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The Ten Best Rooftop Bars in Miami

Miami is one of the best cities in the world when it comes to rooftop bars and terraces. From North Miami and Wynwood to Brickell and Coconut Grove, locals and tourists alike can revel in and relax at the city’s most scenic locations, day or night, year-round.

Whether it’s an open-air oasis serving passion fruit mojitos and grilled fish tacos or a stylish rooftop terrace with pineapple cocktails and a pool to dip your toes in , here are ten excellent rooftop bars across Miami, listed in alphabetical order.

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Pavement views are picture perfect from the roof of the Gabriel at Bella’s Bar.

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Bella’s Bar at Gabriel Miami

1100 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
786-577-9700
thegabrielmiami.com

Set amid poolside rooftop cabanas on the 14th floor of Miami’s Hotel Gabriel, guests and locals alike can indulge in drink deals at Bella’s Bar while enjoying panoramic views of the Biscayne Bay and the city below. The bar offers a good variety of cocktails with an amazing view of Biscayne Bay.

Click to enlarge Cebada Rooftop offers a Cuban-themed oasis in the heart of Coral Gables.  - PHOTO COURTESY OF CEBADA ROOFTOP

Cebada Rooftop offers a Cuban-themed oasis in the heart of Coral Gables.

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Cebada roof

124 Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables
786-409-2287
cebadarooftop.com

From the team behind Dadeland’s Abi Maria, Cebada’s high-level patio marries a raw bar and cocktail lounge with stunning views. The venue’s creatively named libations are inspired by owner Jorgie Ramos’ Miami roots, from “Your Wife Is in My Pina Colada” to “Every Belen Guy’s Christmas Vacation.” Pair them with high-end dishes like chorizo-spiced cobia, bone-in Wagyu rib-eye or Spanish fried chicken masa served with guava butter; as well as a selection of raw bar items like oysters, stone crab claws and ahi tuna.

Click to enlarge Mamey is the contemporary roof of the THesis hotel.  - PHOTO COURTESY OF THESIS HOTEL

Mamey is the contemporary roof of the THesis hotel.

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Mamey in third

1350 S. Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables
305-266-2639
mameymiami.com

Located in Thesis Hotel, this island-themed rooftop patio is an extension of Coral Gables’ famed Mamey Restaurant created by James Beard nominee Niven Patel. Mamey on Third offers diners great al fresco views accompanied by a plethora of cocktails and light fare, influenced by Patel’s fusion of Asian, Caribbean and Polynesian flavors. Don’t miss the white truffle and brie grilled cheese made with homemade mango jam on Sullivan’s Street bread. The sweet and salty combination pairs perfectly with the jerk margarita, a spicy combination of mezcal, jerk-spiced agave syrup, and fresh strawberry, watermelon, and lime juice.

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You can’t say “rooftop” in Miami without thinking of Mila.

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Mila

1636 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach
786-706-0744
milarestaurant.com

Located in the heart of South Beach, Mila’s rooftop terrace has become a prime spot to enjoy Miami’s glamorous nightlife. The bar features reinvented classics like “Crusta,” a tropical twist on the pina colada with pineapple rum, St. Germain, vanilla, pineapple, and pandan. An assortment of premium brands and spirits can be paired with unusual ingredients and a theatrical presentation using homemade foams, gels and dry ice to create a bespoke cocktail.

Click to enlarge Pair of oysters and overlooking the rooftops at No. 3 Social in Wynwood.  - PHOTO COURTESY OF NO.  3 SOCIAL

Pair of oysters and overlooking the rooftops at No. 3 Social in Wynwood.

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#3 Social

50 NW 24th St., Miami
305-748-4540
no3social.com

No. 3 Social is a rooftop respite that takes patio-view dining to new heights. Sample a selection of East Coast oysters alongside popular drinks like “Fly Me to Tulum” on the rooftop terrace that overlooks the bustling Wynwood neighborhood below.

Click to enlarge The Moxy features a rooftop oasis in the form of Serena, a place that channels Mexico City into the heart of South Beach.  - PHOTO BY MICHAEL KLEINBURG

The Moxy features a rooftop oasis in the form of Serena, a place that channels Mexico City into the heart of South Beach.

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Serena

915 Collins Ct., Miami
305-306-3776
serenamiami.com

Serena, an open-air rooftop restaurant and bar, channels the open-air patios of Oaxaca and Mexico City. The lush terrace with lounge and table offers garden-like alfresco dining in bold shades of pink, orange, coral and blue. From plush sofas and cushioned banquettes to swivel bar stools and upholstered wrought iron chairs, each seat creates an inviting atmosphere for sunset cocktails. Here, diners can watch freshly ground cornmeal hand-shaped into fresh tortillas, then cooked to order on a traditional comal before being turned into dishes like crab tostadas or squash blossom quesadillas that pair well with drinks like the Serena margarita, a combination of tequila, Ancho Reyes chili liqueur, Chinola passion fruit liqueur, agave, and lime juice.

Click to enlarge The Lincoln Eatery has a rooftop terrace perfect for eating, drinking and dancing.  - PHOTO COURTESY OF LINCOLN EATERY

The Lincoln Eatery has a rooftop terrace perfect for eating, drinking and dancing.

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court of heaven

723 N. Lincoln Ln., Miami Beach
305-903-4076
thelincolneatery.com

The Lincoln Eatery Food Hall has more than a plethora of food options. The rooftop bar offers a bird’s eye view of famed Lincoln Road, while the lush green space is the perfect place to soak up the Miami Beach views with a cocktail in hand. Guests can grab food from one of the venue’s eclectic restaurants on the ground floor, then head to the Sky Yard to enjoy garden games, a lively bar scene, and dancing. The rooftop venue’s menu also features its own selection of light snacks — ranging from steakhouse-style dishes to Asian-inspired dishes with a Latin twist.

Click to enlarge Looking for a rooftop getaway in Little Havana?  Look no further than Terras at Life House.  - PHOTO COURTESY OF TERRAS

Looking for a rooftop getaway in Little Havana? Look no further than Terras at Life House.

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Lands

528 SW Ninth Avenue, Miami
305-204-1793
lifehousehotels.com

Terras is a tropical rooftop bar and restaurant located in the lush urban estate of Life House in Little Havana. This rooftop oasis is where you can find light bites and cocktails inspired by South American and Caribbean street food served as tapas to underline the communal atmosphere. A bonus: House-made juices, tinctures, syrups, and infusions feature fresh herbs and garnishes from the property’s own edible gardens.

Click to enlarge This Upper Beuna Vista restaurant offers a shaded view of the rooftops.  - PHOTO COURTESY OF VISTA

This Upper Beuna Vista restaurant offers a shaded view of the rooftops.

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View

5020 NE Second Avenue, Miami
305-405-7547
vistamiamirestaurant.com

Grab an alfresco table under the banyan trees at this modern Italian restaurant in Upper Buena Vista, count yourself lucky. The brainchild of husband-and-wife team Fiorella Blanco and chef Roberto Bearzi, the restaurant is a treat for sights and appetites. Their two-story space offers a unique fusion of culture and cuisine with its globally inspired dishes featuring appetizers like risotto, pistachio, eggplant-stuffed zucchini blossoms in a spicy pepper sauce, or agnolotti di pollo, a ravioli-like pasta with a ricotta cheese filling served with a creamy tomato sauce. If you’re looking for extra enchantment, ask for a spot under the wooden pergola lit by twinkling lights at sunset.

Click to enlarge Nothing beats the ocean view from Watr at 1 Rooftop.  - PHOTO COURTESY OF WATR AT 1 ROOFTOP

Nothing beats the ocean view from Watr at 1 Rooftop.

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Watr at 1 Rooftop

2341 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
305-604-6580

1hotels.com
Here’s a little-known fact: 1 Hotel South Beach is the only oceanfront hotel in Miami Beach with a rooftop pool. That means you won’t just find yourself 18 stories high with the perfect ocean view. With stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, the open-air restaurant, complete with a retractable roof, serves Peruvian-influenced dishes like Florida grouper ceviche and a bowl of steak saltado over candied potatoes. Pair it with the lean bar piña made with rum, coconut rum, organic coconut, pineapple and fresh lime juice.

Richard Dement

The author Richard Dement