The best rooftop bars in Barcelona

An enchanting city all within toe-dipping distance of the dazzling Mediterranean sea, Barcelona truly is an urban wonder, crammed as it is with fascinating architecture, hillside mosaic murals and a food culture to get lost in. In addition to the historic sites of the Gothic Quarter, sewn through with vibrant open-air markets and traditional tapas eateries, Barcelona’s year-round sunshine and vibrant spirit lays the perfect foundation for a great rooftop culture, peaking just before sunset each night of the week, particularly in the summer months. So whether you’re looking to sun yourself with a craft cocktail in hand, or jump on the latest vermouth revival trend at one of many hip hotspots, Barcelona makes sure you’ve got a ton of options to choose from, each boasting dizzying views of the city’s most beautiful sights, including the Port Vell Marina, La Rambla and more. So, without further ado, Mr Hudson invites you to escape from the hot frenetic pace at ground level and elevate yourself in the spirit of chilled elegance to one of the top rooftop bars in Barcelona.

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The Serras Hotel

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Find your safe space away from the bustle of the city centre at The Pulitzer Terrace. On a rooftop just a short amble from Plaça Catalunya, this green urban oasis gives off a chill ambience with its comfy seating and elevated temperature control. Come sundown, the terrace buzzes with life, hosting various concerts and DJ sets throughout the week without a cover fee. While there may be better views to be had in Barca, what can’t be beaten is the chef’s crispy chicken menu, which melds Catalan and Spanish influence with everyone’s favourite guilty pleasure.

Those searching for horizontal levels of chill will be pleased to hear that the Ohla Chillout Terrace lives up to its name. The stunning views here are certainly enough on their own but opt for a ‘canya’ (draught beer) accompaniment or a cheeky wine to cap it all off. Once again located dead centre of the city, this terrace belongs to the upscale Ohla Hotel, an optimum place to dine as well as sleep. Find a number of on-site restaurants here, namely the Michelin-starred Caelis eatery and La Plassohla centred on traditional Catalan cuisine with a hefty side-serving of luxuriousness. If you’re having a hard time pulling yourself away, head back up to the chill-out terrace to digest in bliss.

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For casual cosiness on par with your favourite onesie but with infinitely more style is La Terrassa at Villa Emilia, a hidden gem largely off the tourist radar, offering the authentic Mediterranean feels in the form of craft cocktails, tapas and live music. Open daily throughout the week, the prime time to visit La Terrassa is on Thursdays and Fridays when the staff put on a BBQ for all guests (even for those with a veggie diet) to enjoy out in the open on chic rattan sofas. To wash down the feast, choose from a menu of over 20 premium gins, as well as a range of Spanish vermouth, which will no doubt get you in the dancing spirit.

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Although cosy, the pool is one of the best out of all the rooftop bars in Barcelona, and the lounge vibe throughout makes La Dolce Vitae the ultimate spot to relax

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If a pinnacle view is what you’re after, Barcelona can seem lacking from some angles. Thankfully, the perspective from the Sky Bar at Grand Hotel Central is an exception. Guests of the hotel should take a dunk in the Sky Bar’s infinity pool for the best experience, taking in the whole city panoramas from the pool edge. The Sky Bar draws a good crowd, despite restricted public access after 8 pm and a cover charge, so, consider making a restaurant reservation in order to dine surrounded by sublime views.

Then there’s La Dolce Vitae at Majestic Hotel an upscale offering that features both stunning 360° views of La Sagrada Familia and Montjuic alongside Michelin-starred dining. Although cosy, the pool is one of the best out of all the rooftop bars in Barcelona, and the lounge vibe throughout makes La Dolce Vitae the ultimate spot to relax. On weekends and any weekday in summer, the place perks up with a festive Ibiza-Esque atmosphere led by international DJs for its ‘Majestic Sunset Sessions’. Despite not taking reservations on regular evenings, roll up early in a smart casual dress to enjoy elegant 5-star service, some of the best iberic ham in town and pricey but oh-so-worth-it cocktails.

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Opt for a selection of sublime tapas treats in between refreshing dips in the outdoor pool surrounded by sunset views to die for

Another of the top bars in Barcelona with 360° views not to be sniffed at is La Isabela at Hotel 1898 based slap bang in the centre of La Rambla. This terrace, replete with stylish décor and comfy chill-out areas, is a fabulous choice for a relaxing evening out, whether for dinner or just a few drinks. Opt for a selection of sublime tapas treats in between refreshing dips in the outdoor pool surrounded by sunset views to die for. Those looking to see and be seen should saunter over to the spacious terrace known as B-Bar at B-Hotel. As well as offering a bird’s eye view of Plaça Espanya and a deep turquoise pool for dunking, B-Bar is one of the more affordable cocktail bars in Barcelona maintaining both elegance and scrummy tapas options. As if you needed more convincing, as a bonus, B-Bar also serves Ben & Jerry’s ice cream!

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Or, lay resplendent on red-and-white-striped lounge beds overlooking a glittering rectangular pool as well as an unbeatable view of Port Vell Marina. This experience can be had at Soho House Barcelona one of the top bars in Barcelona, located between the sea and the Gothic Quarter, catering to a mixed clientele of cool artsy types and well-presented professionals. With Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli below, Port Vell yachts to the side and La Rambla just a two-minute walk away, Soho House Barcelona is in the prime position for late afternoon reclining in elegant English-country style. Fragrant herbs and Mediterranean shrubs line the perimeter, while the porcelain light switches and rich upholstering add to the Downton feel.

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El Sueño at The Serras Hotel

A more minimalist vibe can be found over at El Sueño atop Serras Hotel, which comes complete with New York City hipness and a natural design theme of wood, iron and stone. Shaded by a smattering of trees, El Sueño’s Michelin-starred chef serves up a dazzling bar menu of light, locally-inspired tapas and desserts, such as the Catalan cream foam sorbet and hazelnut chocolate con leche. Enjoy your sweet treats alongside sublime cocktails and DJ-spun jams while appreciating the magnificent view over Port Vell Marina backgrounded by the vast Mediterranean sea.

El Sueño at The Serras Hotel

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A one-of-a-kind finds in central Barcelona is Chiringuito, Casa Bonay Rooftop Bar revelling in its reputation as a chic jungle oasis. Whether you’re a foodie or a nature lover, this has got to be one of our favourite rooftop bars in Barcelona, for its summer barbecue, divine tapas options and drinks menu comprised of natural wines, craft beers and inventive cocktail creations. Known for its modern, fun-loving vibe and quirky setting, this is a dynamic Barca-based offering you won’t want to miss.

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