Top Rooftop Bars in Miami

Top Rooftop Bars in Miami

by Marcos Colón
04.21.2010

Lately the weather in Miami has been treating us well… really well! Not only has the sun been extremely strong, but it also hasn’t been too hot out. Sounds a bit weird, but we won’t go into climatology and how it affects our partying plans. All we do know is that it’s time to hit some of the best rooftop bars in the city. Miami offers some of the best views imaginable, whether you’re in South Beach, downtown or even the Gables, but when it comes to rooftop bars, it’s not just about the view. It’s about the atmosphere, the bar, and the crowd. But instead of bogging you down with all those explanations, we’ve made things a bit simpler for you and listed the top rooftop bars in Miami.

Club 50
485 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL 33131

There’s something special about being 50 stories high up on a building. Well, we guess it’s only the view, but when the view is considered the most exclusive in the city, it’s that much more special. Located on the 50th floor of the Viceroy, Club 50 can definitely be considered one of the premier rooftop bars in Miami. The Asian-inflected private pool located near the bar is the perfect accessory to the lounge. Once you make it into Club 50 you’ll definitely have the best view in the city, but first and foremost you have to actually make it inside. It’s got a tough door, so make sure to bring the A-game, or be ready to be told to go home.
 
Gansevoort South
2399 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

If you’re really looking to indulge in a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere, it doesn’t get much better than this. The Gansevoort South is one of the best hotels in all of South Beach, but many people fail to realize that their rooftop bar and beach club is out of this world. Located 18 stories above the ocean with a 110-foot long swimming pool, it’s typically considered an adults-only tropical playground. There’s nothing better than grabbing a cold drink on a hot day, all the while soaking in the view. If you’re looking to grab a drink at one of the best rooftop bars in Miami, then look no further than the Gansevoort South. 

Townhouse Hotel Rooftop Terrace
150 20th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Here’s another hidden gem that only the locals may know about. South Beach’s Townhouse Hotel’s rooftop terrace has to be one of the most relaxed settings you can imagine in South Beach. This is truly one of the best rooftop bars in Miami, and since it’s just recently been renovated, expect the place to pack out a little more often. Featuring king-size waterbeds paired with huge umbrellas for those looking to soak in the sun, the furniture is lush and reminiscent of an outdoor lounge. On Friday and Saturday nights the volume’s turned up a little more for their weekly parties. The capacity here is only 250, giving it that intimate feel, which is always nice.

Spire Bar and Lounge
801 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

If there’s one characteristic you had to pick as the most important when it comes to a great rooftop bar in Miami, it has to be the view. And other than Club 50, the Spire Bar and Lounge located atop The Hotel in South Beach, offers the best view. To the east you can see the cruise ships sail away, while to the west you can soak in the Miami skyline. The cocktails served up at this place are some of the best in the city, and they also offer some unreal tapas to go along with it. This is another hideout for socialites in the city, so if you’re looking to have a low-key night, this is the place - you just have to get in first. 

The Clevelander C-Level Rooftop Terrace
1020 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Come on a sunny day to The Clevelander’s C-Level Rooftop Terrace and you’ll be pretty pleased by the comfortable and simplistic set up. Ultra plush lounge chairs are located all around the sides of the rooftop, giving you a chance to either chill and catch some Miami rays, or grab a drink and catch up with a friend. And when it comes to drinks, the Clevelander never sells itself short. There are nine bars in total, including the rooftop, but selection is key here. You can choose from six draft beers, eleven bottled beers, frozen cocktails, and 30 different bottles of wine. But you don’t have to wait in line to get one of these, simply as one of the 60 cocktail servers to lend you a hand and they’ll be more than willing to comply.
 

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