Outdoor Drinking! The best rooftop bars in Miami Beach

July 12, 2014

Sure, you could sip your cocktails or a cold beer by the beach, but how about a bird’s-eye view of the ocean and city skyline with your drink? There are so many great rooftop bars in Miami Beach, you’d be crazy not to get up high and soak up the atmosphere from above!And you don’t even have to wait till the sun goes down. Look up and you’ll find pool parties, DJs, and cocktail hours all day and night with just about any kind of vibe you can imagine, from chill beats to celebs and high fashion.

If you’re feeling peckish, definitely try Juvia atop 1111 Lincoln Road, which has a menu as good as its views. Closer to the beach, just about every hotel has a rooftop amenity of some kind; it’s the best way to catch the breeze off the beach, mix and mingle with locals and international visitors and test out some eclectic cocktails. The SetaiThe ClevelanderTownhouse and Dream South Beach are just a few of the many, many chic boutique or big name hotels with rooftops worth a visit.

The Perry Hotel on South Beach’s rooftop is a 26,000 square foot nightlife hotspot. White cabanas and trendy furniture surround the long pool that runs nearly the entire length of the space. Located on the 18th floor, the views of the Atlantic are open and expansive and the sea breeze blows right onto the dance floor to cool you down while you dance the night away. If you get in the pool, take a second and listen to the music playing underwater. For mellow music and great Martinis a block from the beach, check out the “Spire Bar’ on top of The Hotel, a funky spot to see and be seen.

For a posh poolside experience, check out La Cote, the bi-level rooftop bar and restaurant atop the Fountainebleau Hotel, where light South of France fare and a DJ bar scene elevated poolside dining to a new level. From Thursday – Sunday there’s a DJ onsite spinning tunes from 3-9 PM to suit the fashionable crowds and cocktails.

Looking to keep the cool ambiance alive later in the night? Head over to the neighboring private Soho Beach House if you’re lucky enough to be a member or be with one. There are a few rooftop hangouts at this super-chic hotel including a floor with a laidback Mexican restaurant and pool cabanas for lounging. If you don’t have access to the full amenities you can still walk through the lobby to the bar and restaurant at Cecconi’s.

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