When the weather heats up in Miami, so do the festivities. There’s nothing better than a rooftop bar to celebrate the start of the weekend. Add a refreshing cocktail with the stunning views and you’ve got a stellar evening ahead.
Whether you’re up for a laid-back happy hour, 360-degree skyline scenes or bites from a gourmet menu, we have the perfect rooftop bar with a view — and a drink — for you in every corner of Miami.
Four Seasons Edge Terrace
Nine-to-fivers head to this downtown Miami rooftop terrace after hours for the specialty sips and farm-to-fork bar bites, and it’s easy to see why.
The expansive outdoor oasis at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Four Seasons Hotel Miami overlooks the two-acre pool and has sweeping vistas of both downtown and glittering Biscayne Bay. The comfortable lounge area surrounds a communal fire pit and is secluded by lavish greenery, creating a mellow-meets-urban vibe.
This is the spot for those who crave a craft cocktail in a stylish, serene ambience.
What to order: Edge Pisco Sour (chamomile-infused pisco, egg white, citrus and bitters).
Pawn Broker at The Langford Hotel
The newly renovated Langford Hotel, located in historic downtown Miami, brings you a hip speakeasy-like vibe and panoramic views of the city’s financial district.
Visitors and the who’s-who of local trendsetters head to this cozy terrace for drinks after work or when they’re starting the weekend. Not only are the vistas spectacular, so are the Prohibition-inspired cocktails and presentations, like the gin-and-champagne elixir served in a mini bathtub-like container. Come for a boozy bar brunch on Sundays or grown-up tea time served during the week.
What to order: The Pawnbroker (bourbon, apples and cinnamon, cardamom and Angostura bitters).
Watr at 1 Hotel South Beach
Atop the eco-conscious 1 Hotel, find a Zen-like oasis and a sun-soaked patio complete with cocktails and cuisine inspired by the islands of Polynesia and Japan. With this unique vantage point 18 stories above the beach, 1 Rooftop’s Watr allows you to gaze out over the Atlantic Ocean in one direction and, on the other, take in vistas of the Miami skyline.
Sitting next to the adults-only pool, order from a menu of organic wines and cocktails as well as a roster of fresh sushi and poke — and do it all while being surrounded by a lively scene and gorgeous views.
What to order: Rinse Off (vodka, green grapes, shiso and lime).
For the ultimate rooftop culinary experience, head to South Beach’s Juvia, a 10,000-square-foot, open-air French-, Japanese- and Peruvian-fusion restaurant and lounge situated in the penthouse of the Herzog & de Meuron-designed parking garage on famed Lincoln Road.
A private elevator whisks you up to the dazzling purple-and-white space, flanked by an impressive ivy-covered vertical garden. Glimpses of both the ocean and the entire city can be captured as you imbibe.
Come dressed to impress. Reservations are highly recommended at this beachside hot spot, too.
What to order: Jalisco Flower (tequila, Suze, Dolin blanc vermouth and Peychaud’s Bitters) or the Biscayne Bay Sunset (tequila, mezcal, Cointreau, hibiscus, blood orange and hellfire bitters).
Above @ The Mayfair Hotel & Spa
It’s hard to decide what makes for the best view at this lush rooftop Coconut Grove pool bar — the far-reaching vistas of Biscayne Bay, the twinkling Miami skyline or the Gaudi-inspired décor.
You’ll have time to think about your options in one of the eight private poolside cabanas draped in billowing white curtains or kick back alongside the teakwood bar as you soak in the tropical breezes and fruity drinks.
Enjoy happy hour every day atop this iconic hotel located in the heart of the Grove.
What to order: Watermelon Mojito (rum, watermelon, lime and fresh mint from The Mayfair’s own herb garden).