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The Ten Best Rooftop Bars in Miami

Sip in style at Rosa Sky in Brickell.
Sip in style at Rosa Sky in Brickell. Rosa Sky photo
Miami is one of the best cities in the world when it comes to rooftop bars and terraces. From North Miami and Wynwood to Brickell and Coconut Grove, locals and tourists alike can revel and relax in the city's most scenic spots — day or night, all year long.

Whether it's an outdoor oasis serving up passionfruit mojitos and grilled fish tacos or an elegant rooftop deck complete with tropical cocktails and a pool to dip your toes, here are ten great rooftop bars across Miami, listed alphabetically. 
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Cebada Rooftop offers a Cuban-themed oasis in the heart of Coral Gables.
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Cebada Rooftop

124 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables
786-409-2287
cebadarooftop.com
From the team behind Dadeland’s Abi Maria, Cebada's top-level patio marries a raw bar and cocktail bar with stunning views. The venue's creatively named libations are inspired by owner Jorgie Ramos' Miami roots, from the "Your Wife Is in My Piña Colada" to "Every Belen Guy's Christmas Vacation." Pair them with upscale eats like chorizo-spiced cobia, a Wagyu bone-in rib eye, and Spanish masa fried chicken served with guava butter, or sample a selection of raw bar items like oysters, stone crab claws, and ahi tuna.

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Cocktails and a view at Copal in Wynwood.
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Copal

50 NW 24th St., Miami
305-748-4540
pezlocomiami.com/copal

Copal is a rooftop respite that takes patio vista dining to new heights. This Wynwood haven offers a choice to dine at the downstairs restaurant, Pez Loco, before heading to the rooftop lounge that presents guests with a mix of comfy furniture and dining tables that overlook the bustling neighborhood below. Arrive early to snag a few deals during happy hour with shareable plates like Baja fish tacos or a trio of salsas alongside popular drinks like the "Fly Me to Tulum." The lounge also offers a Zero-proof cocktail menu for those who choose to refresh without alcohol. Show up later in the evening for live music and DJs spinning party vibe tunes.
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You can't say "rooftop" in Miami without thinking of Mila.
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Mila

1636 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach
786-706-0744
milarestaurant.com
Located in the heart of South Beach, Mila's rooftop deck has become a premier spot to enjoy Miami's glamorous nightlife vibes. The bar offers reimagined classics like the "Crusta," a tropical twist on the piña colada with pineapple rum, St. Germain, vanilla, pineapple, and pandan. An assortment of high-end brands and spirits can be matched with unusual ingredients and a theatrical presentation using housemade foams, gels, and dry ice to create a bespoke cocktail.
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The Rosa Sky views are unbeatable.
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Rosa Sky

115 SW Eighth St., Miami
786-745-7486
rosaskyrooftop.com
Stylish imbibers can enjoy an incredible view of Miami's skyline thanks to this Brickell lounge located on the top floor of the dual-branded AC & Element Hotel. The stylish, pink-hued lounge offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the surrounding city. Pair your sky-high perch with a few of the bar's handcrafted signature cocktails like the eponymous "Rosa Sky," a brightly hued combination of strawberry and lemongrass vodka with a touch of sparkling rosé wine garnished with a single, rose-shaped ice cube. No matter what you choose, each pair perfectly with the menu's globally inspired small plates with dishes like the Cuban "Cigars," charcuterie plate, or spicy hummus that are perfect for sharing.
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The Moxy presents a rooftop oasis in the form of Serena, a spot that channels Mexico City in the heart of South Beach.
Photo by Michael Kleinburg

Serena

915 Collins Ct., Miami
305-306-3776
serenamiami.com
Serena, an open-air rooftop restaurant and bar, channels the alfresco patios of Oaxaca and Mexico City. The lushly planted terrace with both lounge and table seating offers garden-like outdoor dining in bold shades of pink, orange, coral, and blue. Every seat creates an inviting atmosphere for sunset cocktails, from plush sofas and overstuffed banquettes to swinging barstools and cushioned wrought-iron chairs. Here, diners can watch freshly ground cornmeal shaped by hand into fresh tortillas, then cooked to order on a traditional comal before being transformed into dishes like uni and crab tostadas or squash blossom quesadillas that pair well with drinks like the Serena margarita, a combination of tequila, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, Chinola passion fruit liqueur, agave, and lime juice.
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Sipsip offers amazing views of Coconut Grove.
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Sipsip Calypso Rum Bar

3000 Florida Ave., Miami
305-441-0000
mayfairhousemiami.com
Miamians can now get their 'sip' on at the new Sipsip Calypso Rum Bar at the Mayfair House. After some major renovations, the Mayfair's rooftop recently transformed into a tropical oasis celebrating Coconut Grove's Caribbean history. The poolside rum bar is now the perfect spot to snag a beverage or two and relax. Here, guests and locals can find creative tropical cocktails, cuisine, and live music. An extensive rum lineup means plenty of beach-themed favorites like punches, daiquiris, and the essential piña colada. The food menu offers upmarket versions of fried fish-joint dishes such as conch ceviche, rock lobster cocktail, fried oyster sliders, and a jerk chicken sandwich.
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The Lincoln Eatery has a rooftop deck that is perfect for eating, drinking, and dancing.
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Sky Yard

723 N. Lincoln Ln., Miami Beach
305-903-4076
thelincolneatery.com
The Lincoln Eatery Food Hall has more than just a plethora of food options. The rooftop bar offers a bird's eye view of world-famous Lincoln Road, while the lush green space makes for the perfect spot to enjoy the Miami Beach views with a cocktail in hand. Guests can grab food from any of the hall's eclectic collection of eateries on the ground floor, then head to Sky Yard to enjoy yard games, a vibrant bar scene, and dancing. The rooftop venue's menu also offers a selection of light bites — everything from steakhouse-style eats to Asian-inspired dishes with a Latin twist.
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Sugar rooftop bar
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Sugar

788 Brickell Plaza, Miami
305-712-7000
easthotels.com/en/miami/restaurants-and-bars/sugar
In the heart of Brickell, perched atop the 40th floor, Sugar at the East Hotel offers unsurpassed 360-degree views of the city. Belly up to the hand-carved wooden bar or take a seat on the patio's tiki-style lounges to indulge in Asian-themed tapas and a fresh-focused cocktail program with options like the "Apple-a-Day," made with gin, apple, elderflower liqueur, ginger juice, citrus, and pickled ginger. In true Miami fashion, once the sun sets, a DJ appears, turning the chill happy hour spot into a nightclub-like scene. Plan a visit to the Tea Room, which was once a super-secret speakeasy but is now open for Asian Night Brunch, a five-course bottomless brunch that takes place in the evening.
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Looking for a rooftop escape in Little Havana? Look no further than Terras at Life House.
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Terras

528 SW Ninth Ave., Miami
305-204-1793
lifehousehotels.com
Terras is a tropical rooftop bar and restaurant set in the lush urban estate of Life House in Little Havana. This rooftop oasis is where you can find light bites and cocktails inspired by the street foods across South America and the Caribbean served tapas-style to highlight the communal atmosphere. A bonus: housemade juices, tinctures, syrups, and infusions feature fresh herbs and garnishes sourced from the property's edible gardens. 
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Nothing beats the ocean views from Watr at the 1 Rooftop.
Photo courtesy of Watr at the 1 Rooftop

Watr at the 1 Rooftop

2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
305-604-6580
1hotels.com
Watr at the 1 Rooftop offers a perfect view of the water 18 stories atop the sands of Miami Beach. With unobstructed sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, the alfresco restaurant, complete with a retractable roof, serves Peruvian-influenced fare like Florida grouper ceviche and a steak saltado bowl over confit potatoes. Pair either with the bar's skinny piña made with rum, coconut rum, organic coconut, pineapple, and fresh lime juice. Relax and lounge during the day, or party into the night with DJ sets alongside the crowds that gather to dance and mingle.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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