The Best Rooftop Bars In Essex

When the sun comes out? So does half of Essex. Not shy when it comes to soaking up some vitamin D, our county knows a thing or two about ice-cold spritzes and freshly-poured Pimm's. The good news? These rooftop bars in Chelmsford, Southend-on-Sea and beyond are elevating your summertime sipping game to a whole new level. Boasting retractable covers, electric heaters and live DJ sets, they are not to be missed.

Located in the heart of Chelmsford, Slug and Lettuce's stunning terrace offers waterside views as well as space for outdoor dining. Packed to the rafters on hot sunny days, this causal cocktail bar and restaurant serves up a selection of mouthwatering dishes, from gourmet burgers to classic curries and healthy salads.

Be At One Chelmsford

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Boasting one of the most beautiful rooftop terraces in Essex, Be At One in Chelmsford is an urban oasis of leafy green prints, copper furnishings and vibrant colours. The al fresco space here can fit up to 80 people, with huge sliding doors bringing the outside in. 

Puttshack Lakeside

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The ultimate adults' playground in Essex, Puttshack Lakeside is a high-tech mini golf experience complete with neon lighting, automated scoring and old school slushies. Better yet? This place also just happens to home a huge terrace area, perfect for fuelling up before another round.

Located in the heart of Hornchurch, Vertigo Lounge is a firm favourite amongst locals. Split over three floors, this place transforms from a chilled-out spot to a late-night party palace once night falls. And for when you need a break from the dancefloor? There's a swish rooftop terrace, perfect for cooling off.