If there’s one thing that Barcelona has plenty of, it’s bars, and it’s probably the first thing you’ll want to dive into when you arrive in the city. Barcelona has everything from speakeasies to local tapas bars and beach chiringuitos to stylish cocktail bars with professional shakers. But without a doubt, if you want to experience the city’s bars at their best you need to leave the ground level of Barcelona, away from the noise and hustle and bustle, to the world of sky bars and rooftop terraces. They’ve got some of the best views around and infinity pools. Just be prepared to pay a little more than normal for your drinks – after all, you’re paying to drink in style.
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It’s important to do your research first as a lot of the hotel rooftop bars are only open to guests at certain times of the day – know when to turn up so you’re not disappointed! Most hotels do open their rooftops to the public, generally towards the evening. To help you get organised and save you from searching through countless websites we’ve gathered all the information you need right here.
Terrat at the Mandarin Hotel Oriental
It’s one of the most expensive rooftop bars in the city but it’s not without exclusivity. Enjoy fantastic 360 views of city with the finest cocktails in a 5 star setting. The terrace also serves delicious Peruvian cuisine from Gastón Acurio, one of the world’s most critically acclaimed chefs.
Public access: From 6pm, daily
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Wet Bar at the W Hotel
Not exactly a rooftop bar, but it’s a terrace with a pool looking right out to sea. For the best views of the beaches and closeness to the sea, this is your place. Every Sunday they organise the legendary Wet Deck sessions where you can enjoy the best DJs at a lively pool party. The Wet Bar is definitely for those wanting a bit more of a party.
Public access: From 8pm, daily
Sky Bar at Grand Hotel Central
Recognised by many as the most spectacular terrace in the centre, Sky Bar has an infinity pool and close-up views of the city’s rooftops. It’s one of the most iconic buildings along the Via Laietana, the main road separating the Gothic Quarter and El Born districts of the Ciutat Vella. For a rooftop bar, the prices here are relatively affordable – if you want to get a taste of Barcelona’s sky high bar scene but don’t have a wallet bursting at the seams, the Sky Bar is a good place to go.
Public access: From 8pm, daily
Chill-Out Terrace at Ohla Barcelona
One of the smaller and quieter rooftop bars, Chill-Out Terrace has a cosy but luxurious feel. There a small infinitely pool perfect to dip your feet into whilst sipping on summer cocktails under the sun in the afternoon.
Pullitzker Hotel Terrace
The terrace at the Pullitzker Hotel is definitely one of the cooler rooftops in Barcelona, less about the view and more about the vibe. Prices are cheaper than most terraces so tends to attract a younger more hip crowd. The place is decked out in comfy sofas and big plants giving it the feel of a stylish urban jungle. On the weekends, come here to enjoy their Vermouth + DJ sessions.
Public access: 6pm, daily
Pool Deck at Silken Diagonal
Pool Deck at the Silken Hotel Diagonal hosts some of the best summer terrace parties. Expect LA vibes and top DJs on a rooftop decked out in stylish wood panelling. The venue is quite small, so getting a ticket for their events are quite hard and often invite only, but you can get around this sometimes by messaging the organisers.
One of the best ways to enjoy the late afternoon-evening in Barcelona is without a doubt in a rooftop terrace, soaking up the late sun with your feet in a pool. Absolute bliss…
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