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 pedicures hastily done, us Brits will do anything and everything to soak up those precious few rays. Luckily for you? We've created a guide to the UK's best rooftop bars, designed with sunny day seshes and gorgeous sunset cocktails in mind.

Last updated on 24th May 2021

Bristol: Mall Clifton

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If you're wondering about rooftop bars in Bristol, Mall Clifton should be on your radar. The cosy boozer is a hugely popular spot among locals and students alike thanks to its welcoming atmosphere and tasty plates. The real draw here though is the gorgeous secret garden, which is spread across three levels and regularly plays host to BBQs in the summer.

Undoubtedly one of the best rooftop bars in London, Skylight is the sprawling Tobacco Dock spot, fronting free-flowing Pimm's, cutesy lawn games and even alfresco cinema nights. Perfect for birthday blowouts and team nights out, the huge venue has an array of seating options, from private booths to luxe daybeds. 

London: The Culpeper

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A gorgeous calming oasis away from the hustle and bustle of London's streets, The Culpeper is home to a charming rooftop garden. Head to the top of the East London pub to find a cosy conservatory, roaring fire pits and stunning views of the city's skyscrapers.

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 with a view 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.

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, adorned with full-sized trees, elegant wood panelling and comfy sofas; perfect for sinking into with a glass of sake to hand. 

Part of the OH ME OH MY café, Goodness Gracious is the Liverpool rooftop bar with some serious wow-factor. A guaranteed winner if you're looking to impress, the sky-high gem is home to views of the majestic Royal Liver Building and River Mersey beyond.