Love enjoying a drink while taking in dramatic views? Head up to a stylish rooftop bar to admire staggering skylines, take in the sunset or watch the world go by on the bustling streets below.
We’ve done the hard work for you and picked out some of our favourites. Here are some of Europe’s most incredible rooftop bars.
- L’Oiseau Blanc at The Peninsula, Paris
- La Dolce Vitae at Majestic Hotel & Spa, Barcelona
- High Note Sky Bar at Aria Hotel Budapest
- Skyline Rooftop Bar, Venice
- Bramante Terrace bar, Hotel Raphaël, Rome
- SE·STO on Arno Rooftop Bar, Florence
1. L’Oiseau Blanc at The Peninsula, Paris
Above the Peninsula Hotel, this serene spot offers panoramic views across the so-called City of Love. Admire the French capital’s most iconic attractions while sipping a signature cocktail. Visit at night and you’ll be treated to the twinkling lights of the majestic Eiffel Tower.
2. La Dolce Vitae at Majestic Hotel & Spa, Barcelona
Make the most of those warm Mediterranean nights and head up to one of the most elegant spaces in Barcelona. By day, it’s a chilled-out rooftop pool but come night-time, resident DJs take to the decks and screen projections create a unique urban oasis.
3. High Note Sky Bar at Aria Hotel Budapest
The brilliant Budapest skyline looks simply stunning from this elevated bar. Atop the Aria Hotel, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy drinks and light bites whatever season you visit. Take a seat on the open-air terrace or if it gets a little chilly, you can head indoors. Capture St. Stephen’s Basilica from a totally different angle here!
4. Skyline Rooftop Bar, Venice
Want the best views of Venice? This eighth-floor rooftop bar will do the trick. The creative cocktail menu features old classics alongside some new kids on the block, including Memory’s Elyxir, created by Enrico, the bar manager. In summer, the rooftop sees pool parties and live DJs playing until the early hours.
5. Bramante Terrace bar, Hotel Raphaël, Rome
For the best views across the Eternal City, take a seat on this multi-level terrace. You’ll find it on the roof of the Hotel Raphaël, just minutes from the Pantheon. You can dine on traditional Italian dishes in the roof garden or sip a glass of champagne as you watch the sun set over the city.
6. SkyLounge, Amsterdam
Seeking a nightcap spot in the lively Dutch capital? The sleek and stylish SkyLounge is the perfect choice. It’s housed on the top floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station hotel. At 9pm, you can expect DJ sets to direct the mood, while the expert mixologists offer up some of the city’s best cocktails.
Here, you can mingle with global travellers and enjoy a drink from the extensive menu, 365 days a year. Plus, on Fridays and Saturdays, the terrace is open until 3am!
7. SE·STO on Arno Rooftop Bar, Florence
Head up to the sixth floor of The Westin Excelsior for this not-to-be-missed bar. The glass-plated terrace helps to make the most of the staggering views. You’ll see the city’s famous buildings, churches, bell towers and Ponte Vecchio and even as far as the gorgeously green Tuscan hills. There are two separate terraces, one serving food and one for drinks, so you could end up spending your whole night here.
Posted: 12th Aug 2019.