Looking for the best rooftop bars in Barcelona? I’ve got you covered. With so much to do in the city, unwinding at a rooftop bar is the perfect way to relax after a hectic day of sightseeing.
With epic views, mouth-watering cocktails, and probably more live music than the Palau de la Música Catalana itself, discovering the city’s many rooftop bars is a must for anyone taking a vacation in Barcelona – or exploring the city after moving there.
Yes, that’s right. There are so many expats in Barcelona, who like me, probably moved for the more slow-paced Mediterranean way of life.
While I no longer live in this incredible city, the fact that I was a British expat living in Barcelona for a year means two things. One, I love to drink and was always looking for the best places to do it. Two, I had 12 whole months to find the best ones.
Long story short, during my time in Barcelona I definitely found some of the ultimate spots for a sunset Sangria!
In this blog, I’m going to delve into Barcelona’s culture of rooftop bars, including 15 of my favorites that you need to visit. I’ll cover which rooftop bar has the best view of the Sagrada Familia, and where to spend New Year’s Eve in Barcelona.
So, as the Catalans say, salut!
- The Best Barcelona Rooftops
- 1. Eleven BCN
- 2. The Pulitzer Terrace
- 3. Terraza de Vivi at Kimpton Vividora
- 4. Terraza Ayre at Ayre Rosellón
- 5. Azimuth Rooftop Bar
- 6. La Terraza at Villa Emilia
- 7. Rooftop at Arena de Barcelona
- 8. La Isabela at Hotel 1898
- 9. Terrat at Mandarin Oriental Barcelona
- 10. Eclipse at W Hotel
- 11. La Terraza BCN Urban Club
- 12. Hotel Colon
- 13. La Dolce Vitae at Majestic Hotel
- 14. Skybar
- 15. Rooftop at Serras
- What are the Rooftop Bars in Barcelona for NYE?
- FAQ about Rooftop Bars in Barcelona
The Best Barcelona Rooftops
1. Eleven BCN
I’ll be honest, the reason I’ve put Eleven BCN as my number one rooftop bar in Barcelona is because I used to sneak in here after work and sunbathe by the pool all afternoon.
However, this rooftop bar is also pretty amazing in the evening, too. The bar is located on the 11th floor of the NH Collection Barcelona Gran Hotel Calderón and has a more chilled vibe than many of the other rooftop bars in the city.
Its central location on Rambla de Catalunya means its right slap bang in the middle of everything – which also means the 360º views on the rooftop cover pretty much the whole of the city.
Aside from some incredible views, there’s a pretty chic bar with lots of comfy sofas and leather stools. Of course, there’s also a great swimming pool and sun loungers so you can work on your tan.
If you add one bar to your Barcelona itinerary, make it this one!
- Address: Rambla de Catalunya, 26, 08007
- Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 16:00 – 00:00 Friday & Saturday 16:00 – 01:00
Also located in the middle of the city, you can find The Pulitzer Terrace not far from Plaça Catalunya. As Barcelona rooftop bars go, it’s reasonably affordable.
Nestled on top of the hotel that shares the same name, The Pulitzer Terrace has been designed as an urban tropical oasis, offering guests a small piece of greenery right in the midst of one of the city’s most built-up areas.
This easily makes it one of the best places to stay in Barcelona.
If you’re looking for some good cocktails and delicious Spanish and Catalan food then The Pulitzer Terrace is a must. However, this rooftop bar is also known for putting on some great music sets.
The Pulitzer’s famous Acoustic Wednesdays make a great soundtrack to a glass of Spanish white, while the bar’s number of DJ sets also makes this venue a definite go-to for those looking to boogie in the city.
- Address: C/ de Bergara, 8, 08002
- Opening hours: Monday – Friday 17:00 – 23:00 Saturday & Sunday 13:00 – 23:00
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From Plaça Catalunya to The Gothic Quarter, Terraza de Vivi is your go-to rooftop bar for the best cocktails in Barcelona.
Since this part of the city is known for its narrow medieval streets that you can only really see through and not over, heading to the rooftop of the Kimpton Vividora Hotel means you can take in the beautiful Gothic Quarter from a better and higher view.
Surely the best way to take in one of my favorite Barcelona districts is with some of Terraza de Vivi’s one-of-a-kind cocktails or signature sangrias…
For those visiting the city between March and November, Terraza de Vivi also does brunch. Yup, you read that right. For just a few more euros, you can upgrade to unlimited mimosas and Bloody Mary cocktails.
Now, that’s the best way to take in the beauty of The Gothic Quarter.
- Address: Carrer del Duc, 15, 08002
- Opening hours: 10:00 – 23:00 every day
They say you’ve not visited Barcelona unless you’ve visited The Sagrada Familia. I have to admit, I agree. However, I also hear when you complain about the long queues and the fact that you have to book a very specific time slot to go inside the cathedral.
While I think a visit inside The Sagrada Familia is worth it, you can also take in Gaudi’s masterpiece from the Terraza Ayre at Ayre Rosellòn.
There are tons of benefits of experiencing the cathedral from Terraza Ayre rooftop bar. Namely fewer crowds are taking up your shots, you’ll look as though you’ve gained some sort of exclusive celebrity access to the church, and the sangria is very tasty.
The only negative I can think of? Sometimes they turn people away if they’re too busy, so make sure to make a reservation in advance. Their online booking system isn’t very reliable but it’s definitely worth a shot as the views are incredible.
- Address: C/ del Rosselló, 390, 08025
- Opening hours: 13:00 – 23:00 every day
While you might need to make a reservation to check out some of Barcelona’s best rooftop bars, Azimuth Rooftop Bar has one amazing USP: they don’t accept table bookings – it’s all first come, first served.
If you don’t mind waiting a little bit for a spot, you’ll be quickly rewarded by some enchanting city views and an even more enchanting cocktail list.
Another great thing about Azimuth Rooftop Bar is that it’s just as great in the daytime, as it is at night.
A trip in the day gives you the chance to take a dip in the pool and top up your tan on the loungers, while an evening visit lets you watch the many lights of Barcelona twinkle around you.
If you go on a Friday, you can also catch Cocco Bea, a talented vocalist who performs a short set every week. On Saturdays, there’s a great chill-out DJ set in the evening.
- Address: Terraza 8ª Planta, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 619, 621
- Opening hours: Saturday – Thursday 12:30 – 00:30 Friday 17:00 – 00:30
One of the quieter rooftop bars on my list, La Terraza is a hidden gem. It’s also one of the more affordable rooftop bars in Barcelona.
Unlike the bars I’ve mentioned so far, La Terraza is a little further from the center, over towards Montjuic – which if you haven’t explored yet, I would highly recommend.
The relaxed and friendly vibe of this bar means you’ll probably find yourself going for just one drink, and staying for three. Whether that’s three different varieties of the 20 different premium gins the bar stocks or three glasses of traditional Spanish vermouth, that’s up to you!
Oh, and if you visit La Terraza on a Thursday or Saturday, you can also experience the bar’s delicious BBQ nights on the terrace, with both meats and veggies grilled to order.
- Address: Carrer de Calàbria, 115, 08015
- Opening hours: 10:00 – 01:00 every day
7. Rooftop at Arena de Barcelona
As you can expect, I spent a lot of my time shopping in Barcelona. One of the city’s most famous shopping spots is Las Arenas Shopping Centre. But many don’t know that on the rooftop of this mall, there’s actually a bar.
While the Rooftop at Arena de Barcelona possibly isn’t as glamorous as many of the other choices on this list, the fact that you can finish up a few hours of retail therapy with a mouth-watering cocktail is a win for me.
As well as a host of drinking options, the rooftop bar in Las Arenas Shopping Centre also has 7 different restaurants. So whether you’re craving tapas, Mediterranean cuisine, paella, Italian food, or even Asian dishes, you can get it all here.
- Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 373-385, 08015
- Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 10:00 – 01:00 Friday & Saturday 10:00 – 03:00
The reason why I like La Isabela on the top floor of Hotel 1898 is because it has spectacular views of La Rambla.
On the ground, this street can be hectic and overwhelming, to say the least, but looking down at it from above gives you the unique opportunity to experience it away from the hustle and bustle.
If you particularly identify as a people-watcher, La Isabela is the perfect rooftop bar to waste hours making up stories about those below – while sipping a delicious cocktail from a very extensive cocktail list.
- Address: La Rambla, 109, 08002
- Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 12:00 – 00:00 Sunday 12:00 – 18:00
From one iconic Barcelona street to another, Terrat rooftop bar on the top of the Mandarin Oriental is smack bang in the middle of Passeig de Gràcia, one of the city’s most important avenues.
What else is on this avenue? Gaudi’s masterpiece, Casa Batlló. And you guessed it, Terrat has the best views of this gorgeous structure.
As well as stunning vistas of some important Barcelona landmarks, Terrat is also a great rooftop bar if you want to order food to go with your drinks; the in-house chef Gastón Acurio is known for his delicious Peruvian dishes.
So, if you ever get bored of Patatas Bravas, this is the place to go.
- Address: Pg. de Gràcia, 38-40, 08007
- Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 18:00 – 01:00 Friday & Saturday 18:00 – 02:00
10. Eclipse at W Hotel
If you’ve ever looked at a photo of Barcelona’s most famous beach, La Barceloneta, chances are you’ve seen the W Hotel.
Known for its iconic sail-like structure, the W Barcelona Hotel is one of the most exclusive places to stay in the city – which also makes its rooftop bar Eclipse, one of the most exclusive rooftop bars in Barcelona.
Arguably one of the most glamorous rooftop bars on this list, the fact that Eclipse is located on the 26th floor of the W lends itself to a myriad of stunning views of the Mediterranean, and of course, truly magnificent sunsets.
If you’re looking for a rooftop bar that keeps the party going all night, then head here.
- Address: Moll Oriental, 08039
- Opening hours: Friday & Saturday 20:00 – 03:00 Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday 19:00 – 02:00 Monday & Tuesday CLOSED
There are not many places in Barcelona that people don’t know about anymore. But I like to think La Terraza BCN Urban Club is still one of the best-kept secrets in the city.
Hidden at the top of Expo Hotel Barcelona, this rooftop bar is perhaps the most foodie centered of all the bars on the list. Visiting this spot is also one of the most unique things to do in Barcelona.
This means that alongside some tasty cocktails, wines, and craft beers, you can also taste anything from tapas and bar snacks to the finest cuts of steak and fresh-as-can-be seafood.
So good is La Terraza BCN Urban Club, I’m pretty sure it won’t be a secret for much longer…
- Address: C/ de Mallorca, 1, 08014
- Opening hours: 11:00 – 00:00 every day
12. Hotel Colon
If you didn’t get your church fix from The Sagrada Familia, there’s also the city’s Catedral de Barcelona on offer. One of the best ways to appreciate the cathedral? Heading to the rooftop of Hotel Colon.
With a more casual vibe and incredible panoramic views of the city – especially of The Gothic Quarter – Hotel Colon is set over two levels.
I always used to like grabbing one of the front-row stools on the wooden decked open-air terrace and listening to some of the great live music acts that often take place in the bar.
- Address: Av. de la Catedral, 7, 08002
- Opening hours: Afternoon – Late
Another rooftop bar that offers great views of Barcelona’s historic city center is La Dolce Vitae at the top of the Majestic Hotel. I would also say this bar is a little more fancy than the one at Hotel Colon, too.
The atmosphere in this bar is seemingly always vibrant and happening, which is probably down to their delicious tapas and extensive cocktail menu.
It might also be down to La Dolce Vitae possibly being one of the best places to watch the sun go down in Barcelona. Is there anything more aesthetic than a glass of champagne by the pool during sunset? I don’t think so.
- Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 68, Terraza, 10ª Planta, 08007
- Opening hours: 11:00 – 01:00 every day
For me, one of the worst things about going to a rooftop bar is not being able to find a seat. How do they expect me to catch up with my friends or impress my date while standing up and limply holding a glass of Sangria?
That’s just one of the reasons why I love Skybar so much – not only do they have tasty tapas and a great selection of signature cocktails, but there’s also the space to enjoy it.
Located on Via Laietana, another of Barcelona’s main avenues, Skybar is the ultimate drinking spot to take in the city (and think about all the ways you can convince your boss back home that a transfer to Barcelona will help team morale.)
- Address: Via Laietana, 30, 08003
- Opening hours: 13:00 – 16:00 19:00 – 01:00 every day
Last but not least, I want to talk about the rooftop at Serras Hotel. Visiting the sky-high bar at Serras can only be described as a whole all-senses experience.
Why? Because it’s also home to one of the most remarkable restaurants in the city – a restaurant led by none other than Michelin-starred chef Marc Gascons.
So while the Rooftop at Serras only serves drinks during the winter, this spot is very much still worth a visit just to taste some of the incredible dishes rustled up by their chef.
A few other reasons why this rooftop bar has made the list? I would say its innovative cocktail list, cozy lounge spots, and incredible views of the city’s harbor.
- Address: Pg. de Colom, 9, 08002
- Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday 12:30 – 00:00 Monday & Tuesday CLOSED
What are the Rooftop Bars in Barcelona for NYE?
Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Barcelona is quite simply unforgettable. Given how lively the city is during the rest of the year, you can imagine just how fun the party is come the 31st of December. In fact, it’s one of the best ways to experience Barcelona nightlife!
If you’re thinking about bringing in the new year at one of Barcelona’s many rooftop bars, here are my recommendations:
Start at the Mirablau club rooftop bar in the middle of Tibidabo, before heading to dinner in La Venta restaurant on the other side of the street. Either location works well for the big countdown.
This restaurant and roof terrace is located on top of the famous museum Museu d’Historia de Catalunya, which makes it a great harbor-side location to either welcome 2024 at the bar, or by heading down to the nearby beach to bring in the new year.
La Dolce Vitae at Majestic Hotel
Given the fact I’ve already mentioned La Dolce Vitae in my top 15 picks for rooftop bars in Barcelona, you know it’s a good one. And unsurprisingly, it’s also a great little spot to celebrate NYE in the city.
Alaire Terrace Bar
Each year, the Alaire Ramblas Terrace on the top floor of the Hotel Espanya attracts hundreds of people keen to bring the new year in with a bang. It must be something to do with the central location in the heart of Las Ramblas, or the equally as banging cocktail list.
FAQ about Rooftop Bars in Barcelona
The best rooftop bars in Barcelona with the best view of the Sagrada Familia are Terraza Ayre at Ayre Rosellón and Hotel Colon. Both have stunning views of the Sagrada Familia and are worth visiting just for the views.
What are the best bars in Barcelona?
Finding the best bars in the city is pretty difficult, and that’s exactly why I’ve written this guide. For me, the best rooftop bars in Barcelona can be broken down into two categories.
For the best views of Barcelona, these rooftop bars are great:
Terraza Ayre at Ayre Rosellón
La Dolce Vitae, Majestic Hotel
For the best food in the city, head to these rooftop bars:
Rooftop at Serras
La Terraza BCN Urban Club
Terrat at Mandarin Oriental
After living in Barcelona for twelve months, I can confidently say there aren’t many better ways to get to know the city than by heading to a rooftop bar. I promise that’s not just the Brit in me!
I hope my top 15 picks of the best rooftop bars in Barcelona come in handy for your next jaunt to one of the best cities in the world.