It’s true tourists traditionally flock to Miami to sip fruity cocktails with their toes in the sand, but locals know there are other ways to bask in that tropical climate. The rise of the rooftop bar has been swift and mighty, and Miami is now hip to the trend. Here are the city’s can’t miss rooftop spots.
Miami’s Top 12 Rooftop Restaurants and BarsFebruary 22, 2019
1. Vista Restaurant
From the team behind Fratelli Milano, Vista is Upper Buena Vista’s main watering hole. With a special menu, the restaurant’s rooftop dishes out everything from oysters to charcuterie with weekday happy hour pricing from 5 to 7 p.m.
2. La Côte
An upper-level oceanside eatery, Fontainebleau’s La Côte conjures South of France feels. With light beach-appropriate bites (like vegetable flatbread and avocado toast), two kinds of margaritas, and rosé sangria, a lazy Saturday is inevitable.
3. No. 3 Social
No. 3 Social delivers artsy vibes to the sky bar scene with creative cocktails like the Dirty Beet (made with beet juice, lime, jalapeno, agave, Ancho Reyes, and black salt) and snacks like conch fritters. Along with a colorful and musical setting, the drinking den embodies the spirit of its Wynwood neighborhood.
4. Watr At The 1 Rooftop
Eighteen stories above 1 Hotel South Beach’s private beach, Watr At The 1 Rooftop serves up Peruvian and Japanese seafood with a heavy dose of atmosphere. Although the daytime is reserved for hotel guests, after 6 p.m. is prime time for the public to partake in crudo, chardonnay, and waterfront selfies.
6. The Cape
A low-key alternative to the red ropes of Miami Beach nightlife, The Cape brings a beachier temperament to South Beach. From the fifth floor of the Townhouse Hotel, visitors kick back with a beer while listening to the comforting sounds of reggae and indie music.
A contemporary restaurant buzzing atop the 1111 Lincoln Road mixed-use building and parking garage, Juvia is a welcome breather from one of Miami’s most popular tourist destinations. Diners take a separate elevator up to a lush terrace for French, Japanese, and Peruvian plates, along with specialty cocktails and South Beach sights.
8. Area 31
Miami, FL 33131
On the 16th floor of the Kimpton EPIC Hotel, Area 31’s outdoor veranda is the happy hour hub for downtown’s corporate crowd. With $7 happy hour drinks, $8 nibbles, and glimpses of Miami’s cityscape, golden hour at Area 31 is a preferred way to the cap the workday.
9. Cibo Wine Bar South Beach
If a heaping plate of pasta and a full glass of wine seem like a good time, Cibo brings it home with an oversized rooftop. High-quality Italian food like baked eggplant and pappardelle complement an exhaustive wine list while just the right amount of mood lighting makes the outdoor patio feel like a romantic getaway.
More of a Balinese garden than a bar, Sugar takes rooftop aesthetics to a whole new level. With 40th-floor views (from the EAST, Miami hotel), soothing decor, and dangerously strong lychee martinis, an evening at Sugar is an exotic departure from prototypical Miami nightlife.
11. Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita
Atop a Mediterranean revival of a historic fire station, Brickell’s Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita provides a canopied escape from the hubbub of Miami’s business district. With tapas, frozen sangria, and a free appetizer with every entree, a meal at Dolores is full of surprises.
12. Edge Steak & Bar
A trellised terrazzo with relaxing furniture, fire pits, and water views, Edge Terrace (at the Four Seasons Hotel) is no overage steakhouse. Served grass-fed, grain-fed, dry-aged, or wagyu, steak is a given, although the eclectic menu offers varied options for the less carnivorous types.