“The Sunshine State” Florida is one of the best places in the US if you’re looking for all year-round rooftop bars. The warm climate, along withthe beautiful cities by the ocean, make Florida a dream for all rooftop lovers out there.
Obviously, most of the best rooftop bars Florida offers are located in the bigger cities, but you can also find some great ones in smaller towns along the fantastic coastline.
To combine ocean activities with some rooftopin is one the best travel combos imaginable. And this is a great place for it, as both a Florida sky bar and the ocean usually is within easy reach.
Here’s our list of the best Florida rooftop bars. Check it out!
Rosa Sky is Miami’s newest and hottest rooftop lounge, perched high above the Brickell city center.
Surrounded with panoramic views over the city skyline, here you can enjoy a globally inspired tapas menu that is both eclectic and exciting, featuring plenty of reinvented classics made perfect to share.
And while the food selection is exciting, the drink menu is even more sparkling. A hand-crafted and seasonal cocktail program, with colorful and whimsical creations, is complemented with plenty of rosé, bubbles, a selection of craft beers and bottle service.
Boosted by a bold music lineup and digitally mapped light choreography, Rosa Sky is made for fun and vibrant nights high above Miami.
Just follow the motto: "When the sky turns pink, it's time for a drink".
115 SW 8th St 22nd Floor, Miami, FL 33130
Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, this Rosemary Beach-based restaurant is an excellent choice for those looking for a memorable dining experience.
This 18+ only restaurant has three areas: A dining room, indoor bar, and the rooftop bar, all as exclusive as the rest.
The food can best be described as an Asian and New American fusion and features seafood heavily, but there are other options available.
The bar offers signature cocktails alongside an impressive wine list and a long list of spirits.
Though the dinner menu is delicious, the weekends are particularly popular thanks to Pescado's Sunday Brunch, which is open to all ages.
Reservations are encouraged, though the restaurant also accepts walk-ins, after a waiting period, of course.
Dress to impress and show up early. It'll be worth it.
74 Town Hall Rd #4b, Rosemary Beach, FL
Located in Fort Lauderdale's famous Las Olas Boulevard, this rooftop bar is a green and relaxing place known for its patio-like environment.
With astroturf as floor and greenery as far as the eye can see, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy this real-life oasis in the middle of the city.
Electic lounge seats and a large bar makes for comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, and the views of Fort Lauderdale's skyline only adds to the experience.
Drink-wise, you'll be able to enjoy the expected wines and beers, but what really makes 1WLO stand out is its mixology.
With a vast collection of cocktails, both classic and signatures, you'll be transported into a trendy new world of fresh ingredients, innovative flavors, and unique techniques that make each drink genuinely special.
Drop by during the early afternoon to enjoy a truly magnificent sunset. Or Sunday's for a bottomless rooftop brunch.
ROOFTOP @ 1WLO
1 West Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Found in historic downtown Sanford, north of central Orlando, Hollerbach's Willow Tree Café German Restaurant comes with a charming second floor rooftop biergarten.
As Sanford's first rooftop biergarten, the rooftop holds indoor and outdoor spaces available to enjoy Gemuetlichkeit in fun new ways.
Overlooking the downtown Sanford rooftops, here you can indulge in a truly authentic German food, beverage and entertainment experience.
The rooftop offers a full menu, including everything from Flammkuchen, Schnitzel and Sausages, to a large selection of draft beers, wine, schnaps and haus cocktails.
The Hollerbach's restaurant is open daily from lunch to late dinner, while the rooftop biergarten is more of a weekend hot-spot, open from 5pm Thursday-Friday, and from 11am Saturday-Sunday.
HOLLERBACH'S WILLOW TREE CAFÉ
201-205 E 1st St, Sanford, FL
If you're looking for amazing views to enjoy alongside your cocktail, the Canopy Rooftop Lounge is a great choice.
Offering front-row seats to the Gulf of Mexico and St. Petersburg skyline, you're sure to feel at the top of the world while drinking here.
Private cabanas, lounge sofas, fire pits that keep you warm while inviting conversation and a relaxed and casual vibe, The Canopy is a beautiful place to get your night started.
This bar works on a first-come, first-served basis, but they also offer reservations for a more VIP experience in the cabanas.
Regardless of how you plan to visit the bar, make sure to dress nicely since, despite the relaxed atmosphere, this is a rather high-end bar.
Wine is available both by the bottle and the glass, but if you're looking for something sweet to drink, we recommend the signature cocktails.
The Birchwood, 340 Beach Drive NE Street, St. Petersburg, FL
In the golf and beach resort area Sandestin on the Emerald Coast you find miles of white-sand beaches and Gulf of Mexico-fun, but also one of Florida's hottest rooftop bars.
Perched on top of the Hotel Effie Sandestin, Ara Rooftop Pool & Lounge serves a great mix of elevated food, drinks, dips, vibes and views.
Surrounded with panoramic views over The Village of Baytowne Wharf and Choctawhatchee Bay, the bright and stylish rooftop is home to Northwest Florida’s only rooftop pool, where guests can enjoy days of luxurious poolside relaxation. Either in the sun loungers, or even better, in one of the private cabanas.
But offering much more than just elevated swims, Ara Rooftop is also a cool rooftop lounge, with an inside / outside bar and plenty of comfy seats to enjoy food and drinks.
The rooftop menu includes hand-crafted artisanal cocktails and high-end wines, as well as tasty bites from famed chef Hugh Acheson.
In between sips and bites to nice lounge tunes from the live DJs, you can also challange your friends in a game of life-size chess, Connect 4 or cornhole.
1 Grand Sandestin Blvd, Miramar Beach, FL 32550
A modern and exclusive destination, the Area 31 is one of the trendiest bars in Miami, as well as one of the most popular restaurants.
With both seafood and meat dishes, this restaurant opens early in the morning and closes late at night, when it becomes a quasi night-club experience that you're sure to love.
Offering a wide selection of cocktails –both signature and classic– wines and champagne, this is an excellent choice for those looking to meet new people or impress a date.
Though there's a rooftop pool, it's reserved for guests staying at Kimpton EPIC Hotel. But every now and then, the Area 31 hosts pool parties, to which all visitors are invited.
The Area 31 doesn't have a strict dress code, but you might want to dress your best if you want to avoid feeling underdressed.
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL
For panoramic views and a stunning and colorful ocean sunset, head up to the 360° Rooftop on top of Hotel Zamora in St Pete Beach.
This spacious rooftop lounge offers a charming garden feel, and plenty of comfy sofas to enjoy the views.
Take a break from the beach and visit for the daily happy hour (3-7pm), with specials on domestic beer, house wine and house cocktails.
As darkness falls, fire-pits and hanging lanterns create a cosy setting, and weekly and monthly happenings turn up the atmosphere.
The 360° Rooftop Lounge always comes with a relaxing and friendly al freco atmosphere. For an extra special experience: book one of the VIP rooftop cabanas.
3701 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL
Going string since 1990, Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar on Venetian Bay in Naples is a top class watefront destination, offering a little something for everyone.
Here you find both a more casual dining first-floor Café and a sophisticated second-floor Grill, as well as an Upper Deck Bar & Outdoor Lounge, where you are surrounded with fantastic views over the bay.
Open daily for lunch and dinner throughout the year, as well as regular Sunday brunch, the Bayside menu comes filled with creative seafood, meats and pasta dishes.
Enjoy casual dining in the Café, a sophisticated dinner at The Grill dining room, or mix the best of all worlds at the open-air Upper Deck, where you can indulge in both The Grill menu and fine cocktails, before heading over to the lounge and live music by local entertainers.
4270 Gulf Shore Blvd N, Naples, FL
Self-described as "culinary-driven", the River & Post is a quite new restaurant-bar combination that seeks out to charm visitors with delicious food made with fresh and organic ingredients.
Located in the heart of Jacksonville, this restaurant offers beautiful views to the St. Johns River and a casual yet exclusive atmosphere that few restaurants can match.
With both indoor and outdoor seating, the River & Post is an excellent choice for those looking to impress their date, charm a business partner, or simply enjoy what the restaurant has to offer.
On the terrace, you can find large couches and small fire pits that ensure you're comfortable even in the rare nights where Jacksonville gets cold. And in the case of bad weather, there's a retractable roof to protect you.
What more could you ask for?
RIVER & POST
1000 Riverside Ave #100, Jacksonville, FL
Found in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, on top of the superb Canopy West Palm Beach Hotel, the Treehouse rooftop offers a lovely mix of coktails, bites, vibes and views.
The walls at the terrace are covered with beatuful art by Brazilian-born artist Tiago Magro, but the true 'piece of resistance' are the panoramic views. Sweeping vistas over West Palm Beach, the Intracoastal and the Atlantic Ocean.
With lounge and bar seating both at the spacious outdoor terrace and inside, the Treehouse rooftop menu includes a wide range of exciting and crafted specialty cocktails, as well as a nice selection of wine and American-style bites.
Open daily, this elevated Westa Palm Beach venue is a great spot for some weekday high energy happy hour, or weekends with sunny drinks by the rooftop pool during the day, turning into cocktail lounge vibes with live DJs during the night.
380 Trinity Pl, West Palm Beach, FL
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