The best European rooftop bars 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

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’

 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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