By Josie Gulliksen and Yours Truly
Next time you’re in the mood for a cocktail, instead of sitting indoors, why not re-think the venue and head up to the roof instead. Enjoy fresh breezes and Miami’s ever emerging skyline. Rooftop bars in Miami have become quite popular, and new ones well worth a visit have popped up around town, some with live entertainment. Take a look at the list below for our five picks for new, best rooftop bars in Miami. And if you’re looking for a restaurant with a killer view, check out an earlier post below.
8300 NE 2 Ave., Miami, FL 33138, (305) 908-3849
Known mainly as a food hall with nearly a dozen concepts, The Citadel in Little River recently opened a rooftop bar. With lush landscaping, much of which can be seen from the street down below and plenty of comfortable patio seating under wide umbrellas, it’s the ideal atmosphere for a craft cocktail. The long, inviting bar features a variety of craft draft beers and mixologists creating a variety of unique libations. The live music schedule on the rooftop makes for a great night out. For information on the food hall, click here.
5020 NE 2 Ave., Miami, FL 33137, (305) 405-7547
Just about 10-15 minutes away from The Citadel on the same street, you’ll find Upper Buena Vista and the Vista rooftop bar. The garden vibe here is on point with hanging plants dotting the covered seating area. The glow from the string lights make a great pathway to the bar that’s tucked toward the back. There you can have a variety of specially created craft cocktails made unique blends of vodka, gin, prosecco, fresh fruit and herb garnishes and more. Before or after, have dinner in the downstairs restaurant (for my review, click here). And while you’re there, check out the fab boutiques, many with creative fashions from Latin American designers, a stylish shop for home decor, and one of Karen’s favorite vintage stores.
2103 NW 2 Ave., Miami, FL 33127, (305) 573-5778
Over in Wynwood, just minutes from Vista is Astra where “the sea and sky meet” according to the website. This is the “buzziest” of the new rooftop bar scene. Called the Sky Garden, it has an attractive Mediterranean feel with olive and lemon citrus trees. Take a seat in either a round swing chair with an overstuffed cushion or wooden bench seating with equally comfortable cushions. Beautifully landscaped with box planters filled with colorful flowers, relax under them with a glass of wine, draft beer or select cocktail. Food is served as well.
Bloom Sky Bar at Langford Hotel
121 SE 1 St., Miami, FL 33131, (305) 420-2200
As the only one on this list located in Downtown Miami, the skyline view is what makes Bloom Sky Bar special. Sit atop this historic 1929 building, now a hotel, and sip on a craft cocktail while enjoying one of their many weekly events.
50 NW 24 St., Miami, FL 33127, (305) 395-5811
Walk up a set of stairs and make your way to the cozy No. 3 Social in Wynwood, a rooftop bar that’s got a fun, funky vibe. What else would you expect in Wynwood? There’s both indoor and outdoor seating here where the DJ’s turntable regularly spins. Seating is comfortable, a good place to relax and try signature cocktails with names like Norman’s Revenge great for tequila lovers made with Don Julio Blanco, and the Cactus Flower a blend of Mezcal the “it” spirit of the moment, aloe liquor, lemon, agave, aloe juice and prosecco.
Added to this list are several of the “classics” — Juvia and Watr in South Beach and Area 31 and Edge on Brickell Avenue.
Looking for a restaurant with a killer view? Check out an earlier post with nine picks. Click here.