Our research is editorially independent but we may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Spread all across Miami, from Brickell to South Beach, you’ll find alluring rooftop bars with views of the city’s sparkling skyline and picturesque coastline. Cool off from Florida’s warm summer nights with a refreshing post-beach cocktail at poolside lounges and high-rise hangouts, where you can you marvel at the 360-degree views and soak up the city’s electric atmosphere. For cocktails and a spectacular sunset view, check out one of these top Miami rooftop bars for summer drinking.
YOU'RE ALL SET!
Look out for our newsletters in your inbox soon.
Sitting on the roof of 1111 Lincoln Road, the famous parking garage/party space, Juvia offers sweeping views of South Beach. A mix of class and sophistication, this rooftop bar offers some of the area’s best views while focusing on a fusion of French, Japanese and Peruvian flavors. Sip on the summer favorite Purple Rain, which is a combination of vodka, purple Peruvian corn and fresh lemon or try the Ketel One Elderflower Mule with lemongrass and grapefruit.
Head to the 16th-floor lounge at Area 31 for one of the best views of downtown Miami. It’s here that you’ll find the champagne flowing during happy hour, where networking and relaxation come hand in hand. It might not technically be on the roof, but its views are hard to beat. Look down and you’ll see where the Miami River meets Biscayne Bay, then look up to marvel at a collection of gleaming skyscrapers.
Located on only the 2nd floor, the Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita bar is a former firehouse-turned restaurant and lounge. It’s known for its lively summer parties and happy hour specials, where you can soak up the revelrous atmosphere and get a clear view of the action down South Miami Avenue. Sit underneath the palms and tuck into a plate of Ahi tuna tacos paired with Brazilian Lemonade that includes Leblon Cachaca, lemonade, strawberries and mint leaves.
Sitting atop the swanky new East hotel in Bricknell, Sugar boasts an alluring rooftop bar and garden on the 40th floor. It’s here that you can capture views across Biscayne Bay to the east, north to Downtown and south to the bright lights of Bricknell. A perfect spot to start your evening in summer, you can admire its jungle-themed decor while you nosh on Asian-style tapas and sip on Lychee Blossom cocktails.
Retreat to the rooftop of E11EVEN to capture views of Downtown with an ice cold beer. It sits atop the buzzing bar scene below that is known to get wild with its trapeze acts, burlesque shows, well-known DJs and LED screens. Its rooftop retreat offers a chilled out ambiance when you need a break from the electric atmosphere, where you can drink an array of enticing, hand-crafted specialty cocktails.
Located at 1 Hotel South Beach, the Watr rooftop bar showcases water everywhere you look. Immerse yourself the bar’s connection to the ocean with Polynesian decor, ocean views and a 30,000-square-foot infinity pool that sits 18 stories above Miami Beach. It’s got a laid-back vibe and chilled out music, with mojitos, margaritas and frose on tap. Sit back and enjoy the panoramic views of South Beach and Miami skyline.
Packing a lot of punch for its size, The Regent Rooftop bar in Gale South Beach might only be four stories up, but it boasts incredible views of the entire city. You can gaze at folks populating South Beach and Lincoln Road and enjoy food, drinks and music. It evokes an atmosphere of 1940s classic cocktail bar atmosphere in its sophisticated space where you can sip on French Mules, Gale G&T’s and Caipirinha.
A glitzy scene from top to bottom, Highbar at Dream South Beach is nestled in the heart of the famed Art Deco District. It’s 1970’s-inspired rooftop pool lounge boasts views of the Atlantic and offers you the chance to spot iconic landmarks like the former Versace Mansion. Spend time indulging in some poolside cocktails while you soak up the Florida sunshine, which transitions into an evening of DJ beats, bottle service and private cabanas.
Looking out over the bay, La Cote at Fontainebleau is a bi-level bar and lounge that is located right near the ocean. Evoking an atmosphere of the French Riviera, this rooftop bar is an intimate space to the iconic hotel and is a prime people-watching location where you can treat yourself to La Cote’s signature drinks available by the pitcher, including a rum punch with fresh mango and strawberry juice, that pairs well with its Mediterranean inspired cuisine.
Sitting on the 25th floor, the aptly named Bar at Level 25 is located atop Bicknell’s Conrad Miami. Come here in summer to soak up panoramic views of Biscayne Bay while you sip on a glass of bubbly. The casual ambiance is great for socializing over artisan cocktails, wine and small shareable plates such as falafel bites, barbecue chicken flatbread and a Taste of Miami spread of grouper ceviche, beef empanadas, Cuban sandwich bites and Chorizo Manchego.
Located in Brickell at W Miami, WET Deck is the epitome of Miami elegance with its bright Miami whites and a grained marble floor. The rooftop terrace sits on the 50th floor and is the former Club Fifty, while it now features weekly event specials that include ladies’ night, 80’s and 90’s themed nights and Bounce Back Thursday. You can enjoy the views both inside and outside, then delight in a creative cocktail or two while you listen to live DJ’s keeping the party going.
What used to be the Pawnbroker is now Bloom Skybar, sitting atop Langford Hotel and offering the same spectacular views as before and its famed cocktail served in the Pawnbroker’s signature bathtub glass. Its casual character is the perfect summertime escape, where you can unwind at the outdoor patio and visit for its popular Sunday brunch. Beat the heat with a delicious cocktail at one of their exclusive parties where you can capture memorable views of Downtown Miami.