Most people would agree that enjoying some cocktails in Spain sounds like a pretty good day. But what if you could do it on a rooftop? (Okay, now we’re talking.) With a fabulous view? (Oh yeah, talk to me!) AT SUNSET? (Whaaaat!) How much better does that sangria taste now? Mmm-hmm, I thought you’d say that.
You can’t deny it—there’s just something about drinking on a rooftop that makes everything so much better. Is it the fresh air up there? Or maybe just the pleasure of looking at something more intriguing than your friend’s ugly mug for a change? Whatever the reason, here are 9 great rooftop bars in Spain you need to check out.
360° Terrace at Barcelo Raval Hotel, Barcelona
The 11th floor rooftop terrace at the Barcelo Raval hotel has got to be the best in the city. From it you can enjoy (you guessed it) 360° views of beautiful Barcelona and all the top sites from the mountains to the beach. Sip sangria while checking out Sagrada Familia and/or kickback with a cocktail next to the rooftop pool (just kidding–it’s always ‘and’). Its location just next to La Rambla puts you smack in the middle of the city and its silo shape means you can look out at the whole damn thing.
La Isabela, Barcelona
The terrace at Hotel1898 is another located near the city centre but this one has tapas! Enjoy the 7th floor rooftop views while lounging next to their terrace pool because apparently rooftop pools are what all the cool hotels in Barcelona are doing. They also have a long list of signature cocktails and I can’t say I’d turn down a “Coconut and Chilly Mojito”.
Terrace at Hotel OMM, Barcelona
Sometimes, all you look for in a rooftop bar is the view of another rooftop, right? Such is the case with the Terrace at Hotel OMM. Situated just next door to Antoni Gaudí’s famous Casa Milà, rooftop drinkers get the added benefit of looking directly upon another fabulous rooftop–the most famous rooftop in Barcelona actually. Take in one hell of a unique view, relax on their sofas and hammocks, and, yeah, there’s a rooftop pool.
Ático 11 at the Hotel Iberostar Las Letras Gran Vía, Madrid
Located on the 7th floor (I know, right? How confusing is that name?) of the Hotel Iberostar Las Letras is Ático 11, Madrid’s newest rooftop terrace. It’s located on Madrid’s Gran Vía, one of the city’s busiest areas, and offers amazing city views but is so cute itself you may just keep your eyes turned inward. They’ve got a weekend DJ, a range of cocktail options, and apparently some pretty great food by a chef I think we’re supposed to know? Gimme tiny food on toothpicks and I don’t care who made it.
Ateneo Sky Bar Restaurant, Valencia
Calling it a “sky bar” is a bit of a stretch since it’s just on the 6th floor of Valencia’s Ateneo Mercantil, but this rooftop spot still provides some excellent views. The Ateneo Sky Bar is a restaurant by day, a DJ’ed cocktail bar by night, and their menu is simply stunning. Actually, forget cocktails, I’m talking cheese and thinly sliced ham here, people.
Sometimes the best Spanish rooftop bar isn’t all that Spanish after all. Enter: Patchwork, Ibiza’s first and only Lebanese restaurant and bar. This hip spot is all colour on the inside (so. much. patchwork.) and spectacular ocean views on the outside. They offer amazing food and cocktails, a truly laid-back atmosphere, and a live sunset every night of the week! What a score!
La Terraza at EME Catedral Hotel, Seville
Located steps away from the Cathedral of Seville and the Giralda, the terrace atop the EME Catedral Hotel has, hands down, some of the best views in the city. Admire the beauty of this cathedral while tossing back one of their recommended mojitos—sure, those two things go perfectly together. The terrace is open 365 days a year so I think I know where I’m having my holiday party next year, any takers?
Terraza Gymage, Madrid
Even though it’s made up of the words ‘gym’ and ‘age’, two words you don’t often equate to a kickass time on a rooftop, Madrid’s Gymage is posh, posh, posh. It’s located above a gym and spa and regulars tout it as “a great place to relax after a day at the spa”. I’m sorry but, how hard are you spa-ing if you need to relax afterwards? But I digress. Gymage is located in the center of the city surrounded by beautiful views and presumably even beautiful-er people.
Alcazaba Premium Hostel, Malaga
The rooftop terrace at the Alcazaba Premium Hostel in Malaga is an absolute chill-out zone and has superb views of not one, but two castles. And the best part is, you can totally afford the drinks here!