The 50 best rooftop bars in Europe for 2022 revealed, from London to Ibiza

The 50 best rooftop bars in Europe for 2022 revealed, from London to Ibiza

The 50 best rooftop bars in Europe for 2022 revealed, from a hidden gem atop a London pub to a ‘super-chic’ seaside spot in Ibiza

  • The Big 7 Travel ranking is based on scores from social media users and the thoughts of its editorial team
  • First place goes to the Salling Rooftop, a ‘breathtaking’ space on top of a department store in Denmark
  • Second place goes to a hotel bar in Reykjavik and third place is claimed by a bar in an Oslo art museum

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For pints paired with panoramic views, these are the bars to head to.

A new ranking has revealed the top 50 best rooftop bars in Europe for 2022, from glamorous venues crowning city-centre hotels to open-air pubs perched along the coast.

The list, drawn up by Big 7 Travel, is based on scores from social media users and the thoughts of the travel site’s editorial team.

Topping the podium is the Salling Rooftop in the Danish city of Aarhus, a ‘breathtaking’ space with a roof garden and a glass-bottomed walkway that overlooks the city.

Second place is snapped up by The Roof at the Reykjavik Edition hotel in Iceland, which offers ‘360-degree views over mountains and the ocean’, while the bronze medal goes to the ‘swish’ bar atop the Munch art museum in Oslo. The highest-ranking UK venue is the rooftop bar at East London’s The Culpeper (fifth), which boasts ‘slick views of the city from its greenhouse-esque exterior’.

Scroll down to see stunning pictures of the top 10 in reverse order, as well as the full ranking at the very bottom…

10. SE BOUTIQUE TERRACE BAR, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL: ‘This lovely, laid-back rooftop oasis is set atop the Se Boutique Hotel in Funchal,’ Big 7 Travel explains, adding: ‘It’s the best spot in the city for classy cocktails, often accompanied by live classical and jazz music or a rooftop film.’ According to the travel site, the drinking hole ‘boasts the best views’ of Funchal Cathedral and ‘the service is sparkling too’

9. MAMA SHELTER, BORDEAUX, FRANCE: Big 7 Travel bills this space, set atop the Bordeaux branch of the Mama Shelter hotel chain in the historic centre of the city, as a ‘blockbuster rooftop bar’. The travel site says: ‘If you’re looking to grab a drink at one of the most beautifully designed rooftop bars in Europe, Mama Shelter is the place to be. There are slouchy bean bags, table football tables and magnificent views of the city below.’ It recommends dropping by on a Sunday to indulge in the rooftop’s ‘weekly burger party’

9. MAMA SHELTER, BORDEAUX, FRANCE: Big 7 Travel bills this space, set atop the Bordeaux branch of the Mama Shelter hotel chain in the historic centre of the city, as a ‘blockbuster rooftop bar’. The travel site says: ‘If you’re looking to grab a drink at one of the most beautifully designed rooftop bars in Europe, Mama Shelter is the place to be. There are slouchy bean bags, table football tables and magnificent views of the city below.’ It recommends dropping by on a Sunday to indulge in the rooftop’s ‘weekly burger party’

8. SKYLINE BAR 20UP, HAMBURG, GERMANY: This spot, according to Big 7 Travel, is the 'place to come at sunset in Hamburg to get a great view of the city and enjoy quality drinks'. It's based on the 20th floor of the Sir David Chipperfield-designed Empire Riverside Hotel  in the city's St Pauli district. Adding that it's 'one of the essential rooftop bars in Europe', Big 7 Travel says: 'Come early to ensure you get one of the seats around the window with your friends for the perfect view'

8. SKYLINE BAR 20UP, HAMBURG, GERMANY: This spot, according to Big 7 Travel, is the ‘place to come at sunset in Hamburg to get a great view of the city and enjoy quality drinks’. It’s based on the 20th floor of the Sir David Chipperfield-designed Empire Riverside Hotel  in the city’s St Pauli district. Adding that it’s ‘one of the essential rooftop bars in Europe’, Big 7 Travel says: ‘Come early to ensure you get one of the seats around the window with your friends for the perfect view’

7. PATCHWORK AT SA PUNTA, IBIZA, SPAIN: This rooftop bar tops the Sa Punta restaurant in Talamanca bay, a short walk from Ibiza Town. Big 7 Travel describes the ‘super-chic’ venue as a ‘Lebanese bar and restaurant in a colourful setting beside the sea’. According to the travel site, ‘vibrant handmade decor, sunset views and delicious cocktails add up to make this spot special’

7. PATCHWORK AT SA PUNTA, IBIZA, SPAIN: This rooftop bar tops the Sa Punta restaurant in Talamanca bay, a short walk from Ibiza Town. Big 7 Travel describes the ‘super-chic’ venue as a ‘Lebanese bar and restaurant in a colourful setting beside the sea’. According to the travel site, ‘vibrant handmade decor, sunset views and delicious cocktails add up to make this spot special’

6. SKY BAR LISBON, LISBON, PORTUGAL: This rooftop gem is ‘perched on the ninth floor of the 1930s Tivoli Hotel’ on Lisbon’s Avenida da Liberdade, a boulevard known for its designer shops. Big 7 Travel says: ‘Sky Bar is a stylish and sophisticated spot with showstopping city views. It’s set over different levels, with pouffes and floor cushions aplenty.’ The travel site adds that the ‘illuminated bar’ (above) – which ‘literally glows green’ - serves up an ‘impressive selection of cocktails, beers on tap, bubbles and posh bar bites’

6. SKY BAR LISBON, LISBON, PORTUGAL: This rooftop gem is ‘perched on the ninth floor of the 1930s Tivoli Hotel’ on Lisbon’s Avenida da Liberdade, a boulevard known for its designer shops. Big 7 Travel says: ‘Sky Bar is a stylish and sophisticated spot with showstopping city views. It’s set over different levels, with pouffes and floor cushions aplenty.’ The travel site adds that the ‘illuminated bar’ (above) – which ‘literally glows green’ – serves up an ‘impressive selection of cocktails, beers on tap, bubbles and posh bar bites’

5. THE CULPEPER, LONDON, ENGLAND: This treasured bar can be found on top of a pub with rooms in East London. ‘Still one of Europe’s favourite rooftop bars, this perennially popular pub boasts slick views of the city from its greenhouse-esque exterior,’ Big 7 Travel reveals, adding: ‘Want a bite to eat? Take a look at what’s growing next to you - it’ll probably end up on your plate.’ According to the travel site, patrons can indulge in draft beers and a ‘dazzling array of delicious cocktails’, as well as partaking in a range of events, from astronomy on the roof to sunset yoga classes

5. THE CULPEPER, LONDON, ENGLAND: This treasured bar can be found on top of a pub with rooms in East London. ‘Still one of Europe’s favourite rooftop bars, this perennially popular pub boasts slick views of the city from its greenhouse-esque exterior,’ Big 7 Travel reveals, adding: ‘Want a bite to eat? Take a look at what’s growing next to you – it’ll probably end up on your plate.’ According to the travel site, patrons can indulge in draft beers and a ‘dazzling array of delicious cocktails’, as well as partaking in a range of events, from astronomy on the roof to sunset yoga classes

4. OROYA, MADRID, SPAIN: Fourth place goes to Oroya, which can be found at the top of The Madrid Edition hotel - ‘Madrid’s hottest new hotel’, according to Big 7 Travel. It says that the venue ‘boasts both the city’s first pisco sour bar and its biggest rooftop pool’, adding: 'The terrace has a cosy fireplace, vine-covered pergola (above) and a sleek teak bar, with sparkling city views. With food from Peruvian chef Diego Munoz, it’s the perfect place to sample some Latin American flavours in Spain’s colourful capital city'

4. OROYA, MADRID, SPAIN: Fourth place goes to Oroya, which can be found at the top of The Madrid Edition hotel – ‘Madrid’s hottest new hotel’, according to Big 7 Travel. It says that the venue ‘boasts both the city’s first pisco sour bar and its biggest rooftop pool’, adding: ‘The terrace has a cosy fireplace, vine-covered pergola (above) and a sleek teak bar, with sparkling city views. With food from Peruvian chef Diego Munoz, it’s the perfect place to sample some Latin American flavours in Spain’s colourful capital city’

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3. KRANEN BAR AT THE MUNCH ROOFTOP BAR, OSLO, NORWAY: This bar crowns a museum that’s dedicated to the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, best known for his 1893 painting The Scream. Big 7 Travel says: ‘The new Munch Museum, which opened in late 2021, is a huge improvement on the original premises [a 1963 building located in the Toyen area of Oslo] for a number of reasons, not least for its swish new rooftop bar. Sitting on the 13th floor, 60 metres (197ft) above ground level, the bar boasts brilliant views over the city and Oslo fjord.’ The travel site adds that it’s ‘the perfect place to enjoy golden hour after an afternoon perusing some of Norway’s finest artworks’

2. THE ROOF AT THE REYKJAVIK EDITION, REYKJAVIK, ICELAND: The silver medal goes to The Roof, which lies on the seventh floor of the Reykjavik Edition hotel in the Icelandic capital's old harbour area. Big 7 Travel notes the bar is ‘billed as the best place in the capital to enjoy those long summer nights, as well as the magical Northern Lights'. It continues: 'It offers 360-degree views over mountains and the ocean, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows opening up to reveal an eye-popping wrap-around terrace with slick decor.’ According to the travel site, the bar has a ‘carefully curated menu’ that supports sustainable farming

2. THE ROOF AT THE REYKJAVIK EDITION, REYKJAVIK, ICELAND: The silver medal goes to The Roof, which lies on the seventh floor of the Reykjavik Edition hotel in the Icelandic capital’s old harbour area. Big 7 Travel notes the bar is ‘billed as the best place in the capital to enjoy those long summer nights, as well as the magical Northern Lights’. It continues: ‘It offers 360-degree views over mountains and the ocean, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows opening up to reveal an eye-popping wrap-around terrace with slick decor.’ According to the travel site, the bar has a ‘carefully curated menu’ that supports sustainable farming

1. SALLING ROOFTOP AND THE ROOFGARDEN, AARHUS, DENMARK: The gold-medal-winning venue crowns a department store in the centre of Aarhus, the second-largest city in Denmark. Big 7 Travel says: 'Part rooftop bar, part conservatory, this breathtaking rooftop space is the perfect place to kick back with a cocktail (or a few).' According to the travel site, there's a rooftop garden to explore, art installations to admire, and a weekly live DJ set to keep revellers entertained. As an added bonus, the rooftop features a glass-bottomed platform 25 metres (82ft) above the high street that offers 'marvellous' views of the city 'from new and spectacular angles', according to Visit Aarhus

1. SALLING ROOFTOP AND THE ROOFGARDEN, AARHUS, DENMARK: The gold-medal-winning venue crowns a department store in the centre of Aarhus, the second-largest city in Denmark. Big 7 Travel says: ‘Part rooftop bar, part conservatory, this breathtaking rooftop space is the perfect place to kick back with a cocktail (or a few).’ According to the travel site, there’s a rooftop garden to explore, art installations to admire, and a weekly live DJ set to keep revellers entertained. As an added bonus, the rooftop features a glass-bottomed platform 25 metres (82ft) above the high street that offers ‘marvellous’ views of the city ‘from new and spectacular angles’, according to Visit Aarhus 

REVEALED: THE 50 BEST ROOFTOP BARS IN EUROPE, FROM LONDON TO LITHUANIA

 1. Salling Rooftop and the Roofgarden – Aarhus, Denmark

2. The Roof at the Reykjavik Edition, Iceland

3. Kranen Bar at the Munch Rooftop Bar – Oslo

4. Oroya – Madrid, Spain

5. The Culpeper – London, England

6. Sky Bar Lisbon – Lisbon, Portugal

7. Patchwork at Sa Punta – Ibiza, Spain

8. Skyline Bar 20up – Hamburg, Germany

9. Mama Shelter – Bordeaux, France

10. Se Boutique Terrace Bar – Madeira

11. Herbarijs – Riga, Latvia

12. Lumi Bar and Restaurant – Lisbon, Portugal

13. REM Eiland – Amsterdam, Netherlands

14. Villa M Rooftop – Paris, France

15. Lemon Tree Sky Bar – Bratislava, Slovakia

16. Mas Rooftop Bar – Helsinki, Finland

17. Cold Town House – Edinburgh, United Kingdom

18. Neboticnik – Ljubljana, Slovenia

19. Restaurant Silo – Copenhagen, Denmark

20. Safestay – Athens, Greece

21. Tope – Barcelona, Spain

22. Balcony Bar Prague – Prague, Czech Republic

23. The Rooftop at One Hundred Shoreditch – London, United Kingdom

24. Floor17 – Amsterdam, Netherlands

25. Hugo’s Terrace – St. Julian’s, Malta 

26. Klunkerkranich Rooftop – Berlin, Germany

27. Terrazza Borromini – Rome, Italy

28. Forza Wine – London

29. Babel – Belfast, Ireland

30. Level 27 – Warsaw, Poland

31. Terraza Hotel Dona Maria – Seville

32. Das Loft Bar & Lounge – Vienna, Austria

33. Stockholm Under Stjarnorna – Stockholm, Sweden

34. Buza Bar – Dubrovnik, Croatia

35. Frank’s Cafe at Bold Tendencies – London, England

36. Liebling – Hidden Rooftop Bar – Budapest, Hungary

37. Sense Rooftop Bar – Sofia, Bulgaria

38. Bar Elba – London, UK

39. Café im Vorhoelzer Forum – Munich, Germany

40. Schweizerhof Flims – Flims, Switzerland

41. Play label rooftop – Brussels, Belgium

42. Sophie’s – Dublin, Ireland

43. Aria Hotel Budapest – Budapest, Hungary

44. Illum Rooftop – Copenhagen, Denmark

45. The Skyline Rooftop Bar – Venice, Italy

46. Aloha Bar – Rotterdam, Netherlands

47. Skybar – Vilnius, Lithuania

48. Mikla – Istanbul, Turkey

49. The Green Room – Leeds, UK

50. Lift Steak and Rooftop Bar – Tirana, Albania

Source: Big 7 Travel  

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