleek interior lounge with a lush and spacious outdoor terrace, that is partly covered under a pergola, and partly open-air.
Both the interior design and the food and drink offerings at the rooftop bar take inspiration from Miami, spiced with a hint of the Caribbean, and here you can enjoy everything from creative cocktails to modern bites made perfect to share.
Filled with great music and a pulsating atmosphere, Above is open year-round and to all, and it is really a very exciting addition to Swedish rooftop scene.
Vikingsgatan 7, 411 04 Gothenburg
4. Skybar & Bar Tage at KUST
Skybar & Bar Tage at KUST - Photo: www.hotellkust.se/
The top floors at the lovely design hotel KUST Hotell & SPA in Piteå sure has a lot to offer, from crafted drinks with a view to relaxing swims with a view.
Starting from the very top, the 14th floor Skybar & Bar Tage is the highest rooftop bar on the northern coast of Sweden, floating 53 meters up en the air.
Part stylish interior bar with panoramic windows, there are also two outdoor rooftop terraces, where you can enjoy the summer breeze and amazing views over the water and half North Bothnia.
From the rooftop bar you can order perfectly crafted cocktails, including both classics and creative signatures, as well as craft brews, aperitifs and some tasty bar bites.
Skybar & Bar Tage is the perfect spot for some pre- or post dinner drinks with a view, especially if you go for dinner at the White Guide-listed Restaurang Tage one floor below.
On the 8th floor, KUST Hotell & SPA also offers an elevated and luxurious 500 square metres spa experience, including a beautiful infinity pool with breathtaking views of the river and forests.
SKYBAR & BAR TAGE
Hamngatan 60, 941 32 Piteå
3. Rooftop Bar at Clarion Hotel The Pier
Rooftop Bar at Clarion Hotel The Pier - Photo: www.strawberryhotels.com
Fresh out of the box for the 2023 season, the Rooftop Bar at Clarion Hotel The Pier is a modern and elevated oasis to enjoy cosy and energetic vibes, and panoramic views over Gothenburg.
The hotel and rooftop bar is part of Uni3 By Geely's Campus on innovative Lindholmen in Gothenburg, where each building represents a Chinese element, and Clarion The Pier is the building 'Fire'.
In addition to the element of Fire, East meets West is the theme that characterizes the hotel's eleven floors, including the rooftop bar, where tinkling copper lamps, stylish furniture and palm trees creates a cozy setting.
Surrounded with amazing views that stretches from Hisingsbron to Älvsborgsbron, here you can indulge in a tasty and summerish selection of drinks, featuring flavours like strawberry, lychee, yuzu and rhubarb.
If hunger hits, you can also visit Restaurant Fei one floor below, where a handpicked and award-winning chef team from China prepare sharing dishes from three of China's eight kitchens.
ROOFTOP BAR AT CLARION HOTEL THE PIER
Pumpgatan 5, 417 55 Gothenburg
2. SUS - Stockholm Under Stjärnorna
SUS - Photo: www.stockholmunderstjarnorna.com
SUS, as locals call it, or Stockholm Under Stjärnorna rooftop bar is one of the newest above-ground spots to visit for a casual drink at Stockholm.
While the city itself is an endless fairytale to discover, with its gothic-inspired roofs, historical buildings and the surrounding water, SUS adds up to the underground jazz vibe while being perched atop the five star At Six hotel.
Located right in the middle of the city’s old district - between T-Centralen and the Royal Castle, SUS translates into Stockholm Below the Stars.
Featuring a 1200-square meter terrace with three bars, a rooftop gym, radio station booth and hidden panoramic spots, perfect for a casual chit-chat, it is one of Stockholm’s best viewpoints.
While taking in the beauty of the Swedish capital, choose between the differently themed areas within the bar - Molnet - sophisticated space that serves top-notch cocktails or Djungeln - an urban paradise with palm trees and sand in the middle of the Scandinavian capital!
Choose from a classical recipe, or try the Frozé Slushie. Foodies can indulge in an international street food.
SUS reminds of a rooftop park and has a fairly casual feel. The rooftop space doesn’t take reservations, so consider joining in early to catch some sunlight with a drink.
Later on, the vibes are high, and internationally-renowned DJs have landed for an unforgettable Stockholm party experience below the stars.
S.U.S - STOCKHOLM UNDER STJÄRNORNA
Brunkebergstorg 2-4, 111 51 Stockholm
TaKeT - Photo: www.facebook.com/TaKeT-811217515699636/
Yet another party destination has been added to the Gothenburg rooftop scene. TaKeT (the Roof in English), is located on the 7th floor of Comfort Hotel Gothenburg.
Opened back in 2016, and located right next to the water, both the hotel and its rooftop have breathtaking views over the river Göta Älv.
Having stored the feel and vibes of old Gothenburg, the rooftop bar has a diversity of social events - from early yoga sessions to fine arts exhibitions. One of the most visited social activities is the brewery takeovers.
Friendly and relaxing in atmosphere, TaKeT has classic bar stools and tables, and a bunch of comfy lounge sofas. When the weather makes a sudden surprise, the retractable roof covers the naked area to keep all of its guests dry and comfy.
From up here you’ll get one of the best rooftop sunsets in Scandinavia. Add top notch service and vibe and you know that this rooftop is something extra! A must visit when in Sweden and Gothenburg.
Skeppsbroplatsen 1, 41121 Göteborg
Hans has visited over 500 rooftop bars, 200 rooftop pools and 300 rooftop restaurants since 2015. This vast experience has made Hans a true rooftop expert, and one of the most knowledgeable in the field. Today, numerous of travel magazines, bloggers and media websites contact Hans to get his expertise on rooftops.