Rooftop igloos on rooftop bars around the world - 2020/21 edition

There are lots of places to get a cosy winter rooftop experience, even during these special times.

November 29, 2020
Rooftop igloos on rooftop bars around the world
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It’s no longer a question of season or weather when it comes to visiting rooftop bars around the world. 230 Fifth in NYC was the first rooftop bar to install rooftop igloos on their terrace, back in 2014. Heated igloos with plastic windows, that makes it possible to enjoy drinks on rooftop bars even during the winter.

Rooftop igloos is the latest trend in the rooftop scene. Other popular things to do except drinking and eating is, rooftop yoga, rooftop cinema and rooftop ice skating.

Now a days you can see rooftop igloos in quite a few places, and we think that it will only become more and more common. Here’s our list of 13 rooftop bars that can boost with really cool and popular rooftop igloos.

1. 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar
/ NYC

Rooftop igloo NYC
Photo: www.230-fifth.com

As mentioned, 230 Fifth (New York's largest outdoor rooftop garden) was the first place to offer the rooftop igloos. Since 2014, people can enjoy cocktails in the center of Manhattan, right in the middle of winter.

The Igloo Bar is open from November 2020 to May 2021, offering food and hot drinks like 'Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate' and Hot Ciders. During Christmas you can even spot rooftop Santa’s up here and people – both locals and tourists – flock around these popular igloos.

The 17 rooftop igloos are available for reservations, as well as walk-ins based on availability. They can accomodate up to 10 guests at a time, and while you usually can expect to share it with others and make new friends, due to Covid-19 that is not possible this season. If you have to wait on an igloo-spot opening up, you can slip into a warming and complimentary red robe.

While any day or night is great for an igloo-visit at 230 Fifth rooftop, we would highly recommend going for a rooftop igloo brunch. Available every weekend from 12am-4pm.

230 FIFTH

230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Mon–Fri: 3pm–10pm / Sat-Sun: 12 noon–10pm

More info

2. Aviary
/ London

Rooftop igloo London
Photo: https://aviarylondon.com

Found 10 floors up on the fantastic hotel Montcalm Royal London House, Aviary London is a chic rooftop bar, restaurant and terrace. And during the 2020 season, the very stylish rooftop igloos at Aviary are back.

This means you can stay warm and cosy all winter long, while still enjoying grand views of the London skyline, crafted and botanical cocktails and tasty bites.

The rooftop igloos at Aviary are found on both the 9th and 10th floor, avialable by advanced bookings only and due to government guidelines, the current maximum igloo group size is 6. During 3rd December - 30th December, a Winter Food and Drinks Package must be ordered. Outside these date, a minimum spends applys, with Bronze, Silver and Gold packages available.

This will give you 2 hours of pure and comfy relaxation in the heated and cosy decorated igloos. Pretty much the perfect way to make the most out of this winter season.

AVIARY

22-25 Finsbury Square, London

Daily: 11am-10pm

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3. 360 Bar
/ Budapest

Rooftop igloo Budapest
Photo: www.360bar.hu

A great place for sun, drinks, vibes and views during summer, 360 Bar in the heart of Budapest is also a fantastic destination for the colder winter days and nights.

Starting October 2020, the spacious terrace once again turned into the Rooftop Igloo Garden. This means 8 giant rooftop igloos that are heated, very cosy and offering (almost) the same grand views as always. Due to government restrictions, 360 closed on November 11th, but is set to open again December 8th.

Inside the rooftop igloos you can enjoy a seasonal menu, offering both special hot drinks and chilled winter cocktails, along with a smaller food menu. Want another cocktail? Just buzz the bell and your waiter will be right out. On weekends you can also enjoy the Igloo Brunch, served 10am-1pm.

Reservations for the igloos at 360 Bar are highly recommended, but you can also just pop up and try your luck. If the sun is shining, you can also spend some time on the outside terrace while waiting for an igloo-spot to open up.

360 BAR

1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 39

Tue-Wed: 5pm-midnight / Thu: 5pm-2am / Fri: 2pm-2am / Sat: 10am-2am / Sun: 10am-midnight / Mon: closed

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4. I|O Godfrey
/ Chicago

Rooftop igloo Chicago
Photo: http://iogodfrey.com

The I|O stands for Indoor | Outdoor, so it is no surprise that the sapcious rooftop at the fabulous Godfrey Hotel Chicago is open year round. But the colder months does not only offer visits at the indoor lounge, but also at the outdoor terrace, dressed as a Winter Wonderland

While the heat lamps, fire pits and plush robes are very cosy and might keep you warm enough, the best part is still the heated, clear-domed rooftop igloos. In here you can enjoy skyline views of the Windy City, no matter how chilly (or windy) it gets.

Available from October 31st 2020 through about half of March, the rooftop igloos can be reserved for a maximum of 6 people. They are very popular and do come with a one bottle minimum deposit. But it is well worth it to get two hours to lean back and indulge in hot cocktails and s'mores to grill over the open fire.

I|O GODFREY

127 W Huron St, Chicago

Mon-Thu: 2pm-11pm / Fri-Sun: 12 noon-11pm

More info

5. Bar 54
/ NYC

Rooftop igloo NYC
Photo: www.timessquare.centric.hyatt.com

Bar 54 is temporarily closed for business, due to Covid-19

Bar 54 NYC is the highest rooftop bar in New York and the world with a rooftop igloo. Or two actually, at the 54st floor of the Hyatt Centric Times Square, you can find two 'bubbles' on the roof terrace, often called Bubble East and Bubble West.

The see-through rooftop igloos are true party bubbles, where you can enjoy awesome Time Square views, expensive cocktails (around $26), a glass of wine and smaller bar bites.

It’s highly advisable to make reservations in advance. You can either just reserve a table, or privately book a complete rooftop igloo for up to 10 persons.

BAR 54

135 W 45th St, New York

Not available this season

More info

6. Lookout Rooftop & Bar
/ Boston

Rooftop igloo Boston
Photo: www.outlookkitchenandbar.com

The rooftop igloos at the popular Boston rooftop bar Lookout will open up its doors for the fourth year runing at November 11th, 2020 and will run throughout spring 2021. Here you can enjoy well-made speciality cocktails and light fare, all to one of the best skyline views Boston has to offer. During weekends, the igloo's are also available for brunch.

Located at the Envoy Hotel, there are 6 heated igloos, usually with seating’s for 8-10 persons in every igloo, but during this season restricted to a maximum of 6 guests. The Igloo’s are by reservation only and comes with a beverage minimum. And while you should hope to get a spot in one of the igloos, fleece blankets and a rooftop enclosure of the main bar means you can visit the winter terrace even without.

The rooftop igloos at Lookout Rooftop & Bar are well worth a visit, just remember to dress a bit warm. The igloos are heated, but are not hot when the outside temperature drops.

LOOKOUT

70 Sleeper Street, Boston

Wed-Fri: 11am-close / Sat-Sun: 10am-close

More info

7. Bar Cabana
/ Leipzig

Rooftop igloo Leipzig
Photo: www.syndeo-leipzig.de

Located on top of the INNSIDE by Melia hotel in the heart of Leipzig, Bar Cabana will offer winter season on the rooftop for the third year running, open from November 2020 to March 2021. On the terrace you will find 7 beautiful and heated rooftop igloos, fitting up to 12 people each.

From inside the igloos you can enjoy fantastic views over Leipzig, complemented with mulled wine, winter cocktails, punch and maybe a Pulled Goose burger. Or you try the 'Igloo with Fondue' (€39 p.p). Dip your meat and veggies in bouillon, perfect experience for a family.

Radiant heaters, fire bowls, blankets and the associated 6th floor indoor bar, means you can visit Bar Cabana even if you do not have an igloo reservation.

BAR CABAN

Gottschedstrasse, Leipzig

Tue-Sat: 5.30pm-11pm

More info

8. LH Rooftop
/ Chicago

Rooftop igloo LH Rooftop Chicago
Photo: https://londonhousechicago.tumblr.com/

Found on top of the fantastic hotel LondonHouse Chicago, right by the Chicago River, LH Rooftop is a tri-level rooftop bar offering both indoor and outdoor fun. While the 22nd floor outdoor terrace is usaullay a venue for the warm summer months, but from November 1 through January 3 it is also the place for Rudolph’s Rooftop.

Apart form the ever present amazing city views, the rooftop is also decorated in a whimsical, sparkling and charming winter-dress, with enormous nutcrackers, multicolored lights and some very cosy rooftop igloos. The igloos are available by reservation only for parties up to six people, with a $500 minimum.

The LH winter menu is filled with signature holiday cocktails, like the 'Ugly Sweater' and the 'Bad Santa', as well as tasty bites inspired by the weather elements. Dress warm and enjoy a fantastic winter experience high above Chicago!

LH ROOFTOP

85 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago

Mon-Sun: 11am-10pm

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9. Skylight
/ London

Rooftop igloo Skylight London
Photo: www.tobaccodocklondon.com

Skylight London rooftop bar at Tobacco Dock is an adult playground with great views of the London skyline, perfect for a summer day or evening of fun. But the season also continues long after the warmer months, and starting December 3rd 2020, Skylight Christmas will help you get into the festive spirit.

Here you find a set of snuggly igloos, complete with blankets and mounds of cushions, perfect to enjoy the 360° vistas and the mix of award-winning mixology and alpine-inspired street food.

Available for groups of up to 6 people, the igloos are a perfect option to get cosy with family or a few friends, but it is by no means the only option at the Skylight Christmas. Here you also find the 'Off-Piste' speakeasy cocktail bar, the luxury chalet 'Aprés Ski Lodge', and screening of Christmas favourites with the 'Christmas Cocktail Cinema'.

SKYLIGHT

Tobacco Dock, Pennington St entrance, St Katharine's & Wapping, London

Thu-Sun: 12 noon-11pm

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10. Selma City Spa
/ Stockholm

Rooftop igloo Selma City Spa Stockholm
Photo: www.selmacityspa.se

On top of the Clarion Sign, located just a few minutes from Stockholm Central Station, you find a dual rooftop setting. On one side is the Rooftop Garden Bar, a green oasis perfect for summer alfresco drinks. On the other, Selma City Spa offers an indoor lounge, sauna and treatments, and more so, a fantastic outdoor rooftop pool.

Available for refreshing dips during summer, the pool is heated and also open in winter. And during the colder months, it gets some very cosy rooftop igloos as neighbour on the terrace. Decorated with soft blankets, comfy lighting and bluetooth speakers, this is the perfect spot for elevated hours above the winter Stockholm.

The igloos need to be reserved and cost between 695SEK to 895SEK per person, but this includes 3 hours of Pool Club access, slippers, bathrobe, towel and a glass of bubbles.

SELMA CITY SPA

Clarion Hotel Sign, Östra Järnvägsgatan 35, 101 26 Stockholm

Mon-Fri: 12 noon-9pm / Sat: 9am-9pm / Sun: 9am-3pm

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11. Bobby Hotel
/ Nashville

Rooftop igloo Bobby Hotel Nashville
Photo: https://bobbyhotel.com

Located in downtown Nashville, the fantastic Bobby Hotel comes with an equally fantastic rooftop lounge.

During the colder months, the Bobby rooftop turns into a cosy Nordic village, complete with rooftop igloos, a heated cabin (which is actually a retrofitted 1956 Scenicruiser) and seasonal hot cocktails.

Starting November 13, the rooftop igloos are available for up to 5 people (the cabin fits 8 people), and this is a perfect spot to make it a season to remember. Bobby's winter rooftop is open Friday & Saturday from 5pm to 11pm.

BOBBY HOTEL

230 4th Ave N, Nashville

Fri-Sat: 5pm-11pm

More info

12. Coppa Club
/ London

Rooftop igloo London
Photo: www.coppaclub.co.uk

Coppa Club, right next to the Thames, had some pop-up igloos already in 2016 and will continue with the great invention during the 2020/21 season, available from December 2nd. A huge success for four years, which means that this will be a very popular thing this year as well, so reservations are highly recommended.

The smashing looking igloos are equipped with candles and cosy blankets, evergreen trees, sheepskin rugs and wool blankets. Cosy indeed, and available for a maximum of 6 guests in 2-hour slots. Guests dining in the igloos can dine from both the main restaurant and Igloo menus.

If the igloos themselves don't convince you for a visit, maybe the fantastic views of the Tower Bridge do.

COPPA CLUB

3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, London

Mon-Sun: 11am-11pm

More info

13. Savanna Rooftop
/ New York

Rooftop igloo Savanna Rooftop New York
Photo: https://savannarooftop.com

While technically not rooftop igloos, the 'Sky Suites' at Savanna Rooftop are still well worthy a mention.

Located on the 12th floor in Long Island City, this rooftop terrace offers some amazing views over the Manhattan skyline. Drawing inspiration from the savannas of Africa, it is a perfect spot to enjoy a hot New York summer night with views, but thanks to the heated and enclosed 'Sky Suites' it works fantastic in winter as well.

Private for groups, the glassed cabins lets you enjoy the magnificent views, plus a winter menu available for weekend brunch, dinner and cocktails. While reservations are recommended, walk ups are welcome as well, and there is a welcome lounge to enjoy if there is a wait.

SAVANNA ROOFTOP

11-01 43rd Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

Mon-Tue: closed / Wed-Fri: 5pm-10pm / Sat-Sun: 12pm-10pm

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