The Best Rooftop Bars In The UK
On those rare days that the sun decides to shine from dawn 'til dusk, the people of Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland spring into action. With SPF hastily slapped on, summer dresses dragged from wardrobes and a spring on our step, us Brits will do anything to soak up those precious few rays. Luckily for you? We've created a guide to the UK's best rooftop bars, designed with your sunny day sesh and gorgeous sunset cocktails in mind.
If you're wondering about rooftop bars in Bristol, Mall Clifton should be on your radar. The cosy boozer is a hugely popular place among locals and students alike. The real draw here is the gorgeous secret garden, which is spread across three levels and regularly plays host to summer BBQs.
The Button Factory is bringing a New York edge to sipping in the clouds, thanks to some gorgeous interiors fronting exposed brick walls and slick styling. Make your way out onto the sun-trap of a terrace, where a roster of brunch and cocktails awaits.
Undoubtedly one of the best hotels with rooftop bars in the UK, Montcalm Royal London House Hotel is home to Aviary, which offers panoramic views of the City's skyline. As for food? Expect to pair British plates with killer cocktails.
A luxury terrace in the west of the capital, Skylark Roof Garden is a wonderland of pastel blue hues, leafy plants and twinkling fairy lights. Swing by to spend the day sipping on Champagne and chowing down gourmet sharing platters.
After a rooftop bar in Edinburgh? We'd say Chaophraya is pretty unrivalled for views. With sweeping vistas across the city's best landmarks, including the castle and Firth of Forth, this gorgeous Thai eatery has you sorted for drinking or dining in style.
If only the most beautiful of Cardiff watering holes will tempt you, then The Botanist has to be on your radar. Head up for pretty cocktails that are served in plant pots, boasting billowing dry ice clouds, or laced with gin.
Looking to sweep a special someone off their feet? This Liverpool rooftop bar is one of the country's most romantic, offering incredible cuisine, handcrafted cocktails and views like no other. With just a select few outdoor tables, guests are required to book well in advance, so be sure to get organised.
Undoubtedly some of the best rooftop bars in London, Skylight is a sprawling offering at Tobacco Dock or Peckham. With brunches, cutesy lawn games and even alfresco cinema nights, it's perfect for birthday blowouts or group nights out alike.
The gang at Cold Town House sure know a thing or two about alfresco weekend antics. Nestled next to Edinburgh Castle, the gorgeous city centre bar is a winner when it comes to freshly baked pizzas and tasty Aperol spritzes, with electric heaters for when Scotland's colder climes creep in.
There's truly never a dull moment at The Prince of Wales. The famous Brixton boozer holds events on its rooftop terrace every night of the week, from boozy brunches to lairy bingo sessions and incredible DJ takeovers.
While Leeds is home to a great selection of sky-high haunts, Issho is our favourite. The elegant Japanese restaurant features one of the UK's prettiest rooftop terraces, decorated by full-sized trees, elegant wood panelling and comfy sofas; perfect for sinking into with a glass of sake in hand.
Dublin's best rooftop bar and restaurant, Ryleigh's is perched on the edge of the Docklands, boasting stunning waterside views. Open from dawn 'til late every night of the week, the swish spot specialises in grill dishes, with fresh seafood and sizzling steaks taking centre stage.
Rooftop bars in Manchester don't get much better than 20 Stories, which is the highest spot the city has to offer. Head here for an extensive wine list and plenty of creative cocktails, which are best enjoyed with the venue's brasserie dishes or out on the terrace.
A true hidden gem, Sky By The Water is the oh-so-gorgeous Resorts World haunt that comes complete with cosy igloos, bright neon lights and Instagrammable flower walls. Swing by to take advantage of the huge array of gins on offer, from the fruit-infused to local picks.