There’s only one thing to do when the heat and humidity hits – find the nearest rooftop bar and cool down with a cocktail or two. It might not have the same skyscrapers as New York or Tokyo, but there are some jaw-dropping rooftop bars in Europe.
From London to Luxembourg and everywhere in between, here’s our 2022 roundup of the best rooftop bars in Europe. Our ranking system uses aggregated scores from previous social media results and contributions from the Big 7 Travel editorial team. Two Budapest rooftop bars made to the the European best 50 list. You may read about them first below. Afterwards, come the three best European rooftop bars.
A luxury hotel in the city, head straight to the rooftop bar for panoramic views of the city guaranteed to spice up your Instagram feed. Views of St Stephen’s Basilica go perfectly with a glass of vino too.
Liebling is known as Budapest’s ‘hidden’ rooftop bar, which might mean there’s not much of a view, but the funky courtyard makes up for it. There’s live music every night, a vast selection of quality local wines, classic cocktails, spirits and the best of the Hungarian and Italian cuisine – what more could you want?
Below you may read about the best three in Europe:
The new Munch Museum, which opened in late 2021, is a huge improvement on the original premises for a number of reasons, not least for its swish new rooftop bar. Sitting on the 13th floor, 60 metres above ground level, the bar boasts brilliant views over the city and Oslo fjord. It’s the perfect place to enjoy golden hour after an afternoon perusing some of Norway’s finest artworks.
Possibly one of the most hotly anticipated hotel rooftop bars in history (or at least Iceland), The ROOF is billed as the best place in the capital to enjoy those long summer nights, as well as the magical northern lights. Offering 360-degree views over mountains and the ocean, floor-to-ceiling glass windows open up to reveal an eye-popping wrap-around terrace with slick decor. The carefully curated menu supports sustainable farming too.
Copenhagen gets all the attention when it comes to sparkling city views, but this spectacular rooftop bar in Aarhus is giving it a run for its money. Part rooftop bar, part conservatory, this breathtaking rooftop space is the perfect place to kick back with a cocktail (or a few). Time your visit right and you can enjoy the live DJ set every Friday night too.
There’s also a glass sky platform 25 metres above the high street and a network of walkways, platforms, art and installations and the Salling Roofgarden. Plus, all that vegetation is contributing to Aarhus’ green transition.
Featured image: illustration, MemoRise Skybar, Budapest.