Europe's 50 best rooftop bars revealed – No.1 is in PECKHAM in London

The 50 best rooftop bars in Europe for 2023 revealed – and a drinking spot hidden atop a car park in PECKHAM in London is No.1

  • The Big 7 Travel ranking is based on scores from social media users and the thoughts of its editorial team
  • The list also includes a colourful beachside watering hole in Ibiza and a ‘slick’ rooftop cocktail bar in Reykjavik
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If you like your tipples served with a side of 360-degree views, read on. 

A new ranking has revealed the top 50 best rooftop bars in Europe for 2023, from laid-back beachside boozers to ultra-sleek urban cocktail bars. 

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.

Taking the top spot is a bar that crowns a multi-storey car park in Peckham, London. Second place, meanwhile, is claimed by a Spanish watering hole that serves ‘mouth-watering’ Mediterranean fare, and third place goes to a ‘slick’ Northern Lights-viewing spot in Reykjavik.  

Big 7 Travel says: ‘There’s only one thing to do when the heat and humidity hit – find the nearest rooftop bar and cool down with a cocktail or two.’ Take its advice – and use this list for guidance on where to go. 

Below are the top 10 bars ranked in reverse order – scroll down to the very bottom to see the top 50 in full…  

10. 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… and magnificent views of the city below.’ It recommends dropping by on a Sunday to indulge in the rooftop’s ‘weekly burger party’. Don’t miss the venue’s Sunday burger parties, Big 7 Travel advises, adding that it’s wise to try a glass of local Bordeaux wine while you’re there 

9. SKYLINE BAR 20UP, HAMBURG, GERMANY: ‘This is the place to come at sunset in Hamburg to get a great view of the city and enjoy quality drinks,’ says Big 7 Travel. It’s based on the 20th floor of the Sir David Chipperfield-designed Empire Riverside Hotel in the city’s St Pauli district. Big 7 Travel adds: ‘Come early to ensure you get one of the seats around the window with your friends for the perfect view.’ What will you be drinking? The travel site recommends ordering the ‘Dancing Chilli’ cocktail, saying: ‘Its mix of lip-tingling spice and passionfruit foam is a great choice’ 

8. PATCHWORK AT SA PUNTA, IBIZA, SPAIN: This rooftop bar tops the Sa Punta restaurant in Talamanca bay, a short walk from Ibiza Town. Big 7 Travel describes the ‘super-chic’ venue as a ‘Lebanese bar and restaurant in a colourful setting beside the sea’. According to the travel site, ‘vibrant handmade decor, sunset views and delicious cocktails add up to make this spot special’. Sip on a lychee martini and enjoy ‘a festive night fuelled by the DJ’ while you’re there 

7. SKY BAR BY SEEN, LISBON, PORTUGAL: This cocktail spot lies on the ninth floor of the 1930s Tivoli Hotel on Lisbon’s Avenida da Liberdade, a boulevard known for its designer shops. Big 7 Travel says: ‘Sky Bar is a stylish and sophisticated spot with showstopping city views. It’s set over different levels, with pouffes and floor cushions aplenty.’ The travel site adds that the ‘illuminated bar’ (above) – which ‘literally glows green’ – serves up an ‘impressive selection of cocktails, beers on tap, bubbles and posh bar bites’. Wondering what to do while you’re there? ‘Enjoy the resident DJ’s smooth mix while soaking in views of St Jorge’s Castle, the River Tagus, and the Arrabida Mountains,’ Big 7 Travel says, adding that you ought to try ‘the quintessential Portuguese liqueur – Beirao d’Honra’ 

6. 16 ROOF, ISTANBUL, TURKEY: 16 ROOF is a multi-level bar, with the rooftop sitting high on the 16th floor of the Swissotel The Bosphorus, Big 7 Travel reveals. It notes that, from the bar, patrons can take in the ‘marvellous views’ of the Bosphorus Strait, which runs through Istanbul, marking the boundary between Europe and Asia. Big 7 Travel says: ‘There’s always a good vibe here, and it’s a very much bustling place on the weekends with live DJs and plenty of dancing.’ Its must-try drink? Local wine, the travel site reveals 

5. OROYA, MADRID, SPAIN: Oroya can be found at the top of The Madrid Edition hotel – one of Madrid’s ‘hottest’ new hotels, according to Big 7 Travel. It says that the venue ‘boasts both the city’s first pisco sour bar and its biggest rooftop pool’, adding: ‘The terrace has a cosy fireplace, vine-covered pergola (above) and a sleek teak bar, with sparkling city views. With food from Peruvian chef Diego Munoz, it’s the perfect place to sample some Latin American flavours in Spain’s colourful capital city.’ If you can’t decide what to drink, Big 7 Travel recommends opting for some ‘fruity sangria to complement the vibe’ 

4. SCHWEIZERHOF FLIMS, FLIMS, SWITZERLAND: This rooftop gem offers ‘dazzling’, ‘Wes Anderson-style’ views over the Swiss Mountains, Big 7 Travel says. It notes that the tiny terrace bar is set atop the ‘iconic’ Schweizerhof Flims Romantik Hotel & Spa. There, visitors can enjoy ‘rooftop cinema nights under the starry sky’ paired with ‘a crisp glass of Champagne’, Big 7 Travel reveals 

3. THE ROOF AT THE REYKJAVIK EDITION, REYKJAVIK, ICELAND: The Roof lies on the seventh floor of the Reykjavik Edition hotel in the Icelandic capital’s old harbour area. Big 7 Travel notes the bar is ‘billed as the best place in the capital to enjoy long summer nights, as well as the magical Northern Lights’. It offers ‘360-degree views over mountains and the ocean’ and boasts ‘an eye-popping wrap-around terrace with slick decor’. According to the travel site, the bar has a ‘carefully curated menu’ that supports sustainable farming. It recommends sipping on a sake spritz while you’re there 

2. AZOTEA DEL CIRCULO, MADRID, SPAIN: Big 7 Travel describes this spot as ‘a cornerstone of Madrid’s bar scene’. It says: ‘Think 360-degree views across the famously beautiful city, mouth-watering Mediterranean fare, and fun nights accompanied by a live DJ.’ The travel site notes that there’s a lot of space to spread out but you’re better off finding a table close to the edge for ‘optimum viewing’ of the city all around. The vista is so good that the bar staff ‘even put on photography workshops – accompanied by cocktails, of course’. Big 7 Travel adds: ‘A portion of the space has a retractable roof, so you don’t have to wait for the warmer months to make the most of this fantastic spot’

1. FRANK’S CAFE, PECKHAM, LONDON: ‘Take in 360 views of Peckham and beyond from Frank’s Cafe – a relaxed rooftop bar on a multi-storey car park,’ says Big 7 Travel. It continues: ‘The power is in its simplicity, as well as its excellent, seasonal food.’ The travel site notes that ‘as well as great food, you’ll also find a wide range of drinks at decent prices – music to everyone’s ears in London’. Make sure to visit as soon as possible – Big 7 Travel notes that the ‘gorgeous’ spot is ‘only open during the summer months’. It recommends you drop by for weekend brunch and quench your thirst while you’re there with a jug of Pimm’s 


 1. Frank’s Cafe, London, England

2. Azotea del Circulo, Madrid, Spain

3. The Roof at the Reykjavik Edition, Reykjavik, Iceland

4. Schweizerhof Flims, Flims, Switzerland

5. Oroya, Madrid, Spain

6. 16 Roof, Istanbul, Turkey

7. Sky Bar by Seen, Lisbon, Portugal

8. Patchwork at Sa Punta, Ibiza, Spain

9. Skyline Bar 20up, Hamburg, Germany

10. Mama Shelter, Bordeaux, France

11. Hotel Croce di Malta, Florence, Italy

12. Salling Rooftop and the Roof Garden, Aarhus, Denmark

13. A for Athens, Athens, Greece

14. Play Label Rooftop, Brussels, Belgium

15. Mas Rooftop Bar, Helsinki, Finland

16. TakeT, Gothenburg, Sweden

17. Seven Restaurant, Sicily, Italy

18. Restaurant Silo, Copenhagon, Denmark

19. Herbarijs, Riga, Latvia

20. Sercotel Rosellon, Barcelona, Spain

21. 20 Stories, Manchester, England

22. The Culpeper, London, England

23. Terraza Danieli, Venice, Italy

24. Sophie’s, Dublin, Ireland

25. Klunkerkranich Rooftop, Berlin, Germany

26. Terrazza Borromini, Rome, Italy

27. Forza Wine, London, England

28. La Muna, Zurich, Switzerland

29. MH5, Munich, Germany

30. Park Bar, Lisbon, Portugal

31. Terraza Hotel Dona Maria, Seville, Spain

32. Das Loft Bar & Lounge, Vienna, Austria

33. Stockholm Under Stjarnorna, Stockholm, Sweden

34. Mikla, Istanbul, Turkey

35. Sky Bar at Hotel Almudaina, Mallorca, Spain

36. Aurora, Vienna, Austria

37. Fishing the Roof, Florence, Italy

38. Liebling, Hidden Rooftop Bar, Budapest, Hungary

39. Cold Town House, Edinburgh, Scotland

40. Kranen Bar at the Munch Rooftop Bar, Oslo, Norway

41. Matou, Liverpool, England

42. Hugo’s Terrace, St Julian’s, Malta

43. High Note Sky Bar, Budapest, Hungary

44. Floor17, Amsterdam, Netherlands

45. Illum Rooftop, Copenhagen, Denmark

46. Aloha Bar, Rotterdam, Netherlands

47. Skybar, Vilnius, Lithuania

48. Lift, Tirana, Albania

49. Level 27, Warsaw, Poland

50. Terraza Tamaran, Gran Canaria, Spain 

 Source: Big 7 Travel 

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