Miami's Best Trendsetting Rooftop Bars

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By: Shayne Benowitz

From sunrise on the Atlantic Ocean to sunset over the Everglades, 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 Greater Miami & Miami Beach’s best trendsetting rooftop bars.

Rooftop dining area at Watr
360-degree views of the ocean at Watr at the Rooftop

South Beach

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 1 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.

Juvia

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 Miami skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s also a popular 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.

Sugar's mahogany bar & gorgeous city views
Miami's highest rooftop bar at Sugar

Downtown Miami & Brickell

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 Miami 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. Try the Lychee Blossom, the perfect tropical cocktail to complement the balmy atmosphere. You’ll also find a menu of pan-Asian bites from steamed prawn and scallion dumplings to a Tempura Shitake Bun.

E11EVEN Miami

E11EVEN Miami 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. You can also enjoy shareable plates between performances at the 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's outdoor dining area & glittering city view
Stunning skyline views at Area 31

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, which is situated at the mouth of the Miami River in Downtown Miami. 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.

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 cozy fire pits. 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 ranging from spicy lamb meatballs to chorizo and cheddar croquetas.

Bartender pouring a drink for guests
No. 3 Social's rooftop lounge in hip Wynwood

Wynwood

Three & No. 3 Social

This rooftop bar is nestled in the heart of the mural-splashed Wynwood Arts District. Find a spacious terrace on top of a warehouse-like development with hip restaurants and retail on the ground floor. At Three & No. 3 Social, you’ll find a music-driven rooftop restaurant and lounge where DJs spin everything from Afro-Caribbean to techno beats. The vibe is decidedly chill even when the music is amped.

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