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The Best Rooftop Bars in Barcelona: Hotels + Pools 2020

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There’s nothing better than a chilled drink looking down on the summer chaos of a city.

The knowledge that just moments ago you were entangled in a mess of turbulent tourist traffic makes that mojito’s first dopamine hit to your body’s reward centre even more rewarding.

And if you’re like me? You want more.

Yes, it’s high season and here are the best rooftop bars in Barcelona.

The Best Rooftop Bars in Barcelona

Remember that the Barcelona rooftop bar scene isn’t just for Instagram stars and Donald Trump wannabes – there are options for every taste and budget.

And though these appear ‘exclusive’ because most of them are in hotels, remember that you won’t need to be a hotel guest to enjoy these rooftop bars.

Still wanna stay there? I’ve got links to the hottest summer deals, just click the buttons.

Hotel H1898: Bar Isabela

Area: Raval | La Rambla 109 | Metro: Liceu (L3) | Website

Of all the hotels in Barcelona with rooftop bars it’s only appropriate that we start at the city’s main tourist vein: La Rambla. This opposing structure built in 1881 used to be the headquarters for the General Tobacco Company of the Philippines.

125 years later builders have transformed it into one of Barcelona’s best luxury hotels. You’ll find the rooftop terrace on the 7th floor. From here you’ll get a superb 360º view of the city including the city’s tallest hill: Montjuic.

The space is divided up into a few sections with different vibes but we go for the magnificent cocktail bar where the star of the show is the Fiore d’Isabela: tequila, litchi, sugar, and hibiscus. You also can’t go wrong with a mojito.

The restaurant is one of the great romantic things to do in Barcelona while the chill out corner is a great place to soak up the sun on comfy cushions while eating delicious tapas.

Drink prices here, being a high-end hotel, are naturally more expensive than the mean in Barcelona. Expect to pay €10.00 for a glass of wine and €16.00-€20.00 for a cocktail.

Hours: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm (high season the bar is open until midnight).

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Hotel Pulitzer

Area: Raval | Calle Bergara 8 | Metro: Catalunya (L1/L3) | Website

From May 5th until the end of September this trendy terrace just a few steps away from Plaça de Catalunya is open every night. From Wednesday to Sunday they also organize concerts and DJ sets.

Here you find a mix of both after work drink people and tourists so whether you’re looking to meet people or network you’ll be in good company. Grab a seat at the large central table for either.

The intimate atmosphere here is given a lot of life by the myriad of plants and the tiny little lights. The bartenders will prepare you any range of cocktails for a comparatively wallet-friendly €10.00.

The tapas are simple and classic: cheeses, Spanish cold cuts, croquettes, patatas bravas and the signature, my favourite: the fried chicken sandwich.

Yes, the view isn’t as spectacular from up here (there’s no sea to see) but if you’re looking for a social few right in the centre this is the place to be.

Hours: October 28th to May 1st (12:00 pm until dusk, Saturday and Sunday, DJ set from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm), May to late September (6:00 pm to midnight, daily)

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Barcelona Edition

Area: El Born | Av. de Francesc Cambó 14 | Metro: Jaume I (L3) | Website

This new 5 star hotel right by Santa Caterina market steps up to the plate to deliver some of the most convenient hours of any rooftop. If you need a morning or early afternoon fix (it’s open at 10:00 am) this is your stop.

It’s also one of the only year-round rooftop bars in Barcelona owing to a creative sliding-glass wall.

What really stood out for me were the creative Asian/South American fusion tapas dishes. If I wanted quality eats with my panoramic view of The Med this would be my choice.

Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00/11:00 pm or 12:00 am depending on season (all year).

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W Hotel Rooftop Bar

Area: Barceloneta | Pl de la Rosa dels Vents 1 | Metro: Barceloneta (L3) | Website

If you’re looking for a luxury experience then I suggest either of the famous W Hotel’s bars/terraces.

WET Bar really picks up as the sun plunges into the Med. When the lights dim here the hammocks are cleared for a rooftop party with dance floor and local and international DJs spinning ‘unique rhythms’.

There’s also Eclipse Barcelona, and though not technically a roof terrace we’ll call it the highest rooftop bar in Barcelona since it’s 26 stories up and powered by DJ beats, inventive cocktails, and creative sushi fusion.

In both locations you’ll find the best sea view of the bunch.

Hours: Sunday to Thursday (6:00 pm to 2:30 am), Friday and Saturday (6:00 pm to 4:00 am).

Sundays also runs Brunch with a View from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

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SkyBar at the Grand Central Hotel

Area: El Born | Via Laietana 30 | Metro: Jaume I (L3) | Website

This super-central 5 star hotel is generous enough to open its doors to non-guests in the spring and summer. This is truly a privileged location and if it were a little more secretive to local crowds it would be paradise.

The infinity pool here gives way to an amazing panoramic view that includes the skyscrapers along the beach, the cathedral, and a spectacular sea horizon formed by the Mediterranean. If you haven’t fallen in love with Barcelona (or the person next to you!) yet, this is the place to do it.

Sky Bar hosts a cocktail bar, chill out zone, and rooftop restaurant that offers tapas tasting menus. If you’re going to eat though you need to reserve in advance. E

From April to October non guests must pay a €16.00 cover (cocktail included) for access. From November to March it’s free access and there is live music in the afternoons.

Hours: 8:00 pm to midnight (April to October), 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm (November to March)

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Barcelo Raval: 360 Degrees

Area: Raval | Rambla del Raval 17-21 | Metro: Drassanes (L3) | Website

It’s a strange contrast going from the rough and ready Raval area to perfect peace at this Barcelona rooftop that finds itself on the 11th floor of the Barcelo Raval hotel.

Just take two steps outside of the elevator at look out to Tibidabo mountain: the fantastic 360º rooftop (aptly named Terraza 360) leaves no vista unviewed! So sip on some wine and sit back and enjoy the sunset show from any of the sun-loungers.

The rooftop terrace is open all year (when weather permits, so pretty much all the time!) even for non-guests. From April to November you’ll find DJ sets at their rooftop party series every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Again, cocktails are the star of the show here but you’re just as well going with a local sparkling white cava (€5.00-€6.00), a gin and tonic (€12.00), or a mojito (€10.00).

If you’re in the area on a Sunday between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm I recommend the brunch at B-Lounge, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant.

There’s also a year round swimming pool.

Hours: 11:00 am to 1:00 am (weather dependent)

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Ohla Barcelona: New York Style

Area: El Gotico | Via Laietana 49 | Metro: Urquinaona (L1/L5) | Website

If you’ve had the pleasure of having a night out in the Big Apple, you’ll have a bit of déjàvu visiting the rooftop bar at Hotel Ohla because of its exclusive but carefree vibe.

The bizarre eye-covered facade of the hotel seems to scrutinize passersby from its centrally located position of the famous Via Laietana. One of the most elegant hotels with rooftop bars in Barcelona would give no less – and they’ve got the terrace to match.

The view of the city’s rooftops are borderline voyeurish as is the glass-edged 13 meter long rooftop pool, giving the terrace a totally different vibe and a spectacular touch.

This Barcelona rooftop bar is divided into two spaces. The upper part hosts bar and the chill out area, with its charming white tables and armchairs. Lower down is where you’ll find the balcony and its well-seated panoramic view.

The bar serves champagne, wine, and classic cocktails with some creative tapas dishes and fresh salads (put together by Michelin starred chef Romain Fornell). Ironically, regardless of its elegance the drinks start at only €5.00.

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Honorable Mentions

In Barcelona there are a ton of hotels that hide secrets on their roofs, and in fact it’s quite difficult to snuff out all of them. The ones I’ve put in this list are simply the ones I like best – it may not be the same for you.

Let’s start with another of the city’s most elegant hotels: Mandarin Hotel Barcelona. The Terrat del Mandarin Oriental (Passeig de Gràcia 38-40, metro Passeig de Gracia) is open from April to November and is available to non guests as well, albeit for a fine-dining type vibe.

For a slightly less formal evening that still warrants a sea view then try the Hotel Duquesa de Cardona (Passeig de Colon 12, metro Barceloneta). This intimate cocktail bar in Barcelona’s beachside neighbourhood is a classic post-beach spot.

There’s also Casa Bonay (Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 700, metro Tetuan) which is designed in the form of a chringuito (essentially a beach bar) with plant-covered relax space.

Barcelona Rooftop Events + Activities

Rooftop bars in Barcelona are a virtual theater of events and activities.

You can check out jazz concerts, elevate your local cuisine game at cooking shows, or cannonball right into a rooftop party straight out of Wall Street.

If you’re looking for special occasions make sure you don’t miss:

  • La Semana de las Terrazas (‘Rooftop Week’, page in Catalan so please use browser translator) – ten days of concerts, activities for children, yoga, cooking classes and much more. Events run in over 70 hotels with rooftop bars in Barcelona. Normally it runs in the first week of June and the majority of the events are free with drink purchase.
  • Off Week – the week before Barcelona’s electronic music extravaganza in June, the legendary Sonar Festival, is a rooftop music festival to end all rooftop music festivals! Look out for exclusive DJ sets from some of the world’s top electronic artists, rooftop pool parties, and enough dancing to last you through the winter. In 2020 Off Week goes from June 18th-20th.

Remember, you readers are my eyes and ears so if you’ve had an experience or have a suggestion make sure to get in touch.

Another Round? In the Comments Below

OK, so I’ve given you a long list of the best rooftop bars in Barcelona but surely something is missing? If you need a little custom advice about your drinking spots or anything else regarding your Barcelona holiday…

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38 comments
  • May 1, 2019 at 5:36 pm
    Es
    Hi Ash, This blog is amazing! I am using it to plan a trip soon. Quick Q - do you need to book in advance to drink at these rooftop bars or can you just turn up? Thanks
    • May 2, 2019 at 11:00 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Es, Thanks so much for the kind words :) I have never booked to go to any of them and always just turn up... however, on weekends and holidays if you want a table I would call in advance to see if they take reservations. Many don't but some do. Ash
  • March 30, 2019 at 5:03 am
    Sally
    Hi Ash, Your website is great! I just discovered it today and using it to plan. I'll be there in June and thanks to you I have just realised I will be there for part of Off week. Do you know if these events attract a varied age group? We are in our 40s. Thanks Sally
    • March 30, 2019 at 10:32 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Sally, Thanks for the kind words! While it'll definitely be more of a 20s/30s crowd it is definitely not unheard of to see people in their 40s at these events... I wouldn't worry about it, just go and have fun because it's how old you feel inside that counts anyway ;) Ash
  • October 4, 2018 at 12:10 pm
    Hannah
    Hi Ash, your site is amazing. I have used it to plan my entire trip to Barcelona - thank you! I would like to know if there is a rooftop bar that would be suitable at the end of November? It would be lovely to get the views over the city but we don't want to freeze to death! Thank you.
    • October 4, 2018 at 7:07 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Hannah, To my knowledge almost all of them will be closed around this time :( I think your best bet is the H1898 since it's so super central... whether or not they have blankets or not I don't know though I'm sure they'd put a few heaters as it gets quite cold. Ash
  • March 28, 2018 at 1:37 pm
    Marie
    Love your blog! We’re in Barcelona now staying in the L’Xaimple neighborhood. Are there any good rooftop bars in L’Exaimple? Thanks!
    • March 28, 2018 at 8:46 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Marie, Thanks for the compliments :) I haven’t been but your best bet in Eixample is La terrazza at Via Emília. It’s smaller and not as flashy but may do the trick. Make sure you check the opening though as some don’t open until easter weekend or after. Also keep in mind that Pulitzer and Grand Central are both close to Eixample depending on what part you’re staying in. Ash
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