Fancy sipping some drinks whilst watching the sunset over the downtown skyline or the ocean? Then make your way to the top floor and see the city from a different perspective. Tampa’s rooftop drinking spots offer everything from relaxing lounges to decadent dance floors, elegant bars to cool speakeasies all with spectacular city and ocean views. So, if you want to enjoy a great sunset or admire the stars while you sip cocktails, here are some of the best rooftop bars in Tampa, Florida.
The 7 Best Rooftop Bars in Tampa
1. Pier Teaki
Perched high above Tampa Bay on St. Pete Pier, this upscale tiki bar has unique speciality drinks, great food and panoramic views. It is the perfect place to enjoy a tropical nightcap and feel the warm breeze on your skin as you breathe in that fresh sea air. Floral shirts and grass skirts are optional but highly recommended. Try the refreshing Pier Teaki Rum Runner made with sliver and dark rum, blackberry brandy, Bols Banana, pineapple, orange juice and grenadine. It’s a colourful drink that goes perfect with colourful sunsets.
Take in the dazzling views of the Tampa skyline from the rooftop bar of the Epicurean Hotel in the city centre. Catch up with friends or enjoy an elevated date night over handcrafted cocktails and super snacks and small plates. With a lively atmosphere, this is a cool place to kick back and enjoy the scenery. Enjoy creative cocktails like the pomegranate caipirinha paired with delicious food like the cheese and charcuterie board with accoutrements.
3. Luna Lounge
Located in South Tampa above Bulla Gastrobar, Luna Lounge is a stylish rooftop bar where you can savour handcrafted cocktails and a delicious tapas menu of sharing dishes. These are served with sweeping views of bustling downtown Tampa. Come for happy hour, which just happens to coincide with sunset, and sip sangria whilst swaying to the cool music and gentle breeze.
M.Bird is a serious cool rooftop bar perched high above historic Armature Works. This deco-inspired lounge offers gorgeous waterfront views. It is the perfect setting to enjoy tropical-inspired creative cocktails and small sharing plates, alongside stunning sunset views over the water. Try the refreshing watermelon burrata salad washed down with a hibiscus margarita followed by a plate of churros with cinnamon sugar, toasted coconut and tres leches.
Perched on top of Hotel Zamora in St Pete Beach, you’ll find the 360° Rooftop Lounge. From up here, you have sweeping, panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway. It is the perfect place to take in the breathtaking sunsets for which St. Pete Beach is famous. With lots of room to relax, greeny, comfy chairs and sofas, this place feels like a beautiful beachside garden, albeit one that serves fun, fresh, cocktails and food.
The Rox Rooftop Bar is Tampa Bay’s tallest rooftop lounge. It is located on top of The CURRENT Hotel on Rocky Point Island and has wonderful views of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater. Try the cocktail called No Bad Juju. The delightful concoction is made with Martell Blue Swift Cognac, Taylor Fladgate, 10-year port wine, and Pierre Ferrand dry curacao. It pairs perfectly with the moreish flatbreads and the memorable sunsets.
7. The Sky Bar
You’ll find the Sky Bar on the fifth floor of Club Prana, a multi-level nightclub located in Ybor. Up here, reggae music plays as you dance the night away under the stars with the Ybor’s streets shimmering below. With two bar-tending stations and a tropical bar, this is a great place to drink and dance late into the night and early into the morning. Feeling spendy? There’s an extensive bottle menu including champagne and magnums.