Nothing says romance like watching the sun set over the downtown skyline or the ocean. 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 and see the city from a different angle while enjoying a drink or two.
Most locals know about Ulele’s riverside views, but not many are aware of the rooftop terrace overlooking the beer garden. This is a beautiful outdoor space at the Tampa Riverwalk restaurant known for a menu inspired by indigenous people of Florida and using fresh locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.
Take in the spectacular views of downtown as you venture to the top floor 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.
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The Karol Hotel is a new property in the St.Pete/Clearwater area that also 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, even in the summer heat. 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.
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 open on weekends only, Friday-Saturday from 5-10pm and Sundays from 12-5pm for an epic all-day brunch.
Find another restaurant and rooftop bar pairing in SoHo. With a great happy hour Monday-Sunday from 4-7 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.
Impress your date and toast to the sunset from the 11th floor of the Grand Plaza Hotel in St. Pete Beach. 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. The extensive drink menu includes beachy concoctions with a sophisticated twist, like the Blood Orange Margarita and Moscow Mule-inspired Muletini martini. An assortment of shareable and small plates are also served. 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.
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.
The Canopy 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.
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.
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.
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.