8 Best Rooftop Bars in Florida

Published: January 31, 2020

Enjoy the Sunshine State from the best rooftop bars Florida

“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!

1. Area 31 at the Epic Hotel
/ Miami

Best Rooftop Bars Florida - Area 31 at the Epic Hotel
Area 31 - Photo: https://area31restaurant.com/

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.

AREA 31

270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL

Sun-Thu: 7am-10pm / Fri-Sat: 7am-11pm

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2. Pescado Seafood Grill & Rooftop Bar
/ Rosemary Beach

Best Rooftop Bars Florida - Pescado Seafood Grill & Rooftop Bar
Pescado - Photo: https://rooftop30a.com/

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.

PESCADO

74 Town Hall Rd #4b, Rosemary Beach, FL

Mon-Thu: 4pm–10pm / Fri-Sat: 4pm–10.30pm / Sun: 10am–10pm

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3. The Canopy Rooftop Lounge
/ Saint Petersburg

Best Rooftop Bars Florida - The Canopy Rooftop Lounge
The Canopy Rooftop Lounge - Photo: www.thebirchwood.com/

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 CANOPY

The Birchwood, 340 Beach Drive NE Street, St. Petersburg, FL

Mon-Wed: 4pm-midnight / Thu: 1pm-midnight / Fri: 1pm-2am / Sat: 11am-2am / Sun: 11am-midnight

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4. Juvia
/ Miami

Best Rooftop Bars Florida - Juvia
Juvia - Photo: www.juviamiami.com/

This restaurant/bar combination can only be described with one word: Stunning.

With a minimalist and modern decor, this is the kind of place that charms without even trying, and if the atmosphere alone isn't enough to captivate you, the views certainly are.

Wall gardens, fountains, and large lounge areas combine to present a memorable environment and give this lounge a unique appearance.

With world-inspired dishes and cocktails, you can be sure every visit to the Juvia can be a little bit different, and the views to the Miami Harbor never get old.

If you're looking for a place to party, the nights are your best friend when at the Juvia, but if you're looking for a great culinary experience, then we recommend the weekend brunch.

Reservations are highly recommended, as is dressing nicely. This is a fancy place, so leave the shorts at home.

JUVIA

1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

Mon-Thu: 6pm–11pm / Fri: 6pm-1am / Sat: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-1am / Sun: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-midnight

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5. 360° Rooftop
/ St Pete Beach

Best Rooftop Bars Florida - 360° Rooftop
360° Rooftop - Photo: https://thehotelzamora.com/

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.

360° ROOFTOP

3701 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL

Daily: 3pm-10pm

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6. Rooftop @ 1WLO
/ Fort Lauderdale

Best Rooftop Bars Florida - Rooftop @ 1WLO
Rooftop @ 1WLO - Photo: http://rooftop1wlo.com/

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.

ROOFTOP @ 1WLO

1 West Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tue-Wed: 4pm-midnight / Thu-Fri: 4pm-2am / Sat: 4pm-3am / Sun: 2pm-10pm

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7. One80 Skytop Lounge
/ Orlando

Best Rooftop Bars Florida - One80 Skytop Lounge
One80 Skytop Lounge - Photo: www.180downtown.com/

One of the best rooftop bars in Orlando, this sky lounge is located on top of the Amway Center, providing stunning views of the city's downtown.

Large lounge sofas and modern decorations make this bar appear almost futuristic, particularly at night, and its outdoor and indoor seating areas keep it open year-round.

Though the One80 isn't a night-club, the ambiance is similar, which makes it a perfect place for those looking to party before or after a big basketball game.

Reservations aren't necessary, but you'll want to arrive early if the Orlando Magic are playing. If you have tickets to the game, you'll be able to enter the Skytop Lounge 90 minutes before anyone else.

While the rooftop bar is located at a stadium, the dress code is still smart-casual.

VIP seating and premium drinks are available, though we recommend calling beforehand to secure them.

ONE80

Amway Center, 400 W Church St, Orlando, FL

Mon, Thu, Fri & Sat: 10pm-2.30am / + at events in Amway Center

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8. River & Post
/ Jacksonville

Best Rooftop Bars Florida - River & Post
River & Post - Photo: www.riverandpostjax.com/

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

Mon: 4pm-10pm / Tue-Thu: 4pm-midnight / Fri-Sat: 4pm-2am / Sun: 11am-10pm

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