From sunrise on the Atlantic Ocean to sunset over Biscayne Bay, Miami’s liquid landscape is dotted with islands, crisscrossed by causeways and carved with meandering waterways. One of the best ways to take in these awe-inspiring views is with an expertly mixed cocktail perched at a swanky rooftop bar. Read on for Miami’s best trendsetting rooftop bars.
Watr at the Rooftop at 1 Hotel South Beach
For the best oceanfront rooftop bar, head straight to 1 Hotel South Beach where you’ll find Watr at the Rooftop on the 17th floor. Book a poolside cabana by day or mingle with South Beach scenesters by night—either way, the views stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to South Beach’s Art Deco rooftops and Biscayne Bay will remind you why you booked a vacation here. This is the place to live out your “rosé all day” dreams and nibble on creative sushi rolls like the sea bacon, made with warm scallop, smoked salmon and crispy salmon skin.
Situated on the ninth floor of the 1111 Building on Lincoln Road and designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog + de Meuron, Juvia has become a modern classic for fine dining in South Beach. The indoor-outdoor restaurant boasts 270-degree panoramic views from the ocean to the Downtown skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s also a buzzy bar and outdoor lounge with a vertical garden for cocktails paired with their singular dishes, fusing Japanese and Peruvian flavors with French techniques. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic date or a power meeting—and we say go for it, order the Champagne.
Deck Sixteen at Hyatt Centric South Beach
Situated one block south of Lincoln Road on Collins Avenue, Deck Sixteen at the Hyatt Centric is a sunny, casual third floor rooftop bar and restaurant that flows seamlessly from the lobby to the pool. The lifestyle hotel’s emphasis on experiential travel extends to Deck Sixteen’s philosophy for sourcing ingredients from local farms and purveyors. The Elegant Gin & Tonic is a refreshingly sophisticated and aromatic rendition made with Plymouth gin, pink grapefruit, orange bitters and a rosemary sprig. You’ll also find unusual selections, like passion fruit wine from local Schnebly Redlands Winery.
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Sugar at East, Miami
An oasis crowning the 40th floor of East, Miami hotel and Brickell City Centre, Sugar is a sophisticated urban retreat with Balinese flair, thanks in large part to its intricately hand-carved wooden bar, tiki-style lounges and lush landscaping. It’s also the highest rooftop bar in all of Miami, offering sweeping views of Biscayne Bay and the glittering Downtown skyline. Expect a well-heeled crowd after work and late night on weekends when a velvet rope is sometimes implemented. For a buzzy, high-volume venue, their sophisticated cocktail program is up to the task. Take the Tiger Lily, made with Zacapa 23 rum, hibiscus, passion fruit, ginger beer and lime – it’s the perfect frothy, tropical drink to compliment the balmy atmosphere. You’ll also find a menu of pan-Asian bites from steamed prawn and scallion dumplings to beef satay.
E11EVEN is not your average ultra club and this is not your average rooftop bar. This is where you come to get wild and leave your inhibitions at the door. Open 24/7 in the heart of Downtown Miami, the multi-level, warehouse-like space has played host to everyone from Cardi B to Drake to Brody Jenner. You can also feast on a steak dinner between performances at their rooftop bar and lounge. The sleek indoor-outdoor terrace is composed of lounge and table seating begging you to pop bottles while you take in the fishbowl-like view of Miami’s surrounding skyscrapers.
Area 31 at Kimpton EPIC
For a quintessential Miami view and rooftop bar experience, head to Area 31 on the 16th floor of the Kimpton EPIC hotel in Downtown Miami, which is situated at the mouth of the Miami River. With a rooftop pool terrace that seemingly juts into Biscayne Bay, the skyline views here are stunning. Area 31 offers a sophisticated atmosphere for poolside rosé, happy hour cocktails or al fresco dinner. A great way to soak in the entire experience is by booking a spa treatment, yoga or barre class at the onsite Exhale Spa, which grants you poolside access.
Edge Terrace at Four Seasons Hotel Miami
Set on the seventh floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Miami in Brickell, Edge Terrace is set beneath a trellised canopy with fire pits to cozy up around. Serving craft cocktails, beer, fine wine and an impressive selection of whiskeys, you can also dine on bar bites by longstanding and locally beloved chef Aaron Brooks from the adjoining Edge Steak & Bar restaurant. It’s a clubby, yet inviting atmosphere with oysters on special at happy hour and other delectable bites from spicy lamb meatballs to chorizo and cheddar croquetas.
No. 3 Social
Miami’s newest rooftop bar is nestled in the heart of the mural-splashed Wynwood Arts District with a spacious terrace on top of a warehouse-like new development with hip restaurants and retail on the ground floor. Up above at No. 3 Social—an offshoot of legendary Miami chef Norman Van Aken’s ground floor restaurant Three—you’ll find a music-driven lounge where DJs spin everything from Afro-Caribbean to chill techno beats. The vibe is decidedly chill even when the music is amped. Snag a table, peruse their menu of craft cocktails and do your crew a favor by placing an order of the braised chicken nachos right away.
By Shayne Benowitz
Miami and Beaches.com