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One of the great things about living in Florida is that you can have rooftop weather no matter what month of the year it is! Rooftop bars are my JAM. The open-air, the fun cocktails, and of course, the views!
We are so lucky to have so many rooftop options here in Tampa Bay. And each has its own unique vibe. Here’s your guide to the best rooftop bars in Tampa Bay!
Best rooftop bars in Tampa
M. Bird at Armature Works
If you needed another reason to love Armature Works, here it is! With views of the Hillsborough River and downtown Tampa, it’s impossible not to enjoy sipping a cocktail or sharing some plates as you look out.
You can find a number of interesting bites on their menu, such as jerk chicken egg rolls, shrimp Rangoon, and roasted corn tacos (they really cover all of the bases). I love their truffle fries, seared tuna, and hot fried chicken sliders!
As for drinks, they have such unique cocktails! I personally recommend their Billy Ocean Water. I never order rum cocktails, but this lime and coconut concoction is so beyond delicious (and beautiful!) I can not resist.
Sal y Mar
Sal y Mar is located at the Aloft Hotel in Midtown Tampa and is definitely one of the best rooftop bars in Tampa. When you walk in you feel like you’re being transported to Tulum. The interior design is breathtaking, and oh my gosh just wait until you get to the food and drinks!
The menu showcases fresh, local ingredients and has tapas such as citrus crab cakes, Cajun shrimp corn fritters, and carne asada street tacos to name a few.
When it comes to entrees, Sal y Mar takes dishes that are familiar (pan-seared grouper, filet mignon, pan-seared scallops, etc.) and then totally put their own spin on it! And it’s AMAZING. This is hands down one of the best restaurants in Tampa for date night or any other occasion IMO.
Even if you aren’t hungry, Sal y Mar is a rooftop bar as well so enjoy an amazing cocktail with a view! I had the Love You More and a Mezcal margarita, and both were delicious and left me wanting more.
Another fresh, new addition to the Tampa Bay rooftop scene. And oh my goodness, this one is a goodie! I really love all of the rooftops I mentioned, but SiX’s views of the downtown area are just absolutely gorgeous and make you really sit back and appreciate this place we get to call home.
Let me recommend the Rose-Covered Glasses— it was light and refreshing. They also have an elevated bistro menu if you brought your appetite. Thus far I’ve only enjoyed the cocktails and views, but plan to make a trip back to try out their menu!
If you want to get even closer to the water, check out nearby spots American Social and Jackson’s for waterfront dining in Tampa.
Edge at the Epicurean
The Edge provides great cocktails with a colorful, fun and modern atmosphere. There is an array of seating options including some cozy couches.
Many of their cocktails have unique components like jalapeño-habanero agave, raspberry-ginger compote, and pomegranate syrup. I love places that provide special cocktails you don’t come across too often.
Some of their interesting cocktails include the Hot Redhead which is Ketel One, raspberry-ginger compote, and lemon or the Pomegranate Caipirinha which is Leblon Reserva, pomegranate syrup, and lime.
If you’re looking for a nibble, they also offer light bites. Or you can head down to Èlevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar which I’ve heard is absolutely to die for.
The Attic Cafe
Another one of the best rooftop bars in Tampa, The Attic is a space intended to fulfill all of your brunch needs! Delicious breakfast and lunch options, but their fun coffee drink creations are what really stole my heart!
This is a place to go during the week with your laptop and just enjoy the city views and fresh air. I had the cookies and cream iced latte which was BOMB, but they are always introducing fun, new coffee concoctions so make sure to ask what they have or check out their Insta!
Also, be on the lookout for any fun events or special menu items they may have going on! Around Valentine’s Day, they had a Valentine’s chocolate-covered strawberry mimosa!! And they’ve had events like “Flowers in the Attic” where they had fun specials and a build-your-own flower bouquet bar!
The highly trendy indoor-outdoor Rox Rooftop Bar, located on Rocky Point Island and known as Tampa Bay’s tallest rooftop bar, offers stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding area.
This Tampa rooftop bar features a unique cocktail menu full of artistic, and well-created concoctions, all inspired by Tampa’s heritage. The menu also includes a good variety of wines and a smaller selection of nibbles to complement the drinks. There’s something here for everyone!
While they change the drink menu seasonally, I really enjoyed the February 28th this spring!
Best rooftop bars in St. Pete
The Canopy at The Birchwood
Right on Beach Drive and equipped with private cabanas, fire pits, and some of the best frose I’ve ever had! Seriously, it’s my fave. Better yet, if you go on a Wednesday when it’s ladies night, they have half off frose 😉 Oh, and did I mention the stunning views of the bay, St. Pete Pier, and North Straub Park?!
Level 11 at the Bellwether Beach Resort
Level 11 is one of my absolute favorite rooftop bars in St. Pete for sunset! You are right on the beach and the views are unbeatable! Go to Spinners (Tampa’s one and only revolving restaurant) if you’re there at night.
LED lighting sets the mood, and you literally get to enjoy dinner as the room spins (slowly, so don’t fret about motion sickness) giving you 360-degree views of St. Pete Beach.
Spinners is actually where Remi and I had our second date, and it is a very special place to me. The food and drinks are absolutely outstanding. The menu showcases fresh seafood, expertly sourced cuts of beef, and locally grown produce.
You will love the fun, tropical atmosphere that Pier Tiki offers! This is actually owned by the same owner as The Canopy, and I’m pretty sure they serve the same delicious frose!
They also have quite a selection of tropical “I’m on vacay” vibe drinks! Tiki glass and all. The St. Pete Pier is absolutely stunning, and I definitely recommend checking this spot out if you’re in the area!
Similar to SiX rooftop bar in Tampa, being at Pier Tiki around sunset and looking back at St. Pete’s skyline gave me one of those “wow, we are so lucky to live here” moments. You will not be disappointed by the views of the bay or beautiful cityscape.
360 Rooftop at Hotel Zamora
Fun stringed lights and artificial greenery really sets the vibe at this Mediterranean-inspired hotel and rooftop.
You will definitely swoon over the panoramic views of the Gulf provided by this venue. They also have cabanas available on a first-come, first-serve basis to all guests, which I think is great.
Not to mention they have happy hour 7 days a week 4-6 pm which includes $3 seltzers, $5 wine, $6 well drinks, and $5 select apps!
Best rooftop bars in Clearwater and Dunedin
Dunedin is one of my favorite day trips from Tampa, and I love this rooftop bar located at the Fenway Hotel! Comfy couch areas for lounging, making it the perfect stop to relax and enjoy a drink while looking out at the Clearwater Harbor. After you’re done at the rooftop bar, head down to HEW Chophouse, one of the best restaurants in Dunedin!
I have absolutely fallen in love with Dunedin over the past year, and I highly recommend exploring this area if you haven’t yet! Hifi Rooftop is just one of the many great gems in Dunedin.
Vantage Rooftop Bar
We experienced Vantage Rooftop Bar during our stay at The Karol Hotel. Along with cocktails they offer tapas, charcuterie, and some desserts. All to be enjoyed while looking out at Tampa off in the distance.
The great thing about Vantage Rooftop Bar is it’s climate-controlled. So this is a rooftop you can hit in the heat of the summer and not get too hot while enjoying your cocktail and views.
The cocktails were very enjoyable. We got the Karol Bliss and Grand Margarita with mezcal instead of tequila. The drinks tasted very fresh, which makes sense since their sour mix and juices are made in-house from scratch!
This craft tiki bar is a MUST-STOP if you are on Clearwater Beach! Its marina location makes it the perfect spot to kill some time if you’re waiting to board for one of your Clearwater Beach activities. It’s also one of my must-stop bars for girls’ weekends and Clearwater Beach bachelorette parties!
The drinks here are so fun and well-crafted. After struggling to decide, we let our bartender Savannah create us the “pick your poison” which leaves your fate in the bartender on duty’s hands. This drink was one of the most delicious heavenly drinks I’ve had in a while!
We liked it so much, we stayed for another round. If you want to choose your own fate, they have mojitos, mai tais, or even a black margarita and spiked Dole whip to choose from!
Bar Tiki also has games like corn hole and Connect 4, and a Hawaiian-inspired food menu if you get hungry.
Jimmy’s on the Edge
Making things even more fun— if you’re there around 9 pm, free Fireball shots are passed around and everyone cheers together!
I’m not much of a Fireball drinker, but you will catch me there sipping on a mango pina colada. If you get hungry they have bites like sandwiches, salads, and bowls to nosh on, but I recommend heading next door to their sister location which is easily one of the best restaurants in Clearwater Beach.
You can also enjoy their fire pit areas and projector where they play music videos or live sporting events.
Jimmy’s Crow’s Nest
Hit up Jimmy’s Crow’s Nest for beautiful views of Pier 60 and a fun sunset celebration that includes free “sunset shots” where everyone cheers together as the sun dips below the horizon!
Because of its location, it’s a very convenient stop if you’re doing a Clearwater Beach day. They have punch buckets, 9 different types of mules, and several fun frozen drinks. Between the tropical cocktails and stunning views of Clearwater, you’re sure to feel like you’re on vacation, even if you’re a local!
I hope you enjoyed this list of the best rooftop bars in Tampa Bay! We really are lucky to have so many of them in this area. We have it all from beach views to cityscapes, from casual vibe to special evening worthy, and everything in between.
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