Summertime in South Florida is full of heavy heat and relentless sunshine. Most likely, you spend your off days on the beach or near any vast body of water. There’s no denying going for a dip in the pool or body surfing in the lukewarm, salty waters promote a nice escape from the unforgiving South Florida heat.
However, what better way to expedite your cool-down efforts than tiptoeing out of the sand and heading to a local social hub to grab an ice-cold alcoholic beverage? Quench your thirst. Relax. Repeat. From tree-lined patios, glamorous rooftop bars, and pool decks – here are our favorite rooftop bars in Palm Beach and Broward.
217 E. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach | 561-450-7557
Buddha Sky Bar is an Asian themed, discrete sky bar – located in the heart of the infamous Atlantic Avenue. Japanese and Chinese inspired murals and lanterns mirror the entire ambiance of this serene lounge.
Buddha Sky bar features full dinner services at all seats and has quite the extensive menu of refreshing cocktails. To take it a step further – Buddha Sky offers a private, outdoor “Chefs Table” ($800-$1,000 minimum , seats up to 10, 2-week advance reservation required) and your chef will personally serve your meals tableside!
560 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach | 561-804-6826
On Restoration Hardware’s fourth floor, you will find a breathtaking 10,000-square-foot rooftop eatery. From sunlight penetrating through the soaring glass atrium to the panoramic views of CityPlace and the Kravis Center – RH Rooftop Restaurant is elegantly versatile.
Step inside for truffled grilled cheese to pair with fine wine. The indoor backdrop, water fountain, vine vaults, and marble-topped tables are just as elegant as the food. If you’re looking for a classy night of leisure – RH Rooftop Restaurant is the place to go.
309 Clematis St, West Palm Beach | 561-296-7699
Roxy’s Pub is one of the liveliest bars and a longstanding favorite of the Palm Beach County locals. This Irish-themed pub is complemented with an upscale tropical-themed rooftop oasis.
Indulge in skyline views of downtown West Palm Beach while you smash some of Roxy’s award-winning wings and top it off with one of the 64 beers on tap. From plush lounge sofas, palm trees, live music, and rotating guest DJs – there’s never a dull moment at Roxy’s Pub!
114 S. Olive Ave, West Palm Beach | 561-335-1399
Banko Cantina is a Mexican inspired restaurant, tequila bar, and the perfect place to have a summer rooftop fiesta. The restaurant’s top-floor addition is home to a 90-foot bar with clear views of downtown West Palm Beach.
Happy hour at Banko Cantina – Tuesday – Friday (4pm-8pm) – makes everything better. Check out the savory Mexican inspired food menu while sipping one of their refreshing adult beverages. We recommend you try the Lavender Mojito or check out the delicious Cancun Beach Margarita. Besides – who doesn’t love tacos and tequila?!
837 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale | 954-565-4446
Whether you are coming straight off the beach, looking for a place to relax, or want to dance the night away with your friends – McSorley’s Beach Pub is Fort Lauderdale’s infamous hot spot. Not too far from touristy Beach Place, this three-story pub has it all.
McSorley’s has an indoor pub, a rooftop dance floor, beer-pong tables, cigar lounge, and plenty of widescreen TV’s to catch your favorite summer sports games. McSorley’s is easily Fort Lauderdale’s best rooftop lounge. Overlooking the beautiful beach accompanied with half-off happy hour specials (Mon-Friday 4pm-7pm) this pub sure knows how to party – Fort Lauderdale style!
1 W. Las Olas Blvd, Suite 700, Fort Lauderdale | 954-523-1956
This luscious, nature-inspired rooftop bar is guaranteed to give you the fresh air and relaxation you’re looking for. Located in downtown Fort Lauderdale – above Las Olas Boulevard – Rooftop is floored with grass and decorated with vine-wrapped columns, fire pits, trees, and the happiest happy hour crowds.
Soak up the views of downtown Fort Lauderdale while you indulge in the garden inspired ambiance. Sunday’s are the best at Rooftop with “Pong+Bong” (2pm-10pm) and $20 all you can drink, bottomless ProseccoPONG & ChamBONGS, brunch bites, and live sounds from a resident DJ. Enjoy mixologists stirring up hand-crafted creations complemented with lite bites as you lay back and escape the heat at this unique rooftop bar.
299 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale | 954-945-9500
This gorgeous sky-high rooftop lounge just recently opened atop The Dalmar hotel. Inspired by the 1950’s and 1960’s Americ modernism, Sparrow Rooftop Bar is a unique urban hideaway that sits on the edge of the busy Flagler Village neighborhood.
Sparrow offers hand-crafted cocktails and culinary experiences for all of its new guests. The perfect mix of city and ocean views transitions smoothly between interior and exterior lounging and dining. Sparrow is the perfect spot to unwind after spending a long day in the heat.