If there’s one thing there’s no shortage of in Barcelona, it’s bars: from exclusive cocktail lounges to traditional bodegas and, of course, fantastic rooftop bars. Whether you want to admire the city’s iconic skyline or watch the sun go down (or come up), check out our guide to the best rooftop bars in the Catalan capital.
Pullitzer Hotel Terrace
It’s not so much about the view at the Pullitzer Terrace as it is about the vibe — this is without a doubt one of the coolest places to be seen in Barcelona. Loved by locals for its popular Vermouth + DJ weekend sessions — featuring a different DJ each week playing everything from disco to indie, balearic beat to latin jazz — this hip hangout is decked out with cosy outdoor sofas and big plants, giving it the appearance of a stylish urban jungle. From May to September the terrace is also open every day of the week from 6pm to midnight with a different theme each day.
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Located on the rooftop of the prestigious Grand Hotel Central Barcelona, Sky Bar is one of the best-known rooftop bars in town owing to its exclusive location and fantastic views of the city. Open from April to October and exclusively to guests during the daytime, come evening, it opens to the public who can enjoy one of the best views of the city skyline. Standing proud on the famous Via Laietana, on the doorstep of Barcelona’s old town, the hotel is one of the most iconic buildings in the area.
Technically, the Eclipse Bar is not a rooftop bar. However, it is located on the 26th floor of the iconic W Hotel. Standing proudly at the very tip of the Barceloneta pier, the bar offers incredible panoramic views of the surrounding Mediterranean and leaves you feeling as though you’re on your own private island. Open every evening of the week, the bar transforms into a lively music lounge after dark and is open late on weekends.
The Duquesa de Cardona is an elegant boutique hotel overlooking Barcelona’s old port, and its rooftop bar offers romantic views of the waterfront. Come nighttime, the shadows and glistening lights of the harbour put on a fabulous show for anyone who cares to watch. Not a place for loud music or the glitterati, the terrace is instead an oasis of calm, and it is adored by the many helpless romantics who come to enjoy its tranquility and warmth.
If there’s a golden rule for any savvy traveler in Barcelona, it has to be ‘don’t eat or drink on the Rambla’. However, we’ll make an exception for La Isabella and its rooftop terrace, which enables you to enjoy a cocktail and 360º panoramic views of the city from above the Rambla. The terrace has numerous cosy sofas as well as a chic bar and dining area. Located on the roof of the famous Hotel 1898, the terrace has a stylish lounge feel and offers some of the best views in town.