Looking for the best rooftop bars in Barcelona? With wonderful weather, a vibrant music scene, and attractions open for long hours, it’s no surprise that Barcelona carries a culture of rooftop bars.
Enjoying a rooftop cocktail is one of the best things to do in Barcelona. But in a city that is brimming with rooftop bars, each vying for your attention with fabulous cocktails, glorious Sangria and tapas, where should you go?
Well the easiest solution is to ensure you hop from one rooftop bar in Barcelona to another every night of your stay!
To make it simpler for you to narrow down which bar to go to, I’ve created a list of the 15 best rooftop bars in Barcelona. You won’t go wrong with any of these, whether it’s a night in Exiample you’re after, or a classic evening in the Gothic Quarter. All have some photo-worthy elements included!
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1. Ohla Chillout Terrace
Want to enjoy a drink looking over the Gothic Quarter skyline to the cathedral? The Ohla Chillout Terrace is the one for you. As its name implies, this bar is for the strict purpose of chilling out and relaxing; a perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine.
If you get peckish then the Ohla Hotel has a number of different restaurants you can choose from, including the Michelin-starred Caelis.
Open until midnight, expect to pay a Euro or two more for the view and the luxury atmosphere. But it is absolutely worth it.
2. Yurbban Trafalgar Rooftop
With its bijou pool, perfect for dipping your feet in, and panoramic views of the city, the Yurbban Trafalagar Rooftop is a wonderful place to enjoy some tunes.
The sunsets here can be pretty spectacular, so be prepared to be mesmerised. Come on a Wednesday evening and the usual excellent DJs give way to live music until 9pm.
Open to 1am and with reasonable prices, this is a great bar for a night out.
3. Terraza Ayre at Ayre Rosellón
You can almost reach out and touch the cathedral from here! If you simply haven’t had enough of gazing at Gaudi’s masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia, then make yourself comfy at the Terraza Ayre at Ayre Rosellòn.
It’s a chance to get more photos too, without quite so many crowds taking up your shots. Indeed, you’ll look as though you’ve found some exclusive access.
There is a good range of food here ranging from tapas and bar snacks through to decadent desserts. Take your pick between a sofa or a sun lounger and soak up the atmosphere.
4. The Pulitzer Terrace
Reasonably affordable as far as Barcelona rooftop bars go, you’ll find The Pulitzer Hotel not far from Plaça Catalunya.
Nestled on the top of the hotel, discover an urban tropical oasis waiting for you to kick back and relax, cocktail in hand. The Pulitzer Terrace is perhaps one of the most popular rooftop bars in Barcelona.
The Pulitzer is, of course, famous for its DJ sets. So expect dancing – that is, when you’re not indulging in the Catalan and Spanish food that’s served.
5. La Terraza del Claris
The intimate and relaxed feel of La Terraza del Claris makes this one of the best rooftop bars in Barcelona. It’s elegant, yet somehow still cosy. While it’s popular, it’s rarely too crowded to get the seat you want.
The atmosphere here is always welcoming, with a truly Mediterranean feel, and very friendly staff. It’s just a lovely place to be.
6. Terraza Colón
Nestled almost above the Barcelona Cathedral, at Terraza Colón you can be immersed in the ambience of the Gothic Quarter.
You’re right in the heart of things here, just one block away from Portal Del Angel and with a view over the port. But being seven floors up, there’s still a sense of calm. It’s a great way to get a break from the hustle and bustle.
Despite its central location, it never seems painfully busy, but it’s popular enough to have a convivial atmosphere.
7. Sky Bar at Grand Hotel Central
This is another rooftop bar in Barcelona that gets my vote because of the view. Often with rooftop bars there is an element of frustration about what you can’t see. With the Sky Bar at Grand Hotel Central, the view is impressive and seems to somehow capture the whole city uninterrupted.
The pool here is just for hotel guests, but don’t let that put you off. After 8pm, non-hotel guests can come and enjoy the terrace and it’s a lovely place to relax over dinner.
You can book in advance, and that’s really worth doing. There is a cover charge unless you’re eating a meal here too.
8. La Isabela at Hotel 1898
La Isabela at Hotel 1898 is such a charming little rooftop bar in Barcelona. It provides a quintessentially quiet escape from what can sometimes be a rather intense city. You’ll find it right on La Rambla, and you should have expectations of luxury.
The tapas here is fabulous. You can enjoy it looking out over the pool and hopefully taking in the sunset too.
A good sign that La Isabella is both good and authentic is that it is popular with locals. I recommend booking, especially if it’s the weekend or height of the season.
From July until September, it’s open until 2am. So if you’re looking to enjoy Barcelona around the clock, this is one place with your name on it. As such you can visit another bar or two first if you like!
9. La Dolce Vitae
A spacious and luxurious terrace with soft comfy sofas and seating. La Dolce Vitae at the Majestic Hotel is one of the best rooftop bars in Barcelona for elegance and exclusivity.
The views over Montjuȉc and the Sagrada Familia are charming. On hand you’ll find Michelin-starred food and exceptional DJ’ing talents. It’s a place to come for a special occasion and one to save up for!
10. La Terraza at Villa Emilia
“Quiet and pleasant” is how the proprietors describe their terrace bar at Villa Emilia. Something of a hidden gem, this is one of the more affordable rooftop bars in Barcelona.
You can be forgiven for thinking you’re not just a short walk from Plaça Espanya, but instead in a quaint Mediterranean spot. It’s relaxed and friendly, and serves up really wonderful food.
Don’t come here for the views (there are other spots for that). But do come for brilliant live music with an intimate atmosphere. Try to time your visit with one of the barbeque nights for a great night out.
11. B-Pool Bar
Chilled out but most definitely a place with a cool vibe, is the B-Pool Bar at the B-Hotel. The pool is enticing, as it curves the edge of the building. Here you’ll enjoy the above ground view of Plaça Espanya.
You’ll fit right in if you order a cocktail or two to wash down some delicious tapas. But you’d also be equally at home snaffling down some Ben & Jerry’s, just because.
12. Eleven BCN
Fill up your wallet and prepare for an impressive rooftop experience on the 11th floor of the NH Collection Barcelona Gran Hotel Calderon.
The Eleven BCN rooftop bar rivals many others in Barcelona with its 360° views that will leave you unsure where to sit! It’s a stylish venue with its own signature cocktails on offer.
They really know a thing or two about gin, so if that’s your tipple, expect to be pleasantly surprised.
13. Rooftop at Arena de Barcelona
Up above Barcelona’s popular shopping centre, you’ll find a rooftop bursting with restaurant and drinking options. If you want to enjoy a rooftop drink without breaking a stride in your shopping trip, then the Rooftop at Arena de Barcelona is the place for you.
Each of the seven restaurants on offer has a different vibe so you can pick what suits your mood. If it’s paella you’re after, no problem, but you can also find Italian and Asian food too.
14. The Roof at The Barcelona EDITION
I love this bar! Its stylish cream fabrics and warm wooden deck lead to a relaxing place to unwind after a busy day sight-seeing or shopping. It’s an elegant and classy space that makes you go “ahhhh” as you sink into a chair and sip on your chilled spritzer.
Unlike many other rooftop bars in Barcelona, which are only open for the summer months, The Roof has been cleverly designed to be a year-round space with sliding doors and a retractable roof.
With lots of sharing dishes and classic cocktails, The Roof is welcoming and offers everything for a great evening 10 floors above the city.
15. Terraza de Vivi
Go to Kimpton Vividora for a chic experience looking over the Gothic Quarter. With a lush setting, the Terraza de Vivi is something of an urban oasis.
Expect a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere with panoramic views of the city. Take your pick of the tapas dishes and refreshing cocktails.
There’s a pool here too which can either add atmosphere or provide a spot to cool down if you wish.
It should be an essential part of your itinerary to go to a rooftop bar in Barcelona. But with the choice on offer, I’m sure you’ll want to go to more than one!
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