Nothing says romance like watching the sun set over the downtown skyline or the water. The places for food and drink in Tampa are plentiful, but it’s nice to switch up the view every once in a while.
Take the stairs or elevator up a few floors to one of these rooftop bars in Tampa Bay and see the city from a different angle while enjoying a drink or two.
Since Tampa Bay is huge, we’ve divided up our list into two sections: Tampa’s best rooftop bars and St. Pete/Clearwater’s best rooftop bars to help you find one near you or your destination for the night. Cheers!
The BEST Rooftop Bars in Tampa
Soak in the views of downtown Tampa and Water Street from the 6th floor of the JW Marriott. They offer lunch and dinner, and of course, cocktails. You don’t have to be a hotel guest to experience SIX– valet is available if you’d rather not try to find parking on your own.
Midtown Tampa is a sprawling development combining residential, retail, dining and entertainment into one new walkable hub locals will love. Highlights include a food hall (an expansion of The Hall on Franklin), multiple restaurants, a central green space which will host concerts and events, and an Aloft & Element dual-branded hotel home to Tampa’s newest rooftop bar. Sal Y Mar is now open featuring Latin cuisine, 4,900 square feet of indoor and outdoor seating, and 360-degree views of the Tampa, Westshore, and St. Petersburg skylines. The space includes an open terrace, sophisticated and earthy coastal decor, hanging hammock chairs and more. The concept is inspired by the Riviera Maya town of Tulum.
Take in the spectacular views of downtown as you venture to the rooftop of Armature Works to M.Bird. Treat yourself to craft cocktails and small plates while you enjoy the view. Rain or shine, M.Bird has a covered patio to keep the party going. If you want more to eat, head downstairs where a plethora of options from multiple vendors awaits. Friday nights are especially fun, when a live DJ provides entertainment beginning at 9pm. Read our feature article —> Check Out M.Bird-Tampa’s Rooftop Bar
Find another restaurant and rooftop bar pairing in SoHo at Bulla Gastrobar’s Luna Lounge. With a great happy hour daily from 3-7 pm and a huge tapas menu, Bulla is a great place to hang out or for a date. The rooftop bar, aka Luna Lounge, is located on the fifth floor of the building. Take in beautiful views of downtown Tampa while sharing a huge pitcher of sangria.
For a fun night out, check out Topgolf Tampa’s Rooftop Terrace Bar. There is a beautifully lit bar on the rooftop complete with seating, fire pits and a stage. You can order from the full menu of delicious eats and enjoy live music on the roof on select nights. This is the perfect stop after a few hours of golf with friends in one of the temperature-controlled bays.
Another hotel bar, Rox Rooftop Bar is situated atop the chic Current Hotel and is the tallest rooftop bar in the city. Take in sweeping 360-degree views of Tampa Bay while sipping on a signature cocktail inside or out on the terrace.
Right on top of The Epicurean Hotel and across from Bern’s Steak House sits the EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge. Besides the amazing view, the cocktails are on point and include everything from the Mai Epic Mai Tai made with the Epicurean’s own rum blend to the Señorita, a tequila-based concoction topped off with agave, lime and a jalapeño-fresno reduction. The cocktail bar is currently open Wednesdays-Saturdays from 5pm-midnight.
This is one of the newest rooftop bars to join our growing list. You’ll find this rooftop bar on top of the new Residence Inn in Wesley Chapel. It offers beautiful views of the Wiregrass Ranch Sports Complex and Pasco County. The menu includes small bites and a wide assortment of drinks for you to sip on as you watch the colors of the sky change as the sun sets.
Note: Armani’s is temporarily closed.
Enjoy breathtaking views of Old Tampa Bay while enjoying the cozy yet sophisticated atmosphere of this outdoor terrace. Armani’s Lounge at the Grand Hyatt Tampa is known for an antipasto bar and craft cocktails that will really wow you.
The BEST Rooftop Bars in St. Pete/Clearwater
Teak is a brand new, top pick for date night dinners. Located at the new St. Pete Pier at The Point on the third floor, the bright and colorful upscale restaurant features scenic views of the water and Downtown St. Pete. After dinner, head upstairs to the rooftop tiki bar, Pier Teaki, for a tropical nightcap.
Located atop the Red Mesa Cantina in St. Pete lies DeSanto Rooftop Bar. Enjoy a beautiful setting on the roof with stunning westward views alongside delicious handcrafted cocktails, beer, and wine as you take in the beauty that St. Pete has to offer. Tip: DeSanto Rooftop Bar is open weekends only as long as it hasn’t been rented out for an event. Call 727-896-8226 before heading out to confirm open hours and availability.
The Canopy at the Birchwood is open day and night on the roof of the Birchwood Inn, providing cabanas, fire pits and an outdoor living room feel. They serve appetizers, flatbreads, sandwiches and signature cocktails. However, if you desire a wider selection of menu offerings, you can dine downstairs at the Birch and Vine restaurant. During the day visitors are treated to gorgeous views of Baystreet and Tampa Bay. At night the rooftop transforms into a happening place to see and be seen. Tip: visit during happy hour weekdays from 4-7pm for drink deals.
Located above the Fenway Hotel in Dunedin is the Hi-Fi Rooftop Bar. Inspired by the original Fenway speakeasy which was located in the building’s basement, the modern establishment now rests high above its surroundings with breathtaking views and sunsets. Enjoy delectable small plates as you delight in perfectly curated cocktails. There’s typically live jazz which makes for the perfect date night ambiance.
You’ll find Jimmy’s On the Edge on the 10th floor of the Edge Hotel in Clearwater Beach. You’ll also find views of the Gulf of Mexico here, so arrive before sunset. The bar touts itself as the largest rooftop bar in Clearwater Beach at 2,500 square feet. In addition to the cocktails, beer and wine list, there is also a menu featuring appetizers and full lunch and dinner if you prefer to stay in one spot for the night.
The Tropico Rooftop Cantina on top of the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach boasts spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s open daily for lunch and dinner, but closes around 8pm, so plan accordingly.
This fun outdoor deck has 360 degree views of Pass-A-Grille and St. Pete Beach. The claim to fame of this well-known rooftop hotspot is the unimpeded views of daily sunsets. After the sun has gone down get ready to enjoy live entertainment and casual beach fare. If you prefer a laid back, come as you are atmosphere, this is the place for you.
Soak in the views of Pass-A-Grille and maybe catch a sunset with views of the Gulf of Mexico and Boca Ciega Bay. They offer classic cocktails along with specially crafted cocktails and wine list to suit everyone’s tastes. The menu is delicious too, so definitely stay for dinner under the stars.
The Karol Hotel in the St.Pete/Clearwater area boasts a beautiful rooftop bar. While most rooftop bars are best enjoyed in the evening and cooler months, Vantage is climate-controlled and comfortable year round. This rooftop roost is located on the hotel’s 12th floor and overlooks Old Tampa Bay, offering scenic views of the Tampa skyline. Menu highlights include an assortment of local craft beers and bright cocktails like the Lavender Lemonade made with gin.
The name says it all and boy does 360 Rooftop deliver with its 360 degree views of St. Pete Beach and the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll find it perched hat the very top of Hotel Zamora. As you sit back and relax, sip on one of their crafted cocktails and watch the sun put on a show in the evening. There are also cabanas for your group, but they’re first come, first served. Happy hour is also offered 7 days a week from 4pm-6pm.
It just doesn’t get much more romantic than this wraparound outdoor terrace that offers you a front row seat to watch the sun set over the Gulf. Located on the 11th floor of the Bellwether Beach Resort (formerly the Grand Plaza Hotel) in St. Pete Beach, this rooftop bar is currently undergoing a full renovation, along with the entire hotel property. The rooftop bar is set to reopen in August 2021.
The drink menu includes beachy concoctions with a sophisticated twist, alongside an assortment of shareable and small plates. Staying overnight in the area? This bar is less than a 5-minute walk from multiple nearby hotels we love including Postcard Inn On The Beach and TradeWinds Island Grand Resort.
Feeling beachy? Besides Cambria Hotel St. Petersburg-Madeira Beach Marina’s convenient location near John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk in Madeira Beach Town Center, the new 125-room property also features a stunning, open-air rooftop bar with beachfront views. We’re thinking this would be the perfect pitstop after a beach day to sip on a cocktail while watching the sun set over the Gulf.
The menu includes an assortment of tasty light bites (think sliders, mini wonton tacos, scallops, flatbreads and more) plus signature cocktails named after local landmarks like Sunken Gardens (vodka, lime, cucumber, basil, celery bitters, club soda) and Johns Pass (bourbon, early grey simple strip, aromatic and cherry bitters).
The name pretty much sums up this new addition to our list of Best Rooftop Bars in Tampa Bay! Vue 360 offers just that–a full view of oral sides of Clearwater Beach and the intercostal waterways so you know the sunsets will be spectacular. You’ll find Vue 360 at the top of the Courtyard Clearwater Beach.
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For more outdoor dining options in the Bay Area, check out our Outdoor Dining Guide: 50+ Places to Eat Outside in Tampa Bay.